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Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

Video: Adding buttons

In this chapter, we are going to be exploring interactive elements with Captivate. We are going to begin with buttons. I would like you to open the Chapter 7 file that's in your Projects folder inside of your Chapter 7 folder in your Exercises folder. I have opened it recently, so it's here on my Welcome screen. You may have to browse for it from the File menu or you can double-click it from your operating system. You may be presented with this window. It's warning us that there are a lot of unused items in the library. And that's okay because I've already included a number of images that we will be using from the library.
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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
      39s
  2. 10m 18s
    1. Captivate 101
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding presentation basics
      2m 45s
    3. E-learning in a nutshell
      2m 29s
  3. 16m 34s
    1. Exploring Captivate's interface
      3m 59s
    2. Using the Classic workspace
      3m 31s
    3. Using the Navigation workspace
      3m 13s
    4. Setting application preferences
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 51s
    2. Creating a master page
      3m 47s
    3. Adding slide text
      8m 29s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 10s
    5. Adding shapes
      8m 25s
    6. Adding images
      7m 31s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      7m 42s
    8. Using object styles
      9m 2s
    9. Finishing and previewing the project
      6m 7s
    10. Using Free Rotation in Captivate 5.5
      1m 57s
    11. Building with gradients
      4m 43s
    12. Adding shadows
      2m 56s
  5. 53m 39s
    1. Importing Photoshop files
      9m 33s
    2. Importing animations
      9m 0s
    3. Creating slideshows
      6m 10s
    4. Taking advantage of libraries
      9m 32s
    5. Using widgets
      7m 0s
    6. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Mac
      8m 5s
    7. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Windows computer
      2m 18s
    8. Understanding the Captivate exchange
      2m 1s
  6. 31m 14s
    1. Touring the Timeline
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting timing
      4m 36s
    3. Adding transitions to objects
      3m 46s
    4. Animating using effects
      7m 55s
    5. Animating text
      3m 50s
    6. Zooming for emphasis
      5m 48s
  7. 53m 44s
    1. The recording environment
      33s
    2. Adding background audio
      4m 25s
    3. Adding audio to an object
      4m 23s
    4. Recording and adding voice-overs
      5m 1s
    5. Editing audio in Captivate
      7m 6s
    6. Splitting audio among slides
      6m 22s
    7. Adding video to a slide
      7m 9s
    8. Importing slide video
      4m 33s
    9. Synchronizing video
      7m 36s
    10. Creating closed captions
      6m 36s
  8. 49m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 56s
    2. Adding click areas
      4m 59s
    3. Adding rollover images
      5m 20s
    4. Highlighting objects
      6m 44s
    5. Adding rollover slidelets
      8m 2s
    6. Adding pop-up captions
      4m 38s
    7. Adding text areas
      7m 40s
    8. Creating branching presentations
      3m 47s
  9. 15m 11s
    1. Revisiting libraries
      1m 38s
    2. Sharing assets
      2m 41s
    3. Creating project templates
      6m 50s
    4. Using project templates
      4m 2s
  10. 31m 57s
    1. Preparing simulations
      3m 35s
    2. Preparing to record
      5m 35s
    3. Recording simulations
      4m 46s
    4. Editing simulations
      8m 55s
    5. Adjusting click-through trainings
      9m 6s
  11. 39m 6s
    1. Understanding assessment basics
      1m 53s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding question types
      8m 22s
    4. Creating custom short-answer questions
      3m 28s
    5. Assessing software simulations
      5m 25s
    6. Pooling and randomizing questions
      6m 55s
    7. Using the new quiz features
      2m 46s
    8. Utilizing the new quiz templates
      3m 21s
  12. 22m 32s
    1. Managing quizzes
      1m 28s
    2. Reporting results
      4m 43s
    3. Using Acrobat.com as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from Acrobat.com
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
      53s
    2. Editing playback controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creating a table of contents
      4m 18s
  14. 15m 3s
    1. Initiating a project review
      3m 59s
    2. Reviewing a project
      5m 58s
    3. Collecting reviewer comments
      5m 6s
  15. 35m 55s
    1. Securing a project
      6m 28s
    2. Rescaling a project
      3m 11s
    3. Sharing a project
      3m 13s
    4. Publishing a project
      10m 57s
    5. Setting up Flash player security
      3m 28s
    6. Exporting to Flash CS5
      3m 7s
    7. Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS
      5m 31s
  16. 29s
    1. Parting thoughts and goodbye
      29s

