Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Adobe Captivate - What Resolution Should I Use?

From time to time I get this question about what resolution and for that matter, what aspect ratio should eLearning designers choose for their eLearning project. My expectation is that designers are hoping for a single super answer that will be applicable to all eLearning projects from now and into the future. The reality of the situation is there is no one single answer, however, I think I can offer some insight into this. 

When I begin an elearning project for a client, I start with a needs analysis. Included in that needs analysis is a technical needs analysis. For example, if everyone in the organization uses their desktop computer to complete their training and the stakeholder doesn't expect that to change anytime soon, you should focus on a solution that is optimized for a desktop computer. If all their employees use iPhone 8 Pluses, then design for that size.

In this video tutorial, I show you an easy way to determine exactly what resolution you need to target for when designing for a particular device.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Adobe Captivate - Turn Bookmarking On / Off

In this Adobe Captivate video tutorial, I show you how you can turn bookmarking on or off for your eLearning course when you have an LMS and when you are simply storing your eLearning in the cloud.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Adobe Captivate - Video

In this Adobe Captivate QuickTip, I will answer the question what happened to Captivate’s ability to publish your CPTX projects as either video or as a stand-alone executable for Mac or PC. This tutorial is for non-responsive projects only as these two publishing methods are not compatible with responsive projects.

Publish projects as MP4 files


Publish projects as executable files


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Adobe Captivate - Preview in SCORM Cloud

In this Adobe Captivate video tutorial, I will show you how the Preview in SCORM Cloud works and what information you can get from it.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Adobe Captivate - Keyboard Shortcuts

In this Adobe Captivate video tutorial, I show you three really helpful keyboard shortcuts that will save a bunch of time when working with the timeline. Also, I’ve provided a link below that will take you to the site where they have provided a list of all the keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Captivate (2017 Release) and earlier.

Adobe Captivate Keyboard Shortcuts:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Adobe Captivate - Shared Actions

I record Adobe Captivate tutorials on procedures I use myself. One such topic that I haven't covered before now is shared actions. I simply haven't had a reason to use them in my everyday work. I would use "advanced actions" for the navigation controls I would put at the beginning of my course and display for the rest of the project. One problem is that you can't have items displayed for rest of project and contained in fluid boxes. I'm going to attempt to solve it using a shared action today.

Adobe Captivate - Replace the Text Expand Icon for Something Else

In this Adobe Captivate tutorial, I show you how you can replace the text expand icon used in your responsive design projects for something else. I used a grey icon of a book so as to match more eLearning designs, however, you are free to use whatever style you wish.

Adobe Captivate Draft 1.0.5 (235)

About two years ago I was scheduled to go on vacation but also had to get started on one of my projects. I took this opportunity to use the newly released Adobe Captivate Draft to begin the storyboarding process and get a jump start on my development as well. In this video tutorial, I walk you through the process of creating a storyboard using Adobe Captivate Draft. I also discuss that Draft is not just for storyboarding but can be for content gathering as well. For this demonstration, I'm using my iPad Mini 2, but it is compatible with any iPad on the market today. A longer tutorial but I tried to find the right balance between comprehensive and concise. I hope I was successful in achieving that.


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Adobe Captivate - Get Captivate and Vegas FREE!

In this video, I congratulate the Adobe eLearning Community for turning one year old, remind everyone about the Learning Summit in Las Vegas and reveal a little-known secret on how you can get Adobe eLearning software and a trip to Vegas for free!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Adobe Captivate QuickTip - Slide vs. Project Level Closed Captions

In this video, I show you how you can select project level closed captions for your Adobe Captivate 2017 eLearning project.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Adobe Captivate 2017 - Font Based Icons in Responsive Design

Previously I showed viewers how they could include the icons from the FontAwesome font in your Blank Projects (non-responsive projects). In this video, I will show you how you can get the same icons in your responsive projects and add an awesome quality to your eLearning projects. Remember that fonts are essentially scalable vector graphics. There is no better way to make beautiful navigation and control icons.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Adobe Captivate 2017 - Importing GIFT Files into Your Quiz

In this video, I will show you how to create a GIFT format file to import your quiz questions with great ease and reduced time. In addition, tune in until the end of the video to learn about a tool that can help you out.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Adobe Captivate 2017 - Responsive Design Drag and Drop using Fluid Boxes

I’ve had a number of viewers ask about how Drag and Drop can work with Fluid Boxes. In this video, I show you how you can make the two work together effectively.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Adobe Captivate - Delete Responsive Preview Devices

In this Adobe Captivate Quicktip Tutorial, I will show you how you can delete the default responsive preview devices from Adobe Captivate (2017 release).

Monday, May 8, 2017

Adobe Captivate 2017 - Custom Quiz Results Slide Using Fluid Boxes

With the release of Adobe Captivate 2017 edition, I’ve decided to revisit some of the earlier tutorials that I have made for you in the past, especially tutorials that were created with Adobe Captivate 8. Several years ago I made a tutorial on creating a custom quiz results slide using a simple advanced action. In this video, I will show you how to create such a slide but this time using Fluid Boxes, multi-state objects, and Adobe Captivate (2017 Release).

