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Adobe Captivate 5: New Slide, Blank Slide. What's the Deal?

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Take a look at the Insert menu in Adobe Captivate 5 and you'll see two similar commands: New Slide and Blank Slide. In fact, it will likely appear that New Slide and Blank Slide both result in a new, blank slide. No worries, when inserting a new slide, choose the Blank Slide menu item instead and your new slide will be blank.

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Adobe Captivate: Cue the CC's. Automatically Please

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Captivate 4 and 5 both come with a variable called  cpCmdCC. In Adobe Captivate 5: Create a Standard Advanced Action ( Project > Advanced Actions ) as shown below. Attach the Action to the first slide.  (Select Slide 1 on the Filmstrip. Below are the screen shots for the Action and attaching the action to the slide On slide enter.

Adobe Captivate 5: Keep Master Slide Backgrounds at Bay

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One of the best new features in Adobe Captivate 5 is Master Slides. I  I originally covered master slides back in June of 2010. However, there is one pesky feature of Master Slides that I didn't cover back then. recently received an email from a concerned Captivate developer who had created a master slide similar to the one shown below.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: That Syncing Feeling

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When developing eLearning with Adobe Captivate, saving unnecessary clicks is always a goal. There are two objects on a slide and they appear as blue bars on the Timeline. The red bar is known as the Playhead. I'd like the top caption on the Timeline to appear on the slide just before the 1.5 Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate & eLearning: How Long is Too Long?

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However, in my experience developing eLearning using Adobe Captivate, I put the attention span of an adult learner at 15-20 seconds per slide. If the slide plays any longer, your learner will begin to fog out. If your slide contains some voiceover audio, a text caption or two and an interactive object controlling navigation (such as a button or click box), 15-20 seconds is perfect. Your student will have enough time to understand and absorb the content before moving on to the next slide.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5?

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Add Some Status to Your TOC

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When you add a Table of Contents to a Captivate project ( Project > Table of Contents > Show TOC ), the default settings include Show Duration. With this option selected, the duration of each slide in the lesson will be shown to your learners. As you complete the interactivity on each slide, a green check mark will appear in the Status column. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate: Update Image Usage Project-Wide

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Adding an image onto a Captivate slide is as simple as choosing Insert > Image. Once the image has been added to the project, adding additional instances of the image to more slides is a snap. All that you need to do is go to the Library (Window menu) and drag the image onto a slide. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: The Fastest Angle Remover in the West

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You may have noticed that Captivate 5.5 allows you to quickly change the angle of a slide object by dragging the free-rotate icon you will find just above any selected object. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. While rotating an object is great, getting rid of the rotation can get a bit sticky if you try to use the free-rotate icon. Most people will nearly remove the rotation, but are surprised to find that a slight angle remains. But I am always looking for easier.

Adobe Captivate: No More Autosizing, Thanks!

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Later on, when I re-opened the slide, the caption was much smaller. There was a typo flagged in that very same caption, which I naturally allowed Captivate to fix. If you resize a text caption or button in Adobe Captivate, and then edit the object's text at all, the object will do you a favor and resize. Display Captivate's Preferences (Edit menu for Windows users; Adobe Captivate menu for Mac users). With these three options disabled, Captivate will no longer resize your objects and change object timing on the Timeline. And bam!

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Export Audio

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received an interesting email last week from a Captivate developer asking where imported audio was physically stored on the computer. She had edited much of the audio from within Captivate and needed to share some of the edited clips with team members in her office. Once audio clips are imported into a Captivate project, they are embedded within the project and are not stored externally. From the lower left of the dialog box, select Show object level audio so that you can see all of the project's audio files (even those attached to objects on your slides).

Adobe Captivate 5: One Quick Way to a Project Template

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During my Advanced Captivate class , we spend quite a bit of time creating a project template from scratch. Once you have created the blank template, you would go through the process of adding placeholders , master slides, object styles, actions and anything else you think you'll need in projects that would use the template. Find the project file on your computer (it will have a cptx file extension which is typical for a Captivate 5 project).   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate

Adobe Captivate: When It Comes to Images, Choose Your Quality

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As a Captivate developer, you are constantly striving to offer the nicest-looking published file, at the smallest possible size. One thing you can do to lower the size of your published video is control the quality of your slides. Captivate offers four image quality levels you can specify. You can apply the settings to individual slides, or for all of the project slides.

