What's New in Adobe Captivate 8.0.1

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. Adobe Captivate 8.0.1 release includes phone gap integration, exe publishing, responsive project support for drag-and-drop, custom shapes, smart shape conversion of captions, smart positioning, and many feature enhancements.

Adobe Captivate 8.0.1 is an update release which is available to Adobe Captivate 8 customers through Adobe Update Manager. 

Read on for a quick introduction to these new features and enhancements, and links to resources offering more information. 

What's new and changed

Updated interactions in Captivate 8.0.1

In Captivate 8.0.1, 12 interactions have been updated to provide better user experience on mobile devices. For more information, see learning-interactions.

App packager integration 

Publish apps for devices from within Captivate project instead of using app packager. Choose Publish > Publish for Devices (App). It is supported for Android, iOS, and Windows 8 platforms.

For more information on publishing apps for devices in responsive projects, see Publish as Apps for devices

For non-responsive/blank projects, see Publish as Apps for devices

From an expert: Native app publisher

Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

Convert captions to smart shapes

Success/Failure/Hint Captions can be replaced with Smart Shapes. Right-click the Caption and select Convert to Smart-shape. To revert, right-click and click Revert to text.

For more information, see Captions as smart shapes

Responsive drag & drop

Users can drag-and-drop objects in responsive projects with a seamless experience. For more information, see Responsive drag-and-drop

Custom shapes & line support 

Now, you can use custom shapes and line to create your own objects in responsive project. 

For more information, see Smart shapes

Publish projects as exe files

Adobe Captivate 8.0.1 enables you to publish your projects as stand-alone executable files for both personal computer and for Mac. This publishing option enables you to create a Windows executable file (.exe) or MAC executable file (.app). For more information, see Publish as exe.

Other enhancements

Map support

Map support is included for selecting geolocation in variables. Users can browse through Google™ integrated maps and choose the location. Values are populated automatically. 

For more information, see Geo location map

Embed support for web objects

Now, you can embed code in to the properties window along with URL. An option to choose Help (i) is also added. Width and height of Video web objects aligns according to the web object container dimensions seamlessly in responsive projects. 

For more information, see Web objects

From an expert: Embedding web objects

Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

Symmetrical editing

Shift+draw option added for drawing shapes like circle or square. Now, by pressing shift key authors can draw a circle or square symmetrically in projects. 

Shift+control+drag option is included for all shapes enabling authors to draw shapes symmetrically with reference to a starting point. 

In the above image, A and B graphs are drawn with reference to Origin (intersection point of x and y-axis) by using shift+ctrl+draw. In A, you can see the starting point with crossbar cursor at the origin. When you draw circle with shift+ctrl+draw, it moves symmetrically with reference to the starting point (here, the origin). 

In the image C also the pink colored circle is drawn with origin as a starting point, but here shift+ctrl+draw is not used. 

You can notice the difference and the usefulness of this enhancement for drawing. 

From an expert: Creating symmetrical shapes

Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

Apply position properties across all views 

Now you can update position properties of objects across all views to match the properties of the currently selected text element. To support Applying the object position properties across all the views, right click context menu is included. This setting relinks objects across the views in responsive projects. 

For more information, see Position properties

Apply text and text properties across all views

Now you can reset the properties of responsive text elements or update all views to match the properties of the currently selected text element. To support applying the text and text properties across all the views, right click context menu is included. This setting relinks objects across the views in responsive projects. 

For more information, see Responsive text

From an expert: Reset text object position and text

Allen Partridge

Color coding

Now, text objects in different views of responsive projects can have color coding. You can see different color coding in text area border in properties window. Earlier, it was applicable for only position properties.

For more information, see Color coding

Project size

Project Info panel displays the project content size enabling users to know the size of the projects before publishing. Users can choose Windows >Project Info panel to view the size. In non-responsive projects, it displays SWF content and HTML content sizes. For responsive projects, only HTML size.

A sample project info view is shown in the below snapshot. Figure A represents responsive project and Figure B represents blank project. By default, when you open project info, the size of the project is not displayed in responsive and blank projects. Click blue colored Check text to view the size. 

Smart positioning between breakpoints

Smart Positioning is honored in between breakpoints of responsive projects. View published projects seamlessly across all device sizes.

For more information, see Smart positioning

Export responsive views captions to single Word or xml file

Project Captions and Closed Captions in responsive projects can be exported to a single Word™ or xml  document. Now, it is responsive. Exported documents contain data from all the views of responsive projects. This feature facilitates translation of responsive captions, even when the text is different in various views.

Automatic linked files inclusion in output

Open URL/File/Project options copy/paste the linked file to the destination folder if the file is present in an accessible location. It copies automatically in the published output folder. (Note: files in next level reference url do not get copied.)

Swatch manager

Swatches are integrated in color palette. Users can load swatch manager from color palette by clicking at the upper-right corner as shown in the Figure - B below. In windows menu, swatches menu item is renamed to swatch manager as shown in Figure -A below.

You can add more colors to the swatch manager:

  1. Choose any color from the swatch manager dialog
  2. Click eyedropper icon
  3. Type the name of your chosen color and 
  4. Click OK. 
You can see your chosen color being added to your swatch manager dialog at the bottom. When you click color palette, you can notice the new color being shown at the bottom of all other existing colors. You can also include a set of colors to the swatch manager by clicking Append and choosing the file. Your new set of colors appear at the bottom row of the existing colors in swatch manager dialog. 

From an expert: Swatches integration in color palette

Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

Lock individual objects 

Now you can lock or unlock the size and position of individual items contained in group, from within timeline.

fx symbol for objects in timeline

Visual indication added for objects with effects in timeline. fx symbol appears next to object in timeline.

Color tool tip

Color Category is displayed as tool tips in theme color palette. For example, hovering over a color theme displays Title component of theme.  


See what's new of Adobe Captivate 8 to understand all the features that were introduced in Adobe Captivate 8. 

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