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Overview

I've been teaching Adobe Captivate for years. At the end of classes, students have all the skills they need to create highly interactive computer-based training simulations (eLearning) using Adobe Captivate.

Some time ago a student, just prior to leaving a class the last day, asked how she could focus her writing skills and create clean, step-by-step documentation she could use for her Captivate scripts. She said she had searched and searched and could not find a class designed specifically for creating step-by-step documentation.

I had another student ask me if I had a style guide he could "borrow" so that he could create a corporate style guide to be used for all of their Captivate projects.

Based on those and other conversations, I created this book. The first part of the book is designed to help you focus your grammar and writing skills and help you to create concise step-by-step documentation. The second part of this book is the Style Guide and Process document I created for use at IconLogic, Inc. We've created thousands of eLearning lessons and this Style Guide has helped us keep our lessons consistent from project to project.

What This Book Is, and Isn't...

Please keep in mind that this 130-page workbook will not magically turn you into a writer, let alone a script writer--you'll need lots of hands-on experience and additional training before that happens. Instead, consider this book to be a "baby-step" book. I've written this book as a way to get your scripts and scripts off on the right foot. Also keep in mind that the Style Guide I present in Part 2 does not teach you Captivate. If you are new to Captivate, I've got two books (Adobe Captivate 5: The Essentials and Adobe Captivate 5: Beyond the Essentials) and two live, online classes that will do that. Instead, that section of the book is simply designed to offer the techniques and processes we use every day to create eLearning lessons with Adobe Captivate.

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