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Adobe Captivate: System Time Variables

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by Lori Smith    Last week I showed you Captivate's date variables. If you have certain elements or slides in your project that you want to behave differently depending upon the learner's device, you can use this variable in a conditional Advanced Action to create the desired behavior.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate: Restricting Keyboard Tabbing

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by Kevin Siegel        Allowing a learner to use the keyboard to navigate around a published Adobe Captivate project is a large part of ensuring that your project is accessible (you learn about accessibility and Section 508 compliance during  our live, online, 2-day advanced Captivate class ).   Looking for Adobe Captivate training?

6 Responsive eLearning Design Tips for Adobe Captivate 8

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As you may know, when using Adobe Captivate 8, you can design for responsive courses to adapt to the device or the devices you are using. You’ll find Adobe Captivate has three breakpoints for desktop, tablet, and mobile. In Captivate, every responsive project will allow you to use the gesture configurations for mobile design. Ready to learn more?

Adobe Captivate: No More Empty TEBs

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During my beginner Adobe Captivate class , I am often asked if it's possible to ensure that learners do not leave a Text Entry Box (TEB) blank.  While there is no setting in Captivate to ensure that a TEB isn't left blank, using a little variable and some advanced action magic can make it happen.  If the UserData is not empty, Go to Next Slide.

Adobe Captivate: The Cure for Blurry Zoom Destinations

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by Kevin Siegel        Zoom Areas are typically used to emphasize an important area of a slide background.   In the image below, I have positioned and resized the Zoom Source over the area of the slide background that I want to get larger.   Then I positioned and resized the Zoom Destination on the slide.

Adobe Captivate: Jumping to Named Slides

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You can allow your learners to jump from one slide in your eLearning lesson to any other slide via interactive slide objects. To create a branch, select an interactive slide object (such as a button or click box) and select Jump to slide from the On Success drop-down menu (via the Action group on the Properties panel). Looking to learn Captivate quickly?

[Video] How to Use Adobe Captivate Scenario Templates

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Need to learn how to use Adobe Captivate Scenario Templates? Take a moment to watch this video and increase your knowledge on how to use Adobe Captivate Scenario Templates. The video will cover Scenarios in Captivate blank projects or Adobe Captivate 7 templates only. Unfortunately, this video will not cover the Adobe Captivate Responsive Templates.

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: Embedding YouTube Videos

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by Kevin Siegel        If you need to include YouTube videos in your Captivate eLearning project, the traditional technique was to insert a click box or button on a slide and, on the Properties Inspector, use the  Open URL or File  action to target the video's URL. She needed to include the video with other slide objects and animations.)

Adobe Captivate 7.01: Color Swatches

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Over the past few weeks, I've written about the enhancements you'll find in the recently-released service patch for Captivate 7 (an enhanced lock feature and a new Star Smart Shape ). The LogoGreen swatch appears on the Swatches panel (it's the last swatch you see in the image below). I can now use the swatch and apply the color to any slide object. by Kevin Siegel.

[Webinar] How to Use Master Slide Layouts in Adobe Captivate

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This week’s webinar is going about Adobe Captivate. We have Mark Hooper, the Director of Content Development at Lodestone (our training partner)  teaching us everything about master slide layouts in Captivate on  Friday, March 28th at 1 pm – 2 pm EST. First step in creating eLearning modules is to makes sure that they work with your company branding.

Adobe Captivate: Custom Freeform Shapes

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Smart Shapes were introduced in Adobe Captivate several years ago. Similar to PowerPoint's Shapes feature, Smart Shapes in Captivate allow you to draw stars, ovals, banners, and more on a slide. One the slide, drag your mouse to draw the shape. Adobe Captivateby Kevin Siegel. Drag the points to create any kind of shape.

How to Make a Printable Results Page in Adobe Captivate 8

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More than a year ago Brother Bryce wrote a successful blog on 6 Steps on How to Make a Printable Results Page in Articulate Storyline.   I’ve always enjoyed this eLearning tip, so I figured it would be a good idea to do the same thing in Adobe Captivate 8. Printable Results Page in Adobe Captivate 8. Good news! Download the zipped file CaptivatePrintPageBlog.zip.

