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Adobe Captivate is a program used to create interactive eLearning content and provide custom online training to employees or clients. In this course, author David Rivers walks through the Captivate 6 interface and the process of building an eLearning project from start to finish.
The course shows how to make a presentation from scratch or with built-in themes, import Photoshop images and PowerPoint slides, and add interest with animation, widgets, and video. It also demonstrates how to prepare for and record a software simulation, synchronize video, add audio, and build quizzes into your project.
Most often you'll be relaying information in your Captivate projects via text, so let's talk about the various ways to add text to your project now. One option is to simply insert new slides that already have text placeholders in them. We will start there. Still working with our Volunteer Orientation project here, if you have been following along, we are going to move to the very last slide in our project, and select it. Now, if you're jumping to this lesson, you can get all caught up by going to the Chapter2 folder of your Exercise Files, and opening up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA4.
With that last slide selected in our Filmstrip, we can now insert a new slide, and know that it will go right after the selected slide; in other words, at the very end of our project. We will go to the Insert menu, move down to New Slide from, and here we see the different layouts, many of them with text placeholders, like the Introduction, the Caption also has text placeholders, and many others have text alongside other types of objects that can be inserted into the various layouts. Let's go up to Introduction, and select it.
So this adds the new slide, you can see, using the default template, or theme, and in the background here, we have two text placeholders: one for a title, the other for a subtitle. Let's double-click where it says Double click to add title, and we will type in some text. We will just type in the word Quiz. I want you to see what's happening over here in the Properties. First of all, if we move down to Character, you're going to see the font Family that's being used; by default, Myriad Pro. You can see the Style that's being used; it's a Semibold style. You can see the default Size for a title placeholder, and you can see there are Format buttons, and Color buttons to change any of these as well.
So if you're happy with it, you really don't need to make any changes; just notice what's been used here by default in a title. Notice, also, the Name here under Title is Title_AutoShape3. That's what's being used. If we go to Double click to add a subtitle, you will notice some different options are being used here for a subtitle placeholder. It's the same font Family, but the Style is Regular; the size a little bit smaller. So let's add some text here for our subtitle. We will simply type in Take the SAMOCA Quiz now.
If we want make changes to the appearance of this text, all we have to do is select it by clicking and dragging over the text itself, and now we'll go over to the Properties here on the right. And let's say we want to change, for example, the Style, which is defaulted at Regular. Click the dropdown, and let's select Semibold. You can see what happens. It actually takes up a little more space. It's a little bit heavier. So we might want to size it down, for example. Let's go to the Size, which is currently defaulted at 33. We will click right on the number itself, and type over that.
We will type in 30, and when we press Enter or Return on the keyboard, we see the change; that's a pretty good looking fit. Let's click anywhere on the slide now outside the text box to deselect it. That looks pretty good. But what if we want to add text to existing slides? Let's scroll all the way back up to the very top, and click on the first slide, our Volunteer Orientation main slide. Now, here we do have some text already, and this came from our PowerPoint presentation. We have this empty space here, where it might be nice to add the word welcome.
If we go over to our Object toolbar here, and expand it, you'll notice a couple text options here. One is a Text Caption. The other is a Rollover. Now, we don't really need anything to happen when we move our mouse over this text, so we will save the Rollover for later, but there is another option further down, and you'll see here that text icon or button is to insert a Text Animation; something we'll talk about a little later as well. Right now, we are going to stick with Insert Text Caption.
Now when we click this, you can see there is actually a tiny little box here that's been added, and it says Type the caption text here, and that's what we are going to do. We are just simply going to type in the word welcome, in all caps. Now obviously, this is too small, it's in the wrong place, and we probably need to change the appearance as well. So let's start by moving it. All we have to do is hit Escape on the keyboard, and we are no longer entering or editing text, but now you can see the box itself is highlighted or selected with handles all around the outside.
Now we can go inside there, just grab it by clicking your mouse button down and holding it, and moving it to a location near where you want it to go. To get inside we will double-click, and now we select the text by clicking and dragging over it, or you could double-click the text as well, and will start to manipulate that text. Let's go over to the Character section here of our Properties panel. Again, we are using the same font Family; that's good. The Style is Regular. I am going to change it to Bold. Let's change that Size now.
So we'll click where it says 20, and that is the default for a text caption. We are going to make it very big here; let's go up to 72, and we will hit Enter or Return on your keyboard. Obviously, it doesn't fit inside the box any longer, so let's press Escape on the keyboard, and adjust the size of our box. All we have to do is go to handles, we will click and drag the right handle in the middle to stretch it out, we will go to the bottom handle in the center, drag it down until we can see the whole word welcome. And now we will double-click to get inside, highlight our text, and make a couple of more changes to it.
First of all, the alignment under the Format section here; let's change it to Center. We will click the Center button, and we will go up into the Character section now, click the Color icon, and we will change the color to match our background here. Let's go to one of these turquoise type colors, select it, and now we will just click anywhere on the slide outside that text box to see the end result. Now, if we want to fiddle around with that, no problem. We just select it by clicking; move it around. If you want to make sure it's centered in a certain area, one nice thing to do is just move the box over, and stretch it out. Because we have it selected as center alignment, we know that when we click and drag, it's going to remain centered inside that box.
That looks pretty good. We will deselect by clicking anywhere outside, go to the pasteboard, nothing will be selected, and that's a good look at our end result. So there is a couple of different ways to add text to your content. This is an option that you're probably going to use quite often as you try to relay information in your projects using various types of text boxes.
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