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Creating a project from scratch

From: Up and Running with Captivate 6

Video: Creating a project from scratch

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.

Creating a project from scratch

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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Up and Running with Captivate 6

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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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