Show Me Demos and Captivate -- Interview with Kevin Siegel
Duration: 24 minutes
Kevin Siegel, president of IconLogic, talks about show-me demos and Captivate. In this audio-visual age, technical writers need an easy way to deliver Flash-based, dynamic screen demos for their help content. Topics Kevin and I discuss in the podcast include:
- The effects of video games on learning styles
- The power of audio in show me demos
- The role of show me demos alongside written documentation
- New features in Captivate 3
- How Captivate 3 integrates with RoboHelp 7
- Techniques for recording screen demos when you're pressed for time
- Best practices for show me demo length
- When and how to use voice talents
Check out the following resources:
- Kevin's blog, "I came, I saw, I learned," is at http://iconlogic.blogs.com/.
- You can sign up for his newsletter here.
- IconLogic offers training for Captivate, RoboHelp, InDesign, and a host of other tools
- See details about his e-course on Captivate.
- Check out Captivate here.
About Kevin Siegel
"Kevin A. Siegel is the founder and president of IconLogic, Inc. He has written more than 100 step-by-step computer training books, including books on Adobe Captivate 2 and 3, RoboHelp 5, 6, 7, Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, QuarkXPress 7, Accelerated QuarkXPress 6, Adobe InDesign CS 2, Adobe PageMaker 7 and more." (bio)
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- Adobe Captivate 3 software enables anyone to rapidly create powerful and engaging simulations, scenario-based training, and robust quizzes without programming knowledge or multimedia skills. Read more here.
- Intro music in this podcast is from Podshow.
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