Adobe Announces Captivate 2

Sep 08, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced Adobe Captivate 2 software, which enables the creation of interactive simulations, software demonstrations, and scenario-based training modules. Based on Macromedia Flash technology, Adobe Captivate 2 generates interactive content in Flash, without requiring users to have programming knowledge or multimedia skills. With Adobe Captivate 2, users can create content that includes scored interactions, feedback, audio, and video. With this new version, complex branching scenarios are designed to allow users to develop specific scenarios by visually mapping out the different learning paths.

Authors can develop software demonstrations and simulations complete with text descriptions, editable mouse movements, and scored interactions with learner feedback. New workflow enhancements are designed to allow users to develop scenario-based training by visually branching out different learner paths. A new simulation wizard in Adobe Captivate 2 can help users develop soft-skills simulations, add content to placeholder slides, and set up the branching with point-and-click functionality. Adobe Captivate 2 automatically generates interactive content in Flash format. Adobe Captivate 2 users can engage their audiences with Flash video content and reuse and manage media content in a project library. Among other new features, Adobe Captivate 2 users have the ability to focus the learner's attention with zoom and gray out effects.

Users can harness Flash technology to create content while maintaining small file size, and generate multiple file formats such as SWF, EXE, or MP3 for podcasts. Flash users can use Adobe Captivate 2 to export project files directly into the Flash authoring tool for advanced editing and scripting. Adobe Captivate 2 content can be deployed and integrated with other elearning solutions such as Macromedia Breeze, Macromedia Authorware, Questionmark Perception, and SCORM/AICC compliant Learning Management Systems.

Adobe Captivate 2 is expected to ship later this year at an estimated street price of $599. Registered users can upgrade to Adobe Captivate 2 for an estimated street price of $299.