Adobe Captivate – The Next Generation of Professional E-Learning Tools

Adobe Captivate is a e-Learning software program developed by Adobe Systems both for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, capable of creating software presentations, demonstrations and simulations in the.SWT format.

Thanks to an intuitive UI and numerous features, Abobe Captivate is the perfect application for enriching and empowering your courseware. The goal of Captivate is to transform a CBT into a multimedia experience, and to deliver information with the help of new technologies.

The most important features of Adobe Captivate are:

* Real time recording

* The “event-based screen capture” feature offers the possibility to record still images and then to run them in a simulation

* “Adobe Flash Tweening” helps creating screenshots in a much smaller file size for using them in a “full-motion screen capture movie”

* The editing feature includes: adding captions, videos, clickable hotspots (which can redirect the user to other slides from the presentation or to external web pages, boxes with text entry and much more

* Also related to content editing, the user has the possibility to include images, mouse pointers…etc, and to choose the time when they’ll appear/disappear in the presentation

* With Captivate one can import in his presentation different images, videos, audios and even PowerPoint

* Captivate can convert the resulting.SWF files into.AVI, which at their turn can be transferred to a video hosting website

Captivate can keep track of the score data in the LMS (Learning Management System), thanks to its compatibility to SCORM, PENS, AICC output

Adobe Captivate 5 is the latest version of the software, which brings in upgraded features based on the latest multi-media technologies. This time the main focus is on creating professional content, as well as personalized presentations. Using Adobe Captivate 5 it’s easier to collaborate when working on a presentation and to keep track of the presentation, thanks to the Adobe CS Live online service and

Some of the newest improvements brought about by Adobe Captivate 5 are presented below:

* The newest GUI (Graphic User Interface) reduces the work time spent on a presentation, by offering personalized workspace and multiple document interface

* Now it’s easier to create animation effects, by combining multiple predefined effects. Also, one can make its presentation richer by importing some of the custom effects available on Adobe Flash Professional software

* Styles can now be defined and applied to the desired objects

* The “Master Slides” feature allows to obtain a consistent and well-formatted content

* Adobe Captivate 5 gives the possibility to import videos in various formats, such as:.AVI,.MOV, FLV, MPEG…etc. The videos can then be synchronized with the slides

* The library has been enriched with new predefined widgets, skins, animations, text captions, images, and much more

* One can even keep track of the performances (such as pass or fail rates) with the help of an evaluation tool

* The Twitter feature gives the possibility for students and instructors to interact with one another, by just logging in their Twitter account

The main difference between Camstasia Studio and Captivate is that Adobe Captivate 5 is a powerful tool for creating consistent and professional presentations suitable for corporate use. The newly introduced features enhance the performances of the CBT program transforming it into a complete solution for creating thorough demonstrations and presentations.

Top 6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Out on Motion Backgrounds

There are many reasons why you need to consider using motion backgrounds for your video projects. If you’re still stuck in the ‘dark ages’ and haven’t spruced up your videos yet, it’s time to consider top 6 reasons these backgrounds are right for you.

Reason #1: Motionless Backgrounds Put People to Sleep

Have you ever been in a meeting where someone was giving a presentation and they had a DULL background. We’re talking just a solid color with some PowerPoint slides! The chances are good that this presentation put you right to sleep. Now imagine this same presentation if the person had used some animated backgrounds that really conveyed the importance or interest in their project. Adding these backgrounds to your videos is a surefire way to keep people entertained.

Reason #2: Video is Becoming More Prevalent Online

Gone are the days where you can just put up some simple text and expect it to grab your visitor’s attention. Everyone is going with video these days. That means there is more competition to make your videos look great. Having motion backgrounds will really help you to stand out far above your competition.

Reason #3: Your Videos Will Look More Professional

Whether you’re presenting an idea or trying to sell something, you always need to make sure that your work looks as professional as possible. This can be difficult if you aren’t used to making videos. The good news is that using backgrounds with motion can instantly give you that professional look you are going for.

