Adobe Ships Captivate 6 eLearning Tool

Adobe Systems ships the latest version of its eLearning authoring software, Adobe Captivate 6.

Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE) has announced the availability of Adobe Captivate 6, a significant upgrade to its eLearning authoring software for rapidly creating a wide range of interactive eLearning and HTML5-based mobile Learning content.

Adobe said the new release is designed with today€™s mobile learners in mind, as it enables eLearning developers, corporate trainers, educators and other business users to help deliver Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee- (AICC-) compliant course content that is accessible any time, anywhere.

€œToday, learners expect engaging eLearning options on their iOS and Android devices€”static presentations shrunk to fit mobile screens aren€™t enough,€ said Naresh Gupta, senior vice president of the Print and Publishing business at Adobe, in a statement. €œCaptivate 6 gives subject matter experts and content creators the ability to deliver eLearning content to mobile devices that is as robust and interactive as the content delivered to desktops.€

Captivate 6 enhancements improve mobile access and boost learner engagement via new HTML5 publishing with pause and resume capabilities. Users can publish interactive HTML5 eLearning content that is accessible from both iOS and Android devices and leverages mobile presets to help ensure seamless mobile distribution. By publishing eLearning content as both SWF and HTML5, learners can begin a course on their desktop, and pause and later resume on a different device. And with HD Screencast, users can quickly create high-definition-quality demos within the new €œcapture-as-a-video€ workflow, edit video, and add transitions, smart shapes, audio and captions. Users also can insert another video in a picture-in-picture format and publish it to YouTube€”all within the same UI.

€œMany of our customers want to access eLearning content on mobile devices, but getting content there has been a challenge,€ Dustin Tauer, vice president of training and development at Easel Solutions, said in a statement. €œNow, HTML5 publishing with Captivate 6 makes it easy to extend eLearning to mobile devices without forcing the author to learn new programming code.€

The new release enables developers to select from a variety of preloaded actors and set them against customizable backdrops to give content a more personal touch. They can include additional interactivity by inserting smart learning interactions, such as widgets, animated rollovers and more, with just a few clicks.

€œAdobe Captivate 6 HD screen-casting provides a seamless workflow for all my video capture and editing needs,€ Eric Fields, senior eLearning consultant at Coventry Health Care Workers€™ Comp Services, said in a statement. €œI no longer need additional software, which means no more incompatibility breakdowns and procurement delays working with multiple software packages.€

The product also features enhanced PowerPoint roundtripping. Users can import PowerPoint 2010 slides along with objects, animations and multimedia into eLearning projects with better fidelity conversation workflow. And they can easily update pre-existing PowerPoint content, which will be automatically synced via the dynamically linked import feature. In addition, Captivate 6 allows the use of pretests to assess the knowledge, skill level or training needs of individual learners. Based on results, educators can direct learners to the appropriate section and use post-tests to gauge what resonates. The system also allows learners to revisit a relevant section after answering a quiz question incorrectly and, if necessary, discourage guesswork by penalizing for wrong answers.

With Captivate 6, trainers and educators can individualize eLearning modules by recording voice-overs and other sounds that automatically play back when a learner clicks on a specified object. Course designers can also ensure that eLearning content maintains a consistent look and feel using customizable, professionally designed themes. Improved LMS integration helps eLearning developers effortlessly publish content to leading learning management systems, including Moodle, Blackboard, Plateau, Saba and SumTotal.