Let’s have a drum roll for Adobe Captivate 2017!

April 11, 2017
Pooja Jaisingh works as a senior learning evangelist at Adobe. She has created several award-winning eLearning courses and eBooks, and regularly conducts workshops and webinars on Adobe eLearning tools and services. In her previous roles, she has worked as a teacher trainer, instructional designer, and chief learning geek. Pooja is CPLP and COTP certified. She holds a master’s degree in education and economics and a doctorate in educational technology.
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Let’s have a drum roll for Adobe Captivate 2017!

Pooja Jaisingh works as a senior learning evangelist at Adobe. She has created several award-winning eLearning courses and eBooks, and regularly conducts workshops and webinars on Adobe eLearning tools and services. In her previous roles, she has worked as a teacher trainer, instructional designer, and chief learning geek. Pooja is CPLP and COTP certified. She holds a master’s degree in education and economics and a doctorate in educational technology.
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April 11, 2017

Main ImageAdobe just released Captivate 2017, and it is power-packed with a brand-new, easy-to-use workflow for creating responsive eLearning courses. This new workflow will allow you to easily create responsive projects, using fluid boxes instead of breakpoints, which makes it possible for you to design content for a single screen, and it works right on any device — any shape or size. Apart from the new responsive workflow, the other features and enhancements in Adobe Captivate 2017 are Typekit integration with Captivate, new advanced actions dialog, in-built visited states for buttons, customization options for closed captions, and ability to convert non-responsive projects to responsive.

Let’s dig deep into some of my favorite new updates in this release:

Good-bye Breakpoints. Hello Fluid Boxes!

Fluid boxFluid Boxes in Adobe Captivate 2017 are a game-changer, and will help you create responsive courses with ease. You just need to add fluid boxes, and pick from the simple properties to flow, wrap, and align objects as per your requirement. You can also convert these fluid boxes to static fluid boxes to lock the position of the objects on the screen. Also, if you have any decorative assets in the course, you can mark them as optional, and they will magically disappear in the smaller devices. Gone are the days, when you had to worry about making adjustments to different breakpoints to make it look right on different device sizes. Watch this video to learn how to create a responsive screen using the fluid boxes in Adobe Captivate 2017:

In-project Device Preview:

With this new workflow, you can now preview your courses in the project by using the responsive slider and device specific preview options. You can also add new custom preview devices to the preset device menu. So now, after making changes, you can quickly scrub the responsive slider or select one of the device presets to preview exactly how the content will appear on different devices.

preview

And you can continue using the responsive preview options, where you can scrub the slider to see how the content will appear on different screen sizes. Here’s how the responsive preview looks in Adobe Captivate 2017:

Beautiful fonts:

This is one of the wow features of Captivate 2017. We no longer need to be limited to using a handful of web safe fonts for HTML5 and responsive courses. With Adobe Typekit integration, we can use some good-looking fonts in our Captivate courses.

Typekit

The new advanced actions dialog:

In this release, the advanced actions dialog has a much-deserved makeover, which brings with it the ease of combining standard actions with conditional actions, and the ability to convert standard to conditional action, and vice versa. Also, now along with If, you can also use While condition in the conditional actions.

Advanced actions panel

Visited states for interactive objects:

In the previous version, we had to create a custom visited states for the buttons, and then trigger them using actions or advanced actions. But not anymore!

Captivate 2017 now comes with the in-built Visited state for the buttons and shape buttons, which is automatically triggered once the button is clicked.

Visited state

Apart from these new features and enhancements, Captivate 2017 also comes with a customization options for closed captions, responsive text support, ability to convert non-responsive project to responsive project, more than 75,000 free eLearning assets, and a growing eLearning community!

So, what’s your favorite new feature of Adobe Captivate 2017?

 

This post was first published on Pooja’s blog page.

 

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2017-04-27 11:26:20
2017-04-27 11:26:20

Nice article Pooja. Thanks

Nice article Pooja. Thanks

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2017-04-27 11:37:34
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Thanks, Anita :)

Thanks, Anita 🙂

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2017-04-17 22:03:47
2017-04-17 22:03:47

Are rollover slidelets supported?

Are rollover slidelets supported?

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2017-04-12 15:00:51
2017-04-12 15:00:51

Any estimated time frame for an updated Lynda.com course for the 2017 release?

Any estimated time frame for an updated Lynda.com course for the 2017 release?