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Captivate 5 Essential Training
7h 32m Beginner Dec 21, 2010 Updated Aug 05, 2011

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In Captivate 5 Essential Training, author James Lockman demonstrates the core features of Captivate 5, the popular tool for authoring e-learning content such as interactive presentations, click-through simulations, and customized assessments. He shows how to import and sync PowerPoint presentations, add interactivity, and incorporate audio, video, and voiceovers. The course also includes tutorials on assessment reporting and integrating with SCORM-compliant learning management systems. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface and workspaces
  • Building a basic project with shapes, objects, and text
  • Branding a presentation using master slides and object styles
  • Exploring user-based content at Captivate Exchange
  • Animating with the Timeline
  • Adding buttons, rollover images, and captions
  • Creating branching presentations
  • Working with templates
  • Recording a simulation
  • Creating assessments with customized questions
  • Setting up quiz reporting on acrobat.com
  • Exporting and sharing a project
Subjects:
Elearning Education
Software:
Captivate
Author:
James Lockman

Adding buttons

In this chapter, we are going to be exploring interactive elements with Captivate. We are going to begin with buttons. I would like you to open the Chapter 7 file that's in your Projects folder inside of your Chapter 7 folder in your Exercises folder. I have opened it recently, so it's here on my Welcome screen. You may have to browse for it from the File menu or you can double-click it from your operating system. You may be presented with this window. It's warning us that there are a lot of unused items in the library. And that's okay because I've already included a number of images that we will be using from the library.

Let's click OK to continue. We are going to build a brief interactive tour of the Hansel and Petal flower shop. We are going to include a welcome page that you're looking at now, plus a details page for the store, for displays and for gifts. If I preview this project now, it's simply going to display all four of the slides, one after the other. There's no interactivity in it yet. And now is the time to add it. I would like to create some navigation buttons that will allow us to navigate to different portions of the presentation. You can see that I've included a store, displays, and gifts area on the left.

We are going to be replacing this with buttons. To begin, let's add a button. You can insert a button here under the Insert menu and that's a Standard Object. You may want to remember that keyboard shortcut of Command+Shift+B on a Macintosh or Ctrl+Shift+B on a Windows computer. When you create your new button, you may find you get the success, failure and hint captions already built. You can turn those off under the Properties panel, down under Options.

The button comes in as the default button style, as defined by our Object Style Manager. We are going to modify it right now. Let's take a look at the different types of buttons that we can create with Captivate. In the Properties panel, over on the top, you'll see Button Type. Now, if you don't have the Properties panel available to you, you can always switch to the Classic workspace and it will be there. There are 3 different button types that you can choose. There is a Text Button that allows you to enter some text that will display on the button. There is a Transparent Button that will not have any text on it but it will look like an area that you can click on.

And then, lastly an Image Button. Text buttons are a way for you to quickly build a button that's obviously a button and it will behave as such. People recognize these buttons and generally know what to do with them. We are going to use an Image Button in this case because I want it to match what's already on the stage. In order to do this effectively, you have got to build those button images in an external image editor. I happen to use Photoshop but you can choose your favorite editor for this task. I've already done that. So I am not going to spend any more time talking about that part.

When you switch to Image Button, you will see that there are a lot of buttons pre-built. If you scroll down, you can see that there's a number of buttons provided with Captivate. We are going to use our own right now. To import an image, click on the folder to the right of the drop-down. Browse to the Image folder that's in your Project folder in the Chapter 7 Exercise files folder and in it let's choose displays.png and click Open. Now, we have built this button. Let's move it on top of the word "displays" already in position.

