What’s new in Adobe Captivate 9.0.1

New-UpdateWe’ve just released a free update for Adobe Captivate 9 with some new features, enhancements, and bug fixes.

To get the new update, open Adobe Captivate 9, and click Help > Updates and install the new update. Once the update is installed, your new Captivate version will be Here are the detailed installation instructions.

Now let’s talk about the new features and enhancements in Captivate 9.0.1:


Rulers and guides: You can now add rulers and guides to your Captivate projects to precisely add and position objects in your project.

Watch this video to learn about how to use rulers and guides in Captivate courses:


Retain state option: In Adobe Captivate 9, we introduced multi-state objects which helps you create interactions easily. With the new update, you can now choose to retain state on revisiting the slide.

Retain stateThis is really helpful when you are creating an interaction with multiple slides involved and want the selected state to be retained on revisiting the slide. For example:

  • Using states for module buttons in a custom menu slide
  • Branching interaction where the learners need to return to the main slide to explore the rest of the options
  • When you are using Go to the next/previous state actions, and you revisit the slide, object reset to the initial state. By using this option, you can start looping from the state last visited.


Enhancements to Adobe Captivate Draft: Adobe Captivate Draft is an iPad app to create storyboards for your Captivate projects. You can share these storyboards for real-time collaboration with reviewers, and then import them into Adobe Captivate 9 to create a responsive eLearning courses.

Captivate DraftWe have made some new enhancements to this app to simplify your storyboard creation workflow. In the previous version, there were two modes for working with objects objects: Gesture mode allowed the you to add objects to the stage using gestures, and the edit mode allowed you to modify the properties of the objects. To make the process lean, we have merged both these modes and now you can work seamlessly in a single mode to add and edit objects. Also, to move to the next slide in the storyboard, you can use a two-finger swipe.

The copy and paste feature in Adobe Captivate Draft is also enhanced allowing you to copy and paste objects from one slide to another within the same storyboard.


New responsive navigation players: We released five new responsive navigation players this week as a part of the eLearning assets provided by eLearning Brothers. Each navigation player has its own unique style that you can completely customize to fit the needs of your brand or course. The players come standard with forward/back buttons, play/pause buttons, a menu toggle button, a mute/unmute audio button, and many others which you can program to navigate and adjust settings within your course as needed.

Watch this tutorial on how to take one of these awesome navigation players and put it into your course:


Roundtripping with the latest Creative Cloud tools: With this update, Captivate roundtripping with the November 2015 updates of Creative Cloud applications will work seamlessly.


Apart from these new features and enhancements, check out the release notes for other changes and bug fixes related to SVGs, learning interactions, effects, responsive projects, runtime behavior, etc.



19 Responses

  1. Hi. Thanks for this. The rulers are great.
    As for the Retain state option I could only make it work with ‘go to next/previous state. Could not really see how it works with ‘module buttons in a custom menu slide’ or ‘Branching interaction where the learners need to return to the main slide to explore the rest of the options’
    Any additional information would be great. Thanks

  2. Hi. I’m currently on v9.0.0.223. When I go to the Help menu, the Updates option is greyed-out, not selectable. I went to the Adobe site and downloaded the update patch but haven’t been successful in running the update. Any ideas?

    • Sarah, yes I can help you I just used this workaround for 10 of our machines. It seems a little daunting but it can be achieved with this workaround. This assumes you are working on a Mac, for Windows the process would be similar.

      First close all Adobe Products.

      Open TextEdit and create the following file (you can paste the text below into a blank text document.


      Save this document as AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat and save it to your desktop. Make sure it retains the .dat extension. If it has the .rtf or .docx it will not work

      Then launch Finder Click on Go > Go To Folder and enter /Library

      Then navigate to /Library/Application Support/Adobe/AAMUpdaterInventory/1.0

      Copy and Paste the AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat file from your desktop into the 1.0 folder.

      The launch Captivate and Click on Help and you will see that now Update is available.

      Good Luck!

  3. Hey I work for a company that uses captivate as our main platform to deliver content. I have tried to contact captivate several times about the grouping issue in captivate 9. When items are grouped together any item that had an effect in the group reverts back to its default. I know that you guys changed it so that all of the items in a group can have an effect on the entire group. But our designers need the previous option too .All I have been told is just to apply effects to elements in the timeline after I have them in place, but that is not a good enough solution. What if I want to group a bunch of items together so that I can center them on the stage because I realized that they were slightly off center? But I didn’t see that until I reviewed the project? Now I have to go back and apply the effects to each individual item. Which is a time consuming endeavor. Can you PLEASE contact me so that we can discuss this? I have sent screen shots and multiple emails, but have gotten very little (and very unhelpful) responses.

  4. Hi, is it just me or is anyone else having crash issues when importing video files into captivate. I Have tried .mpg and .flv but no joy. Running OSx 10.9.5 with the latest version of captivate Crashes every time. Thanks !

  5. Any thoughts on adding a “Loop Action” advanced action?
    -Loop in point (start looping here in action list)
    -loop out point (the loop point in the action list, jumping back up to the “in” point)
    -loop x times (Loop from in-out x-times before advancing)
    As of now, you need to replay (loop) a slide to create a looping set of advanced actions on a slide.

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