In light of last week’s release of Adobe Captivate 2017, our #AskMeMonday was focused on that topic.
We received a really good question that I’d like to address more in depth.
— Justin (@justinstallings) April 17, 2017
My response on Twitter was brief and needs a bit more explanation.
— Adam Q. Cannon (@aqcannon) April 17, 2017
Last week I wrote a blog covering all of the new features in Captivate 2017, but I didn’t really address my personal feelings about those features. So I was glad to have this particular question come across the Twitter feed.
Of all the new features, the one that I like best (as I said on Twitter) is the ability to convert a non-responsive project to a responsive project.
Captivate (and it’s predecessor, Robodemo) has been around for well over a decade now, and for a large portion of that time there has been no option for designing for mobile technologies.
Now that we’re in an era and society dominated by mobile devices, providing training in a mobile model is even more important.
While best practices for mobile design suggest NOT converting straight across from non-responsive to responsive, the fact of the matter remains that there are a lot of well done non-responsive courses out there that still have life left. Until now, there wasn’t really a good solution for making those courses available on a mobile device. With this new release of Captivate 2017, though, it’s a pretty simple process to convert them to responsive design.
While no conversion tool or process can ever be 100% flawless, my testing shows that Captivate’s conversion works extremely well. In most cases where it’s not 100%, it gets you about 90% of the way there, meaning that the remaining steps take a fraction of the time it would take to re-do the course from scratch (as in the past).
One note: The tool is only designed to convert non-responsive courses created in Captivate 8 or later, but I’ve had success converting all the way back to version 6 with marked success. (I just can’t say that it will work all the time.)
The time saved and the ability to leverage years of work is a good reason to avail yourself of the Conversion tool in Captivate 2017.
And, in case you were wondering, I’ve also tested a large portion of the eLearning Brothers template library and the templates convert just fine. Some require that final 10% “tweaking,” but you should definitely go download some of our templates into Captivate 2017. Happy course creation!