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Where to Go from Here

Where to Go from Here

Macromedia Captivate is the easiest and most flexible way to create interactive demonstrations and software simulations. It is fun to use, does the hard work for you, and lets you spend more time focusing on polishing up your tutorial, simulation, demonstration, or test to make it more effective. Because I have prior experience creating these types of presentations manually in Flash, I know that Captivate significantly reduces the amount of time and work required to create these demonstrations and simulations. I hope that CaptivatePlayer complements your workflow by providing a final, easy step in deploying your finished work for your users online, on an intranet, or even running locally, off of another user’s machine.

In talking to Captivate authors from all over the USA, from Canada to Germany, by phone and e-mail, I can definitely say there is room to grow and improve the way the CaptivatePlayer deploys Captivate movies. One author has requested that I add a global control bar instead of having Captivate generate one for each demonstration or simulation. This would help end users quickly access other Captivate content, not just locations inside one demonstration or simulation. Other authors, who have lot of Captivate content, called modules, also have sub-modules. They prefer the current menu to contain nested menus, like most context menus do today (File > New or Right click > Properties for example). This is especially ideal for users, because a volume of 50-100 Captivate demonstrations or simulations does not fit well into a one-level menu.

Creating these demonstrations or simulations is only part of the process. I created CaptivatePlayer to fulfill a need to deliver Captivate content quickly to users.