by Kevin Siegel
Anyone who created eLearning lessons using any version of Adobe Captivate older than version 5 is painfully aware that Captivate does not offer publishing options for any of the Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod). It's been a real issue for developers who love Captivate, but are required to create content for the Apple devices, and are therefore forced to use other tools such as Camtasia.
The new Adobe Captivate 5.5 eliminates the issue. You can now record new Captivate videos specifically for Apple devices, and you can re-publish existing content so that it will run on Apple devices.
To create an eLearning video for Apple devices, begin the recording process as you normally would (File > Record new project). If you choose Custom Size from the Set Capture Area to area, you'll be happy to see that the iPad, iPod and iPhone are all available in the drop-down menu.
When the time comes to publish, simply choose File > Publish just like you always did. Only this time, when you select Media from the options at the left, you'll find MP4 Video available in the Select Type drop-down menu. MP4 is the video format used for publishing to Apple devices and YouTube.
Once you've selected MP4 as the Type, a Presets drop-down menu will provide access to YouTube and the Apple devices. All you'll need to do at this point is select the appropriate target and publish.