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Animating using effects


Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

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Video: Animating using effects

In this lesson, we are going to see how we can take advantage of effects inside of Captivate. Effects are a way for us to stylize how our objects appear above and beyond what we might see inside of our Properties panel. We will be using the Chapter 5_c file that we created earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and then go to slide number 2 by clicking on it in the Filmstrip. I would first like to add a drop shadow to some elements on this page. I would like to add a drop shadow to this rectangle that goes outside of our caption.
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  1. 2m 15s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
  2. 10m 18s
    1. Captivate 101
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding presentation basics
      2m 45s
    3. E-learning in a nutshell
      2m 29s
  3. 16m 34s
    1. Exploring Captivate's interface
      3m 59s
    2. Using the Classic workspace
      3m 31s
    3. Using the Navigation workspace
      3m 13s
    4. Setting application preferences
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 51s
    2. Creating a master page
      3m 47s
    3. Adding slide text
      8m 29s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 10s
    5. Adding shapes
      8m 25s
    6. Adding images
      7m 31s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      7m 42s
    8. Using object styles
      9m 2s
    9. Finishing and previewing the project
      6m 7s
    10. Using Free Rotation in Captivate 5.5
      1m 57s
    11. Building with gradients
      4m 43s
    12. Adding shadows
      2m 56s
  5. 53m 39s
    1. Importing Photoshop files
      9m 33s
    2. Importing animations
      9m 0s
    3. Creating slideshows
      6m 10s
    4. Taking advantage of libraries
      9m 32s
    5. Using widgets
      7m 0s
    6. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Mac
      8m 5s
    7. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Windows computer
      2m 18s
    8. Understanding the Captivate exchange
      2m 1s
  6. 31m 14s
    1. Touring the Timeline
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting timing
      4m 36s
    3. Adding transitions to objects
      3m 46s
    4. Animating using effects
      7m 55s
    5. Animating text
      3m 50s
    6. Zooming for emphasis
      5m 48s
  7. 53m 44s
    1. The recording environment
    2. Adding background audio
      4m 25s
    3. Adding audio to an object
      4m 23s
    4. Recording and adding voice-overs
      5m 1s
    5. Editing audio in Captivate
      7m 6s
    6. Splitting audio among slides
      6m 22s
    7. Adding video to a slide
      7m 9s
    8. Importing slide video
      4m 33s
    9. Synchronizing video
      7m 36s
    10. Creating closed captions
      6m 36s
  8. 49m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 56s
    2. Adding click areas
      4m 59s
    3. Adding rollover images
      5m 20s
    4. Highlighting objects
      6m 44s
    5. Adding rollover slidelets
      8m 2s
    6. Adding pop-up captions
      4m 38s
    7. Adding text areas
      7m 40s
    8. Creating branching presentations
      3m 47s
  9. 15m 11s
    1. Revisiting libraries
      1m 38s
    2. Sharing assets
      2m 41s
    3. Creating project templates
      6m 50s
    4. Using project templates
      4m 2s
  10. 31m 57s
    1. Preparing simulations
      3m 35s
    2. Preparing to record
      5m 35s
    3. Recording simulations
      4m 46s
    4. Editing simulations
      8m 55s
    5. Adjusting click-through trainings
      9m 6s
  11. 39m 6s
    1. Understanding assessment basics
      1m 53s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding question types
      8m 22s
    4. Creating custom short-answer questions
      3m 28s
    5. Assessing software simulations
      5m 25s
    6. Pooling and randomizing questions
      6m 55s
    7. Using the new quiz features
      2m 46s
    8. Utilizing the new quiz templates
      3m 21s
  12. 22m 32s
    1. Managing quizzes
      1m 28s
    2. Reporting results
      4m 43s
    3. Using as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
    2. Editing playback controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creating a table of contents
      4m 18s
  14. 15m 3s
    1. Initiating a project review
      3m 59s
    2. Reviewing a project
      5m 58s
    3. Collecting reviewer comments
      5m 6s
  15. 35m 55s
    1. Securing a project
      6m 28s
    2. Rescaling a project
      3m 11s
    3. Sharing a project
      3m 13s
    4. Publishing a project
      10m 57s
    5. Setting up Flash player security
      3m 28s
    6. Exporting to Flash CS5
      3m 7s
    7. Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS
      5m 31s
  16. 29s
    1. Parting thoughts and goodbye

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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.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface and workspaces
  • Building a basic project with shapes, objects, and text
  • Branding a presentation using master slides and object styles
  • Exploring user-based content at Captivate Exchange
  • Animating with the Timeline
  • Adding buttons, rollover images, and captions
  • Creating branching presentations
  • Working with templates
  • Recording a simulation
  • Creating assessments with customized questions
  • Setting up quiz reporting on
  • Exporting and sharing a project
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James Lockman

Animating using effects

In this lesson, we are going to see how we can take advantage of effects inside of Captivate. Effects are a way for us to stylize how our objects appear above and beyond what we might see inside of our Properties panel. We will be using the Chapter 5_c file that we created earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and then go to slide number 2 by clicking on it in the Filmstrip. I would first like to add a drop shadow to some elements on this page. I would like to add a drop shadow to this rectangle that goes outside of our caption.

We do this using effects. To access the Effects panel, select the rectangle and then right-click, and at the bottom of the list, you should see Apply Effect. The Effects panel will appear next to the Timeline. The two panels are related because effects often have a time component to them. When you're editing an effect, however, you are focusing specifically on that one object, and you can apply one or more effects that happen over time. To add an effect to this rectangle, we will click on the fx button in the lower left-hand corner of the panel.

