Adobe Captivate 2017 is an authoring tool that is used for creating e-learning content such as software demonstrations, software simulations, branched scenarios, and randomized quizzes in Small Web Formats (.swf) and HTML5 formats. It got released in April 2017.

It has several enhancement and additions that have really enhanced the ability to create high-quality e-learning in a short amount of time.

Below listed are  key features of Adobe Captivate 2017 :


1. Fluid boxes

One of the most significant changes in Captivate 2017 is fluid boxes where responsive design is handled. By using Fluid boxes as a tool, developers can divide the sliders into containers that hold the objects, text, and graphics. As the workspace is re-sized for various display sizes, those containers intelligently resize or rearrange the objects without the developer needing to go into a myriad of breakpoints and manually adjust things.

2. Typekit Integration

Adobe Typekit is essentially a site where you can use a lot of different fonts in your courses. Traditionally with HTML5 courses in Captivate, you would use ‘web safe’ fonts.

Now there’s a new button where you can download a Typekit font you want to use, and use that font in your course instead. You have a free account at Typekit with Adobe Captivate, so you can use up to a certain number of fonts in your courses—after that, it’s a yearly price.

3. Advanced Actions

Prior to this version, developers usually made all the Advance actions conditional since it was just easier than trying to deal with issues of changing from Standard action to a conditional one. With the new version of Captivate, Conditional and Advanced actions are the same. You can just click on a small checkbox to switch between the two.

4. Multi-State buttons

In the previous version of Captivate, the ability to have objects with multiple states was a big deal. In Captivate 2017, you can now insert a Smart Shape as a button with multiple states on Master Slides, quiz slides, quiz result slides, drag and drop interaction slides.

5. Responsive text

Text may resize to different sizes on some smaller views, there is now an option under the ‘Slide Properties’ where you can select ‘Enable Uniform Text Scaling’ so everything scales down the same. If there’s a lot of text on smaller devices, users can now click an icon to view the rest full screen.

6. Customisable Closed Captions 

With this feature. one can create courses that meet accessibility standards with closed captions generated from slide notes and for slide videos. These can be enhanced by controlling the way they look and where they appear.

I hope this blog helps you understand the power of the key features of Adobe Captivate 2017 and how it can help you create eLearning courses more efficiently.