Today’s Adobe Summit had a session named “Sneak Peeks.” It was (unofficially I think) mentioned that the Adobe E-Learning Suite is coming, and will include Captivate 4, Flash, Photoshop, Acrobat Professional, Device Central, and more.
Here’s a quick list of topics covered.
Versions of Dreamweaver and Flash in E-Learning Suite will NOT be same as those in CS4 suites, and will include e-learning specific bits.
No date for E-Learning Suite given; will only say 2009.
Captivate 4 will include:
- Automatic panning that follow your screen actions.
- Previewing in Device Central
- Allows you to preview on an actual mobile device
- Allows you to preview with fake screen reflections
- Inline text editing for captions (no more dialog boxes)
- Basic drawing tools (shapes)
- Integration with Adobe Bridge
- Import > Photoshop files (PSD)
- Can flatten layers or choose to have them import to separate layers
- Converts each layer to hi-res PNG
- Allows you to animate layers individually on a single slide
- Support for custom variables, such as using a person’s first name throughout the course
- Uses $$variablename$$ syntax
- Means you can use custom static variables throughout a course
- You can customize an external RDL file to templatize variable use; means you can instruct Captivate to automatically insert variables when recording a demo without having to manually edit the recording afterwards
- Support for Flash widgets
- Will work much like components in Flash Professional
- Captivate 4 will ship with many widgets (including source FLA)
- Widgets can be customized, and users can create own from scratch
- Can talk to Captivate (including quizzes) and retrieve variables
- Example: certificate widget can display person’s name, score for course, date, etc.
- Example: “perpetual buttons” widget that customizes navigation (forward/back) for movie; hides “back” button when on first slide, hide “next” button when on last slide
- Captivate Exchange on Adobe site will be available for users to post and download custom widgets
- Support for multiple actions on a single slide
- Support for ActionScript 3 (can publish to AS2 or AS3 depending on user settings)
- Can create image slideshow
- Ability to show/hide toolbar during a course without using customizations
- Captivate 4 will be on Windows, but work will soon begin on a Mac version
- Can publish directly to PDF (embeds SWF into new PDF file)
- Single-SWF output (all files are embedded into single SWF, including nav and full-motion recordings)
- Auto-generation of Table of Contents (embedded into SWF)
- SWFs are searchable (text caption content is searchable)
- “Aggregator” feature allows you to add external Captivate SWFs to project (package multiple SWFs together… is a SWF that loads other SWFs)
- Supports Flash Player 7, 8, 9 & 10
- “Reviewer” feature allows users without Captivate to comment on a Captivate SWF
- Uses Adobe AIR
- Synchronizes comments form multiple reviewers
- Supports placeholders to demonstrate where content will be, such as an FLV that isn’t available yet.
- Helpful when using Reviewer feature so others can know what you have planned
- Placeholders make it easy to insert content when it becomes available
- Improved Support for PowerPoint imports
- Support for dynamic link to PowerPoint presentation — if PowerPoint file is updated, changes will be reflected in Captivate file
- Makes PPT file a smart object; you can open and edit PPT file via Captivate (just like how smart vector objects in Photoshop open in Illustrator)