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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.
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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