I’ve had the opportunity to use Captivate 6 for the last month or so on the pre-release. With the release today (http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html), I’m excited to share the new features with you!
You should know that I have been a fan of Adobe products for at least 8 years now… but it is not the only software that I use when designing and developing eLearning and mLearning. I needed a variety of different products to suit my needs.
The good news? Adobe has done a fantastic job with this release of integrating features that I’d normally have to pull in from other software!
I love this feature because I don’t have to build shapes in PowerPoint anymore. There is a full set of Smart Shapes to use. The best part? They can be used like buttons! This means no more adding a shape with a click box on-top. The shape itself can be manipulated in all the ways that a button normally would (think talk bubbles where you can add text and then click it for an action).
WOW- what a time saver!!! You can group objects and change properties of the entire group at once. I like to use this feature to give a light box effect as well (using show/hide actions, for example).
Themes & Actors
Saving time and money with this new feature!! Tons of built-in themes for you to use for master slides PLUS real-life actor packages for a variety of different industries in different action states.
YAY!!! The new video/demo features are awesome!! You can edit video, add transitions & smart shapes, add audio and captions, add an actor or another video (for a picture-in-picture effect). It even saves your mouse as a separate object in FMR so that you can manipulate it separately (thanks to Steve Howard for that find). Publish directly to YouTube, too. This is going to save me from using external software- time and $$. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this feature would have helped me in some of my recent projects!!
Smart learning interactions
This gives you tons of new interactions to use in quizzing. I love that they added ones that I use the most, like process cycle, glossary, & pyramid, but there are tons more. You just add your content and customize the look!
You can add audio responses in the course and quizzes using recorded voice, text to speech, & imported sounds. When the learner clicks, the audio plays! This kicks-butt when it comes to timing.
Pre-test and branch-aware quizzing + Remediation
Need I say more? This is exciting because it can branch a user to a certain part of the training based on pre-test scores. Another time-saver for sure! Plus, you can use a remedial workflow which will push the user back to the relevant section when a quiz question is missed…and then go back to the question for re-try.
Partial and negative scoring
This works great with compliance quizzes! Give partial points to questions with multiple answers where one is the most correct, but others are somewhat correct, too. Then, discourage learners from guessing by penalizing them for a wrong answer.
Another time-saver! This is another clickbox you can eliminate from your project. Rather than adding text with a clickbox on-top for your hyperlink, you can add the link directly.
This new feature allows you to add reflection to text, images, and videos!
Yes, it looks different. Just like the new CS6 software, the user interface has the dark background. You will also notice that the buttons are different. Although it took me a couple of days to get used to the changes, I think you will like it better!
Text margins and custom bullets
Improve your text with margins and custom bullets (take it from the girl that goes nuts when a pixel is off- haha)
But what about HTML5 & Mobile devices? Well, there are plenty of new features here:
- HTML5 publishing
- iPad publishing
- Pause and resume (pause linear courses across devices- pause on your desktop and finish later on your iPad)
I can’t wait to see what you all will do when you get your hands on Captivate 6!