Helpful Tip: Interactive Video in Adobe Captivate 8

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He is trained as both an instructional designer and developer, and is an  Adobe Community Expert. . Before we discuss interactive video in Adobe Captivate 8, we need to discuss a little bit about HTML5 video. And where it is possible, Captivate does not yet support such a feature. How to Develop Interactive Video in Adobe Captivate 8. ” 5.

Adobe Captivate 8: Geolocation

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For instance, you can create a Captivate project for learners who live in the United States or Australia. While much of the course content is relevant to both Americans and Australians, thanks to Captivate's geolocation feature, learners in both countries will see unique, location-specific, information while taking the same course. In a word, that's awesome!

Organize your eLearning Projects: Grouping Slides in Adobe Captivate 7

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This week I hosted Adobe Captivate Developer Anita Horsley in an eSeminar and was thrilled to learn a cool new tip. You are building your latest learning module in Adobe Captivate. Community Documentation eLearning Suite eLearning this week Extending Captivate How do I. Permit me to set the stage. You […].

Adobe Captivate: Repurpose Preferences

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When I teach Adobe Captivate, I try to stress the value of creating a project template (and creating templates from scratch is a big part of my Captivate 6 Advanced class ). If you set the Preferences within a Captivate template and then use the template when you create new projects, the Preferences will match from one project to the next. by Kevin Siegel. Click Save.

Adobe Captivate: Learner Notes

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Thanks to a really slick interaction found in the new Adobe Captivate 7, you can allow learners to add notes throughout an eLearning lesson. To add learner notes, open or create a project in Adobe Captivate 7. Select the first slide and choose Insert > Interactions. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate training? by Kevin Siegel. And that's it.

Adobe Captivate 7.01: A True Star

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Smart Shapes were introduced with Adobe Captivate 6. When Adobe Captivate 7 was introduced, many developers were disappointed that there still wasn't a Star Smart Shape. and you didn't have to wait for Captivate 8. Adobe recently released a service patch for Captivate 7 (to 7.01). Looking for training on Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate 6: Branch Aware

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Branch Aware is new in Captivate 6. According to Adobe: "Use Branch Aware to calculate the final score based only on the questions in the branch that users have viewed. " Huh? I don't know about you, but I find Adobe's description of Branch Aware to be confusing. On slide 1, I added three buttons.     Looking to learn Captivate quickly?

Adobe Captivate 9 Introduction Video Course Now Available on Adobe KnowHow

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If you're looking to learn Adobe Captivate. The lesson will include adding slides, applying themes, adding images and text, and adding interactive buttons. And you'll learn how control slide and object timing, and how to work with and edit object styles.   Adobe Captivate e-learning eLearningGet a Jump-Start On Mastering This Awesome eLearning Development Tool! and quickly. this beginner course is for you. During the 6 chapters that make up this course you'll learn how to create a soft-skills lesson from scratch. and why.

Adobe Captivate: FMRs Rule?

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by Kevin Siegel    I've been teaching and developing with Adobe Captivate for years. If you record your screen using Captivate's Automatic mode, every click of your mouse will result in a single screen capture. Those screen captures convert to single slides in a Captivate project once you end the recording session. Never heard of an FMR?

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 8: Custom Theme Colors

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by Anita Horsley      When working in Adobe Captivate, it's possible that you will need to use colors that match your corporate brand. In that event, you'll be happy to learn that Captivate 8 allows you to easily create custom Theme colors.      Looking for instructor-led training on Adobe Captivate?

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: Master Slide Placeholder Objects

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When you insert a Standard Object onto a master slide and then apply the master slide to a Filmstrip slide, the Standard Object on the master slide appears on the Filmstrip slide(s). You can click on the object on the Filmstrip slide, but you can't pass through the plexiglass and select the object. Best of all, I was able to reset the slide.

