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Selecting quality images shouldn’t be decided on a page-by-page or slide-by-slide basis. Just as images shouldn’t be selected on a page-by-page or slide-by-slide basis, the effects applied to those images should be consistent throughout the content.

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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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. Notice that there isn't a logo on the slide.

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If they understand concepts such as basic slide design, adding and editing images, videos, transitions, animations and layers etc., How does the first slide move to the second slide? slide sorter, timeline/notes/states panes, trigger and layers panes).

Adobe Captivate: Cue the CC's. Automatically Please

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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. Insert a blank slide before Slide 1. Set the timing of the new slide to 0.1

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

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With this option selected, the duration of each slide in the lesson will be shown to your learners. However, if your lesson is an interactive simulation, it doesn't make much sense to show a slide duration since the exact amount of time spent on the interactive slide is up to the learner.

Adobe Captivate 5/5.5: Switch TTS Agents in a Snap

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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.

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. If the UserData is not empty, Go to Next Slide.

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this beginner course is for you. 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. Get a Jump-Start On Mastering This Awesome eLearning Development Tool! If you're looking to learn Adobe Captivate. and quickly.

Adobe Captivate 5: Of Images and Image Slides

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When inserting images into a Captivate project, you have two choices via the Insert menu: Image and Image Slide. For most developers looking to simply insert an image on a slide, choosing Insert > Image and then opening the desired image is a common process, one that doesn't need a great deal of afterthought. In fact, you will end up with a new slide in your project. How easy is it to accidentally create a new slide instead of inserting an image onto an exisitng slide?

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. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: That Syncing Feeling

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There are two objects on a slide and they appear as blue bars on the Timeline. I'd like the top caption on the Timeline to appear on the slide just before the 1.5 I could also use the Timing group on the Properties panel to control when the caption appears on the slide.

Captivate Tips for Beginners Part III: Adding Text Animation

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This post is the last of a three part series, Captivate Tips for Beginners. Okay, so after you have added your text to the slide click the “Effects” tab near your Timeline tab. Click on your new text within your slide. In my slide I found an animated fireworks .gif

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. When aligning or resizing multiple slide objects, the object you select first becomes the anchor. Among the standard align and resize options, you'll also find some handy slide-alignment options.

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.

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. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Round and Round We Go.

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Select a slide object and you'll notice a free-rotate icon at the top of the object. We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both

15 E-learning Tips to Design Effective E-learning Courses

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The course taker can be a beginner or be proficient in that topic. Provide options to skip a specific slide or page in case the learner does not intend to go through it or if they already know the same. Tip 2: Be watchful of slide elements.

Adobe Captivate: Pre-Test Before You Test

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During one of my recent beginner Adobe Captivate classes, a student asked if it was possible to maintain two quizzes within a single Captivate project. Select the type of question you like, and the number of slides you want. I have two Question Slides and two Pretest Question Slides.).

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

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One thing you can do to lower the size of your published video is control the quality of your slides. You can apply the settings to individual slides, or for all of the project slides. We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: The Fastest Angle Remover in the West

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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. We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. by Kevin Siegel. You may have noticed that Captivate 5.5 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.

Adobe Captivate 5: Two-Bits for the Best Rate

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You can record audio directly to slide objects, a single slide, multiple slides or the project background. Regardless of your choice, you'll end up within the Slide Audio dialog box.   In the lower left of the Slide Audio dialog box is a Settings button.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Quizzes To Write Home About

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For instance, when you add a multiple choice question slide, something simple like aligning the text horizontally is a real challenge. I've spent some time playing with question slides and it appears that the text formatting issues that plagued Captivate 5 are a thing of the past.

Adobe Captivate: Say Goodbye to the Mouse Click Sound

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First, select any of the mouse pointers on any slide in your project. We offer  Beginner  and Advanced  classes. Both

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Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Blur it Baby

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During playback, you realize that there is something on some of the slide backgrounds that you simply don't want the learner to see. However, if the problem exists on several slides, you would be looking at a lot of editing. Here's how: Right-click the slide needing the blur effect and choose Find Background in the Library.   Drag the selected library image onto the slide. We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both

Adobe Captivate 6: Branch Aware

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On slide 1, I added three buttons. Each button jumps to a different branch within the quiz (Beginner, Intermediate, Expert).  After the last question in each branch, I jumped the learner to the  QuizResults  slide. by Lori Smith.

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

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However, if you look in the upper left of the slide, there are two arrows. We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes, as well as a half-day course on Advanced Actions. by Kevin Siegel. Adding a Table of Contents to your published Captivate project is a great idea.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Export Audio

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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). We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. by Kevin Siegel. I received an interesting email last week from a Captivate developer asking where imported audio was physically stored on the computer.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Change the Background, Keep the Objects

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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. We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. by Kevin Siegel. A fellow Captivate developer sent me an email asking for advice.

Adobe Captivate 5: One Quick Way to a Project Template

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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. Note: The one downside that I've seen using this workaround is that you won't be able to add placeholder objects or placeholder slides to the cptl file that you created by renaming the file outside of Captivate. by Kevin Siegel.

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To me, and I expect nothing but flame-o-grams here, the top two for ID folks are Lectora Online (which is not for beginners) and dominKnow Claro (which a beginner can use). Slides. Slide view (yes, they use the term). Thank you RCAT slide vendors. Trends.

Articulate Storyline 2 Templates: A Feast for Your Eyes

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Given a little time, a beginner could easily teach themselves the basics of the program through simple trial and error and minimal instruction. Sometimes we get asked by Storyline users just how many templates we have in our extensive library.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Lowering the Size of Published SWFs

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Use Fewer Slides Keep the number of slides in your Captivate project as low as possible. Simply put, the more slides in your lesson, the larger the published lesson will be, especially if your lessons are larger (a large width and/or height) and you captured pixel-heavy backgrounds.

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

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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.