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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.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate? We offer several  Captivate classes.

Introducing the New Adobe Captivate 2017

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Adobe just released the newest version of its popular eLearning authoring tool, Captivate. If you have a Creative Cloud account, you can access Adobe’s Typekit font library and use the fonts in your eLearning projects. Captivate 2017 changes that.

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. Create a Text Caption on your slide that tells the user they need to fill in the data. Got other Captivate challenges? 

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. You can do this in Adobe Captivate 8.

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.

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.

Adobe Captivate: Restricting Keyboard Tabbing

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However, if you've added a Table of Contents and/or a playbar to your Captivate project, you might want to ensure that only slide items can be accessed via tabbing. Back in Captivate, display the  Publish Settings  dialog box via the File menu. Adobe Captivate

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. For example, in the image below, the Play Lesson button has been set to Jump to slide 3 in the project. Looking to learn Captivate quickly?

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. by Kevin Siegel.

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[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.

Adobe Captivate: Embedding YouTube Videos

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The URL action works wonderfully, but I recently had a student in one of my  Captivate classes  tell me that she needed to embed the YouTube video on her slide. 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 ). In the image below, I've added a logo onto a Captivate slide. 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. Also, making sure there is variety in these slides you are presenting for your content. Mark will go through several options for customizing and modifying Adobe Captivate themes. See Captivate Templates.

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 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.     The final step (besides publishing) is to create an Advanced Action (via  Project > Advanced Action ) and attach it to a Filmstrip slide.

How to Make a Printable Results Page in Adobe Captivate 8

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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. It took some testing, but making a printable results page in Adobe Captivate 8 does work.

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. How to Develop Interactive Video in Adobe Captivate 8.

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.

Adobe Captivate: Repurpose Preferences

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Have you ever visited the Preferences dialog box in Adobe Captivate (Windows users, Edit > Preferences ; Mac users,  Adobe Captivate > Preferences ), made several changes and later, maybe months later, needed those settings on another computer running Captivate?

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.

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. 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. I don't know about you, but I find Adobe's description of Branch Aware to be confusing.

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. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5?

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.   Looking to learn Captivate quickly?

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. by Lori Smith.

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). The problem with adding objects to a master slide is that pesky plexiglass effect.

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. For instance, I inserted an Image Placeholder Object on my master slide.

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. by Kevin Siegel.

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.

Adobe Captivate: Best Practices for Creating Compliant eLearning

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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?

Adobe Captivate: Troubleshooting LMS Woes

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A 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

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.

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. Looking to learn Captivate quickly? 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).