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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're going to explore branching in Captivate. When we build presentations that include navigation, we're building complexity into the presentation. As projects get large, sometimes we don't remember exactly how slides connect to each other. There is a panel that helps us to see that and that's called the Branching panel. We're going to be using Chapter 7_g that we developed previously in the chapter. If you don't have it open please open it now. It doesn't matter what slide you're on.
We're going to use the Navigation workspace. Change your workspace from Classic to Navigation. The Branching panel is down here in the left and chances are it's off your screen as well. We can get it to fit though simply drag it up, click the triangles in the upper right to collapse it, and then click the Branching button here. Now the panel properly fits on our screen. Our project consists of four slides. There is the Home slide, the Store slide, the Display slide, and the Gifts slide.
This branching view shows us how the different slides relate to each other. The Home slide, if we select it, goes to the Store slide. You can see that green line right there. It goes to the Gifts slide and it goes to the Display slide. You can control what happens for a specific interaction by selecting the object and then accessing the Actions panel directly in the navigation panel. If you recall over in the properties panel there is an area for action and it allows us to choose what happens when certain things occur.
In the case of this slide we haven't established any action other than to continue to the next slide, but that presumes that we get to the end of the slide in the Timeline. We don't, because the buttons prevent it. Let's take a look at the Store slide and see where that goes. Selecting the Store slide you can see that there is an input that's coming from the Home, as well as connections here and here that are coming from the other slides. So this slide here goes to Home, this slide here goes to Home, you can see right there, and this slide goes to Home as well.
You can zoom in to view the slides better here. You can navigate around the entire branching view by using this navigation panel on the bottom. Let's focus a little bit on slide number 4. Slider number 4, which is Gifts, goes to the Display slide, the Store slide, the Gifts slide, and the Home slide. These are button actions and they exist on the slide itself. If I select anyone of these names it will tell me what object causes that navigation change.
In this case, it's Click_Box. That Click_Box is the click box that sits right up there under the logo. When someone clicks on it, it jumps to the slide Home. I could change that navigation here simply by making a change from Home to another slide. I could also choose a different action if I wanted to. Remember that the Branching panel is only going to allow us to adjust how the different slides relate to each other. it's not going to give us access to advanced actions.
To see those we'll have to look at the Actions area of the Properties panel. We're not going to make any changes to our presentation in the Branching panel so let's close it up now. We control navigation between slides with our interactive objects. We can determine what happens when we click on those various objects by using either the Properties panel or by using the Branching panel.
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