Welcome to the Adobe Captivate User Guide
Save your work and keep the project open. Keep in mind that if you search the Internet for images, use of any assets you find will likely be governed by a copyright restriction and lead to heavy fines for any unauthorized use.
Fortunately, Captivate comes with a wonderful assortment of free assets such as cut out people pictures of people with the background images and colors removed , icons, assets for virtual reality projects, audio files, and videos.
In the activity that follows, you’ll insert a Character for use in your Video Demo. Guided Activity Insert a Character Asset 1. Ensure that the Playhead is as far left on the Timeline as it can go. Insert a Character. Still working in the TrimMe project, position the Character similar to the image below.
Using the Shapes tool, draw a Oval Callout on the slide. You first learned to work with Shapes on page Format the callout similar to the image below double-click the shape to add the text. Guided Activity Insert a Video Project 1. Create a new, standard Captivate project.
Insert a video project. Notice that a video slide contains a video icon in the lower right of the Filmstrip thumbnail. Preview the video slide. The ability to insert a video demo into a standard project means that you can combine the ease of creating videos with the interactivity of standard Captivate projects, which is pretty awesome! Open a video editing session from within a standard project.
Close all projects there is no need to save. You can have multiple text captions on the same slide, and you can control how the captions look to a limited degree , where they appear on the slide, and when they appear via the Timeline or the Properties Inspector.
Reset the Classic workspace. Preview the lesson. The lesson demonstrates the process of creating a new folder on an older version of Windows. During the next several activities, you will learn how to add Text Captions to several slides. You will also learn how to control the appearance of the captions and when they appear on the slide.
Insert a Text Caption. Deselect the caption. Resize a Text Caption. Narrow and tall text captions are typically easier to read than wide and short captions. Reposition a Text Caption on a slide. Ensure that the CaptionMe project is still open.
Change the Caption type. Did the size of that pesky Text Caption change when you changed the Caption type? Disable the Autosize Captions option.
Resize the Text Caption again Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I guess it depends on your perspective. Certainly, if you want Captivate to resize your Text Captions moving forward, turn the Autosize Captions option back on. I always leave the option deselected. Change the character formatting for the caption text. There are two groups of fonts in Captivate: Web Safe and System. Change the appearance of a single word. At this point, you can edit the text within the caption and format selected words.
Go to slide 3. Insert a Text Caption with the words Watch as the New command is selected. Notice that the formatting of the new Text Caption does not match the appearance of your first Text Caption. No worries Go to slide 4 and insert a new Text Caption that says Watch as the Folder command is selected. Go to slide 6 and insert a new Text Caption that says Watch as the new Folder is selected 7.
Save and then close the project. Did you notice that every time you inserted a Text Caption, the appearance of the caption reverted to a specific Caption type, font, and font size? Although it is easy enough to change the appearance of the caption, you will quickly tire of the effort required to change every caption. Instead, you can alter the way Text Captions appear in this project via Caption Styles. Once you set up the appearance of the Caption Style, all new captions take on the attributes of the style and save you from extensive manual formatting.
Go from slide to slide and notice that most of the slides in this project contain a Text Caption. Override a style. But what about the Text Captions on the other slides?
Explore the other slides. Observe an Object Style override. In fact, all of the Text Captions in the StyleMe project are using the Default Caption Style, which explains the reason that the appearance of every Text Caption in the project is consistent. Okay, okay, you caught me. I should have stated that most of the captions are following the [Default Caption Style]. In fact, the Text Caption on slide 3 is following only a portion of the formatting specified in the style. How can you tell?
Take a look at the name of the style in the Style drop-down menu. For that reason, I discourage you from using the Properties Inspector to change the way any object looks. Instead, use the Properties Inspector to change the way objects behave Timing, Actions, etc.
Those kinds of properties are not controlled by an Object Style. Reset a style. Edit the Default Caption Style. Make a few edits in one place the Object Style Manager , and potentially hundreds of slide objects are updated instantly. Most Caption Types include up to five Callouts that point to different areas of the slide.
