Ways to use Captivate 9 effects and states

Captivate 8 review

Last week I reviewed Captivate 9 and I was quite excited about the new Effect and State options. However, I didn’t go into any detail as it would have taken up the entire blog. So this post will take you through some of the ideas I’ve had on how to use the new effect and state settings in Captivate 9. Below is a link to a demo project; you can also download the source Captivate file if you want as well.

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Is Windows 10 Good for e-Learning?

gamification of e-LearningWell, today is the day that Windows 10 comes to the masses. It has been a relatively quiet launch compared to the hype we used to get from Microsoft back in the 90s, but Windows 10’s launch is big news. I have had a chance to play with various builds with Windows 10 through the Insider Program and it had me wondering, is Windows 10 a good thing for e-Learning developers? To answer this I’m not going to talk about the return of the Start menu, nor am I going to talk about the new flat design that was inevitable. What I am going to do is look at some of the new features of Windows 10 and relate their use to e-Learning.

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Is e-Learning destroying training?


I am currently reading Andrew Keen’s “The internet is not the answer”. In the book, Keen evaluates the last 25 years of the internet and says we need to rethink the web, rebuild the value of content, resurrect privacy and, above all, reconceive humanity. Which is quite a big ask. One of his main arguments is that the “digital revolution” is destroying, not innovating, every 20th century industry. This made me think, is e-Learning actually destroying training?

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Use Edge Animate to get more out of Captivate 8

Adobe Captivate and Edge animate

The integration between Edge Animate and Captivate was one of the new features I was most excited about when I reviewed Captivate 8 a while back . It has not let me down. I now spend as much time in Edge Animate as I do in Captivate when I am building custom e-Learning interactions. Below is a demo of showing how you can use Edge Animate to control and interact with your Captivate project. It has buttons controlling Captivate, adjusting variables and more. There is a short explanation of each slide below. You can also download all the source files and have a play around yourself.

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Technical authoring: Be precise, be very precise

Technical authoring blog

Undoubtedly, one of the most important skills I bring to technical authoring is being precise… to the point of pedantry… and, yes, I’m proud of it!

Accuracy is critical. In fact, there’s probably nothing more important for a technical author to focus on. But not just in the world of technical communications; I recently read a newspaper article that reminded me of the importance of accuracy in many aspects of life. Below is a small collection.

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