on 6 March 2012
I had to buy this book direct from Amazon.com in the USA as it was not available from the UK site at the time. I did end up paying P&P equivalent to the book price but it has been worth it.
The book is well laid out but it does assume the reader has a knowledge of working with e-learning applications, which fortunately I have.
I think if you are coming new to e-learning, that is you have not used a similar application not necessarily Adobe Captivate, then you may well struggle to get going. The learning curve in Captivate is steeper than other e-learning applications I have used.
This book is a good introduction to the Adobe Captivate 5.5 appplication and Adobe's terminology making migration from other similar non Adobe applications less painful.
Screen shots are plentiful although printed in greyscale. I suspect that the authors captured in full colour using Techsmiths SnagIt - a brilliant application for capturing screen shots.
My view is that the authors could have provided a few more examples of how to add content and there is a tendancy to leave the reader to work out how to add and precisely position content on imported slides.
Adobe Captivate 5.5 is a very expensive application and it is a shame that Adobe do not produce a worth while manual for it, this book bridges that gap and will surely become a worthwhile addition to your library if you have already invested in the Adobe Captivate 5.5 application.
Finally why not five stars? The book would benefit from screen shots in colour because they make it easier to relate to the computer screen but more importantly Chapter 1 "Getting to Know Captivate" and chapter 2 "Creating New Projects" are a bit on the thin side and would benefit from a worked through example for first time users.