So today on April 11th, 2017, Adobe released the new version of Adobe Captivate. Apparently, they ditched the version numbers because we were expecting Adobe Captivate 10 but got Adobe Captivate (2017 release) – not that it matters much though 🙂
I just finished downloading the product and will be taking it for a spin over the next couple of days.
There are a number of new features that seem interesting and I am particularly looking forward to trying out the new responsive design process as that seem to be the biggest new thing in this release of Adobe Captivate. That is really good news because the “old” responsive design process in Adobe Captivate 9 was pretty bad and buggy to put it nicely.
One other interesting thing is the new Typekit integration, which allows you to use great looking fonts easily across devices – a much-needed feature!
Personally, I am really looking forward to creating “fully responsive, mobile-ready interactive eLearning in minutes” – The Adobe marketing department is really putting the pedal to the metal, so it will be interesting to see if Adobe Captivate lives up to it 🙂
Another thing I am really looking forward to trying out is the new ability to automatically “responsify” legacy eLearning courses from Adobe Captivate 8 and Adobe Captivate 9 with the click of a button. If this really does work as Adobe says, this will be an amazing feature.
I do have one thing I find odd though. It is still possible to publish to Flash / SWF, which I like but for some reason, Adobe has not made it possible to publish to anything higher that Flash Player 11. FP11 was published in October 2011 so it is nearly 6 years old and riddled with security holes and performance problems. Furthermore, it is so old that it is blocked by some browsers by default as it is severely out of date. I know that Flash is coming to an end, but I don’t understand why they didn’t’ allow us to publish to Flash Player 25.
Now it’s on to testing the new Adobe Captivate release and see what the fuzz is all about.