Adobe Captivate 5: Keep Audio From Getting Cut Off

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When importing voiceover audio into Adobe Captivate, I always suggest that audio be added directly to the slide instead of objects on the slide ( Audio > Import to > Slide ). By importing audio directly onto the slide, you'll have more direct control over the audio. In the image below, a voiceover clip has been added to a slide, and the audio has been set to play just when the slide appears.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Blur it Baby

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by Kevin Siegel    You've captured a series of screens using Adobe Captivate. During playback, you realize that there is something on some of the slide backgrounds that you simply don't want the learner to see. You can easily edit any Captivate background with a graphics program like MS Paint and erase the problem areas. However, if the problem exists on several slides, you would be looking at a lot of editing. An easier approach might be to simply use Captivate's blur effect to make a sensitive background area impossible to read.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Quizzes To Write Home About

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by Kevin Siegel You've always been able to create quizzes with Captivate. However, if you've spent any time with the quiz feature in Captivate 5, you are probably a bit disappointed with how bad some of the text formatting features are. For instance, when you add a multiple choice question slide, something simple like aligning the text horizontally is a real challenge.

Adobe Captivate: Say Goodbye to the Mouse Click Sound

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by Kevin Siegel    I received an SOS from a fellow Captivate developer who was having a hate-hate relationship with the mouse click sounds he was hearing in his Adobe Captivate demonstration. First, select any of the mouse pointers on any slide in your project.     Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Project-wide?

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#AskAdobeTeam Question: How Can I Trim a Full Motion Recording Slide in Adobe Captivate? [VIDEO]

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Our weekly ‘ Ask The Adobe eLearning Team ‘ sessions continue to gain momentum, and with each new session, we are seeing more and more people participate. This week a question came up on how to trim Full Motion Recording (FMR) slides in order to delete unwanted frames. Here’s a short video on how to do this in Adobe Captivate 5. Send to Kindle.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: The Pros of Contrast

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fell in love with Captivate 5 the moment I started the program. Looking back on my experience with Captivate 5, I have few complaints. Honestly, Captivate 5 is really, really good and there's not much to gripe about. That being said, I do have a few pet peeves in Captivate 5. So along comes Captivate 5.5 Nice job Adobe! by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5: Get the TOC Out of the Way with an Overlay

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Adding a Table of Contents to your published Captivate project is a great idea. However, if you look in the upper left of the slide, there are two arrows.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. you'll be giving your learners an easy way to navigate through the lesson.

Adobe Captivate Question: Can I Apply to All?

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I am trying to make a change to a slide object and want to apply those changes to similar slide objects. know that Captivate now supports Object Styles (which are great). Adobe's Technical Communication Suite CaptivateHowever, not all object Properties are controlled by the style. Is there a way to apply other kinds of Properties to objects project-wide? Answer: There is an Apply to All button for these kinds of changes. After altering one caption, look at the right of the group on the Properties panel for a little arrow.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Change the Mouse Pointer Project-Wide

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seasoned Captivate developer contacted me with a small dilemma. It seems that he was new to Captivate 5.5 (but had been using Captivate for nearly 4 years). In Captivate 5 and 5.5, With the mouse pointer on any slide is selected, he chose a different pointer shape from among those available on the Options group. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5?

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Resizing is a Snap, But Watch Your Anchor

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In the image below, I've drawn two objects on a Captivate slide. While it might be tempting to delete the image on the right and simply duplicate the existing object, there is a little-used option in Captivate that I'd like to share. When aligning or resizing multiple slide objects, the object you select first becomes the anchor. by Kevin Siegel. And bam.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Change the Background, Keep the Objects

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fellow Captivate developer sent me an email asking for advice. It seemed that he had just completed a slick eLearning lesson in Captivate. With the new lesson open, copy the first slide's background to the clipboard. Right-click the first slide and choose Paste as Background. The slide background in the original lesson will now look like the new interface. However, any slide objects, actions and timing that existed on the slide or its objects will remain intact. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Show For the Rest of the Project. Or Not

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If you'd like to repeat an object over a majority of your slides, one of the easiest ways to proceed is to select the object and, on the Properties panel, Timing group, select Display for rest of project. Alternatively, you can create and use master slides. However, working with master slides involves multiple steps (creating them and then using them). by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate: If You Must Resize PowerPoint Presentations. Maintain!

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by Kevin Siegel It's relatively simple to import a PowerPoint presentation into a Captivate project. You can import a presentation into a new project, or add PowerPoint slides to an existing project. After opening the PowerPoint presentation, Captivate will scan the presentation and the available slides will be presented in the Convert PowerPoint Presentation dialog box.

