In the good old days, software companies released major upgrades to their products every 2-3 years. Like it or not, the upgrade cycles have gotten shorter and shorter. How long was it between Adobe Captivate 5 and 6? 14 months? 18?
Adobe has promised a more aggressive upgrade cycle for its programs that will make even the recent upgrade cycles look almost snail-like. Case in point: version 7 of the Captivate software was released today.
Top features to be found in Adobe Captivate 7:
Make eLearning fun with drag-and-drop games, quizzes, and lessons that can run on desktops and mobile devices (such as the iPad). Provide audio feedback in response to the learner's drag-and-drop actions.
HTML5 Support for Microsoft PowerPoint
Import your PowerPoint project, including text, shapes, audio, and animations, into Adobe Captivate 7 and publish them directly to HTML5.
Enhanced Accessibility Support
Expand your outreach to defense, government, and educational organizations. Easily create simulations and demonstrations that address accessibility standards such as Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0). Define text equivalents, insert clickable areas that allow keyboard access and more, to help ensure that everyone can access your content.
Enhanced Interactions Library
Insert aesthetically designed interactive elements to eLearning content with just a click. Select from a wide range of out-of-the-box interactions, like Hangman, Jigsaw, Process Cycle, Glossary, Accordion and Pyramid, customize the content and appearance, and you're done.
In-course YouTube Videos For greater impact and retention, stream YouTube videos directly into your courses. To make the YouTube video contextually relevant, you can even which section of the video you want the learner to view.
In-course Web Browsing
Enable more effective learning by embedding a browser interface within your courses. Allow your learners to access additional web-based reference material that complements course content.
Enable learners to add and edit personal notes within a lesson, allowing learners to place cues within the course for future reference.
System Audio Recording and Editing
Record your system's audio along with your audio narration. Simultaneously record narration, capture screen motion, and synchronize audio with slides and timed objects. Edit audio to correct mistakes and pauses, add an external track, or attach sound effects or narration to individual objects.
Enhanced Quizzing with HTML5
Leverage HTML5 support in your quizzes to include more question types like matching, short answer, and fill-in-the-blank.
Support for GIFT Format
Easily convert offline questions into a GIFT format question bank that you can draw on to create quizzes. Import GIFT format questions quickly and conveniently into Adobe Captivate projects to create assessment modules. Maximize instructor time by using the same questions in multiple quizzes.
Integration with Tin Can-compliant LMSs
Your scoring data will integrate smoothly within a TinCan enabled Learning Management System (LMS).
Adobe Captivate App Packager
Embed a range of HTML5 animations and synchronize them with your Adobe Captivate course. Publish the course as an app to multiple mobile platforms including Windows RT (Metro apps).
Easily add complex mathematical equations, with operators and scientific symbols, to courses using the multi-purpose equation editor from [Math+Magic].
Improved Social Media Engagement
Instantly enable social conversations within Adobe Captivate courses with the enhanced Twitter widget. Help learners collaborate with you and other learners in real time by selecting a specific area within a course and tweeting a question. Track all conversations using the Learning Analytics dashboard.
Shared Advanced Action
Use Advanced Actions to configure and modify the learning experience by enabling conditional or multiple actions in an interaction. Now create Shared Action templates which can be reused across projects.
Over the coming weeks, we'll touch on all of these new features... so stay tuned.
Notes: If you have created content using older versions of Captivate, rest assured that your projects will upgrade to Captivate 7 without issue (at least that has been our experience). Also, if you rely on our Captivate books for your classes, we are hard at work on our Captivate 7 books. We expect those books to be available for purchase on our website and through our re-sellers within the next 30 days.