Did you try the 'Foundations' of Rick Stone? It is not a written book, it is an e-book but could perhaps help to get you started. It is for Captivate 5.0 but a lot is also valid for CP5.5:
I am reluctant to purchase something that covers a previous version ( I need v5.5 not v5), unless of course v5.5 is really not too different to v5 ??
Maybe if Rick is reading this thread he could advise me...
Maybe he is in the process of creating something for v5.5.
I might try and contact him via his website - just in case.
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Understanding why you are reluctant. You could have a look on Kevin Siegel's site, he offers trainings and has books.
A really very complete manual is not around AFAIK, even those for 'advanced users' are not that advanced but that is only my personal opinion of course. I gave up buying books, because either I find a lot of bugs in them or I do not find what I'm looking for.
PS BTW I'm not French speaking, but Dutch is my native tongue: Prettige feestdagen, Noel!
I have left a note on Rick's website to see what he has to say about using his v5 manual for v5.5.
I will also check out Kevin's site, as you suggest.
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As Lilybiri states, there really isn't a "complete" manual to my knowledge. What you will find with my guide as well as the one offered by Iconlogic is not an exhaustive explanation of all features in Captivate. These guides are intended to help folks learn how to use the application.
The problem with exhaustive guides (and even these training guides) is that an incredible amount of effort goes into them with seemingly very little return. So you end up with a negative return on investment. Often, by the time something exhaustive is created, the effort is rendered useless because Adobe has issued yet another version that folks clamor to and largely ignore the older versions.
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OK...time for you to put your honest hat on please Rick.
I have worked for sometime now with Captivate v4 so am pretty familiar in regards creating projects etc in Captivate.
I am now about to upgrade to v5.5 (not v5).
My question is: Would your guide for v5 meet the majority of what I am going to know in regards to v5.5 ?
Such as explaining the new look/feel of v5.5 and pointing me in the right directing in regards the basic project creation or does v5.5 differ so greatly from v5 that any guide on a v5 guide would be of little help?
Here's a list of what was updated from 5.0 to 5.5: http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate/features._sl_id-contentfilter_sl_features+by+versi on_sl_New+since+Cp5.html
For me the biggest benefit was gradients, shadows, and rotations - I didn't have to build simple graphics externally and import them. I can draw those gradient boxes and put shadows on captions now.
My opinion: there was so little different in 5.5 that a 5.0 book would be 'good enough.'
The company handed me "Rapid Development with Adobe Captivate 5 for Windows" (Daniel Novak w/ Mary Burkart) when we rolled out. It's pretty good, but more for someone who is not familiar with Captivate alrady. And, like Lilybiri said, it's not advanced enough for me. Your mileage may vary.
Many thanks for the information.
The link keeps coming up with a time out message. Does it work OK for you ?
If the link takes you to the "Using Adobe Captivate 5.0 and 5.5" usermanual in PDF, then I have already got that.
Exactly, It's that document. I know the delay but for other "searchers" perhaps It would be useful.
Hi Migue again,
It is a good user manual and one that I am sure others will get benefit from.
I refer to my copy all the time.
Thanks for posting the link.