While Caption types are part of an Object Style page 92 , Callouts are options you manually apply to a selected object, one object at a time. Ensure that the StyleMe project is still open. Change the Callout used on a Text Caption. Confidence Check 1. Move the Text Caption up and to the left a bit until the position is similar to the image below.
Go through the remaining slides and apply the third Callout to the rest of the captions. Position drag each of the captions on the slides where you think appropriate. Each slide has a unique Timeline. You can use the Timeline to control the timing of any slide object. For instance, using the Timeline, you can force the captions to appear on the slide at the same time, or you can force one caption to appear as another goes away.
The objects on a project slide are displayed as stacked bars on the left side of the Timeline. The Header at the top of the Timeline indicates time in seconds and parts of seconds. The Playhead shows the point in time in which the slide is being viewed. Display the Timeline. Use the Timeline to extend the slide duration to eight seconds. Extend slide timing using the slide Properties. Use the Timeline to extend the display time for a Text Caption.
Use the Timeline to change the timing for the mouse. Still working in the TimeMe project, change the Slide Duration for slide 1 to 5. Preview the first five slides. The Text Caption on slide 1 should play for four seconds. While on slide 2, notice that it takes too much time for the click to actually occur—the timing needs work. Close the preview and go to slide 2. On the Timeline, change the Slide Duration to 0.
Starting with slide 1, preview the Next 5 Slides. When you get to slide 2, the timing of the mouse click should be better. The timing between slides and objects should be smooth. When finished, close the preview, save, and close the project.
I timed the Text Captions so that each one plays for five seconds and appears on the slide one after the other. Disable Calculate Caption Timing. With the option selected, Captivate automatically calculates how long a caption stays on a slide based on the number of characters in the caption. I always disable Calculate Caption Timing. On slide 1, notice that there are typos in the Text Captions from misspelled words to double words.
Spell check the project. The first word that is flagged as Not In Dictionary is the word foolders. It should be replaced with the word folders. Ensure that the SpellMeAlignMe project is still open. Hide an object. One of the captions is in the way. Rather than drag it out of the way, only to have to drag it back, it is more efficient to temporarily hide it.
With the top-most caption hidden, you can easily see the three remaining captions. Even though the caption is hidden from view, it will still preview and publish. Select multiple captions. Left-align the selected captions. In addition, the vertical space between the selected captions is evenly spaced. As slide 1 plays, notice that the timing of the Text Captions is pretty good.
Sure you do! Close the preview and return to slide 1. Select all three of the visible Text Captions on slide 1 the first Text Caption should still be hidden. On the Timeline, notice that the selected objects have stretched to the end of the slide. Notice that after the first Text Caption goes away, the remaining captions show for the rest of the slide. Show the hidden Caption. If you export the captions to Word, any team member can open the exported document with Word and make editorial changes.
Those changes can be imported into Captivate—something I call Round Tripping. You can use this round trip work-flow to create multiple-language versions of your project without having to rerecord or re-create the project. All you have to do is send the exported captions to a translator and have the caption text translated into another language. You would then import the translated captions back into your project. Export the project captions. You are notified when the captions have been exported.
The slide ID identifies to which slide your edited captions go. The Item ID identifies which caption goes with which caption data. Update the Word content. Return to the Captivate project. Import the edited caption into the Captivate project. Review the updated caption. How awesome is that? Save your work and close the project. If you do include the Mouse pointer, you can control the speed of the mouse, its exact starting and ending slide position, include visual Mouse clicks, and enable a click sound to further enhance the learner experience.
Guided Activity Control Mouse Effects 1. As the Mouse moves from slide to slide, notice that there is no visual indicator that a click is occurring, and no sound to accompany the click. Add a click sound to the Mouse. Add a visual Mouse click to the Mouse pointer on slide 4. Go to slide 3 and preview the next five slides. Add a visual Mouse click and Mouse click sound to the Mouse pointer on slides 5, 6, and 8.
Use the Timing Inspector to change the Transition for slide 2 to Wipe. As the lesson plays, pay particular attention to the Wipe transition you added that softens the abrupt jump between slides 1 and 2. In addition, notice the visual Mouse clicks and sounds you added. When the preview is finished, close the preview. Captivate includes the ability to easily change the pointer path without having to re-record the lesson.
