Hold onto your hats Captivate fans: Adobe announced that Adobe Captivate 3 will soon be available.
According to a press release provided by Adobe, "Adobe Captivate 3 will be available for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista and is expected to ship in August 2007 or later this summer at an estimated price of US$699. Localized versions in French, German, Japanese, Italian and Spanish are expected to be available in September 2007. Users of Macromedia Captivate 1 and Adobe Captivate 2 can upgrade to Adobe Captivate 3 for an estimated price of US$299."
Below are the top new features as posted on the Adobe Web site:
Save time and generate robust software simulations with multiple learning modes in a single recording session, including demonstration of the procedure, a simulation for practicing the steps, and an assessment.
Randomized quizzing and question pools
Improve learner assessments by randomly drawing questions from a set of question pools. Shuffle the answer options for multiple-choice questions so that the answers are displayed in a different order each time.
Provide additional just-in-time information on Adobe Captivate slides by displaying rich media content such as images, text, audio, and video when the learner moves the mouse over a hot spot.
XML file export and import
Simplify the localization process of projects; export captions to a text or XML Localization Interchange File Format (XLIFF) file. Import the translated text file into a copy of the original project file.
(Microsoft Internet Explorer only) Quickly update content and automatically rerecord entire procedures in most web applications after the user interface has been modified or localized.
Increase learning effectiveness with branching to customize content in response to viewer actions; improve your workflow with branching view enhancements such as grouping and zoom.
Create professional-looking learning content with support for animated slide transitions and Microsoft PowerPoint animations. Adobe Captivate 3 imports PowerPoint (PPT) files while converting PowerPoint slides into SWF files and retaining the animation effects.
Audio recording with preview
Synchronize audio easily with slides and timed objects. Adobe Captivate enables you to record the narration while previewing the current slide with animation effects in real time.
Streamlined workflow and usability enhancements
Work faster with a wide variety of streamlined workflows and usability enhancements, including find and replace, enhanced screen recording for capturing screen activity, a real-time recording mode for quick-and-dirty demos, improved learning management system integration, multipurposing of quiz slides, and reduced SWF file size.
Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007 support
Install Adobe Captivate 3 on Microsoft® Windows Vista™ and import PPT files from Microsoft Office 2007, or create handouts or step-by-step procedures with the Microsoft Word export option.
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Note: Our "Essentials of Adobe Captivate 3" book is under development. We hope to have the new book available for you within days of the Captivate 3 software release by Adobe.