What's New in Adobe Captivate (2017 release)

New features & enhancements in Adobe Captivate


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Adobe Captivate reimagines the way interactive eLearning is created for a multi-device world. Rapidly author a wide range of interactive and responsive HTML5-based eLearning content without programming. 

Read on for a quick introduction to the new features and enhancements introduced in the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate.

Introducing Adobe Captivate (2017 Release)

What's new and changed in Captivate 2017 Update 1

In-app interactive help for responsive projects

An interactive, guided tour of how to use Fluid Boxes and make your responsive e-learning projects stand out.

To launch the guide, click  in the Property Inspector for a Fluid Box.

New video tutorials

Whether you’re just getting started with Captivate and need some help with creating a shiny new project, or you’ve used the previous versions of Captivate and looking for some help to update your Captivate skills, there’s good news for you!

We have published 25 new video tutorials covering the basic, advanced, and new workflows in Captivate (2017 release).

                                      For more information, see New video tutorials.

Support for macOS 10.13 & iOS 11.2.6

In this update, we have added support for macOS 10.13 and iOS 11.2.6.

For more information, see System requirements.

Direct access to Captivate learning assets

Get access to over 75,000 Captivate e-learning assets. You can now access the resources directly without signing in to the portal.

Release notes

For installation, bug fixes, and other information, see the Release notes.

What's new and changed in the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate

Fluid Boxes in Adobe Captivate

 New in the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate

Explore the building blocks of smart e-learning with intelligent containers that use white space optimally. These containers kick in when you choose a responsive theme. Optionally you can draw your own Fluid Boxes. Objects placed in Fluid Boxes get aligned automatically so that learners always get fully responsive experience regardless of their device or browser. Crunch authoring time and speed up time-to-market with a host of powerful properties, such as optional display of objects and locking of aspect ratio.

For more information, see Fluid Boxes in Adobe Captivate.

Adobe Captivate & Fluid Boxes

Convert non-responsive projects to responsive projects

 New in the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate

Transform any blank project into a responsive project and view the project in any device seamlessly.

With just one click of a button, transform your projects.

Click File > Save As Responsive on any blank project and see it transform into a responsive project.

You must add Fluid Boxes for upgraded responsive projects. You may do so by using the option Suggest Fluid Boxes or by adding Fluid Boxes manually from the toolbar.

For more information, see Convert a non-responsive project into a responsive project.

Adobe Captivate & Auto migrate from non-mobile to mobile

Adobe Typekit integration

 New in the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate

Good typography makes for a great viewing experience only when it’s consistent across devices, and delivering that just got a lot easier. Create a cloud-based kit of selected Typekit font families for use in your courses. Now learners experience the content exactly as you intended.

Typekit has integrated with Adobe Captivate, enabling you to choose and download fonts from the Typekit library.

For more information, see the Integrating Typekit with Captivate.

Adobe Captivate & Typekit Integration

Simulation enhancements

Enhanced in the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate

In earlier versions of Captivate, simulations were limited to 1280 px. In the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate, you can record simulations in full HD 2k or 4k resolutions.

In addition, you can now pan to the entire slide.

To record simulations in 2k:

  • Create a responsive project
  • Choose Modify > Rescale Project to 2k resolution
  • Add a software simulation slide

Uniform text scaling

 New in the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate

Embrace fluid typography in your responsive e-Learning projects. Use text scaling and see your text appear uniform across various devices.

For more information, see Uniform text scaling.

Changes in Advanced Actions panel

 New in the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate

There is a new check-box Conditional Tab, when enabled, lets you specify a conditional action. In addition to an if action, you can also use a while action when defining an advanced action.

For more information, see Advanced actions in Captivate.

State support for buttons

 New in the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate

Apply states to the buttons to the following:

 1. Quizzes

 2. Drag and drop interactions

 3. Smart shape buttons on master slide

For more information, see Interactive buttons in Captivate projects.

Enhancements in closed captions formatting

Enhanced in the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate

Take closed captioning to an entirely new level in this release. What you get are:

1. Enhanced formatting options for slide notes

2. New Text-to-Speech dialog that highlights audio preview, a better speech agent manager capability, and slide notes management, and structuring and ordering of the notes

                                      3. New closed captioning dialog with slide notes panel

                                      4. Closed captioning settings for responsive projects containing breakpoint level settings and previewer

For more information, see Add and convert slide notes to audio files.

Adobe Captivate & Customized Closed Captioning

System Requirements

Learn more about the prerequisites and system requirements for running the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate in System requirements.

Release Notes

For installation and other information, refer the Release notes.

Features removed in this release

In the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate, the following features no longer exist:

  • MathMagic editor
  • Adobe Edge Inspect preview

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