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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: 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.

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: Replacing PowerPoint Slides But Keeping the Audio

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by Kevin Siegel      I received an interesting email from a fellow Captivate developer who was in a bit of a pickle. The developer had imported a 60-slide PowerPoint presentation into Captivate and then added audio to each of the Filmstrip slides. Mind you, it wasn't just that the imported presentation had changed and he needed to update it in Captivate.

Adobe Captivate 7.01: Twice the Locking Power

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Adobe recently announced a patch for Adobe Captivate 7. For instance, the ability to lock slide objects has been around for years. All you needed to do was select a slide object and, on the Timeline, click the white dot in the lock column. In the image below, I've added a Text Caption to a slide. The white dot indicates that the object is not locked. I can drag the unlocked object around the slide, resize it, and use any of the groups on the Properties panel. After installing the Captivate 7.01 Looking for training on Adobe Captivate?

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!

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: Six Ways to Use Voiceover Scripts

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Let's say for example that your eLearning project will be developed in Adobe Captivate. Captivate allows you to type--or copy and paste--the script into Slide Notes, similar to the slide notes you might be familiar with in PowerPoint. At the bottom of the recording window, click the  Captions & Slide Notes  button to display the notes.

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 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.

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: 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: 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 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.

[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.

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 9: Altered States

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by Kevin Siegel      In the past, if you wanted to present multiple versions of an object to learners as they interacted with the lesson, you needed to add multiple objects to the slide, hide them, and then use advanced actions to make visible objects hide and hidden objects appear. In the image below, I've added a standard button to a slide.

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: 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.

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.

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: Partial Question Slide Scores

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by Kevin Siegel      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 available in Adobe Captivate 6 and 7.  Then, on the slide, I selected two of the answers as correct answers. Looking for training on Adobe Captivate?

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: 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: 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: 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 7: Trim Video Demos

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by Kevin Siegel        The more I work with Captivate's Video Demo mode, the more I like it.   To record a video using Video Demo mode, select Video Demo from the Create New area of Captivate's Welcome Screen.   Unlike a typical Software Simulation (where there are multiple slides and Timelines), a Video Demo consists of a single video and just one Timeline. Every video you see was created using Captivate's Video Demo feature. Looking for training on Adobe Captivate?   Trim a Video.

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: 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: 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 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: Swapping Speech Agents

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by Kevin Siegel      During every  Captivate beginner class , time is spent on the second day teaching everyone how to use Captivate's Text-to-Speech feature to convert slide notes into speech. As it stands, I need to select each slide note in the Speech Management dialog box, one at a time and then change the agent. Is this possible?" 

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).

2 New Geolocation Templates for Adobe Captivate 9

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Adobe Captivate 9 has the capability of using a learner’s geographic location to tailor certain aspects of the course to them. Geo-Location: Captivate Scenario. Each of these came from the same template and they are in fact the same slide. But clever programming allows Captivate to switch up the aesthetics based on the user’s location.

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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Adobe Captivate: Hide Main Master Slide Objects

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Last week I wrote about Captivate's Main Master Slide and Content Master Slides. demonstrated how adding an object to a Main Master Slide instantly adds that object to all of the Content Master Slides and the Filmstrip slides. went on to say that once you added an object to a Main Master Slide, you were stuck with that object on all other slides. and short of deleting the object from the Main Master Slide, there was nothing you could do about it. what if you've merged an object into the background of the Main Master Slide?

Convert Slide Notes Into Closed Caption Text in Adobe Captivate

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Adobe Captivate offers the ability to make eLearning courses accessible (508 compliant). Captivate has the ability to add slide notes and then convert slide notes into closed caption text. Close captioned text appears on the slide during run time. Below is how to convert slide notes to closed captioned text. Select Window>Slide Notes.

Adobe Captivate: Align the Mouse

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If you have recorded a software demonstration using Adobe Captivate, you have likely run across the issue of the dreaded "jittery mouse." " Here's the scenario: you are working on a project with several slides. On slide 5 , the mouse is moving from point A to point B. On slide 6 , the mouse has clearly gotten to point B. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate: Anchors Away?

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The red arrows indicate that the Timeline object is anchored to the end of the slide's play time. In the image below, all three of the Timeline objects are anchored to the END of the slide. The word END indicates the moment in time when all of the action on the slide has concluded. Try this experiment: Go to any slide in your project and create an anchor.

Adobe Captivate: Replacing Modified Styles

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During my advanced Adobe Captivate class , I stress the value in doing things faster and more efficiently within Captivate. In the image below, there are several text captions positioned on a slide. Because the captions on the slide have been manually formatted (and the Default Caption Style overridden), my mission to ensure object consistency has now been muddied.

Adobe Captivate: A Great GIFT

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When it comes to adding question slides to a Captivate project, you can always visit the Quiz menu and choose Question Slide. If you need to add a large number of question slides to a project, creating the quiz is going to take a significant amount of time. Once the GIFT file has been created, importing it into Captivate is beyond simple. by Kevin Siegel.

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.