Adobe Captivate 6: Placeholder Objects on Master Slides

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by Kevin Siegel    When you insert a Standard Object onto a master slide, and then apply the master slide to a Filmstrip slide, the Standard Object also appears on the Filmstrip slide. If you want to edit a master slide object, you have to return to the master slide, and make the change there. Best of all, I was able to reset the slide.

Adobe Captivate: Best Practices for Creating Compliant eLearning

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by Kevin Siegel. A few years ago I was in Canada teaching Captivate for a large Toronto-based company. We were just getting ready to cover the accessible features found in Captivate when I was informed that I could skip the section because Canadians were not required to create accessible content. Fast forward to a recent online Advanced Captivate class that included students from South America, Australia, and Canada.In What Does Captivate do to be Section 508 Compliant? Slide accessibility text. Slide label (derived from Slide Properties).

Adobe Captivate: A Master Slide for All Occasions

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Master Slides were first introduced in Adobe Captivate 5 and I've written a couple of articles about them including: Creating Master Slides , Placeholder Objects on Master Slides and how to Keep Master Slide Backgrounds at Bay. In each project, there is always a single Main Master Slide and multiple Content Master Slides. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate: Troubleshooting LMS Woes

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Captivate developer created a nifty eLearning lesson complete with a quiz, advanced actions and some nice navigation features. While I had never used her LMS, I have successfully posted and tested several Captivate lessons to myriad systems. Stymied, I appealed to the Adobe Captivate forum in search of anyone who had successfully dealt with her specific LMS. First, I had her create a new project that only contained a few slides. Then   As luck would have it, I then received a couple of suggestions in the Adobe forums from  Rod Ward.

Adobe Captivate: Save Your Skin

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Captivate includes a Skin Editor--in essence, your project's closet. Many new Captivate developers have no problem finding the Skin Editor, where making changes to the way a skin looks is simple. Among other things, notice the buttons that appear on the player, color of the Playbar and the Playbar's position on the slide. Looking to learn Captivate quickly?

Adobe Captivate: Say Hello to Version 7

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How long was it between Adobe Captivate 5 and 6? Adobe has promised a more aggressive upgrade cycle for its programs that will make even the recent upgrade cycles look almost snail-like. Case in point: version 7 of the Captivate software was released today. Top features to be found in Adobe Captivate 7: Drag-and-drop Components Make eLearning fun with drag-and-drop games, quizzes, and lessons that can run on desktops and mobile devices (such as the iPad). Looking to learn Captivate quickly? by Kevin Siegel. 14 months? WCAG 2.0). so stay tuned.

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 6: Best Practices for Creating Compliant eLearning

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by Kevin Siegel    Several years ago I was in Canada teaching Captivate for a large Toronto-based company. We were just getting ready to cover the accessible features found in Captivate when I was informed that I could skip the section because Canadians were not required to create accessible content. I was surprised that the Canadian government had not addressed the issue of compliance (compliance is often a requirement in the United States), but I skipped the section as requested. What Does Captivate do to be Section 508 Compliant? Slide accessibility text.

Adobe Captivate: Pretest Actions

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We recently introduced you to Captivate's Pretest feature. The boss doesn't care if the learner spends the time watching the individual slides that make up the lesson, only that learners are given a fair opportunity to pass the quiz. While the scenario above sounds complicated to implement within Captivate, there is an action built within the Pretest that will get you started.

Adobe Captivate 5/5.5: Wacky Shapes Rule

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by Kevin Siegel    Captivate ships with a set number of Caption types. To begin, use the  Object Toolbar  to insert a Polygon, Circle or Rectangle on a slide. (To draw a Polygon, select the tool and click once each time you want to add a section. Looking to learn Captivate quickly? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning

Adobe Captivate 6: Question Slide Partial Scores

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One of the problems with a multiple choice question you've added to a Captivate quiz is the all or nothing aspect of the question. Say hello to the Partial Score feature in Adobe Captivate 6.  Then, on the slide, I selected two of the answers as correct answers. In the question slide that I used for this example, the question was worth 10 points.

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