Macromedia Tool Built to Captivate

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-11-29 Print this article Print

Macromedia's Captivate 1.0 is a great tool for creating rich and complex tutorials, simulations and e-learning demos.

Macromedias Captivate 1.0, based on the companys acquisition of eHelps RoboDemo technology, is an overhaul of the popular application simulation and demo-creation software. These major changes have been mostly for the better, as Captivate 1.0 is one of the best tools Ive ever used for creating rich and complex tutorials, simulations and e-learning demos.

Using Captivate 1.0, released this month priced at $499, I quickly created complex, interactive application demonstrations. With the improved capture features, I could easily record my actions while using a program and could even add a voice-over narration.

The excellent interface made it possible for me to easily edit a demonstration to suit my training needs, and I especially liked the timeline and preview features that let me quickly check my progress.

Within Captivate, it was possible to create complex and specific quizzes within my demos. Captivate supports key e-learning standards such as SCORM and AICC.

Demos created in Captivate can be published as Flash applications, as Macromedia Breeze presentations or as cross-platform executables. I appreciated the option to output rich printed handouts of the demos within Microsoft Word.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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