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Say Hello to the all-new Adobe Captivate!

Adobe Employee ,
Jul 01, 2023 Jul 01, 2023

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The wait is finally over! The much anticipated, much awaited Adobe Captivate is here.

 

We are proud to introduce you to our new authoring tool that will empower you to create interactive eLearning content with ease. With extensive research, collaboration, and a deep understanding of the evolving needs of course creators, we have developed a game-changing platform that will redefine the future of eLearning authoring.

 

Easy to Use

Bring your ideas to life easily with the user-friendly and intuitive interface of the new Adobe Captivate.

 

Modern

Modernize your course by embracing the power of infinite scrolling in the new Adobe Captivate. Design your courses as continuous narratives with web friendly vertical scrolling.

 

Asset Library

Create beautiful eLearning content in minutes with the Assets library, which provides a vast collection of resources such as templates, characters, images, icons, audio clips, and videos to enhance your eLearning projects.

 

Simplified Interaction Creation

Design and develop user interactions in a straightforward and user-friendly manner using the new Adobe Captivate. The simplified interaction interface allows you to easily define specific triggers, conditions, and corresponding actions for your e-learning interaction.

 

Simulation Development

Simulate the behavior of a software application or system easily using the redesigned simulation capture capability of the new Adobe Captivate.  You can simultaneously create demo, training and assessment software simulations by recording your actions once.

 

Widget Gallery

Develop immersive and interactive learning experiences in minutes without any technical hassle using the wide range of customizable widgets in the new Adobe Captivate.

 

Responsive and Mobile-Friendly Design

The new Adobe Captivate is responsive by default and optimizes your eLearning courses for different devices and screen sizes. It ensures that the content and design elements automatically adapt to various devices, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

 

Accessible

Reach a broader audience by making your e-learning accessible and inclusive to learners with disabilities or diverse needs. The new Adobe Captivate enables you to create online courses that are Section 508, WCAG 2.1 compliant.

 

For more information, please visit https://www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html. Stay tuned for our upcoming posts filled with valuable insights, practical tips, and inspiring stories.

 

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Contributor ,
Jul 01, 2023 Jul 01, 2023

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This is very interesting and I look forward to exploring it. Unfortunately the link for the new version goes to CP 2019.

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Participant ,
Jul 02, 2023 Jul 02, 2023

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just go to the US link (remove your country code from the link)
Par for the course, though.

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Jul 03, 2023 Jul 03, 2023

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Thanks John. That works 🙂

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Participant ,
Jul 02, 2023 Jul 02, 2023

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I've been working on the beta for this (Charm) for quite a few months.
I know it's only version 1 and there's a huge amount of work to do before it even begins to do what 2019 does, but I was hoping on the release version to at least be able to open it before it crashed.
Understand that as I've been on the beta team, I'm quite OK with cleaning up previous builds before installing new ones.

But seeing an error message saying that a Library is missing is a bit strange.
Can anyone help?

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 03, 2023 Jul 03, 2023

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Hi John, sorry to hear this. I hope it's fixed now.

However, if you see this error the next time, delete the eLearning Assets folder in /Users/Shared/Adobe and run the CleanPreferencesMac utility. Then restart Captivate.

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Jul 18, 2023 Jul 18, 2023

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Saurav, since I was on the Charm beta, I'm aware of this standard cleanup process. What I wasn't expecting was the new requirement to have the latest version of MacOS installed in order to work.
All through the beta, Big Sur was just fine to use. And then Adobe sneaks in the higher OS requirement.
I guess I wasted my time on the beta because I can't use it now.

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Explorer ,
Jul 03, 2023 Jul 03, 2023

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I have questions about the versioning of this as well. When is the target date for all the features of Captivate Classic (2019) to be included in the new version?
I love the interface and toolbars of the new version, but it doesn't seem to have an option for me to select more than one target for the drag and drop interaction or do any kind of advanced actions for those. 
I find myself opening and trying something and then determining that it won't let me do that and having to go back to 2019. So, just wondering when everything is getting transferred over so I can start using 2023 exclusively?

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 06, 2023 Jul 06, 2023

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Hi lisar47675339,

 

Can you share the use case where you want to have more than one target for a drag object?

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Community Expert ,
Jul 06, 2023 Jul 06, 2023

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@Mayank_Meh It is a serious limitations in CP2023, compared with CP2019 where you could use Types for both drag sources and drop targets. Have a look at my video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqj3KPAvf6E

 

How to use D&D panel to create and use types for a Drag&Drop interactivity where the sequence of similar objects is not important.

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Explorer ,
Jul 06, 2023 Jul 06, 2023

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Sure, here is probably the quickest example I can think of that is simple and explains what we need to be able to do. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYyyXdVwCNM


Having one drag object go to one target is pretty limiting. @Lilybiri gives some examples as well. 

But, this goes back to my question as to where is the roadmap for the 2019 features to be added to the new version? 
Loving the new look and feel, but it makes me more anxious to get fully into it rather than having to keep going back to 2019. 

