Authors advance eLearning with Adobe Captivate 8

Adobe Captivate 8 is delivering ground-breaking innovation in eLearning design, without the need for programming.

The latest release of the eLearning authoring tool recognises that authors today are expected to cater to the needs of mobile device users. It allows trainers and educators to create and deliver multi-screen responsive content without the need for programming and therefore reduces the complexity involved.

“While the demand for mobile learning content is growing exponentially, usage is low,” Tridib Roy Chowdhury, general manager and senior director of products, Adobe, says. “In part, this is because of the effort and programming skills required to make a course suitable for mobile devices.

“Captivate 8 aims to solve that problem by making it easy for authors to create great looking, interactive eLearning content that plays appropriately on any device.”

Adobe Captivate 8 enables developers to leverage device-specific capabilities. For example, developers can use GPS to deliver timely, location-aware content to learners, and gesture-based navigation to allow learners to tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe their way through courses.

Adobe Captivate 8 is also device aware, automatically detecting a learner’s mobile device for the optimal learning experience.

Further key features include the ability for authors to easily create show-me product demos in HD video, let-me-try simulations, and test-me compliance training materials. Microsoft PowerPoint slides are able to be transformed into HTML5-based elearning content, including eye-catching quizzes and interactions, and also publish projects to desktops, YouTube, learning management systems and mobile devices as apps.

Customisable out-of-the-box assets are also available to maximise productivity and enrich courses, including themes, drag-and-drop elements and a variety of interactions.

“Adobe Captivate 8 is a game changer,” Josh Cavalier, president, Lodestone says. “Tablets and smartphones have become the primary way we consume information, and the new responsive design capabilities allow eLearning developers an innovative way to easily create engaging content for different form factors.”


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