Last week I told you about the great enhancements you'll see in Adobe Captivate 8 when it comes to image buttons. This week, I'm going to show you a few more improvements that I think you'll love.
The first thing you'll see when you start Captivate is the Welcome screen. From this position, you can create a new project, record a software simulation/demonstration, or access recent projects. But take a look in the upper right of the Welcome screen and you'll see an awesome addition: Sample Projects/Tutorials (shown below, it's located in the upper right of the Welcome screen).
Granted, the icon to access the projects and tutorials is easy to miss; but once clicked, a dialog box opens and you'll have access to some really nice sample projects. The sample projects are shown first, followed by several tutorials.
If you have already opened or created a project, you will find a Sample Projects/Tutorials icon via the top of the Captivate window (to the right of the Help menu).
However, clicking the icon from here is different than clicking it on the Welcome screen. If you click the icon while in a project, you'll be taken online to Adobe KnowHow, where you'll find some free and pay-for-access training videos.
Characters and Agents
I love the Characters feature added to Captivate a few years ago, which allows you to insert images/guides within a project. And I was delighted to see that not only did Adobe keep Characters in Captivate 8, they've added quite a few. To add a Character, choose Media > Characters. Select a Category, select a character, and then double-click a pose to insert the character onto a slide.
Lastly, check out the Speech Agents (via Audio > Speech Management). Previous versions of Captivate included five Text to Speech Agents. You'll be happy to see that Captivate 8 bumps that number up to seven. New to the team are James and Yumi. I was particularly impressed with how good James sounded... a nice upgrade from Paul (sorry Paul). And Yumi covers you if you need audio for Korean eLearners.