Adobe Captivate 8 reimagines the way interactive eLearning is created for a multi-device world. This release includes responsive authoring that lets you develop mobile learning content for any screen or device without programming. The user interface is redesigned to make it more intuitive for beginners as well as advanced users. New customizable interactions, themes, and enhancements to smart shapes let you create more engaging content than ever.

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

What's new and changed

Responsive projects


Create a single project and author content as you always have - the content adapts itself to tablets, mobile, and desktops based on the selected theme. During authoring, you can view the content on stage in different screen sizes and edit the content as appropriate. Adobe Captivate helps you ensure content and layout integrity across devices by providing relative positioning of objects on stage.

Harness the power of mobile devices by enabling gesture support and location-aware features. Preview your responsive projects easily by selecting multiple device layouts on-the-fly. Publish as a single project and Adobe Captivate automatically delivers the most appropriate experience for your learners' device.

For more information, see Responsive project

Responsive screen capture

Create a single screen capture that can be used across multiple screens and devices. Adobe Captivate allows you to choose the portion of the screen capture you wish to display on smaller screens.

For more information see Responsive Capture

Responsive themes

Choose from a bunch of out-of-the-box responsive themes to render differentiated content for multiple devices. You can customize these themes to meet your requirements, or create your own themes. You can also save these themes for reuse across projects.

For more information, see Responsive Themes

MinMax object sizing

Fix the minimum and maximum size of objects so that they do not rescale across device views. This is especially useful for images such as logos, which need to look consistent and be legible at all times. 

For more information, see Min-Max objects

Gesture-enabled mlearning

Use the multitouch technology embedded in modern user interfaces to allow learners to tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe their way through courses. Leverage gesture support to enable more instinctive interaction between the learner and the content. 

For more information, see Gestures

Scrolling support for tablets and mobiles

Easily enable scrolling of content on tablets and mobiles to accommodate content that spills over a single screen. 

For more information, see Slide height

Geo-location support

Utilize the GPS capabilities of mobile devices to deliver timely, location-aware content to learners. Create assessments that require learners to be at a particular geolocation. 

For more information, see Geo-location

Device aware eLearning delivery

Adobe Captivate 8 delivers the appropriate version of the course automatically. It does not matter if your learners are using your courses on desktops or mobile devices, Captivate will take care of the content delivery and report to your Learning Management solution.

Even if the learner changes from one device to another while working their way through a course, it delivers the appropriate course version.

Use Captivate’s new cpInfoMobileOS variable to learn which Operating system a learner is using making it possible to change the course content based on the current device.

From an expert: Device-aware Delivery with Adobe Captivate 8

From an expert: Device-aware Delivery with Adobe Captivate 8
Learn how Adobe Captivate 8 enables you to serve content to the learners based on their device OS and viewport size.
Allen Partridge, Senior Technology Evangelist eLearning

Redesigned user interface


The user interface in Adobe Captivate 8 is redesigned to make authoring simple and efficient. Enjoy authoring with an interface that is simple enough for subject matter experts and powerful enough for experienced users. 

Some of the major enhancements in the user interface are described below.

Experience the revamped Toolbar and Welcome screen with an option to view recent projects. Use toggle button to show/hide Timeline, which is hidden by default. Customize Theme colors for your projects using varied options such as swatches and shades. 

  • Support for High DPI (retina display)
  • Default Image buttons are updated
  • Effects are absolutely timed with objects
  • Common JavaScript interface for SWF format and HTML5 to access Adobe Captivate demo (or movie) variables, functions, and event listeners.

Retina display support

Use Adobe Captivate 8 at a resolution that matches your MAC. Enjoy a superior authoring experience with high-resolution icons and User Interface assets that make your program elements look crisp.

New toolbar panel

As shown in the image below, an attractive Toolbar panel has been introduced in Adobe Captivate 8. A Down Arrow adjacent to the Toolbar icon indicates the optional list of items under it.



You can click the Show/hide Timeline button to display Timeline of objects. Double-click Timeline button to hide. Timeline button is available at the bottom of the project window. By default, the Timeline is invisible.

For information on Timeline feature, see Timeline

Welcome screen

After launching Adobe Captivate 8, under NEW tab, you can see six thumbnail options for creating new projects, as shown in the following image: 

Welcome screen
Welcome screen

Choose the thumbnail by clicking it and click Create button to open a brand new project.

From the RECENT tab, you have an option to browse through the recently used projects and open them. Recently used projects are displayed as Thumbnails.  

Several sample projects and tutorials are available for you to get started. You can click Monitor icon  to view these sample projects and tutorials. 

