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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.
When it's time to create your Captivate project, one of the options is to create it from scratch. And if you close up any projects you might be working on, you will be presented with the welcome screen; same thing you'll see when you launch Captivate. And over here in the Create New column, there are a number of options to help you get started, but there is one called the Blank Project. We'll look at the other options a little later on. Right now, we're going to create a new blank project from scratch. So we'll give that a click. Next, we'll choose the dimensions, and you can see I have 1280 by 720.
Just click the dropdown to make a selection. 1280 by 720 is a 16 by 9 resolution. I am going to keep that setting, and click OK. Now it does take a moment to create your new blank project, and here in Captivate 6, you actually get some new tools to help you get started with the look and feel, or the formatting of your new project. You'll see across the top here a number of different themes to choose from, and you can scroll through those. We'll get back to those later on in this chapter/ Right now we're just going to click anywhere in the new blank slide that was created.
When you do that, the themes disappear from across the top, and you're left with your first new blank slide here in your new blank project. Now, we don't see the full stage here at this zoom level. Let's go up to the Application bar. We'll click the dropdown next to 100, that's what I see, and choose Best Fit. Now we can see the entire stage. We have a feel for our very first slide in our project. Now, there are a number of different slide layouts to choose from when we go to insert new slides. This is going to be our new project.
You can see there are text areas here for our title. So if we click inside the title, for example, you will see that selection around the outside, and let's just double-click now to actually change the text. We'll type in a title, like Volunteer Orientation. Now we'll double-click to add a subtitle. And here, we might want to put in the year; let's just put in 2012. And now we'll click anywhere outside that selected box to see the end result. Very plain, and of course, we can do a lot with this slide, and we will later on.
Right now, though, we're ready to insert a new slide, so we go up to the Insert menu, and when you click Insert, you're going to see a number of different slide options when we go to New Slide. Notice there is also New Slide from. New Slide is just going to create another new slide like we have, but New Slide from gives us those options for different layouts. A Blank slide, so there will be no placeholders, and we can just kind of treat it as a blank canvas, and add what we want. There is a Caption, Caption & Content, and you can see a layout in behind in the thumbnail. Now, as you move down to the bottom, there is a little arrow here that allows us to scroll through many, many different types of layouts.
So for example, if we wanted an Image Collage, something that's new to Captivates 6, we could select it. We have our new slide, you can see the thumbnail over here in the Filmstrip, and you can see we have placeholders for a number of different images we might want to add. Let's go back to Insert, down to New Slide from, and we'll choose something different; this time Two Content. And in this case, you can see we have areas for sample text, we also have the wheel that we're going to be talking about later on; two spots for that, as well as an area for a title, a subtitle, and any caption text we might want to add.
Now, these are all elements we could add to a blank slide, but the layout is set up for us to give us a little bit of a head start. When we're ready to save our project, we can go right to the Save button, click Save Project, and then choose a location. I am going to go to the Desktop, and I'm going to change the name from untitled -- and you'll see untitled and a number with the extension CPTX. Let's just give this a name; we'll call it the VolOrientation. Click the Save button, and you've saved your project.
So you're well on your way now to creating your first project here in Captivate 6. Now, when we want to change the look and feel of the formatting, well, that's when we get into themes, and we're going to talk about those next.
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