San Jose, Calif. — July 23, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Captivate® 3 software, a powerful eLearning authoring tool for the delivery of robust and engaging computer-based simulations, scenario-based training, and interactive quizzes. Adobe Captivate 3 offers enhanced features including multi-mode recording, rerecording, new Microsoft Powerpoint import capabilities and support for rich media formats, such as Adobe Flash® Player compatible .SWF, MP3, and AVI files. Easily mastered, without the need for programming or multimedia development skills, Adobe Captivate 3 helps save business professionals, trainers and educators time and resources when developing high-impact eLearning materials.
"Giving content experts the tools they need to bring their own passion and expertise to the forefront can radically improve the quality and authority of training materials," said Don Walker, senior director, Product Marketing and Business Development, Print and Classic Publishing Solutions at Adobe. "Adobe Captivate 3 continues to set the pace in eLearning and now anyone can deliver interactive simulations, screen recordings, tutorials and online training modules that grab audience attention."
Create Engaging, Interactive Training Materials
Equipped with an intuitive user-interface, Adobe Captivate 3 allows learning professionals to rapidly create effective software training in a simple screen capture session. The screen capture generates multiple learner modes, including demonstrations with mouse movements and automated text descriptions of each recorded task, practice simulations with instructional automated or customized feedback, and assessments with scored user interactions.
Adobe Captivate 3 enables authors to create effective quizzes and helps reduce cheating by randomly drawing questions from a pool and shuffling answers in multiple-choice formats. Adobe Captivate 3 also offers a large library of quiz question types, including sequencing, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, matching with drag and drop, and image hotspots. The new rerecording feature captures actions taken in Internet Explorer Web applications, enabling learning professionals to easily build interactive software demonstrations with step-by-step instructions.
The enhanced Microsoft PowerPoint import functionality supports the conversion of slide animations into Flash Player compatible SWF format and allows authors to create interactive presentations incorporating audio and video. Support for MP3, AVI, FLA and FLV files, as well as new visual effects — such as rollover objects and animated slide transitions — add impact to demonstrations and materials.
"The same simplicity that Captivate 1 brought to software simulations and version 2 brought to scenario simulations has now been extended to practice and assessment," said Frank Nguyen, emerging technologies manager, American Express®. "To measure what students learn, authors can now build tests that include robust features like randomization, pooling, and even question reuse."
Ubiquitous Delivery Methods
Based on the industry-leading Adobe Flash technology, Adobe Captivate 3 software automatically generates interactive Adobe Flash Player-compatible content, allowing files to be e-mailed, posted to Web sites, intranet sites, online help systems and more. The new XML export and import feature simplifies the localization process of projects by exporting captions to the XML Localization Interchange File Format (XLIFF).
Widening the reach and impact of training materials, Adobe Captivate 3 integrates with other Adobe software, including Adobe Acrobat®, Adobe Connect(TM), Adobe FrameMaker® and Adobe RoboHelp®, as well as with other eLearning tools such as SCORM 2004, SCORM 1.2, AICC and PENS compliant Learning Management Systems (LMS).
Pricing and Availability
Adobe Captivate 3 will be available for Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows® 2000 and Windows Vista(TM) and is expected to ship in August 2007 or later this summer at an estimated price of US$699. Localized versions in French, German, Japanese, Italian and Spanish are expected to be available in September 2007. Users of Macromedia® Captivate 1 and Adobe Captivate 2 can upgrade to Adobe Captivate 3 for an estimated price of US$299. Volume discounts, government and education licensing are also available to eligible customers. To learn more about Adobe Captivate 3, please visit www.adobe.com/go/captivate.
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