In this Adobe Captivate video tutorial, I show you how you can create a drag and drop where you have more than one drag objects that are the same as one another. *Do you need help with Adobe Captivate?* https://captivateteacher.com/how-i-can-help *Subscribe to my channel for FREE:* ...

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Explorer ,
Jul 11, 2023 Jul 11, 2023

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I agree, having more flexibility in the drag-and-drop is essential.

 

"Drag all fruits into this target. Drag all vegetables into that basket." (Lisar, am I understanding you correctly?)

 

Good quizzes need to be able to have multiple objects land in targets. Currently I see that Cp 12 does allow two objects to be dragged into one target, but it is VERY aesthetically clunky. And there are a great many more issues with drag and drop - I submitted a bug report so I don't want to hijack this thread, but just wanted to agree. 

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Jul 04, 2023 Jul 04, 2023

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I admit, so far, I'm a little under-whelmed.

While it's nice to have a sim capture tool that actually captures my screens (unlike 2019 on the Mac), I am baffled at the very minimal controls available, to say nothing of an inability to add any assets to my capture screens.  For example, I want to add a text block or a shape to provide some instructions and then let the user proceed with the task at hand. I have no issues doing so on a blank slide, however.

I've also managed to trigger a crash where a blank Captivate window remains on screen but will not close.
I hope for some fixes soon, otherwise I might just stick with Classic.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 06, 2023 Jul 06, 2023

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Hi marksheppard68,

 

Can you share the steps you tried to trigger a crash in new Captivate? This will hep us in reproducing the issue and fixing it.

 

Regards,

Mayank

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Jul 07, 2023 Jul 07, 2023

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I'll have to see if it happens again. Right now I'm more concerned about the fact that I can't add any text/shape objects to a Software Capture. Any thoughts there?

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Community Expert ,
Jul 07, 2023 Jul 07, 2023

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I know this is not meant for me to answer. At this moment I would recommend NOT to use the Software simulation in the new version, but use Captivate Classic. All tools in the left toolbar are dimmed in the software sims, because those sims are non-responsive and the tools only allow to be used in a responsive project. I have created tons of sims, and in this version the Sim feature is far from ready to be really used. You cannot have a proper tutorial when there is no way to add static objects to a sim and extra content/quiz slides. It was very difficult to test this (late) feature during beta for me because it had serious issues with my non-US keyboard and crashed all the time. I tried to test in the released version, but was not impressed. And you don't find any good tips in the (old school) video tutorial which is an exact copy from what I used to teach for software sims in versions 4-6. You'll find all the old items in the installation folder, like the language files with the capture texts (rdl extension). I am curious about the former FMR slides because that is a problem in the Classic Captivate because they were FLV slides needed to be converted to MP4 on publishing and that didn't work all the time. For that reason I only used sims in Training/Assessment mode and used Video Demo (better quality) for Demo mode and replaced the FMR slides by Video Demo slides. 

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Jul 18, 2023 Jul 18, 2023

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Underwhelmed is an understatement!
After working on the beta for many months, the long awaited (fanfare suppressed) version that is already causing confusion with its name is here. It's not Captivate. It's not even close. It's the toy you play with when you're bored, not on a deadline and don't have some serious eLearning to develop. And why do I say that?

Here's why.

 

  1. Massively reduced compatibility - must have latest version of MacOS to run. Crashes all the time.
  2. Reduced workflow capability -  unable to undock panels to place on other screens.
  3. UX - no consistency with naming conventions, control areas, process and publishing. 
  4. I guess this is UX/UI but having to do so many clicks to get what you want is annoying as hell.
  5. Inability to position and stack objects where you want them - that's the dealbreaker for me. 
  6. Flaky behaviour - crashes while doing seemingly unrelated tasks. Doesn't autosave pre-crash.
  7. What Asset library?
  8. Object styles, master pages and themes. There's a notion towards it, but I wouldn't consider the effort useful at all. Expecting people to remake stuff from scratch all the time is ridiculous. You must think we have all the time in the world and no deadlines. Dealbreaker.
  9. Adobe seems to think that we all need a fully responsive layout instead of the features we've had for ages.
    Fact: 90% of my market don't deliver to a mobile environment so all this "how cool is it that we can engage in an eLearning course while we're on the train" is complete BS.
    When you have clients that have huge network security (think Govt.) they wouldn't allow this anyway.
    Anyone in the business knows that targeting Desktop OS and browser platforms is hard enough, but having to manage all the drama that comes with targeting mobile platforms is in many cases a complete waste of time and effort.
  10. I have a huge library of really useful Javascript functions that allow me to add great value to my eLearning applications. 
    You guessed it - that's unusable with the latest version too.


There are plenty more things that irritate me about Charm (I refuse to call it 'Captivate', 'The New Captivate', or anything else that uses that word), but surprisingly I did see one thing that I really like about it. Just one:
The ability to create Bookmarks (c'mon Adobe, just call 'em cuePoints like everyone else does) and actually assign actions to those cuepoints. It means that as the timeline plays, you can trigger actions, call Javascript functions etc.
About time.

