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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 adjust the timing for objects that appear on our stage. We are going to be using the chapter 5_a file that we created earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it opened, please open it now. Go to slide number 2 where we will be adjusting some timing. Select it in the Filmstrip to go to that slide. Let's take a look at some of the features of this slide. The slide has a duration of 3 seconds, but I would like it to last longer. I can adjust the display time of the slide either in the General settings over here-- you can see Display Time listed--or I could do it down on the Timeline.
Let's adjust the Display Time and set it to 5 seconds. You can simply click here and then type 5 and then hit Enter. Take a look at how your Timeline has changed. Along the bottom, we can see the entire slide duration there, and it's been extended to 5 seconds. The other objects still remain at the 3-second mark. I would like to adjust when the three pictures on the bottom appear on the stage. I can do this by sliding them to the right and the left in the Timeline.
Let's begin with the olives on the left. Click on the picture of the olives on the left, and you can see that Freshly_Picked becomes highlighted in the Timeline. Let's drag it to the right, so that it starts after 1 second. Click and drag to the right. Don't let go yet because I want to focus on the visual indicators that are on the Timeline. As you begin to move an object, Captivate will draw a grayed-out box that extends all the way up to the Timeline ruler and all the way down to the bottom of the Timeline.
This helps you to align your content with other objects, or to see when that content is going to appear and disappear on the Timeline. I'd like to set the starting point to 1 second. So I will drag it to the right until it snaps to 1 second. Once you have it starting at 1 second, you can release the mouse. You get some feedback down here that tells you when that content is going to appear on the stage. This number is the start time for that content to appear on the stage, and this number is the duration for that content to appear on stage.
Right now, it is going to last for three seconds. I would like it not to disappear after three seconds, which is what it's going to do now. We can preview this by dragging in the Timeline. So click and hold to drag the playhead, and as you can see, as you drag, that it doesn't exist, and as we move, now it does exists, and then it will disappear as we go beyond the 3 seconds. There we go. So what I would like to do now is to have the olives actually appear for the entire duration of the slide.
We can do that by selecting the olives, which are already selected. Then let's go to the Timing panel and Properties. Open up the Timing panel and instead of displaying for a specific time, let's have it display for the rest of the slide. Now the picture will stay on the stage for the rest of the duration of the slide. Let's adjust the starting time of the Ready_to_Sell olives, select them in the Timeline, and are going to drag so that they start at 2 seconds. Click and hold and drag to the right. Now they will appear after 2 seconds.
Lastly, I want to set all of the objects on the stage to persist for the entire slide duration. I can select all of the objects by clicking on the top one, holding down my Shift key, and then selecting the bottom, and then right-click, and then choose Show for the rest of the slide. This is another keystroke you're going to want to remember: Command+E on a Macintosh or Ctrl+E on a Windows computer. Now all of the objects on the stage will appear for the entire duration of the slide.
Let's drag across the Timeline to show that, and then we'll save. Click and hold the playhead and then drag it. So it's starting here and then moving forward, and there we go. Let's save this as Chapter 5_b. Using the Timeline to adjust when objects appear and disappear is very easy. Remember though, you can always precisely control the timing of an object by using the Properties panel and then entering numbers there directly.
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