After you record a Demonstration you learned how on page 47 that includes the Mouse cursor, you can change the way the Mouse pointer looks on a single Captivate slide or throughout the project. The pointer can be changed to a variety of icons, such as a hand, a vertical resize pointer, or a drag pointer. If you are not happy with the pointer icons that come with Captivate, you can select any system pointer or existing CUR cursor file on your hard drive or network as the pointer image.
Guided Activity Edit a Mouse Path 1. Hide a slide object. To Show an item, click the red X, and it returns to the shape of a circle. Edit the pointer path. In that instance, Captivate creates a screen capture, and your Mouse is shown in the wrong part of the screen. How slick is that?
Re-record a lesson? Still on slide 3, show the text caption that you hid a moment ago. Go to slide 4. You can get a better look at the problem by switching between slides 3 and 4, and you see the pointer jump between the two slides.
Hold on for a bit of magic as you tell the pointer on slide 4 to match the position of the pointer on slide 3. Align the slide position of the Mouse pointer with the previous slide. Without this wonderful feature, you would have been forced to drag the pointer on slide 4 a bit at a time, and then constantly switch between slides 3 and 4 to ensure that the alignment is perfect.
The Align to feature makes quick work of the process. Change the Mouse pointer type. This change affects only the pointer on slide 9. Note: If you wanted to use this pointer type on all of the pointers in the current project, you could right-click the pointer on the slide and choose Use the current mouse pointer for all slides.
They are particularly helpful if a slide is cluttered or visually distracting. Like most objects in Captivate, you can control the appearance of Highlight Boxes via Object Styles, and control the length of time they are onscreen via the Timeline or the Timing Inspector. Guided Activity Clone an Object Style 1. Ensure that the PointerPathMe project is still open. Clone an existing style. You can now give the duplicate any name you like and then edit its attributes.
Insert a Highlight Box. Apply a different style to the new Highlight Box. If you are unhappy with the appearance of the object, you can at any time return to the Object Style Manager, select the style, and edit it. Resize and reposition the Highlight Box. Review object timing on the Timeline. On the Timeline, notice that the Text Caption and Highlight Box are both set to appear right away and play for three seconds. After that, the Mouse appears. Preview a single slide. Then the Mouse does its thing.
However, the timing for the caption is a bit off. The reason? Update and then save changes to an existing style. The plus sign indicates changes have been made to the selected caption that do not match the attributes of the style.
Play the slide. Now the timing and effects for both the Highlight Box and Text Caption match. Save the project. Guided Activity Insert an Image Button 1. Set Image buttons as the default button style. Select an image for the image button.
Insert the image button onto a slide. For instance, you can select Continue. With this Action selected, the slide continues to play the remaining time on the Timeline before the learner is taken to the next slide.
Alternatively, you can elect to jump the learner to a specific slide in the project. Captivate allows you to publish your course modules in a wide variety of formats. It is very important to know the publishing format you will use before starting the development of a new project.
Captivate can also publish the project as a standalone application. Step three will be covered in great detail in Chapter 15 , Finishing Touches and Publishing. In this book, we will cover the three steps of the process requiring the use of Captivate. You will discover that Captivate has specific tools to handle each of these three steps. The default Captivate screen looks very simple and clean.
The main area is covered by the Stage 1. The Stage is where you lay out the objects that make up each slide of the project. The objects on the Stage will appear in your course. The objects in the Scrap Area the grey area around the slide will not be visible when taking the course. This makes the Scrap Area very useful! It is the perfect place to put instructions, reminders, color schemes, etc. At the very top of the screen is the Menu bar 2. The Menu bar gives you access to a wide range of Captivate features.
Below the Menu bar is the main Toolbar of Captivate 3. The Toolbar is primarily used to insert new slides and new objects into the project, but it also contains important tools for operations, such as previewing, publishing, and saving. On the left side of the screen is the Filmstrip 4. It shows the sequence of slides in your Captivate project.
The primary use of the Filmstrip is to let you select the slide s you want to work with, but it can also be used to perform basic operations on the slides, such as reordering or deleting slides. This action reveals the Properties inspector. The Properties inspector is one of the most important components of Captivate. It is used to control and adjust the properties of the selected object. The Library is another very important component of Captivate. It maintains a list of all the assets such as images, audio clips, animations, and so on included in the current project.