Now we have to define what the button is going to do. Scroll down to Action to determine what going to happen. In this case, I want them to go to a specific slide. Click on the On Success drop down and choose Jump to slide. You can see that there's a lot of options available to you. You could build navigation that goes to the previous slide for instance or to next slide or perhaps even to the last slide that you have visited if someone's jumped around. In this case, we are going to go to specific slide. We could also open a URL or a file, we could go to another project, we could send an email.

If you are a JavaScript programmer, you could execute some JavaScript. And there's all kind of things that you can do. Show and Hide are used to turn existing buttons on and off. I could also enable or disable buttons as well. So there's lots of things that we can do with buttons. For now, we're going to use the buttons for navigation. Choose Jump to slide and then we need to set which slide we are going to go. This button I want to go to the slide called Displays. Under the Slide menu, choose Display.

We can repeat this process by copying and pasting the button two more times. You can copy under the Edit menu. Choose Copy and then paste the same way. Let's move it up on top of store. And then paste again. I'm using my keyboard this time, Command+B. And I will put it down here. Let's replace the images on these buttons. We'll start with this one here. I want to replace the image with my gifts image. So I will scroll up and I can see my image button.

Click on the folder. Browse to gifts, which is right there. Now it shows gifts and we will change the image on this one. This one should be store. There it is. So, now I have got a button that says displays, a buttons that says gifts, and a button that says store. Let's change our action on this button. This one is going to jump to the slide called Store. This one is jumping to Display and this one is going to jump to Gifts.

One last thing is to take a look at the Timeline. You'll notice that the button has two areas in the Timeline. It has the area where it's Active and the area where it's Inactive. There's also a big pause indicator right there in the middle. When you put a button onto your stage, the expectation is that you want the user to interact with that button. For this reason, Captivate automatically stops the flow of the project until the user interacts with the button. Let's preview the project and see what happens.

Now, it stops and let's go to the gifts button. And you saw that we skipped to the gifts page. Of course, we haven't built any buttons on the store, displays, or gift pages, so we can go do that now. Another thing that we have to do is to ensure that our cursor changes to a hand when we put it over the button. Let's scroll down in the Properties area and you'll see that there's a checkbox called Show Hand Cursor Over Hit Area. Let's enable that for all three buttons.

Next, let's select all three buttons and copy all three buttons. Let's paste them on to store, display, and gifts. Switch to Store and paste, Display and paste, and Gifts and paste. Let's view our master slide and we can get rid of those guides that I had placed earlier. Under Window, choose Master Slide, select this graphic and delete it. Yes, I'm sure I would like to delete it.

Let's go back to Home and preview. We will preview our project. Now it stops. Let's go to the Store page and we will go to the Gifts page and we will go to the Displays page, great. Let's close this and we will save it as Chapter 7_a.

Buttons make it possible for you to quickly add interactive elements to your projects. We are going to see other methods of adding additional interactivity later on in this chapter.

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Q: I am having some problems with Captivate reviewer permissions and was directed to the following solution of James' blog, but I'm having trouble implementing it. Is there a simpler solution or has Adobe released a patch?

In order to execute the step entitled "Assign write permission to owners and groups", you need to enable the root user. In addition, you need to add the "sudo" command before the following steps in this section:

sudo chmod -R o+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app
and
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app

You can disable the root user when you're done with updating permissions.
A: Unfortunately, there is no patch. This is not an Adobe issue, but rather an issue with the way that Apple allows UNIX permissions within its file systems. For most cases, this is a good thing, but for this one case, it backfires. Just so you're aware, the issue persists in Captivate 5.5 as well.

This is the Adobe tech note on the problem:

My solution is a bit easier to follow, frankly.

Here is how to enable the root user on a Mac:
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