November 22, 2018
My first and only authoring tool.
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November 22, 2018
My first and only authoring tool.
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When I first started to work in e-learning, I thought the job was easy. I assumed that the experience I had had as a classroom teacher will make my life easy in then-trending e-learning business, and, very naively, thought that  e-learning doesn’t differ much from any other kind of teaching. Soon I realized that I was completely wrong. Of course, teaching experience helps, but e-learning turned out to be a whole new world.

I went through a long line of frustration trying to rely on open source software and here came Adobe Captivate. My first (and only) authoring program. I started with version 6, and since then, I can tell the software made a tremendous progress. It is not ideal, but we don’t live in an ideal world. I did not have almost any experience with competing software, but as I notice it’s just a matter of choice. There were some people who tried to ‘convert’ me to other authoring tools, but they weren’t successful. I can say that Captivate has all the features you need to create great e-learning resources. But it is a tool, so it doesn’t do the job for us.

A great thing is that Adobe Captivate developers try to follow the trends. In the contemporary fast- changing world is so hard to follow the trends. But here, I really think Captivate is successful. We have responsiveness included (was it version 8 that the first responsive possibilities were added (?) later followed by fluid boxes), now interactive videos and VR. I can honestly say that Captivate abilities are only limited by the amount of our creativity.

And finally,  I also value this community, I discovered not so long ago. Thank you all participants and contributors! I am waiting for more to come !

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2019-11-15 01:25:17
2019-11-15 01:25:17

Thank you, Piotr.  Your insight helps me think about which authoring tools I should learn and why.  There seems to be such a push to be exposed to most of the big ones, but I’m glad to hear you focused on this one.  Thank you for sharing your experience.

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2018-11-23 09:44:44
2018-11-23 09:44:44

Congratulations, Piotr, you made the right choice. I was a college professor when I started looking for a tool to create training for software…. in 200?  and I found Captivate 1. Indeed, it has made so much progress in that long period (about 16 years) and I never regretted my choice.  Whenever possible, I will tr answer your questions in the future.

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2018-11-29 18:08:49
2018-11-29 18:08:49
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Thanks for your response.  I was surprised to find out that there is a lot of competition in this field. I can only say that I’m not going to experiment with other competing software since, in the end, the most important is your creativity and the right methodological approach. And captivate gives a lot of room for both.

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