Reason #4: It’s More Fun While You Work

Studies show that the more interesting your work is visually, the more likely you are to get excited about it and complete it. If you’re working on a boring-looking video, you’ll probably be bored out of your mind as well! It’s a lot more fun to work with animated backgrounds that are related to the video you are creating. It will not only be more appealing to those who watch it, it will be more interesting for you to make as well.

Reason #5: It’s Very Cost Effective

When motion backgrounds first came into play there weren’t that many people doing them. The simple reason is because few people knew how. Luckily, there are many people who are creating these awesome video backgrounds these days. Some of them put their work up for sale royalty-free. That means you can get whatever kind of background you need for a professional, interesting video for very low cost. It sure beats hiring someone to create a custom one for you!

Reason #6: Your Conversion Rate Will Skyrocket

If you’re selling a product through video you’ll be glad to know that your conversion rate will likely go up substantially. One reason is because the motion will capture the attention of your audience. Another reason is because they will be captivated enough to watch the whole thing. That means they will hear everything you have to say, and will likely respond more favorably.

Motion backgrounds are definitely the way to go for your next video project. Those are 6 excellent reasons why today is the day to start making better videos.

Pet Jellyfish Facts: Keeping Jellyfish in Captivity and the Home Aquarium Fish Tank

Fish keeping dates as far back as ancient Sumerian, 2,500 BC. The Romans, Greeks and Egyptians all kept fish as pet. The Greek philosopher Aristotle was the first person known to have studied fish (382-322 BC). He documented the characteristics of 115 different species living in the Aegean Sea. Roman ingenuity allowed for one of the marble walls of a fish tank to be replaced with a glass pane for better viewing in 50 AD. The Chinese began crossbreeding the Prussian carp to create the forerunner of the modern goldfish over 1,000 years ago. In 1369, Chinese Emperor, Hongwu, established the first porcelain company to manufacture porcelain tubs to keep goldfish in. The world’s first public aquarium opened in Regents Park, London in 1853. The number of fish kept as pets in the USAis only surpassed by that of cats. There are more fish in American homes than there are dogs. Yet the first jellyfish exhibit ever to be seen by the public opened in Monterey California only twenty years ago.

It is little coincidence that the World’s first jellyfish exhibit only opened two decades ago. Until shortly before then it was thought impossible to keep jellyfish alive in captivity. Jellyfish are one of the most fragile creatures in the entire aquatic kingdom. Water constitutes 95% of their body mass. Only a thin epithelial membrane stands between them and utter destruction. Even something as harmless as a standard aquarium filter can prove deadly. A jellyfish can be sucked into its intake and liquefied instantly.

The ground work for being able to keep jellyfish alive in cavity was first laid in 1969 by German marine biologist, Dr. Wolf Greve. Dr. Greve engineered a totally new concept in aquarium design to help in his efforts to study Arctic plankton aboard ship rather than in their natural habitat. The basic design concept was to sandwich a cylindrical cross-section between two sheets of acrylic. What was revolutionary was the way in which the water circulated inside the tank. Water enters and exits the aquarium through screens at the top of the tank. This sets the water spinning in a slow circular motion. The water circulation acts to keep the fragile life forms away from the sides of the tank and gently tumbles them toward the center. Dr. Grve named his invention the kreisel (German for carousel) because the delicate ctenophores were perpetually suspended in a merry-go-round type motion. Planktonkreisels have become standard equipment onboard oceanographic ships.

The Kreisel concept was instrumental in creating the first jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Aquarium. In just a few short years jellyfish exhibits were popping up in public aquariums all over the world. It was only a matter of time before this technological advancement sparked the minds and ingenuity of adventurous entrepreneurs. The market was set in place among high-end saltwater aficionados as soon as public aquariums started featuring jellyfish exhibits. That created a ready made niche just waiting to be filled.