Mastering Adobe Captivate 7

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Create interactive SCORM-compliant demonstrations, simulations, and quizzes with Captivate 7OverviewEnhance your projects by adding interactivity, animations, sound, and moreDeploy e-Learning content on a SCORM, AICC, or a Tin Can-compliant LMSPub...
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Create interactive SCORM-compliant demonstrations, simulations, and quizzes with Captivate 7


  • Enhance your projects by adding interactivity, animations, sound, and more
  • Deploy e-Learning content on a SCORM, AICC, or a Tin Can-compliant LMS
  • Publish you project in a wide variety of formats including Flash and HTML 5

In Detail

Adobe Captivate 7 helps you rapidly author a wide range of interactive and HTML5-based e-Learning content with minimum programming. With Adobe Captivate 7, you can capture the on-screen action and also enhance your e-Learning projects by including animations, videos, Smart Shapes, buttons, and drag-and-drop interactions.

This book is a perfect introduction to Adobe Captivate 7. It will help you get started with the tool quickly and efficiently. This book demonstrates each and every feature of Adobe Captivate 7 giving you the expertise you need to create and deploy your own professional-quality e-Learning courses. You will be able to publish your work in various formats virtually on any desktop and mobile device.

This book will guide you through the creation of four e-Learning projects including a demonstration, an interactive simulation, a YouTube-like screencast, and a SCORM compliant quiz. The first part of the book will drive you through the three main steps of the Captivate production process. In the first step, you will use the powerful capture engine of Captivate to generate the slides and screenshots required for the project. In the second step, you will enhance your slides and screenshots using the objects provided by Captivate. These objects include animations, sophisticated interactions, videos, sound, and more. In the third step, you will make your projects available to the outside world by publishing them in various formats including Adobe Flash and HTML 5 so that you content can be played back on every desktop and mobile device. The second part of the book will focus on the advanced tools of Captivate. These tools include the questions slides that make up a quiz, SCORM, AICC, and Tin Can compliance, localization of your e-Learning content and widgets among others. In the last chapter, you will unleash the true power of Captivate by using the variables and the advanced actions to create a unique e-Learning experience.

What you will learn from this book

  • Utilize the panning feature and the automatic recording modes of Captivate
  • Add sophisticated interactivity to your demonstrations and simulations
  • Provide personalized feedback based on the actions and answers of your students
  • Embed sound and closed captions to your demonstrations and simulations
  • Deploy your simulations, demonstrations, and quizzes in any SCROM, AICC, or Tin Can-compliant LMS
  • Use the templates and the master slides to implement consistent formatting and rapid development
  • Exploit Captivate with other applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Audition, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Power Point, and Microsoft Word
  • Unleash the true power of Captivate by using widgets variables and advanced actions


A comprehensive tutorial packed with examples, which is divided into small subtopics that follows a clear and logical outline to help you get to grips with Adobe Captivate 7. Readers are also encouraged to develop their understanding of the tool through practical exercises and experimentations in every chapter. A lot of external references and tips and tricks from established e-Learning professionals are also included.


Product Details

Paperback: 532 pages


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    About the Author

    Damien Bruyndonckx

    Damien Bruyndonckx is a trained elementary school teacher and began his career teaching French as a foreign language in two elementary public schools of Louisiana, USA. In 2001, he returned to his home country, Belgium, and began working as an IT trainer. He soon acquired the title of Adobe Certified Instru ctor on Dreamweaver, Coldfusion, Acrobat, and Captivate, which allowed him to work for various Adobe-authorized training centers in Europe and participate in many web- and eLearning-related projects for countless customers. In 2009, he went back to teaching in a school. He now works at IHECS, a higher education school of communications, based in Brussels, where he teaches Multimedia and serves as the eLearning Coordinator of the school. Thanks to his work at IHECS, Damien became an Adobe Education Leader in November 2011. Damien also owns a company that provides Adobe Training and eLearning consultancy. He authored Mastering Adobe Captivate 6 and Adobe Captivate 7 for Mobile learning , published in August 2012 and August 2013, respectively, by Packt Publishing. He lives in Thuin (Belgium) with his fiancée and his two children. Damien is a big music lover and occasionally works as a sound and light technician in the entertainment industry. You can follow him on Twitter at @damienbkx and contact him by visiting his website at


    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    4 of 4 people found the following review helpfulBy Jim Leichliter on March 30, 2014
    Format: Kindle Edition
    Damien brilliantly approaches the book unlike any other technical book I’ve ever read. He walks you through the step-by-step process of creating eLearning for the sake of teaching… not just what it takes to create a Captivate project. Most authors will narrowly focus on the software, but Damien cleverly lays out the entire eLearning workflow that takes place, poses thoughtful questions, and leads you to other resources to help you along each step, allowing you to dig deeper into the eLearning community.
    You’re going to find this book a very refreshing change from the rest of the technical books you’ve read for the simple fact that behind each chapter, teachers and students are at the heart of Damien’s advice and guidance. Even the example files that come with the book open your eyes to how a teacher might craft and alter a learning experience based on a student’s aptitude… and that’s just it! We are crafting learning experiences… every chapter reminds us with sobering clarity that teachers and students are at the heart of what we do.
    One of the hardest things to do as a teacher is to take the fear out of learning… the fear of doing something wrong or stupid in front of all our peers (that’s why I like to read technical books!). However, I wish I could take a live class from Damien because I can tell he’s very gifted at this skill. He truly leads you and guides you as you walk through the book so you know what to expect. Some parts of Captivate are difficult and frustrating, others are easy to learn. But one thing you will always have is the big picture of how things are supposed to work. Reading this book, you will never feel lost or alone trying to figure things out… you will have one of the best guides that not only understands the software, but also the entire eLearning development process.

    I wish I would have picked up this book sooner because I’ve been missing out. This book really is one of the best technical books I have ever come across not because it’s written about Captivate, but because Damien offers one of the best perspectives for learning Captivate. He is thorough, he offers pros and cons on a matter, he goes under the hood so you can understand how the software works, not just what it does, he is an expert… and by the end, you’ll be an expert too.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpfulBy JKO on April 20, 2014
    Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
    I bought this book hoping it would serve as a reference manual, but it's really a tutorial. As such, it's well above average. I do wish the Kindle version had a search feature (my other Kindle books do). Given that the index is lackluster, I hoped there would be some way to quickly find content. As a reference manual it's lacking.

    However, the sample files are useful and if you have the time to go through the tutorials, this could be the book for you. The sample files have to be downloaded from a different site than Amazon.



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