Adobe Typekit Integration With the migration to HTML5 and responsive design, text in eLearning projects became actual text instead of just another graphical image as was the case when Flash based eLearning was the norm. HTML5 offer many advantages but this limited developers to the commonly used fonts, namely web safe fonts. With Adobe Captivate that problem has been solved through the introduction of being able to add Typekit fonts to your eLearning projects.
Typekit fonts are cloud-based and with a Typekit account, many of these cloud-based fonts will now be available to Captivate developers as well.
Creative Cloud customers get a limited number of Typekit fonts at their disposal. Here is a tutorial that shows how easy it is to add Typekit fonts to your eLearning projects. Enhanced Multi-State Buttons When Captivate 9 was released, many developers were excited at the number of multi-state objects available to them.
Most notable was the ability to have a variety of buttons that were previously just static. There were some exceptions to which types of buttons could have multi-states, however, this has been addressed in Captivate Developers now can have multi-state buttons on question slides, shape buttons on master slides, buttons on drag and drop slides, and buttons on your quiz results slide.
Here is a video where I demonstrate these enhancements. Enhanced Closed Captioning About five years ago I had a client ask me if I could make the closed captioning window on a course I had developed smaller. They complained that users who wished to use closed captioning had to read the text across the entire width of the project window and this was causing fatigue for users of closed captioning.
There was no way to modify the closed captioning window size in previous versions. Adobe Captivate has introduced the ability to not only create custom sizes of closed captioning windows but their placement can now be on any part of the slide. Furthermore, developers can also use custom font formatting for part or all of the captions they display to their audience.
Watch this video to see me customize my closed captions for a small project. Enhancements to Advanced Actions Lastly, there have been some enhancements to advanced actions in Captivate In previous versions of Captivate a best practice developed to make all advanced actions conditional. While enrolled at the college I found out that I was eligible to purchase the Adobe eLearning Suite at a substantial discount.
The eLearning Suite is no longer available, but at the time it was a really great value because it included several of the Creative Suite titles for a very reasonable price.
Adobe and other software developers offer student and teacher discounts because if you can get the next generation of future creative people using your software, you will likely get a surge in corporate sales in the next few years because of it.
The downside of student and teacher pricing is that they are not subscriptions and therefore will become obsolete at some point. Technically I could still use my copy of the Adobe eLearning Suite, however, all the software included is well over half a decade old. Perpetual License Like the student and teacher pricing, a regular perpetual license is what you get when you pay a single lump sum for a software title. Adobe and other software developers are between a rock and a hard place.
On the other hand, it does lead to disappointment. Adobe does offer complimentary upgrades for users who are usually within the 1 month period but if you fall outside that range you may be disappointed. Of course, this is why subscription can be so appealing. Subscription If price and obsolescence are your concern, the subscription model is really the best bet.
Subscription costs you a monthly fee but requires a commitment of time, usually a year. The individual payment is lower and in the case of Adobe Captivate, less expensive than a perpetual license, assuming you will always upgrade to the latest version. I prefer and of course, require the most up to date version. While many people still watch my tutorials on Adobe Captivate 8, the real demand for me is to teach about the new features in release.
Jul 9, - July 9, When I first started using adobe captivate it was purchased for me. I worked as an eLearning designer, developer and of course. Feb 13, - Adobe Captivate: Should You Buy or Subscribe? Purchase outright: You can purchase a new license of Captivate 8 for $ You install it on your computer, and then you can use it for as long as you like. Subscription: If you choose the subscription model, you pay $ per month for the software with a one-year. Even though prices are stated in your local currency, this transaction may constitute an international transaction, since you are purchasing from Digital River.
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