After creating and editing an Adobe Captivate project, the author can publish the project for review on an internal server.
The project is published as a CREV file, a custom SWF file that is used for review.
Reviewers can review the CREV file by opening it in Adobe Captivate Reviewer, an AIR application. The installer for the application, AdobeCaptivateReviewer.air, is present in the location where you installed Adobe Captivate. You can also download it from the Adobe website: www.adobe.com/go/cp5_reviewerapp.
When you publish the project on an internal server for review, you can send the AIR application along with the e-mail notification for review.
Reviewers can install Adobe Captivate Reviewer without installing Adobe Captivate on their computers. However, they need to install Adobe AIR before installing the application. Adobe AIR can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website http://get.adobe.com/air/. Installing the AIR application is a one-time effort.
In a shared review where the author and the reviewers are on a common network, each of them can view comments posted by the other. The author, in addition, can accept, reject, or ask for feedback for the comments posted by the reviewers.
Reviewers who are not a part of the shared network can export their comments to an XML file and send it to the author. The author can import the XML file into the project, and view comments in the timeline of the slides where the reviewers posted them.
During the review cycle, the author and reviewers can view the latest comments posted by refreshing the contents of the application.
Use the following options to create the CREV file:
The location where the CREV file is published. Click Browse if you want to specify a different location for the generated files.
Project Comments Folder
Select this option and choose a shared folder, either on your computer or on the network, for storing the comments. Ensure that you provide write permissions to the folder. The path to the shared location must begin with a double backslash (\\) on Windows. On Mac, prefix the path with smb://.
If reviewers do not have access to a shared folder, you can choose not to specify a location for the comments. In this case, you can ask the reviewers to export their comments to an XML file and send the file to you.
When there is no shared network, you can choose not to specify a location. The reviewer must export the comments and send them to you. When you import the contents of the XML file, the comments are embedded in your project.
Select Send Mail, and do the following:
Select Attach Review (.CREV) File if you want to send the CREV file as an attachment along with the mail. Use this option when the size of the CREV file is small enough to be sent by e-mail. E-mail filters are configured to block e-mails that are larger than a specified size.
Select Attach Adobe Captivate Reviewer if you want to send the AIR installer as an attachment. Use this option the first time you send a CREV file to a reviewer.
Do not edit the Adobe Captivate project during the review. If the project changes during the review, the posted comments might not appear at the intended locations. If you must edit the project, ask the reviewers to stop their work. Then start a fresh review after editing the project.
You can set your preference for the Project Comments Folder in the Preferences dialog box. When you create new projects, this location is used when you publish a project for review on an internal server.
Select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Captivate > Preferences (Mac OS).
Select General Settings.
Specify a location for the project comments folder in the Comments At field.
Install Adobe AIR on your computer. Adobe AIR can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website http://get.adobe.com/air/.
Install the Adobe Captivate Reviewer application on your computer. The installer is provided to you by the author of the Adobe Captivate project. If you have Adobe Captivate installed on your computer, you can locate the installer, AdobeCaptivateReviewer.air, at the location where you installed Adobe Captivate.
If the CREV file is hosted on an internal server with a shared network folder, the comments are automatically published to this folder. If a folder is not shared on the network, export the comments into an XML file and send it to the author. For more information on exporting comments, see Export comments to an XML file.
Comments added to the project are indicated as markers (white dots) at the specific location in the seek bar. To locate the comment that you want to edit, move your pointer over the markers. The comment added at a location is displayed when the pointer moves over it.
Authors and reviewers can import comments from XML files sent to them. Comments imported from XML files appear at the same location in the Timeline if the author has not edited the file during the review process.
Authors can alternatively import comments from XML files using the Comments panel in Adobe Captivate.
Reviewers can export comments to an XML file and send it to the author. The author can import the XML file, provide feedback, export the file, and send it to the reviewers.
The author and reviewers can view and sort comments using the AIR application.
Do one of the following:
To view all comments added to the file, click Show All Comments.
To sort comments by reviewer name, click Filter Comments. In the Reviewers pop-up menu, select names of the reviewers to view comments posted by those reviewers.
Authors can view and sort comments in the Adobe Captivate project as well as the AIR application. Some of the options available for sorting are available only when the author uses Adobe Captivate to review the project.
The author can accept, reject, or reply to comments posted by reviewers. Reviewers can view feedback posted by the author when they refresh the contents of their application. In the Filmstrip, a comment icon appears below the slides that contain comments.
Comments are also visible on the timeline of individual slides. Authors can use Preview > Play This Slide to view the exact location of comments.
Click the reject comments icon to ignore the comment. Optionally, enter a reason for ignoring the comment in the pop-up window, and click Submit.
Click the accept reviewer comments icon to accept the comment. Optionally, enter your feedback in the pop-up window, and click Submit.
note: After you accept or reject a comment, the corresponding icon is displayed for the comment in the review application, along with any comments.
Click the Reply To Reviewers Comments icon to request clarification on the comment.