Learning Adobe Captivate: Where to Start

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Learning Adobe Captivate: Where to Start

Got a question from someone today about how one goes about learning how to use Adobe Captivate.  So I whipped up an email to them and figured, “Hey, why not post it as a blog article for the next guy that asks?”  And so I did.

How to Get Started Learning Adobe Captivate

  1. Schedule Time to Learn – Maybe a couple hours a day.  If you can spare more time, do it.  Then put it on your calendar, and toss a reminder on your phone to harass you about it when the time comes.
  2. Download a Free 30-Day Trial of Adobe Captivate 7 http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html
  3. Give Yourself a Specific Project – It’s good to have an actual goal when learning a new tool instead of aimlessly meandering.  Maybe take an existing, paper-based training or quiz and convert it into an elearning project using Captivate.  Maybe recreate someone else’s training that you can see online.  It doesn’t have to be long or complicated, just something to give you some realistic experience with the tool. Don’t be too ambitious though.  That 30-day free trial can go by fast.  (Oh, and keep in mind, anything you create with a trial version of Captivate will expire when your trial does so you can’t take it with you.)
  4. Download or Purchase a CP Template – This is admittedly a very selfish recommendation, but a good one nonetheless.  Starting with a template or course that’s already been created in Captivate gives you an idea of what can be done, and allows you to see how a functioning course works.  This is a whole lot easier than starting from scratch.  All my CP templates are located here: https://www.thelearningsmith.com/home-featured/free-elearning-templates-2/ If you’d like to use someone else’s templates, you’re going to have to do a bit of digging. 😉
  5. Stick to It – Like pretty much anything in life, if you want to be good at something you have to put some time into it.  I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that you’ll be a Captivate mastermind in a week.  It’ll take some work, but if you dedicate yourself a couple hours a day for that 30-day trial period, I think you’ll learn a lot. 🙂
  6. Watch Some Tutorial Videos – The Adobe Captivate team has put out several videos, as have I and a lot of others on using Captivate.  Mine are located here:
    http://www.thelearningsmith.com/home-featured/captivate-7-video-tutorials/Adobe’s are here:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/AdobeELearningThe rest you can find using a simple search on YouTube.
  7. Find Someone to Answer Your Questions – And for those times you get stuck, it sure helps to be able to email or call someone who can help out.  The Captivate Community forums on Adobe’s website is pretty active, so you can submit questions there.  You’re also welcome to contact me, if you like.  I can be a bit busy at times, but will respond as soon as I can. http://forums.adobe.com/community/adobe_captivate

Hope that’s helpful in getting you started.

-Dustin.

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