Understanding how the new Quizzes work in Adobe Captivate 5.5 [VIDEO]

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I hope you are enjoying learning more about our new Adobe Captivate 5.5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 One thing I’m really excited about is our new Quizzes in Adobe Captivate 5.5 and in general how question slides are presented to the Learner. Also, in case you haven’t entered my Twitter giveaway of a full copy of the new Adobe Captivate 5.5

PowerPoint: Changing Slide Sizes for Importing into Captivate

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  If you plan to import a PowerPoint presentation into Adobe Captivate, it's a good idea to first resize the PowerPoint presentation from within PowerPoint. If you resize the PowerPoint presentation, the size of the imported slides you see in Captivate will match the width and height of your Captivate project.  " Captivate PowerPoint

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: One Simple Click. All That Stands Between You and Your Speech Agent

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The ability to convert text to speech using Captivate's built-in text to speech agents is awesome. All you need to do is select the slide note(s) you want to convert and then click the Text-to-Speech button. In addition to the five voices you get with Captivate, any voices that have already been installed on your computer will also appear in the Speech Agent drop-down menu.

Captivate Training: Project Templates and Master Slides in Adobe Captivate 5

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Topic: Working with Project Templates and Master Slides in Adobe Captivate 5 Date and time: Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn how to use project templates and master slides to give a consistent look and feel to your projects and templatize the [.]. Training and Tutorials Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2 Master Slides Project Templates Rapid Authoring

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Nudge and Nudge Plus

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In Captivate, it's a good thing. You'll notice that the object jumps across your slide at twice the speed as before. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. Ever been nudged? In life, getting nudged might be a good thing or a bad thing. You can always move an object by simply dragging your mouse. But dragging an object with the mouse might prove frustrating if you only wanted to constrain the drag (only move the object up or down, but not left or right). Nudge Plus.

Another Benefit of Using PowerPoint Roundtripping with Adobe Captivate 5.5

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At times when you are creating your eLearning courses, and you just don’t have enough time to design the slide backgrounds. You can easily use your favorite PowerPoint template in Adobe Captivate 5.5 Rapid Authoring Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe Captivate 5.5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 with the PowerPoint roundtripping feature. By this, you can use the PowerPoint template as your course background and add all the interactivity [.]. How do I. Background Design PowerPoint Roundtripping rapid elearning

Captivate Hands-on Training: Working with Project Templates and Master Slides in Adobe Captivate 5.5

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Topic: Working with Project Templates and Master Slides in Adobe Captivate 5.5 Date and time: Thursday, Sept 8, 2011 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Vish to learn how to use project templates and master slides to give a consistent look and feel to your projects and templatize the [.]. Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe Captivate 5.5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 Master Slides Project Templates Rapid Authoring rapid elearning reuse assets templates

Captivate Training: Amazing Image Slideshows with Adobe Captivate 5

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Topic: Amazing Image Slideshows with Adobe Captivate 5 Date and time: Thursday, June 30, 2011 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn about creating good looking image slide shows. They will also discuss about adding audio to these image slides to make the content enjoyable. Rapid Authoring Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" "Screen capture software" Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe Captivate 5 training Image Slideshows rapid elearningWhat’s in [.]. eLearning Suite How do I.

Storyboard Template for Adobe Captivate 5 Assessment/Quiz

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Adobe Captivate 5 makes it really easy to add assessment to your courses. All you need to do is set your quiz preferences and then add as many questions as you want in one go and the question slides are instantly added to your Captivate project. Rapid Authoring Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" "Screen capture software" Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2 Assessment Quiz Storyboard Storyboard Template TemplatePost that you need to replace the placeholder question [.]. eLearning Suite How do I.

Adobe Captivate 5: Get Ready, Get Set. Reset!

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    Like magic, all of the project slides will be added to the TOC. If you spent the time adding Labels to the slides before accessing the Table of Contents screen, the Labels would appear on the TOC as slide names. You can change the name easily enough by double-clicking any slide name on the TOC and typing a name. If you don't add slide Labels, the name given to each slide is based on the slide number. Slide 1 will be named Slide 1, and on it goes.). by Kevin Siegel.

Power of Closed Captions for the Slide Videos

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Generally, they are associated with Audio in a Slide but what if we need the Closed Captions but with a Video? We have the perfect solution for that using Slide Video’s Closed Captions Feature. eLearning Suite Extending Captivate How do I. Rapid Authoring Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" "Video screen capture" Adobe Adobe Captivate Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe Captivate 5 training Adobe Captivate 5.5 Adobe eLearning Suite Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5

Free Webinar: Hands-on Training: Creating an HTML5 course using Adobe Captivate 5.5 and HTML5 converter

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Topic: Creating an HTML5 course using Adobe Captivate 5.5 In this Hands-on session, we will also look at using HTML5 converter for Adobe Captivate 5.5. While doing this, we will discuss creating content slides and question slides as well for the course. and HTML5 converter Date and time: Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn how to create a good looking eLearning course which can be published as HTML5 output. Registration Link: [link