Adobe Captivate 5: The Essentials (for Windows & Macintosh) Kevin Siegel
If you are an instructional designer or technical writer, you have no doubt spent years attempting to perfect the art of teaching programs using fewer and fewer words. If you are in the business of educating, you know how difficult this job can be.
These days, interactive lessons that can be viewed over the Internet or from a CD are all the rage.
There are many programs that can be used to capture a computer's screen, mouse action and audio. Unfortunately, the resulting movies can be huge--a five minute lesson could easily gobble up nearly 100mb of storage space on a hard drive. Downloading a file that large will take a lot of time, even if a user has a fast Internet connection. Large file sizes are just part of the problem. The movies may not be cross-platform (they may not work on both Macs and PCs). Interactivity is a feature most of the "mouse capture" applications do not support. And there are few of these programs that allow images to be imported.
This fast-paced workbook will teach you the essential skills you will need to use Captivate to develop highly interactive eLearning courses. You will learn how to:
Record Demonstration Videos and Simulations
Add Captions, Styles and Use the Timeline
Add Images and Drawing Objects
Work with Pointers, Buttons and Highlight Boxes
Add Rollovers and Zoom Areas
Add, Record and Edit Audio
Add Flash Video, Animation and Effects
Convert Demonstrations Into Simulations
Create Question Slides
Publish Projects as eLearning
Note: This book has step-by-step instructions for developers using Captivate on either Windows or a Macintosh.
Kevin Siegel is the founder and president of IconLogic, Inc. He has written more than 100 step-by-step computer training books, including Essentials of Adobe Captivate 4, Adobe Captivate 4: Beyond the Essentials, Essentials of Adobe Captivate 3, Essentials of Adobe Captivate 2, Essentials of Macromedia Captivate, Essentials of RoboDemo 5, Essentials of Adobe RoboHelp 8, Essentials of Adobe RoboHelp 7, Essentials of Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, QuarkXPress 8: The Basics, Essentials of Adobe InDesign CS3, Camtasia Studio 7: The Essentials and Camtasia Studio 6: The Essentials.
Kevin spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an award-winning photojournalist and has more than two decades experience as a print publisher, technical writer, instructional designer and eLearning developer. He is a certified technical trainer, has been a classroom instructor for more than 18 years and is a frequent speaker at trade shows and conventions. Kevin holds multiple certifications from companies such as Adobe and the CompTIA.