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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 be controlling transitions as they appear in Captivate. We will be using the Chapter 5_b file that we created earlier in the chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and then go to slide number 2. Let's preview slide number 2 so that we can see how all of these different objects are appearing and disappearing on the stage. We will just play this slide.
At the end of the slide, all of the content disappears. I don't want that to happen, and so we need to adjust the transitions that are automatically applied to these objects. We adjust transitions in the Properties panel. Let's begin with the olives in the lower left-hand corner. Select those olives, and then let's go to the Properties panel. In the Properties panel, open up the Transition area. If you need to, scroll down so that you can see all of the controls. Let's change our transition to be Fade In only.
I don't want them to disappear at the end of the slide. Under the Effect menu, you'll see Fade In and Out, Fade In Only, Fade Out Only, or No Transition. Let's choose Fade In Only. I can control the amount of time that it will take for the object to fade in. Let's let it take a little bit longer. Click and type in .75 seconds and then Enter. Captivate will round up to the nearest 10th.
Let's apply the same change to the other pictures at the bottom. And now we'll preview the slide. Now, you can see when we get to the end of the slide, those three pictures remain on the stage. I would like to adjust the remaining items so that they too remain visible for the rest of the slide.
The text area, we will fix that, and I will leave the timing at 1/2 a second. Do the same here and lastly the tree. Let's scrub across the Timeline to see how this works now. Our background is disappearing, and this is because on the master page, we have graphics that have been tagged to disappear as well.
We will fix that and we'll be complete. Under Window, choose Master Slide. On the Corporate Background, choose the background image and change the transition to Fade In Only. I would like to do something different on the Details Background. I would like that not to fade at all. Select the background and change the transition to No Transition. Let's save the project as Chapter 5_c.
And we will go back to Slide 2. Using the Transitions panel, we can control how objects appear on the stage. Using the Timing panel, we control when objects appear on the stage. The combination allows us to create interesting animated effects for our objects in our Captivate projects.
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