I just saw the Whyves posted a blog post about the Adobe Captivate Exchange on his blog. He is complaining about the long approval times of widgets and I can only agree. I posted about it myself back in April 2009 where I had been waiting for getting some of my widgets approved for ages.
Adobe Captivate 4 and Adobe Captivate 5 gave developers the possibility to create widgets to enhance the capabilities and functionality of Adobe Captivate. This in itself is a great feature and something I personally use quite a lot. As you probably already know I also post widgets for download for free or for sale for a small amount here on my blog. The only way that I and other widget developers can spread the news of these widgets is by using the Adobe Captivate Exchange. However, if the approval times are so slow as they are then the Exchange practically becomes useless.
The Adobe Captivate Exchange was updated on 26 & 28 of July 2010. I had 4 widgets approved so I should be happy. The four widgets were uploaded to the Adobe Captivate Exchange by me on November 2009, December 2009, March 2010 and April 2010 so the worst-case scenario was 8 months approval time and the fastest 3 months. That’s just not good enough. 3 months is way to long – 1 month should be sufficient to look over the submissions and post them to the Exchange.
Worst of all is that in this recent update Adobe missed 3 of my widgets that I had hoped to get approved. Two of the widgets were widgets for Adobe Captivate 5 and it would have been great to have these approved now that Adobe Captivate 5 is live. The last widget is my Domainlock widget for Adobe Captivate 4 – this was uploaded to the Exhange in August 2009. This particular widget has been flagged as “Status: In QA Process – Our QA team is now testing your Exchange upload. You cannot modify your upload at this time” since October 2009 – That’s a pretty long Q&A process ;o)
Here are the update dates for the Adobe Captivate Exchange for the last two years:
Lets get the wheels turning a bit quicker to benefit everyone using Adobe Captivate. A living marketplace for Widgets and other Captivate resources is a great way to keep the Captivate community and developers happy and frankly a great product like Adobe Captivate deserves it.