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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're going to see how we can add text to our slides. We'll be using the chapter 3_a file that we created in the previous lesson. I'm going to begin by working on the master slide called Corporate Background. Click on the Master Slide panel and then choose Corporate Background. I'd like to add a copyright notice to the lower right-hand corner of the slide. To do that, I need to add some text. In my Tool panel, at the top of the list, you'll see Insert Text Caption. Choose it now. In the middle of the slide, a text caption will appear.
The first thing you'll notice is that it happens to be blue, and it kind of looks like a button. I don't want this to be the case, so let's take a look at how we can stylize these text captions to be able to use them for many different purposes. What I really want is just a plain blank text box into which I can put any text I like. Captivate treats all text boxes as captions. So we need to pick a caption type that doesn't include any type of a background. Over in the Properties panel under General, you'll see that we have several caption types available.
What you're seeing now is the list of caption types that are included in Captivate right out of the box. There are many of them, and you can pick and choose them to match your layout. We want the one called Transparent, which is at the top of the list. You'll notice a couple of things have happened here: First, the caption has gotten a lot smaller. Secondly, it now appears as just plain old normal type. This is great. I'd like to change the copy that's inside of that box. Select the caption and double-click to change to the Selection tool. Drag+Select across all of the type and type "Copyright 2010 Two Trees Olive Oil".
Captivate will automatically grow your text box to fit all of the copy that you want. Now, this text is quite large. Let's use the Character Attributes over in the Properties panel to make it smaller and white. Once again, select all of the text in the text box. Now under the Character panel, change the Size to 8 points. Click on Size and type 8, and then hit Return. Next, we'll change its color to white. Click on the color picker and pick white.
We can also choose our font. The text is difficult to see, so let's zoom in on it right now. Once again, double-click, and then select. From the Font Family, you'll see all of the fonts that are installed on your computer. When choosing fonts for your projects, you're going to want to choose fonts that are going to be legible at many different sizes. Myriad Pro is a great looking font at many different sizes, and it's included with your Creative Suite, or your Captivate installation.
We'll continue to use it right now. I can also choose Style. Those of you who are coming from word processors or from other layout applications are familiar with, for instance, the Ctrl+B for bold, or Command+B for bold, or Ctrl+I or Command+I for italic. Adobe applications don't allow you to do that. They only present you with the different styles of fonts that are in fact installed on your computer. This is a measure that prevents you from using a font that can't be printed or rendered on another machine. Let's choose the bold variant of Myriad Pro for this copyright notice. Great! Let's go back to Best Fit with Command+0 or Ctrl+0.
Next, let's move that text box to the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Click and drag it to the lower right-hand corner. You can resize the text box by grabbing any of the drag handles and pulling left-right, up-down or on the corners. Grab the drag handle on the left-hand middle, click, and drag it to the right. Make it to be about that big. When you're done, click in the Pasteboard. Let's get off the master slide and go to slide number 1.
Now, I'm in the Filmstrip view, and you can see our copy is down in the lower right-hand corner. Try to select it; you can't because it's on the master slide. Let's add some text to this slide. Once again, we add text by adding a text caption. We'll insert a text caption and please type the following: "Welcome to the Two Trees Olive Oil Company Annual Report".
Select all the type with Ctrl+A or Command +A and then change it to Myriad Pro Bold. Myriad Pro should already be chosen, and we'll change the Style to Bold. We'll also change the Caption Type to Transparent, just like before. You'll notice that it reflows. Let's force the flow of the text by inserting hard returns. Double-click before Two Trees Olive Oil, hold down your Shift key, and type return on your Return key.
Now, you can release the Shift key. I'd like to make this larger. Select all of the copy and change the Size to 36 points. We want to increase the size of the box, but if we try to click in the box, then we end up getting just our text selection. So we need to leave the text editing by hitting your Escape key. This will get you out of text editing, and allow you to select the text caption itself. Grab the right-hand drag handle and make it wider.
Lastly, we'll move it up towards the middle of the page, right in the trees, and there we go. Let's return to the Corporate Background master slide. I'd like to replace the word "copyright" with the copyright symbol. Select the text caption and then double- click and double-click on the word copyright. In the Properties panel scroll down under Format, and you'll see Insert Symbol, which is this icon right here. Click on Insert Symbol.
Choose the Copyright symbol from the list. If we zoom in to 150%, you can see the Copyright symbol is now in place of the word copyright. Let's put a space between Copyright and 2010. There we go. Command+0 or Ctrl+0 to Best Fit. I have some text that's in a text file that I'd like to copy and paste into Captivate. It's in the Exercise Files folder.
In Chapter 03, you'll see a folder called Text, and Statement.txt. Open it, select all of the copy that's in there, choose Edit > Copy--or Ctrl+C or Command+C--and then return to Captivate. Create a new text caption and then paste with Command+V, or Ctrl+V. When you copy and paste, sometimes you're going to pick up some special formatting characters that may come from your text editor.
You'll see them here, because they we'll be rendered strangely, and you can delete them. Holding down my Shift key, I'll click just after the word available. This will select all of the control characters, and I can now delete them. Once again, we need to change the caption style. We'll choose Transparent and make this wider. Now, I've made this new text caption on my master slide, and that's not where I want it to be. In fact, I want it to be on slide number 2.
So we'll cut it with Command+X, Ctrl+X, or Edit > Cut. We'll go to slide number 2, and we'll paste, with Command+V, Ctrl+V, or Edit > Paste. Move this to the middle of the slide, and we are looking good. At this point, let's save this file as Chapter 3_b. We'll do that from File > Save As, and change the name to Chapter 3_b, and click Save.
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