Adobe Captivate 5 is giant leap in the rapid e-learning authoring paradigm. Adobe Captivate 5 is new and I intend all puns here…which means captivate 5 has been re-written from scratch.
One of my favorites among numerous new things in Adobe Captivate 5 is the new recording UI and workflow. It is the most sleekier and intuitive recording workflow we have ever had in Adobe Captivate. And believe me I’m not exaggerating……
So without wasting no time, let me walk you through this UI and workflow….
In Adobe Captivate 5, one dialog crisply caters to all your recording needs.
This time Adobe Captivate is present on MACINTOSH also. So for all our MAC users, a little piece of advise before your try to get your hands dirty with Software Simulation-
make sure ‘Enable access for assistive devices’ check box is checked before you start recording. This checkbox can be found under ‘Universal Access’ section in the System Preferences dialog.
Now let me brief you about various options available to users for application recording –
- Application window – Size of the recording rectangle becomes as that of the application window. Additionally, the recording rectangle automatically snaps to the application window. Manually changing the size of the application window changes the size of the recording rectangle accordingly and vice-versa.
- Application Region – Recording rectangle tries to recognize regions in the application window as a user hovers the mouse over the application window.
- Custom size – Size of the application window changes as per the chosen size of the recording rectangle. Manually changing the size of the application window changes the size of the recording rectangle accordingly and vice-versa.
Once the size of the recording rectangle is set, users can choose from following recording modes as per their requirement:
- Automatic Recording – In this mode, Adobe Captivate captures screenshots automatically and places them on separate slides. Mouse, keyboard, and system events are the common triggers for capturing screenshots.
- Fullmotion Recording (FMR) – During FMR, the entire set of events is captured in real time as a video. FMR is useful when demonstrating visual cues, such as the change in the shape of the pointer when it moves over certain objects.
In the automatic recording mode, actions like drag-and-drop and mouse wheel actions are automatically captured in FMR mode. This setting in ON by default and can be changed in the preferences dialog.
- Manual – You can create a project by manually taking screenshots during recording in Manual mode. Use this mode when you yourself want to pick and choose few schreenshots during the recording process.
During this mode, typing of characters is captured in the same manner as during Automatic Recording mode. This setting is ON by default and can be changed
in the preferences dialog at Recording ->Settings: Keystrokes.
You can also record new slides and insert them into an existing project.
This workflow is best when experienced…..so why don’t you go ahead and try it. Do drop me a line in-case you think you have a better workflow. Or you could also help us make Adobe Captivate better…participate in our product improvement program: Just go to Help -> Adobe
Product Improvement Program.