Properties/Windows/Menus appearance

Click any object in the slide and view redesigned Property Inspector. Witness the enhanced appearance of the tabs and preview buttons. You can apply styles and preview with Styles Previewoption in Properties. Styles Preview displays a drop-down with three unique styles.

All the pop-up window options and menu items have new appearance with colored icons as shown in the image below: 

Menu options
Menu options

Web objects

You can insert Webobjects into the slides using Objects > Web. Type the URL in the Address bar of Property Inspector as shown in the image below, and the web page appears in theWeb object. You can also click folder icon adjacent to Address bar, and fetch the local content into the web object container.

Webobjects is the native object now. You can browse OAM file, pdf, and zip files. Use Auto Load option to enable Autoloading of file in Output. If Auto Load is not enabled, user needs to click Play button to view the object.

Web objects
Web objects


When you zip the published content, ensure that the index.html file is not in any of the internal folders, else it does not load as expected.

Common JS interface

Adobe Captivate 8.0 enables its users to make more powerful yet leaner content using the new JavaScript Interface feature. This feature gives a common platform for executing JavaScript actions between SWF and HTML.

Common JavaScript interface for SWF format and HTML5 to access Adobe Captivate demo (or movie) variables, functions, and event listeners.

For more information, see common JS interface

Native support for HTML5 animations


Import HTML5 animations into your Adobe Captivate project without requiring any plug-ins. Place animations exactly where you need them, resize if required, and publish effortlessly in the HTML5 format. 

  1. Open new blank project. 
  2. From Toolbar, click Media > HTML5 Animation
  3. From the Open dialog, choose any existing OAM files or zip files and click OK.
  4. Resize if required. 
  5. From Toolbar, click Publish > Publish for Devices
  6. Choose HTML5 output and click Publish. 

Enhanced HTML5 publishing


Deliver eLearning on-the-go with full support for scalable HTML5, new mobile themes, and play bar. Deliver courses that are optimized for mobile devices by publishing HTML5 output of your eLearning content.

For more information see Publishing HTML5 output

Enhancements to smart shapes


With Adobe Captivate 8, you can now customize shapes and reuse them across different slides and projects with ease. Use Hover state with fill for color/gradient/image. 

For more information, see Customize smart shapes

New gaming interactions


Make learning interesting, fun, and interactive for your learners through the new gaming interactions introduced in Adobe Captivate 8.

Catch Alpha nums interaction is an accelerometer-based interaction. Your learners can use tilt gesture controls on tablets and mobile devices that support accelerometer to play this interaction game. 

Memory game is also revamped in Adobe Captivate 8. For more information, see new interactions

Shared actions enhancements


Drag-and-drop Shared Actions from Library on to Objects. Now, you can parameterize variables and literals. You can use variables as parameters and set different values while creating the project. You can also choose which objects and variables can be parameters. Associate actions to different interactive triggers (Success and OnEnter of objects and Slides). 

For more information, see Shared actions

Import colors from Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Kuler


Bring your favorite colors from Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Kuler, add them to the swatches, and use them in your Adobe Captivate projects. 

You can now import swatches from Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Kuler, or create custom swatches, and apply them to Adobe Captivate objects with a single click.

For more information, see Color swatches

Other enhancements


Changes to preview options

Preview on stage or F3 is now changed to Full screen preview (Preview > Project). Preview the content for each slide or for the project. Preview the project in browser (F11) with Primary, Tablet, and Mobile view port size options. Publish the content as HTML 5 with support for gestures and geolocation. 

For more information, see Preview and publishing

Popup blocker

Now, you can get rid of annoying notifications that pop up in the middle of your screen capture. You can choose to either remove the unwanted popup with a single click or replace it with a notification or a popup of your own.

Remove the unwanted pop-ups in Videos by using Clean Up option automatically or Replace option manually. 

Removing pop-ups using clean up

  1. Open the video file in Adobe Captivate 8. 

  2. Click Properties button and then click Video Effects Inspector. 

  3. Click popup tab.
    You can see Cleanup popup option to cleanup automatically. 

  4. Click Cleanup button from the Cleanup popup option.
    A cross bar appears.

    Cleanup Popup option
    Cleanup Popup option
  5. With the help of cross bar, outline the video section you would like to remove. 


    If you select the area out of the window dimensions, you get an error message. 

  6. Click Cleanup button, as shown in the following snapshot, to remove the unwanted popup.

    Remove unwanted popup
    Remove unwanted popup


Cleanup determines the start and end frames of Video and removes the area.

Removing popups using Replace

You can also remove the unwanted popups using Replace. Follow the steps 1 through 3 as in clean up. Replace option appears. 

You can click on Replace button and follow the online help instructions to remove the unwanted popup manually. For more information, see the following video: 

Replace popup option
Replace popup option

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Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Sr. Adobe eLearning Evangelist

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