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Show Me Demos and Captivate -- Interview with Kevin Siegel

by Tom Johnson on Dec 5, 2007 •
categories: podcasts

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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

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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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