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Adobe Captivate is a program used to create interactive eLearning content and provide custom online training to employees or clients. In this course, author David Rivers walks through the Captivate 6 interface and the process of building an eLearning project from start to finish.
The course shows how to make a presentation from scratch or with built-in themes, import Photoshop images and PowerPoint slides, and add interest with animation, widgets, and video. It also demonstrates how to prepare for and record a software simulation, synchronize video, add audio, and build quizzes into your project.
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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