Getting Familiar with Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate IconI’m currently trying to dive into Adobe® Captivate®. As always, Adobe TV provides a couple of great tutorial videos for beginners. You should have a look at all videos relating to Adobe Captivate. However, I have found that once again a couple of videos are not enough to really learn something about a software. Of course you will have to work with the software itself—that’s out of the question. But a nice way to begin is to have some didactical structure behind the number of videos provided, which Adobe TV somehow lacks. There is a show called Rapidly Create and Update which features most of the episodes that will be listed in the following, however, the focus of that is quite different: It’s simply advertisement. I can understand that there are so many people with different backgrounds that picking a sequence seems to be a hard choice.

In this post I will try to structure some of the videos provided into a sequence that helped me getting to terms with Captivate and hopefully this sequence will be of value for others. I also tried to annotate the videos a bit to hint at things that—for me—where particularly important.


Presenting Content: Photoshop Recap

Ah! The power of recursion… Well, sort of…

Recursive Bookworm

Original image: Jeffrey Chen,, from

I know. In competitions this wouldn’t stand a chance. It’s just quick and dirty and you can see the seams all along. But I just wanted to show you, how you can easily use the powerful features of Photoshop to do something like this in minutes.

Pecha Kucha Presentations

For the last four semesters (this one is the fifth) I let my students use a specific type of presentation: Pecha Kucha Presentations. The name is derived from Japanese and means something like „chit chat“. Nevertheless, it should be emphasized that it is a very good exercise for holding presentations. The most important thing that occurs to me: self restriction.


Pecha Kucha Präsentationen

Seit vier Semestern (in diesem zum fünften Mal) lasse ich meine Studierenden eine besondere Form der Präsentation halten: die Pecha-Kucha-Präsentation. Der Titel stammt aus dem Japanischen und bedeutet soviel wie „wirres Geplauder, Stimmengewirr“. Das soll nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass diese Art der Präsentation eine sehr gute Übung für das Halten von Präsentationen ist. Der wichtigste Punkt, der mir dabei einfällt, ist: Selbstbeschränkung.


Presenting Content: Steps for CSS Layout

Here’s the presentation from the session on CSS Layouts:


And then there were the tutorials which have actually been posted before in a different post.

Presenting Content: 3 Columns Layout Solutions

As promised, here are the screencasts that tell you about the solutions to the four three column layouts that you were supposed to do as a homework. Please note: You can watch all screencasts directly on my account in order to get a larger and more legible view. Or continue for a smaller embedded version…


Presenting Content: CSS Basics Refinement and Layout Techniques Round-Up

CSS Layout ExampleWow, that’s rather a long title for a relatively short post. Anyway, I’d like to give a short overview of four pages that list the most valuable resources for CSS layout techniques. I did not have to start a list myself, because there have been lists out there already.

But before we go there, I’d like to hint at a section of the website Impressive Webs that deals with CSS Basics. And hereby is meant: The Deeper Aspects of CSS Basics for those who want to dive in. Very recommended read, indeed!

Now for the list (in the form of a list itself):

Hopefully, this will guide you along the paths of CSS based layouts.

Presenting Content: CSS Layout 1

Sooooo, here’s the Analyzing Prototypes presentation:


Presenting Content: Design Prototyping

Here are the slides from today’s session.


And here are the results from today’s session:


E-Portfolios SoSe 2011

The first post in years… Here’s a list of e-portfolio website from my course Presenting Content at the University of Marburg.