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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 see how we can create a project template. A project template is a way for you to design a project and then have some placeholder areas where other users will insert content or slides. We're going to begin by creating a new project template. You can do that from your welcome screen or from the File menu choose New Project and Project Template. I want the size to be 800x600. If you don't have that chosen please choose it now and then click OK.
I'd like to use content from another library in this template. I can open a library from the Library panel. If you don't see the Library panel then you may want to switch to the Classic workspace where it should be. Choose Open Library and browse to Chapter 8 Library.cptl. This will be in your Project folder in Chapter 8 Exercise Files. Select it and choose Open. This opens the Library from Chapter 8 Library.cptl.
Let's drag it over and pin it next to the existing Library panel. Click and hold on the tab and drag it to the right, until you see the blue outline in this panel and release. The first thing we'll do is to create a master slide. Under Window choose Master Slide and then Ctrl+0 or Command+0 to show the entire stage. I want to put the HandPBackground image onto the background of this slide. Select it and drag it onto the stage.
Right-click and choose Align > Center horizontally on the slide. Do the same with the vertical alignment. Right-click, Align > Center vertically on the slide. Now let's go to slide number 1. Our basic project is going to consist of a few templated items. First of all we'll include a button. Create a new button now by inserting a button from the toolbar, switch to your Properties panel, and we'll make this to be an Image button.
We'll browse to an image. This is located in the images folder. Pick store.png file and then Open. Move it up here and we'll create two more buttons. Do the same thing. Call them Image Buttons. Select the gifts.png. Slide that over. Lastly create one more button, make it an Image button, and we'll browse to displays.png.
Set them a distance apart from each other then hold down your Shift key and select all three. Right-click, Align > Align Left and then right-click, Align > Distribute Vertically. It's important that these three buttons don't overlap with each other so that they'll distribute properly. Now we've got some navigation buttons there and I'd like to insert some placeholder content. Under Insert choose Placeholder Objects and Text Caption.
Move the text caption just to the right of Hansel & Petal logo and a little bit below it and then drag it across the slide. You'll notice that this doesn't look like a text caption. However, we can style it in advance so that when it does get used it will have the appropriate styling. I'd like this to have the transparent styling so under General choose transparent, leave the font as Myriad Pro, but change it to Bold, and we'll increase the Size to 40 points.
That's all we'll do with that for now. The next thing I'd like to do is to insert an image placeholder. Under Insert choose Placeholder Objects and before we continue, take a look at the list of placeholder objects that we can insert. We've used a Text Caption, but we could also insert a Rollover Caption, an Image, Rollover Image, Animation, Text Animation, Slide video, we'll use that in a moment, or an FLV or F4V file. Every one of these objects will appear as that gray box.
This allows you to predetermine what type of content is going to be in a project. For someone to use it all they have got to do is double-click on the placeholder and then they'll be asked to fill in the blanks so to speak. Let's select Image now and we'll drag it out so that it fits just about here and down to the lower right-hand corner. Great! Let's insert a placeholder slide now. Right-click on slide number 1 and Insert under Placeholder Slides a Recording Slide Placeholder.
Go back to slide number 1 and right-click Insert New Slide. On slide 2 we'll insert some placeholder video. Insert > Placeholder Objects. In this case we're going to use Slide video. I'd like the slide video to fit the entire screen. Let's stretch it out so that it covers the entire slide. Great! What we have now is a file that can be used to create a new project.
This project will consist of three slides. The first slide is going to be our welcome slide. it has some text to be filled in and an image to be filled in. The second slide is going to include some video. The third slide is going to be a screen recording. We'll take a look at screen recordings in another chapter. I just want that to be part of my project template. Now that I have created my project template I can save it. Choose File > Save As and we'll call this Chapter 8_b.cptl.
Do not change the extension of this file. This is not a CPTX file. It's a CPTL file and that's very important. If you call it a CPTX file it will not behave the way that you expect it to. It needs to be called CPTL in order for Captivate to understand that this is in fact a project template. Using project templates in conjunction with external libraries is a way for you not only to build projects in advance, but also to ensure that the branding of those projects will meet the branding of your company.
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