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Adding pop-up captions


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Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

Video: Adding pop-up captions

In this lesson we are going to see how we can add pop-up captions to our slides. A Pop-up Caption is a text area that appears when you hover over certain content. When we use Pop-up Captions we tend to treat him like a speech bubble that you might see in a cartoon. Captions can have little triangular tabs that stick off the sides. These can help you to pinpoint the exact area to which that caption refers. Let's see how we can create some Pop-up Captions now. We're going to be using the Chapter 7_e file that we created earlier in the chapter.
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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 pop-up captions

In this lesson we are going to see how we can add pop-up captions to our slides. A Pop-up Caption is a text area that appears when you hover over certain content. When we use Pop-up Captions we tend to treat him like a speech bubble that you might see in a cartoon. Captions can have little triangular tabs that stick off the sides. These can help you to pinpoint the exact area to which that caption refers. Let's see how we can create some Pop-up Captions now. We're going to be using the Chapter 7_e file that we created earlier in the chapter.

Once you've got it opened, let's go to slide number 2. Once again, we are going to add an image to our slide. Switch to the Library, and if you don't have it available then you can switch to the Classic workspace and get it back. The image that I want is called flower storefront. It's in your library already. Select it and then drag it onto the Stage and release it about here. We'll need to reduce it to fit, so under Properties > Fit to Stage and then we'll reduce it some more from the upper left-hand corner.

Hold down your Shift key and drag it down on to the right. Set it to be about there and then we'll make it a little bit bigger. And this time, drag in the lower left- hand corner. Hold down your Shift key and then expand it. That's about right. Now let's add our pop-up caption. Under Insert choose Standard Objects and then choose Rollover Caption. While I've been using pop-up and rollover interchangeably, the actual name of this object is a rollover caption.

The rollover caption consists of two pieces. It consists of the rollover area and the caption itself. Let's move the caption out of the way while we adjust the rollover area. If your text to selected, hit the Escape key and then you can drag the caption out of the way. Here's our rollover area, and I'd like to highlight the baskets. Adjust it so that it's just the size of the baskets and then drag the caption up to the baskets area.

You'll notice that the little triangle is in the upper right-hand corner. We need it to be in the upper left-hand corner so that it's touching the basket. You can see the Callout Type indicator here and there are five. There is No Callout, which is that one, but what we want is the callout in the upper left-hand corner. So let's choose that now. Ensure that the tip is touching one of the baskets. Now, double-click on the cption, select all with Command+A, or Ctrl+A, and type Top Quality Baskets.

Hit Escape to complete editing your text. Now that we've made that change, let's preview from here. Move your mouse over the baskets and the caption pops up. That caption is going to hang out there until you move your mouse off of the rollover area. I don't happen to like that blue outline so I am going to go remove it now. Select the rollover area and then change the stroke to 0. Let's add one more rollover caption.

Insert > Standard Objects > Rollover Caption. In this one type "Fragrant Bouquets" and then Escape to end editing. Move that down here so that the tip is touching these bouquets and then let's adjust the size of the rollover area to match the size of the bouquet display. Select the rollover area, drag it to this point, grab the lower right-hand corner and expand it.

Lastly, we'll get rid of the outline. We'll preview and then we'll save it. Now I have two rollover areas. This one is for the baskets and this one is for the bouquets. Let's exit and save. We'll call this Chapter 7_f and save.

Rollover captions are a great way for you to very easily provide more information about images and other parts of your slides. They are easy to build and very effective at calling attention to specific items on your slide.

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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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