CaptivatePlayer: Delivering Captivate Content on the Web

With Macromedia Captivate, you can create interactive tutorials with recorded narration, built-in testing, with an easy, painless, and quick process. But now that authors can so easily create tutorials, they have time to think about the best way to deliver their content to end users, and to think about what works well with the Captivate workflow.

When [I] started using Macromedia Captivate early last year, [I] quickly learned that Captivate authors did not have a clear deployment path for Captivate content they wanted to make available on the web. This problem does not stem from Captivate— the tool has a plethora of publishing options. Captivate can publish to SWF file format, optionally wrapped in HTML, to Macromedia Breeze, a stand-alone executable with an auto-run option for CD-ROM delivery, e-mail, Microsoft Word, and you can even send your content to a server through FTP functionality from within Captivate. While heavily testing Captivate for my own use and collaborating with others in the Captivate community, [I] quickly found many Captivate authors that are experienced, organized, and extremely talented in delivering documentation, tutorials, and other various e-learning content.

To support effective and easy-to-use delivery of Captivate content on the web, I developed a utility, called CaptivatePlayer. In this article, you will learn how to deploy Captivate content with CaptivatePlayer.

Chris Charlton

Chris CharltonChris, Los Angeles' CSS & ActionScript guru, successfully cannonballed into web development in the late 90's. Always caught up with the latest in Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and XML, Chris authored premium articles for the largest Dreamweaver/Flash community (www.DMXzone.com) and produced WebDevDesign (iTunes featured), a popular Web Design & Development Podcast. Somewhere, Chris finds time to run an authorized Adobe user group focused around open source and Adobe technologies. Being a big community leader, Chris Charlton remains a resident faculty member of the Rich Media Insitute and lends himself to speak at large industry events, like JobStock, NAB, and FITC Hollywood.

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