The Timeline panel is used to arrange the sequence of objects on the current slide. In short, you use the Timeline panel to decide when an object appears on the stage and how long it stays visible. This panel is also used to set up the stacking order of the objects.
Both the Timeline and the Properties inspector should now be open. Because the Properties inspector, Library , and Timeline are the most important panels of Captivate, they are only one mouse-click away on the default user interface. However, Captivate contains many other panels that give you access to a myriad of interesting tools. To get the most out of Captivate, you should know how to turn panels on and off.
The Window menu displays a list of all the panels that are available in Adobe Captivate. Note the checkmark in front of the Filmstrip , Timeline , and Library entries of the Window menu.
This reminds you that these panels and icons are currently visible on the interface. The Slide Notes panel appears at the bottom of the screen next to the Timeline panel, as shown in the following screenshot:. Note that this panel is floating on top of the interface. This is very different from the Slide Notes panel you opened earlier that was attached docked at the bottom of the interface.
Each panel of Captivate is either docked or floating. Also note that in Captivate , it is not possible, by default, to dock a floating panel or undock a docked panel. When Captivate reopens, you should see the Recent tab of the Welcome screen by default. There is a thumbnail showing the last open project s. When the project reopens, note that the default Captivate interface is displayed, even though many more panels were open when you exited Captivate.
Thanks to these little experiments, you were exposed to some important basic concepts about the Captivate interface. Before moving on, let’s summarize what you have learned so far:.
If you are used to other Adobe tools, such as Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator, the default behavior of the Captivate interface probably looks very different. Luckily, there is a way to make the Captivate interface behave similarly to the interface of other popular Adobe tools. This is called the Advanced Interface Mode :. When the project reopens, note that the Properties and Library icons of the Toolbar are no longer displayed.
The interface should now look pretty much the same as when you closed Captivate earlier in this chapter. In Advanced Interface Mode, the panel layout is always maintained when you restart Captivate. In the next section, you will take a closer look at those panels. But first, let’s first have a quick summary of what has been covered in this section:.
You already know that Captivate contains a lot of panels and that those panels can be shown or hidden using the Window menu. In the Advanced Interface Mode, the Captivate interface offers even more flexibility. In this section, you will learn how to move the panels and create a unique custom screen:. When a panel is moved above a possible docking location, a blue outline appears on the screen.
Releasing the mouse at that moment docks the panel at the location highlighted by the blue outline. This action docks the HTML5 tracker panel with the Properties inspector and the Library panel, as shown in the following screenshot:.
This first action illustrates how to dock the panels that are initially floating on the interface. You will now do the opposite to illustrate that a panel that is initially docked can be turned into a floating panel.
The Library panel is now a floating panel, even though it was docked by default. You have now arranged the panels in a truly unique way. This customized arrangement of your panels is called a workspace. The Advanced Interface Mode of Captivate allows you to apply your own unique custom workspaces. Depending on the project you are working on, the size of your computer screen, your working habits, and so on, you might want to have several workspaces and quickly switch between them.
In this section, you will first learn how to reset to the default workspace. Then, you will create and save a new custom workspace. The default workspace you see when you first open Captivate is called the Classic workspace, as shown in the top-right corner of your screen:. After doing this, your Captivate screen reverts to what it looked like when you opened the application at the beginning of this chapter:.
The default Classic workspace is an excellent starting point for defining a custom workspace. Just like the Properties inspector, the Timing inspector always shows the properties pertaining to the object you select. This workspace is very practical when you have to precisely define the timing and apply effects to the selected object. You will now save this panel layout as a new workspace. Note that a Timing button now replaces the Classic button. You can use this button to switch between the Classic workspace and your own custom Timing workspace!
You now know all the tools to create custom workspaces. Take some time to experiment with these tools on your own. Try turning panels on and off using the Window menu. When you feel like you have a great workspace, save it under a name of your choice. Note that the Window Workspace menu displays the same items as the workspace switcher button at the top-right corner of the screen.
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