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2017-04-14 05:47:09
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Hi Chris, the first look course for Captivate 2017 is now available on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning :) https://www.lynda.com/Captivate-tutorials/Captivate-2017-First-Look/606073-2.html

Hi Chris, the first look course for Captivate 2017 is now available on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning 🙂

https://www.lynda.com/Captivate-tutorials/Captivate-2017-First-Look/606073-2.html

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2017-04-14 18:22:37
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Thank you Pooja. Your explanation of the Fluid boxes was so helpful on Lynda.com. I was having a hard time getting them to work how I wanted. Your videos showed me some settings I was missing to get certain elements to behave as I needed. Thanks so much! A+ work on that!

Thank you Pooja. Your explanation of the Fluid boxes was so helpful on Lynda.com. I was having a hard time getting them to work how I wanted. Your videos showed me some settings I was missing to get certain elements to behave as I needed. Thanks so much! A+ work on that!

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2017-04-15 02:50:11
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Thanks, Chris. I'm glad to know that you found it useful! :)

Thanks, Chris. I’m glad to know that you found it useful! 🙂

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2017-04-21 04:01:02
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Like Chris, I too found that the fluid box tutorial you made on Lynda.com made all the difference for me to catch on as well. I did watch the one in the eLearning YouTube Channel and he was actually using one of my own Captivate projects in the convert an existing project to responsive, so I figured it would be a breeze for me to click with it. I was missing several key understandings. Your Lynda lessons made it perfectly clear immediately where I was missing a few things. Great job! Lynda will be happy too since my Lynda subscription has been inactive for about a year. It is active again now so I could watch your tutorial and it was definitely worth the resubscribe. I wish now I had done so the first day. :0)

Like Chris, I too found that the fluid box tutorial you made on Lynda.com made all the difference for me to catch on as well. I did watch the one in the eLearning YouTube Channel and he was actually using one of my own Captivate projects in the convert an existing project to responsive, so I figured it would be a breeze for me to click with it. I was missing several key understandings. Your Lynda lessons made it perfectly clear immediately where I was missing a few things. Great job! Lynda will be happy too since my Lynda subscription has been inactive for about a year. It is active again now so I could watch your tutorial and it was definitely worth the resubscribe. I wish now I had done so the first day. :0)

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2017-04-21 18:19:08
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Thanks, Tammy! It really means a lot to hear this from you. :)

Thanks, Tammy! It really means a lot to hear this from you. 🙂

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2017-04-11 22:38:46
2017-04-11 22:38:46

What a perfect day to release the new version. I am on spring break, so I have been able to play all day with the new features and no watching the clock for needing to get back on task for other things. I have explored the new settings for closed captioning. I love that you can adjust the settings individually per slide or set it for the whole project. There is so much more control over where and how big the captioning window is. I love it!

What a perfect day to release the new version. I am on spring break, so I have been able to play all day with the new features and no watching the clock for needing to get back on task for other things.

I have explored the new settings for closed captioning. I love that you can adjust the settings individually per slide or set it for the whole project. There is so much more control over where and how big the captioning window is. I love it!

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2017-04-12 04:56:32
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Hey Tammy, I'm glad to know that you're getting some time to explore Captivate 2017. Would love to know your thoughts about the new fluid boxes too :)

Hey Tammy, I’m glad to know that you’re getting some time to explore Captivate 2017. Would love to know your thoughts about the new fluid boxes too 🙂

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2017-04-11 21:24:39
2017-04-11 21:24:39

Do we need a separate subscription to Typekit to take advantage of the new font capabilities?

Do we need a separate subscription to Typekit to take advantage of the new font capabilities?

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2017-04-12 04:55:34
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Hi Chris, Yes, you'll need separate subscription to Typekit. But, if you have subscription to Creative Cloud, you get some fonts as a part of the plan.

Hi Chris,

Yes, you’ll need separate subscription to Typekit. But, if you have subscription to Creative Cloud, you get some fonts as a part of the plan.

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2017-06-30 14:10:19
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Chris, you can also use Google Web Fonts for free as per this rather brilliant post by Steven Warwick: https://elearning.adobe.com/2017/03/using-custom-fonts-in-adobe-captivate/#comment-7778

Chris, you can also use Google Web Fonts for free as per this rather brilliant post by Steven Warwick: https://elearning.adobe.com/2017/03/using-custom-fonts-in-adobe-captivate/#comment-7778

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