Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Best of Both Worlds: Integrating Adobe Captivate and Articulate Presenter

Adobe Captivate and Articulate Studio have different skill sets and sometimes you need the best of both worlds.  While Captivate is great for software simulations, I think Articulate is better for soft skills projects and tying the whole thing together.  Because Captivate and Articulate have unique qualities you may come across the situation where you want the best of both worlds by using the two programs together.  For example, I'm currently working on a project where branching scenarios lead into software simulations.  I wanted to use Articulate presenter for the branching scenario but I also wanted to use Adobe Captivate for the software simulations.  This brought me to the challenge of embedding an Adobe Captivate software simulation in an Articulate Presenter project.  Through a little research and trial and error I found a way to smoothly embed an Adobe Captivate software simulation in an Articulate Presenter project.  This post includes a Screenr video and written instructions describing how to take advantage of the best of both worlds by integrating Adobe Captivate and Articulate Studio.  Please post a comment if you have any questions or ideas of how to improve upon what I started.

Video Overview:
The Screenr video below overviews how to embed Adobe Captivate Software simulations in an Articulate Presenter project as well as a cool way to transition from a branching scenario into the Captivate software simulation.  Check out my post "How to Create a Zoom and Pan Effect in PowerPoint" for more information on the "Zoom and Pan" transition effect.

Written Instructions:
Why reinvent the wheel? Dave Perso wrote up great instructions of how to embed Adobe Captivate in Articulate Presenter in his post at the link below.  You may have got the jist from my Screenr video above but if you would like more details or a written set of instructions then click on the link below to check out Dave's post.  I also included a link to my previous post which describes a method for transitioning from a scenario into a software simulation by creating a "Zoom and Pan" effect in PowerPoint.


Elearning Training Solution said...

This is a very nice elearning video. Thanks for sharing the video and giving us an overview. More power to you.

Anonymous said...

Just curious...I know Captivate but I've never used Articulate (more of a cost issue)...You can also create branching scenarios with Captivate...what are the unique features of Articulate?

Joe Deegan said...

I was in the same boat as you with cost being an issue. Adobe Captivate and Presenter aren't quite as hard on the budget. I finally decided to take the Articulate trial version for a test drive and have never looked back. The reasons why are best summed up in my post at the link below.

Anonymous said...

Thanks SO much for sharing this - just what I need to do, you've saved me hours of trial and error

Anonymous said...

Hi Joe

Thanks for sharing. Just wondered if you have any idea why Slide Transitions set in Captivate don't work in Articulate?

Many thanks

Joe Deegan said...

I can't say I have run into the problem of Captivate slide transitions in Articulate. What kind of slide transition are you using? My first thought is that maybe you need to publish with a higher frames per second for them to work.

Rustic said...

Hey Joe thanks for your post! I have a similar sort of a project where I have to use both articulate 09 and captivate 5. I created a simulation with captivate and produced a swf. But when I try to import it in presenter it's not playing properly! :( A dialog box saying Adobe Captivate blinks in the middle of the video. :(

I have used the settings you mentioned 720 x 540 and 30 Frames/sec. Do you think I have gone wrong somewhere?

Joe Deegan said...

Hi Rustic,
Sorry for the delayed response. The reason you are having trouble is because Captivate 5 uses action script 3 whereas Articulate uses AS2. The link below will take you to a screencast telling you how to get around this problem. Hope this helps.