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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 use text animation on our slides in Captivate. We'll be using the Chapter 5_d file that we created earlier in the chapter. In the Filmstrip, scroll down to slide number five. I'd like to add an animated title to this slide. I can do it using the Text Animation tool that's over in my toolbar. I could also use the Insert menu, but I am going to use the tool right now. This is the Insert Text Animation tool. Click it to insert a new text animation.
You can see in the Properties panel that we have some fish swimming around there. Don't worry about the fish right now. I'd first like to focus on what the text will say, and then we'll focus on how it's going to animate. I want the text to say "Our Orchards." Select the sample text and then just type "Our Orchards." We can change the font from the dropdown menu here. We'll choose Myriad Pro from the list.
Let's set the size to 30 points and make it bold by clicking the Bold button here. I'd like text color to be yellow. Click on the Color Picker here, and we'll pick a yellow color. Now that we've made that choice, click OK. Captivate has now built this text animation for us. It's using the Aquarium effect, but there are a lot of other effects.
I want the one that's called Fall_In. We can access that effect by clicking on this menu here and then choosing Fall_In from the menu. Our preview will change, and you can see how Our Orchards appears now. You can explore the different effects on your own. Let's put that animation in the center of our page. Select it and then right-click. Choose Align > Center horizontally on the slide.
Do the same for the vertical alignment: right-click > Align > Center vertically on the slide. Let's preview to see our results, and we will preview just this slide. You've noticed that the Text Animation appears for a very long period of time. In fact, it's appearing for seven seconds or more. Let's reduce it back to our three seconds that we had set initially.
Click and drag on the right-hand edge of the text animation and reduce it back to three seconds. Let's replay to see the results. Now it happens in three seconds. We have a transition issue that we'll resolve right now simply by changing the transitions on these two objects, the image of the olives and the background. Select the image of the olives and set the transition to No Transition and do the same with the background. Great! Now we can save this as Chapter 5_e.
We've just scratched the surface of what's available in text animations in Captivate. As you saw, that menu was quite large and had a lot of different effects that you can use. Explore in there on your own. I bet you'll find something that you can use to make your text a little more exciting in your Captivate projects.
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