I am excited to share that Adobe Captivate 9 is here! I’ve had the opportunity to work with Adobe Captivate 9 and try out some of the new features of the development tool. There are a lot of updates to what Captivate 8 laid the foundation for and continuing to build on ease of use for instructional designers and developers.
Adobe Captivate Draft
Probably one of the more exciting features that I really like is the Adobe Captivate Draft app for Captivate 9 available in the Apple App Store. Draft allows you to create your storyboard all right within the app and provides a lot of functionality. You can add slide objects and modify their properties like the size and fill color. You can even add hotspots and questions slides. When you’re finished creating your storyboard you can save it to Creative Cloud and open the storyboard file directly into Captivate 9 and add full development.
Enhancements to Responsive Projects
Another fantastic feature that has been enhanced is responsive projects in Captivate 9. Now responsive projects have up to 5 breakpoints to create for the devices that you are delivering your projects on. These could be used to create specific views or you can create them as the landscape/portrait view alternative to your project.
If don’t want your learners to view content on mobile devices in landscape mode, you can do that as well with disallowing landscape orientation and including a message to only view the course in portrait orientation. You can find this in Preferences, Publish Settings.
A new level of interactivity has been added to Captivate 9 with multi-state objects. You can create these interactions without having to use show/hide techniques in your project. In the Properties panel that is new section called Object States where you can create different states for an object. There are still the three default states, Normal, Rollover, and Down. You can also create your own custom states with objects.
There is also a button called State View that opens up the Object State panel to manage the states you have created. You can add or delete states and add more objects to existing states.
You can execute then execute and Advanced Action to Change State of… so when the learner clicks on the target button it will then change the state of the object.
Here is an example screenshot of how states can work instead of the show/hide features in Advanced Actions.
This example has several car colors so when the learner clicks on each color button the car will match the color on the button. This was all created using the multi-state object feature in Captivate 9.
Captivate 8 introduced geo-location for responsive courses, but now in Captivate 9 there’s an extra layer of functionality. Geo-location allows you to deliver content to you learners when they need it and where they need it.
One of the better features of this is the Geo-Location Emulator which allows you to test out the project as if you were in the learner’s location.
Another update is executing an Advanced Action when the learner’s location changes.
These are some of my favorite new features of Adobe Captivate 9, but there are many more. Check out the Adobe Captivate 9 product page to download a trial and get started!