• Adobe Photoshop layer options give you the ability to preserve layers in imported Adobe Photoshop files so you can easily edit or animate individual image areas for the effect you want.
• Streamlined workflows and enhanced usability includes inline editing of text captions, templates to standardize the look and feel of projects, panning to optimize viewing on small screens and devices, support for right-clicking in simulations, drawing tools and image editing, and improved accessibility features. There is even a recording workflow that provides all recording options in a convenient place.
Adobe Captivate 4 remains a complete professional software product to author e-learning multimedia courses and to create demonstrations, knowledge bases, and simulations. You do not need to have programming experience or even multimedia development experience to use this product, although one would benefit from this knowledge.
Along with being part of the Adobe Technical Communications Suite 2, it also comes bundled with the Adobe e-Learning Suite which includes additional programs like Adobe Soundbooth, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe Flash.
The highlights to me in this release are Table-of-Contents improvements which were virtually nonexistent in the prior release. Now you have much more control over the look and feel of the TOC. The Aggregator is also a big plus as you can now modularize your content into reusable pieces that can be recycled in to other projects.
The PowerPoint import is also a welcome feature as in prior versions you only had limited support. The Captivate Review feature is also very useful for gathering input and having it all available for revisions.
Keep in mind that while Adobe Captivate 4 is easy to use, there is some learning curve once you get to the some of the more complex projects. That said, with a little work and some help from online resources, you can be creating truly professional learning experiences in no time. I highly recommend Adobe Captivate 4.