There are a number of effects that are available to us, and we'll take a look at some of them now. In the Basic area, you will see Rotation, Scaling, and Skewing. We have a number of color effects that we can apply, but these aren't limited just to color. They can affect the transparency, the brightness, whether or not it's blurred, if it's glowing. We can also tint objects here inside of the Color effects. There are many Emphasis effects that can be applied. Many of these involve additional elements that will appear when we apply the effect.

I'll leave it to you to explore the Emphasis effects that are available here. If you're familiar with PowerPoint, many of those Emphasis effects, as well as these Entrance and Exit effects, will be very similar. You can see a long list of Entrance and Exit effects, and we'll see those momentarily. I would like to stop at Filters because here is where we'll find DropShadow. I will apply the drop shadow in the Effects panel. Now take a look at the timing. Currently, the drop shadow persists for only two seconds.

I would like it to last for as long as the object is on the stage. So I will need to extend the time over which the drop shadow operates. I do that by hovering over the right-hand side of the effect, which is called DropShadow. When I see those two arrows up here, I will click and drag to the right, until it snaps at five seconds. Now the drop shadow will appear for the entirety of the 5 seconds. I don't have a preview of what the drop shadow is going to look like, but I do have the ability to create a live preview on the stage.

I can do that by clicking the Live Preview button here. Captivate builds that same preview that we see when we use the Preview menu, except that it puts that preview directly on the stage. I can then see what my elements are going to look like immediately. We will watch it one more time, and I'll pause it here. I want you to take a look at that drop shadow that we've built. The drop shadow is a transparency effect. This means that it interacts with other transparent content.

The interior of that rectangle is in fact transparent, so if you look here, you can see that the shadow is seen through the transparent part of that object. When you're using some of these transparency effects, it's a good idea to check your results to make sure that you like the way that they look. I think I would like this drop shadow to blur a little bit more, so I am going to increase the Blur from 5 pixels to 10 pixels. I can use my Tab key to go through all of the values.

I'm happy with my results. So I am going to exit the Effects view and go back to my normal editing. If I click Sync to Playhead, then what will happen is that wherever my playhead happens to be in the Effects panel, will then go back to my Timeline, and I'll be at that moment in the Timeline. Let's add another effect now. I would like to add an Entrance effect on slide number 1. Select this text caption here. I'm going to change its timing first, and then I'll add an effect.

I would like this to appear after a one-second delay. If I select the object on the Timeline, I can slide it out so that it begins to appear at 1 second, and then I would like it to persist for the remainder of the slide. If I right click and scroll down, I can choose Show for the rest of the slide. Now, let's add our effect. Right click again and choose Apply Effect. This time, I want to apply an Entrance effect.

Under fx, choose Entrance and Fly In > From Bottom. In this case, I don't want it to take a long period of time. I can adjust how long it takes for the effect to occur by adjusting its timing on this self-contained Timeline. I will shorten this to 1.5 seconds by dragging from here and pulling it back. Now let's preview. And there it is.

You can apply multiple effects on this Timeline. If I would like that image to fly in and then fly out, I can do that as well. Let's make that happen. From the Effects panel, add Exit > Fly Out > To Top. We will shorten this to 1.5 seconds and then move it to the end of its appearance. Now click Play to preview.

Let's go back to slide number 2 and add a path animation. In addition to some of the pre- programmed animations, you also have some control over paths. Select the tree. We will have this appear from the left, but I want to control exactly how it happens. Choose fx, and this time choose Motion Path. I want it to move from left to right with an ease. It doesn't look like much has happened yet, so we need to control the motion. As I move up onto the stage, you'll see a little number 1 that has appeared in the lower right-hand corner of the tree.

Click it and that will show us the motion path. At the moment, the tree is starting here, and then it's ending up long off the stage. That isn't quite the way we want it to happen, however. I can grab this end of the path and drag it to the left off the stage, and then grab this end of the path and drag it back to where I want the tree to stop. This is going to happen over 2 seconds, so we will shrink that up to 1.5 seconds, and the Ease allows us to control how that motion appears.

A positive Ease means that it's going to be slowing down, and a negative Ease means that it's going to be speeding up. Let's create a positive ease of 50. Now, we will preview. And there it goes. Let's save this as chapter 5_d.

There are many effects that can be applied to objects in Captivate. These effects can be subtle and profound. Take advantage of effects to spice up the appearance of your objects in your projects today.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Captivate 5 Essential Training .

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Q: I am having some problems with Captivate reviewer permissions and was directed to the following solution of James' blog, but I'm having trouble implementing it. Is there a simpler solution or has Adobe released a patch?

In order to execute the step entitled "Assign write permission to owners and groups", you need to enable the root user. In addition, you need to add the "sudo" command before the following steps in this section:

sudo chmod -R o+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\

You can disable the root user when you're done with updating permissions.
A: Unfortunately, there is no patch. This is not an Adobe issue, but rather an issue with the way that Apple allows UNIX permissions within its file systems. For most cases, this is a good thing, but for this one case, it backfires. Just so you're aware, the issue persists in Captivate 5.5 as well.

This is the Adobe tech note on the problem:

My solution is a bit easier to follow, frankly.

Here is how to enable the root user on a Mac:
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