demo: photo basics course

A few weeks ago I got the chance to present a demo of my work for a job interview. The assignment was to create powerpoint mock-up of an eLearning course about using a digital camera. I thought it was a pretty fun little project! You can see a PDF of the final result here.

For the main image of the camera, I used official product photos. But for the camera shown in the step-by-step instructions, I actually used an Illustrator drawing — mainly so that I could limit the complexity of the interface and focus only on the necessary features.

Funny thing, though; the first thing I ever did in Illustrator was a camera! It was for an assignment in college. Couldn’t help but remember that experience as I put this demo together!

Adobe Captivate demo project complete!

Phew! Finished off my Adobe Captivate demo course yesterday evening. I’m quite happy with how it turned out — it’s a good match to what I had in mind. Unfortunately the file will not be available forever (will probably expire in late June), because of the limitations on my trial version of the software. But once I’m able to have access to a fully licensed version, I’ll make sure to replace it with a permanent copy.

Update: I found someone to help me publish a permanent copy of the course. However, you’ll notice a few funny things in the layout because they did not have access to the same fonts that I was using, and I didn’t want to bother them with having to install fonts (they were already doing me a huge favor). So please forgive the minor mis-alignments! I will fix them when I have access to a full version of Captivate for myself.

LINK:
Learn to Bake… Sugar Cookies

Let me know if you have any feedback!

captivate course build — almost done!


Phew! After a few days working on my demo course, it’s almost done! All the content and functionality is now in place. The only thing left to do is to add a little animation, just to make some of the screens more dynamic.

I’m determined to finish that tonight! For now, you can take a look at the teeny thumbnails in my Captivate filmstrip view.

course building in progress


Having a ton of fun building this course in Captivate.

And I was totally correct, building in Illustrator and then re-creating in Captivate is working a lot faster for me. It took me only two hours this morning to build a new theme and create the first four screens, interactions and all. Importing custom assets is super easy when you’ve already determined your layout and final dimensions.

more course screen designs!

I started building my ‘learn to bake… Sugar Cookies’ course in Captivate.

But it was sort of a headache (because of all the custom graphics I’m using) so I’ve gone back to lay the whole thing out in Illustrator instead. After I do that, it should be a cinch to rebuild it all in Captivate. I can just re-create all the basic shapes (rounded rectangles and all that) and pull the custom assets out of the Illustrator file as I need them.

Super excited to get this finished now!

demo course template design

Working on some template designs for my demo Captivate course.

Yes. It’s an e-learning course about making cookies. Why not? Might as well have some fun with the subject matter, since I’m just using this demo to show my abilities. (And my abilities include making cookies.)

The wood texture is available free here.