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Captivate 101

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Video: Captivate 101

In this lesson, I am going to provide a brief overview of the things that we do with Captivate. Many people ask, well, isn't Captivate just screen capture? It turns out that it isn't. Captivate can make many types of projects that go well beyond simply capturing the screen. Captivate can build presentations, and these presentations aren't just things that go from one end to the other; they often include interactivity and movies and audio and other types of interactions that you can build that you just can't get any place else. They can include simulations, and simulations aren't just about software.

Captivate 101

In this lesson, I am going to provide a brief overview of the things that we do with Captivate. Many people ask, well, isn't Captivate just screen capture? It turns out that it isn't. Captivate can make many types of projects that go well beyond simply capturing the screen. Captivate can build presentations, and these presentations aren't just things that go from one end to the other; they often include interactivity and movies and audio and other types of interactions that you can build that you just can't get any place else. They can include simulations, and simulations aren't just about software.

It can also be about hardware. It can be about business processes or manufacturing processes. Captivate is very useful in building simulations because then you can take advantage of training opportunities that perhaps could be very expensive or dangerous if you were working on actual equipment, or in dangerous situations. You can also build assessments with Captivate. Assessments allow us to figure out whether or not a learner has actually internalized the information we are trying to teach them. Assessments could be quizzes, like short answer questions, or true or false question, or perhaps a matching question.

Captivate can also build task-based assessments. These types of assessments require that the user interact with the program in order to pass the assessment. Oftentimes these get build for software simulations and software assessments, but they can also get used for situational assessments and for process training. Who is the typical Captivate user? Many of us are trainers who use Captivate. We use Captivate to build content that will either augment what we are doing in a classroom, or perhaps it would be the entire interaction that a student might have with that course material.

As more and more school systems, colleges, and companies are moving towards e-learning, Captivate is an essential tool to help enable that transition. Salespeople often use Captivate as well. Salespeople will build persuasion-based presentations. They are trying to get you to change your mind, or perhaps to buy their product. Sometimes it's all about getting you to think about their product in anticipation of a visit from them later on. Many people use Captivate to build self- running presentations that can be sent to a potential customer so that they can watch it on their own terms, and then that sales person will engage them after the fact.

Many HR departments use Captivate to be able to build training content and assessments so that they can evaluate whether their workers are learning the materials they need to learn and using the skills that they have been taught. Oftentimes they will use programs that they built with Captivate to determine whether or not a person is eligible for promotion, for instance. People who are building interactive applications, whether they are delivered online or on DVD, are also using Captivate. Captivate has a lot of options to incorporate interactive elements into your projects.

Interactivity isn't just clicking a button and then watching something happen. It can also include video, audio, or interaction with other web sites and other content. How is Captivate different from Adobe Presenter? Adobe Presenter is a plug-in to PowerPoint. Because it's a plug-in, it needs PowerPoint in order to operate. Presenter is designed to help you turn a PowerPoint presentation into e-learning content. Presenter extends the functions of PowerPoint by enabling you to insert Flash content, quizzes, movies, sound, and a little bit of branching into your PowerPoint presentations.

It can produce stand-alone presentations or presentations that can be uploaded into your learning management system. Presenter is a linear product. When you think about how you use PowerPoint, PowerPoint tells a story from one end to the other. There is not a lot of branching or decision making in between. Captivate can build complex branching and decision making based not only on someone clicking a button, but also on logic: looking at what's happened up to that point, examining variables, and examining how a person is behaving during the course of the presentation.

Not only does Captivate allow for complex branching, it also allows for far more content types to be used in the presentations. While Presenter is limited to what PowerPoint can present, plus the Flash, video, and audio that you can add using Presenter, Captivate allows you to do much more. You can incorporate the same content that you can with Presenter, but in addition, you can also add links to other web sites, or incorporate other presentations and other programs directly inside your Captivate files.

In addition, Captivate has more publishing options than we see inside of Presenter. Presenter is limited to a few learning management systems that it can interact with, plus the ability to produce a stand-alone PDF. Captivate has far more options, including self-running presentations that can run on both Mac and Windows. If you have some skills already with Presenter, you are going to be able to use them most likely here in Captivate. If you are starting from scratch, Captivate is a great application to help you to build all of those things that we have discussed earlier, and much more.

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Captivate 5 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
      39s
  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
      33s
    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 Acrobat.com as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from Acrobat.com
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
      53s
    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
      29s

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