According to Adobe's Allen Partridge, Captivate version 2017, includes several new features including something called Fluid Boxes.
"To understand Fluid Boxes, you need to first imagine the various items on the screen are each contained in a virtual rectangle," said Partridge. "As the screen size changes, the boxes will intelligently rearrange, remove, realign and resize themselves to accommodate multiple screen sizes and orientations. The Captivate team has taken this even farther by enabling some elements to maintain static relationships within any box, and other elements to dynamically stretch, scale, and rearrange within any given box."
Beyond Fluid Boxes, there are additional new features I'll be writing about in the coming weeks. For instance, there's integration with Adobe Typekit that will ensure the awesome (but not Web Safe) fonts your designer wants to use in your eLearning project actually display correctly for your learners. And there's an Asset Library that includes more than 75,000 images, characters, templates, and themes that are free to use in your Captivate projects.
If Advanced Actions are your thing, you'll be happy to learn that standard and conditional actions have been combined, a long-awaited enhancement that will streamline your development efforts.
The first question I always get when someone is upgrading from an older version of Captivate to a new version is this: "Will my legacy Captivate projects open in the new version?" The answer is a resounding yes. Simply choose File > Open, find existing projects, and open them. The project will open in Captivate 2017 without fanfare. When you save the project the first time, you'll be alerted that it's being converted to version 2017.
Note: Once you convert your project to version 2017, there's no going back (it will not open in an older version of Captivate).
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