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Choosing an appropriate workspace

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Video: Choosing an appropriate workspace

In Adobe Captivate, the way your panels, toolbars, windows, and other elements are arranged on your screen is also known as a Workspace. And depending on what you're doing, what your focus is in your project, you may want those elements rearranged. Well, we can choose from preset workspaces here in Captivate 6, and you can customize your own to suit your needs. That's what we're going to do right now as we continue to work with a new blank project. Let's go to the top right corner on the Application bar, where we should see the default and currently selected workspace, Classic.

Choosing an appropriate workspace

In Adobe Captivate, the way your panels, toolbars, windows, and other elements are arranged on your screen is also known as a Workspace. And depending on what you're doing, what your focus is in your project, you may want those elements rearranged. Well, we can choose from preset workspaces here in Captivate 6, and you can customize your own to suit your needs. That's what we're going to do right now as we continue to work with a new blank project. Let's go to the top right corner on the Application bar, where we should see the default and currently selected workspace, Classic.

Click this dropdown; you'll see some presets to choose from. For example, if you're working on how your project is going to be navigated, you might choose a Navigation workspace. Click that, and you'll see certain things happen; a new window opens up. Here we can see a Branching tab, for example. So if you want to work on how your different slides appear, and what order, and depending on branching that is selected, you can do all of that in one convenient area. Now, if you want to go back up to the Workspace switcher and choose something else, maybe you're going to start working on quizzes.

Choosing Quizzing will open up over here on the left-hand side your Quiz Properties. Notice that the Document window itself is shrunk down a little bit, it's less important, and the Quiz Properties become the focus. Let's go back to the switcher, we'll give it a click, and try one more. How about Effects? Maybe you're going to be focused on applying effects to your various slides and content in your project. Well, in this case, we get a new panel here, the Effects panel, and here's where we would focus on the various visual effects that we would be adding to our content.

Now, at any time, we can rearrange what's given to us as well. Let's go back to the switcher, and choose Classic. Maybe this is the view you're going to be using most often, your favorite workspace, and there are some things that you want to adjust. For example, over here in the left-hand side you want to be able to see all of the object toolbars, so we expand it with the double arrow. Now that squeezes out our Document window a little bit. So over here on the right-hand side, if we wanted to go over to this panel where we're looking at our properties, maybe we want to collapse that to create some extra space.

And down below with the Timeline, we can go in between the Timeline and our Document window, and when we see that double arrow, click and drag to create more of a Timeline area, or less. That's up to you. Same thing goes for any of these. If we go over to the right-hand side, and click and drag with the double arrow; create a little extra space there. All the while, we're customizing our Classic workspace. Now, in this case, you have some options when you go back to the switcher. Let's click the dropdown. If you wanted to, you could create a new workspace out of this, and call it your own, or if you just simply want to go back to the default Classic, you can click Reset Classic, and everything goes right back to where we started.

So just keep in mind that as you continue to work on your projects here in Captivate 6, you can customize the workspace using presets, and your own customizations as well.

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  1. 6m 51s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Viewing the finished project
      5m 30s
  2. 29m 57s
    1. What is Captivate 6?
      2m 0s
    2. eLearning basics
      4m 26s
    3. What's new in Captivate 6?
      4m 14s
    4. Touring the interface
      8m 19s
    5. Choosing an appropriate workspace
      3m 4s
    6. Setting up global preferences
      7m 54s
  3. 48m 19s
    1. Creating a project from scratch
      4m 1s
    2. Creating visual interest with themes
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a project from PowerPoint
      4m 32s
    4. Adding text
      6m 50s
    5. Editing the master slide
      3m 43s
    6. Adding shapes
      8m 40s
    7. Adding images
      6m 46s
    8. Using hyperlinks
      6m 45s
    9. Testing and editing hyperlinks
      3m 41s
  4. 32m 14s
    1. Importing from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 26s
    2. Importing Photoshop files
      5m 52s
    3. Inserting animations
      6m 42s
    4. Using widgets
      6m 3s
    5. Inserting interactive elements
      5m 43s
    6. Using built-in actors
      4m 28s
  5. 45m 55s
    1. Adding background audio
      6m 35s
    2. Using voice-overs
      4m 48s
    3. Adding video to a slide
      7m 33s
    4. Synchronizing video
      7m 48s
    5. Creating closed captions
      9m 5s
    6. Preparing a software simulation
      3m 29s
    7. Recording a software simulation
      6m 37s
  6. 39m 20s
    1. eLearning assessment basics
      2m 14s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      8m 48s
    3. Using different question types
      12m 22s
    4. Using remediation
      5m 4s
    5. Exploring partial and negative scoring
      4m 29s
    6. Working with a pretest
      6m 23s
  7. 26m 33s
    1. Preparing a project to publish
      5m 41s
    2. Publishing your project
      9m 0s
    3. Publishing eLearning content in HTML5
      4m 38s
    4. Publishing to YouTube
      2m 58s
    5. Reporting to a learning management system (LMS)
      4m 16s
  8. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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