Adobe Captivate 7 is Available

Adobe announced today the release of Captivate 7, a significant update to their eLearning authoring tool. According to my sources, the following items listed are the new features you can find inside of Captivate 07. This feature list also includes the 6.1 update enhancements which would be new to those not enrolled in the Adobe Captivate subscription plan or part of the Adobe Software Assurance program.

1. Drag-and-drop components
Make eLearning fun with drag-and-drop games, quizzes, and learning modules that can run on desktops and iPads.* Provide audio feedback in response to users’ drag-and-drop actions.

2. HTML5 support for Microsoft PowerPoint†
Import your PowerPoint project, including text, shapes, audio, and animations, into Adobe Captivate 7 and publish them directly to HTML5.

3. Enhanced Accessibility Support
Expand your outreach to defense, government, and educational organizations. Easily create simulations and demonstrations that address accessibility standards such as Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0). Define text equivalents, insert clickable areas that allow keyboard access, and more to help ensure that everyone can access your content.

4. Enhanced interactions library
Insert aesthetically designed interactive elements to eLearning content with just a click. Select from a wide range of out-of-the-box interactions, like Hangman, Jigsaw, Process Cycle, Glossary, Accordion and Pyramid, customize the content and appearance, and you’re done.

5. In-course YouTube videos
Stream YouTube videos within your courses, for greater impact and retention. Specify which section of the video you want the learner to view, to make it contextually relevant.

6. In-course web browsing
Enable more effective learning by embedding a browser interface within your courses. Allow your learners to access additional web-based reference material that complements course content.

7. Learning notes
Enable learners to add and edit notes as they take their course, thereby allowing them to place cues within the course for reference.

8. System audio recording and editing
Now record system audio along with narration in an Adobe Captivate course on Windows® 7 and Windows 8. Simultaneously record narration and capture screen motion, and synchronize audio with slides and timed objects. Edit audio to correct mistakes and pauses, add an external track, or attach sound effects or narration to individual objects.

9. Enhanced quizzing with HTML5
Leverage HTML5 support in your quizzes to include more question types, like matching, short answer, and fill-in-the-blank.

10. Support for GIFT format
Easily convert offline questions into a GIFT format question bank that you can draw on to create quizzes. Import GIFT format questions quickly and conveniently into Adobe Captivate projects to create assessment modules. Maximize instructor time by using the same questions in multiple quizzes.

11. Integration with Tin Can-compliant LMSs
Rest assured that your scoring data will integrate smoothly with your TinCan enabled Learning Management System (LMS).

12. Adobe Captivate app packager
Embed a range of HTML5 animations and synchronize them with your Adobe Captivate course. Publish the course as an app to multiple mobile platforms, including Windows® RT (Metro apps), using the Adobe PhoneGap™ service.**
**Requires separate purchase of PhoneGap

13. Equation Editor
Easily add complex mathematical equations, with operators and scientific symbols, to courses using the multi-purpose equation editor from [Math+Magic]TM.

14. Improved social media engagement
Instantly enable social conversations within Adobe Captivate courses with the enhanced Twitter widget.‡ Help learners collaborate with you and other learners in real time by selecting a specific area within a course and tweeting a question. Track all conversations using the Learning Analytics dashboard.

15. Shared Advanced Action
Use Advanced Actions to configure and modify the learning experience by enabling conditional or multiple actions in an interaction. Now create Shared Action templates which can be reused across projects.