Industry Leading Cloud and Mobile AutoCAD Apps Reach New Heights
The recently renamed AutoCAD 360 product line, which consists of easy-to-use web and mobile drafting and documentation applications, reached new heights today through the introduction of two additional offerings: AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app plans and AutoCAD 360 web app. The expansion of the AutoCAD 360 product line improves collaboration and delivers new and simplified ways to work with CAD on mobile devices and web browsers.
Today, Adobe announced Adobe Captivate 7, the newest version of our powerful eLearning authoring tool. Adobe is the leader in eLearning authoring and with this new release we’ve added more power to an already powerful tool. Captivate 7 offers more out-of-the-box power and functionality than previous versions so authors from corporate training professionals to educators can truly create eLearning content using one single tool without programming.
Foremost among its new features, Captivate 7 authors can now import PowerPoint project, including text, shapes, audio, and animations, into Adobe Captivate 7 and publish directly to HTML5. Captivate 7 also offers all the tools needed to create courses that meet accessibility standards. Further, authors can add more interactivity to courses with drag-and-drop modules, YouTube video streaming and in-course web browsing. They can record system audio along with narration, generate reusable advanced action templates and import GIFT format questions to create quizzes in a jiffy. Captivate 7 now also publishes to Tin Can-compliant LMSs.
In short, we’re providing eLearning authors everything they need to create eLearning content. But we do want to highlight some features that are especially cool.
With Captivate 7 authors can make eLearning fun with drag and drop games, quizzes and learning modules that can run on desktops and iPads. They can choose from a variety of relationships on the basis of which the drop target can accept or reject or replace the drag items. And they can provide audio feedback in response to every attempt.
HTML5 support for Microsoft PowerPoint
Now authors can import their PowerPoint projects, including text, shapes, audio, and animations, into Captivate 7 and publish them directly to HTML5.
Enhanced accessibility support
This is especially important to those whose work impacts – or who want to expand their outreach to – defense, government and educational organizations. Captivate 7 easily creates simulations and demonstrations that address accessibility standards such as Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0). Captivate 7 defines text equivalents, inserts clickable areas that allow keyboard access, and more to help ensure that everyone can access the content.
We think Captivate 7 will change how you create and implement new eLearning content. So whether you’re new to Captivate or a veteran eLearning author, check out Captivate 7 to see how it can change your training for the better.
Our Kuler web app has been a hit with creatives everywhere for a few years now, allowing designers (and the color-curious like myself) to create and explore color themes. We sneaked the new version of Kuler at Adobe MAX back in early May — and today it’s available. A new revamped web experience for Kuler is now online at: http://kuler.adobe.com
It’s really a gorgeous piece of web design that has been rebuilt and optimized for the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
But the real exciting news is that Kuler has gone mobile with the delivery of a new free iPhone app available, here. Kuler allows you to easily extract a theme from what the iPhone camera is seeing, without even taking a photo. It’s as simple as opening the app, pointing the camera at something and its colors are quickly captured for later use.
Kuler also has a Sync Color feature for use with Illustrator CC. Sync Colors lets you use Kuler and Illustrator to quickly incorporate colors you see around you into your vector artwork. Sync your favorite themes with the Kuler website, and they’ll be accessible immediately inside Illustrator CC – which will be available as part of our major update to Creative Cloud, released on June 17.
The Kuler team is always interested in hearing your views, so if you’d like to join the conversation head over to the Kuler forum.
I remember the first time I picked-up a video camera and created a story. It was an empowering experience that opened up a new world to me and allowed me to creatively express myself and share my ideas and passions with others. With the Adobe Youth Voice’s (AYV) Aspire Awards competition, Adobe is creating the opportunity for youth to come together and share original digital media projects that bravely and creatively address issues most important to them in their communities and beyond.
My personal passion for filmmaking was sparked in high school when I tried out for my senior year’s dance theatre workshop and did not make it. I was devastated, but when I found out that I could still participate by creating a documentary film about the process of choreography a seed was planted inside me. As that idea germinated, I became more and more excited to be able to combine my passion for dance with the art of storytelling and filmmaking.
Today, I am the Director of the Film Forward Initiative for the Sundance Institute and a filmmaker. I am also the founder of Swirl Productions, an independent production company focusing on documentary films for the theatrical and broadcast markets. I have been very fortunate to work as both a filmmaker and film professional supporting directors and producers in their art and craft. Having the opportunity to be the artist, mentor and executive has afforded me the insight that the key to success is not losing sight of your story. We each have many stories to tell and finding your authentic voice and staying true to your vision is what makes your story rise above the rest.
I am excited to be a judge for the Aspire Awards and be involved in a program that has the potential to help inspire and facilitate the development of the next generation of storytellers. As adults, we have to remind each other how important it is to listen and learn from youth. It is incredibly rewarding to work with youth as they discover their voice and that sense of empowerment from creating and sharing their unique digital work. These are valuable and practical skills that will translate into their next pursuit and/or career path.
Digital art making not only allows for participant’s stories to be expressed but provides a valuable entrée into the minds and concerns of young people today. What are they consumed by? What do they feel strongly about? And who is captivating their interest? It’s exciting to see so many youth concerned about community, social and global issues from women’s health and safety issues in India to managing physical disabilities in Morocco to standing up to bullies in Canada. Film is a powerful medium to connect people and effect change, and it is quite clear, through this year’s finalists, that there are more than a few “changemakers” out there.
It is an honor to be involved in the Aspire Awards as a judge and I look forward to the tremendous task ahead of helping to select a winner in each of the content categories.
I encourage you to participate as well and help select the Audience Award winners. Not only will you be part of this engaging process, but you will learn more about the issues that truly matter to today’s youth. Please visit the Aspire Awards Website to watch the extraordinary talent of our AYV youth and vote for your favorite entries!