So shoot me, Adobe. I really thought you were going to come out with something flash and greatly improved. 
I will continue to support my clients that have CP2019 projects until it is given a decent burial, but right now there's no way I could suggest to them that we continue with whatever this new iteration is.  Most of what you see here is available on Kando and other platforms.
If I have to install Parallels and run Windows and Storyline 360 on my Mac, I will. If I can get better UX, UI and still get fully responsive layouts then I could even use an open source tool like Tumult Hype.
But one thing I'm sure of is that I will continue sending you a bunch of money every month for my CC subscription and my CP2019 subscription while it lasts. But unless you give us some hope that you're able to at least match the capabilities of CP2019 I reckon me an thousands of eLearning developers will be like rats on the Titanic. Running like crazy.

 

And for those of you that think that I'm just some crazy old coot with nothing else to do but complain, I'll say that I've been using Captivate since before it was Captivate. I've been in this industry longer than some of you have been alive, and I really, truly was hoping that after such a long wait, with missed deadlines and broken promises littering the floor, that we'd have something to work with that was better than we have already.

</rant>

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Explorer ,
Jul 18, 2023 Jul 18, 2023

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...stop beating around the bush and tell us how you really feel 😉

(FWIW, I'm with you 100% on this)

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Community Expert ,
Jul 18, 2023 Jul 18, 2023

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I feel your pain, John, and agree. I have told the Captivate team over and over again that none of my clients except one, was looking for a responsive project. And that exception was much better with a scalable HTML output designed with smartphones in mind.

Like you I have been using Captivate, not since it was labeled RoboDemo, but from version 1 on. You know about my blog with tutorials (many have been stolen as well by other 'experts' and sold as if they invented them) which has cost me thousands of hours and often was based on questions which I answer daily here and in other forums since 2008.

But - similar to Rise which is a success story - it is not important anymore to develop great eLearning courses based on pedagogical insights and experience (being a professor I have decades of expetience). It needs to be simple, based on canned templates, banning all customisation and possible roundtripping with other Adobe applications, with a UI that should be intuitive (look at the questions here to see if that is proved) and based on assembling some design templates. Banned is the well-known Adobe workspace/panel setup, CC Libraries are still not available, there is not even a Project library anymore. Forget coding, advanced/shared actions are lost and tons of available and hidden system variables went to the trash can. Look at Tristan's video to understand what happened with the ability to extend using custom JS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csGCXwnkpTM

You can see the cover 'No', it conveys the desperation of a genius expert who supported many CP users who wanted to avoid learning to be a full-blown JS programmer as well. 

Indeed, like you, I would have preferred another name for this new version. This is not a professional tool like Classic Captivate. Premiere Pro has its little brother Premiere Rush, but even that little brother keeps the link with its family, Illustrator for the iPad keeps its link with big sister Illustrator, the many Photoshop apps do not disown their heritage.  Charm does disown not only Captivate, but the whole Adobe family.  It would be OK to have a simple tool, Articulate also has StoryLine and Rise. 

The All New Captivate is released. Will CpExtra and CpMate support it? We'll give you a hint... CpExtra: https://www.infosemantics.com.au/about-cpextra/ CpMate: https://www.infosemantics.com.au/about-cpmate/

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Jul 28, 2023 Jul 28, 2023

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I can think of two clients that had only employees viewing on phones because no one owned computers. 

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Jul 29, 2023 Jul 29, 2023

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In that case you could create a scalable HTML project with a resolution near to smartphone browser resolutions.

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Jul 27, 2023 Jul 27, 2023

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I just spent an hour or so with "charm" and have no idea what I'm going to do once Classic Cp is no longer supported. For all the reasons you mentioned (and more), this is a major disruption to me, my current clients and my future ones. I am grateful to have had a tool like Cp pay my bills for 15+ years but .... ouch.... what the !@#%$ is this All New garbage? All new, yes, but not better.

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Jul 27, 2023 Jul 27, 2023

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Completely understand since I am in the same situation.  Captivate Classic should be available at least until 2027. I have to plan my retirement from eLearning at that moment.

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Aug 22, 2023 Aug 22, 2023

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John, I am so with you! Been using this tool since it was with Macromedia. I am actually pissed!! I have built my whole interactive solution around this tool. And now it has been ripped away. I uninstalled the new version, which left 2019 in a messed up state.  I am making plans to use another tool altogether. If Adobe had just fixed the issues, with Captivate 2019, it would be the market leader. Now Captivate has become one of those small vendors you see at trade shows who are trying to enter the market. Ugggg!

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Jul 06, 2023 Jul 06, 2023

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Hi, We have an organizational subscription for Captivate 2019 and I'm trying to download the all new Captivate, but it won't work - says my admin people have to get invovled, but you won't let organizational admin into the downloads area apparently. Any ideas please as the Adobe apps available for download has't been updated since the launch of this new version. I would have hoped it would automatically be available in my apps and personal account area for user ease, but it's not. I'm eager to get started with the new version but we're going in loops at the moment to access it! Any adivce appreciated Thanks 🙂

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