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Captivate 2017 - Enhancements to Advanced Actions

In this video, I show you one of the several enhancements to advanced actions in Adobe Captivate. In the past, if you wanted to convert a standard advanced action to a conditional advanced action you would need to rewrite the advanced action from scratch. This could be problematic if you pointed to that advanced action from multiple places throughout your project. Now you can convert a standard action to advanced action just by checking a check box. Watch this video to see this in action. 

Captivate 2017 - Enhancements to Multi State Buttons

In this video, I show you the enhancements to the multi-state buttons in Captivate 2017.

Captivate 2017 - Convert Blank Projects to Responsive Design

In this video, I show you how to convert a blank project to a responsive design project in Captivate 2017.

Captivate 2017 - Typekit Integration

In this video, I show you how to work with Typekit integration in Adobe Captivate 2017.

Captivate 2017 - Custom Table of Contents without Advanced Actions

In this video, I show you a bonus feature in Captivate 2017 - a new visited state allows you to create multi-state buttons that show a different state when already visited without any advanced actions. This is very cool and certainly welcome for users who are not as comfortable with advanced actions.

Captivate 2017 - Fluid Boxes

In this video, I show you the new way to design responsive eLearning with Adobe Captivate 2017 using fluid boxes.

Captivate 2017 - Fluid Boxes

In this video, I show you the new way to design responsive eLearning with Adobe Captivate 2017 using fluid boxes.

Captivate 2017 - Enhancements to Closed Captions

In this video, I show you the new way to design responsive eLearning with Adobe Captivate 2017 using fluid boxes.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Turn On Playback Controls with Advanced Actions

In this video, I show you an alternative way to prevent a user from clicking next by hiding the playback controls using advanced actions.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Turn Playback Controls On or Off

In this video, I show you how you can create an on enter action or an advanced action that will turn on or off your playback controls for your Adobe Captivate eLearning project. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Custom Multiple Choice Final Quiz Question

How you can create a custom final quiz question slide using hidden captions, advanced actions and also have the advanced action stop slide audio or triggered audio. In addition, the scoring for this interaction will completely work with the inbuilt functionality of Adobe Captivate.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Stop Triggered Audio with Advanced Actions

In this video, I
show you how you can stop slide or triggered audio using advanced actions on a
single slide tabbed content page. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Transparent Buttons versus Smart Shape Buttons

In this video, I show you how you can create your own multi-state object buttons using transparent buttons and smart shape buttons. I also compare a couple of differences between the two and provide an example of when to use one over the other.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Creating Your Own Custom Question Captions

Creating Your Own Custom Question Captions in your #AdobeCaptivate #OnlineLearning projects. #eLearning #EdTech

Friday, March 3, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Replacing the Default Click Sound

In this video, I show you how you can replace the default click sound for buttons with your own choice of sounds.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Multi State Objects in Drag and Drops

In this video, I show you how you can add multiple states to your drag and drop objects to create the appropriate amount of contrast needed depending on the background drop targets.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Automatically Close the Table of Contents

Steve from the Adobe eLearning Community asked a follow-up question to my video about using the inbuilt table of contents feature. He asked is there a way to make the table of contents disappear once you have clicked on a link within it? In this quick tip, I will answer his question.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Publishing Your Project on Amazon S3

As a freelance eLearning designer developer, I often have to share my eLearning prototypes with clients for review. I have had several solutions to this over the years but recently had some extra difficulties with my previous solutions. After some research, I found this solution from the folks at Articulate. I suggest you watch this video in addition to what I’m offering here.

The first thing you’ll need is an Amazon Web Services account.

You’ll also need to download and install Cloudberry’s Amazon s3 Explorer

Copy the text from this blog post below and paste it into your Bucket Policy Content window in Cloudberry Explorer. You will need to replace the example bucket name with your own.

If your course uses SVG image files you will need to add the Http Header for SVG

Click Tools / Http Headers, click add and enter…

Http header: SVG

Values: image/svg+xml

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Pop up Mini Knowledge Checks

In this video, I will show you how to create a pop-up mini survey, multiple choice single answer, multiple choice multi-answer, true-false type question. This can be a great way to have mini knowledge checks without interrupting the flow of training.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Use Media Encoder for Video in eLearning

In this video, I will show you what you need to know about encoding your video for use in your Adobe Captivate eLearning.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Adobe Captivate - Round Tripping with Audition

In this video, I show you how you can take your narration from Adobe Captivate and round trip it with Adobe Audition. From there you will be able to edit your audio to remove extra sounds, background noise and edit it for length.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Rating Scale (Likert) Questions

In this video, I’m going to show you the rating scale (Likert) type question. Talk about when you might use them, and explain two issues of compatibility.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Adobe Captivate – Hot Spot Questions

In this video, I’m going to show you how to create a hot spot and when is the best time to use them.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Adobe Captivate - Progress Indicator as a Percentage

In this video, I’m going to show you how you can have a progress indicator in Adobe Captivate expressed as a whole number percentage. Thanks to Philip Wood for providing the JavaScript. Contact Philip through his website at

Adobe Captivate 9 QuickTip - Getting Video Demo to Work with High Densit...

I went to record a video demo this morning and I got the following message: Capture is disallowed since High-density display was detected. Please set ‘DpiAwareness = 1’ in AdobeCaptivate.ini and restart the application. In this video, I show you how you can configure Adobe Captivate 9 to work with high-density displays.

Monday, January 9, 2017