Another new feature in Adobe Captivate 5.5 is the ability to add shadows to your objects. Again this was possible to do in Adobe Captivate 5 by using the Effects feature but it was cumbersome and time-consuming work.
Now you have a dedicated panel for applying shadows to your objects. Shadows can be added to any object on your stage. If you use transparent text boxes the shadow effect will be applied on the letters themselves, which can be a nice effect to use for headlines, course titles etc. (use with caution though)
This is yet another feature that will save time in your daily production work. I almost always use subtle shadows on images or interactive areas to give the visual appearance of depth. It’s a nice graphical touch and – in my opinion – makes the end product more pleasant to look at for the user. Until now I have always added the shadows in Adobe PhotoShop, which of course takes time as you need to open the asset in PhotoShop, apply the shadow, save the image again as a PNG and finally import it into Captivate again. Now I will be able to apply shadows for a large part of my assets directly in Adobe Captivate 5.5.