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Creating slideshows


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Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

Video: Creating slideshows

In this lesson, we are going to see how we can use Captivate to build an image slideshow from images that we've got collected in a folder. You don't need to have any documents open, and in fact if you want to see this Welcome screen, then you need to have all of your documents closed anyway. You can create a new image slideshow right here from the Welcome screen, or you can do it from the File menu. Under File, choose New Project > Image Slideshow. We want to create a project with slides, and we need to tell it how big we want the slides to be.
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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
      39s
  2. 10m 18s
    1. Captivate 101
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding presentation basics
      2m 45s
    3. E-learning in a nutshell
      2m 29s
  3. 16m 34s
    1. Exploring Captivate's interface
      3m 59s
    2. Using the Classic workspace
      3m 31s
    3. Using the Navigation workspace
      3m 13s
    4. Setting application preferences
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 51s
    2. Creating a master page
      3m 47s
    3. Adding slide text
      8m 29s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 10s
    5. Adding shapes
      8m 25s
    6. Adding images
      7m 31s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      7m 42s
    8. Using object styles
      9m 2s
    9. Finishing and previewing the project
      6m 7s
    10. Using Free Rotation in Captivate 5.5
      1m 57s
    11. Building with gradients
      4m 43s
    12. Adding shadows
      2m 56s
  5. 53m 39s
    1. Importing Photoshop files
      9m 33s
    2. Importing animations
      9m 0s
    3. Creating slideshows
      6m 10s
    4. Taking advantage of libraries
      9m 32s
    5. Using widgets
      7m 0s
    6. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Mac
      8m 5s
    7. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Windows computer
      2m 18s
    8. Understanding the Captivate exchange
      2m 1s
  6. 31m 14s
    1. Touring the Timeline
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting timing
      4m 36s
    3. Adding transitions to objects
      3m 46s
    4. Animating using effects
      7m 55s
    5. Animating text
      3m 50s
    6. Zooming for emphasis
      5m 48s
  7. 53m 44s
    1. The recording environment
      33s
    2. Adding background audio
      4m 25s
    3. Adding audio to an object
      4m 23s
    4. Recording and adding voice-overs
      5m 1s
    5. Editing audio in Captivate
      7m 6s
    6. Splitting audio among slides
      6m 22s
    7. Adding video to a slide
      7m 9s
    8. Importing slide video
      4m 33s
    9. Synchronizing video
      7m 36s
    10. Creating closed captions
      6m 36s
  8. 49m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 56s
    2. Adding click areas
      4m 59s
    3. Adding rollover images
      5m 20s
    4. Highlighting objects
      6m 44s
    5. Adding rollover slidelets
      8m 2s
    6. Adding pop-up captions
      4m 38s
    7. Adding text areas
      7m 40s
    8. Creating branching presentations
      3m 47s
  9. 15m 11s
    1. Revisiting libraries
      1m 38s
    2. Sharing assets
      2m 41s
    3. Creating project templates
      6m 50s
    4. Using project templates
      4m 2s
  10. 31m 57s
    1. Preparing simulations
      3m 35s
    2. Preparing to record
      5m 35s
    3. Recording simulations
      4m 46s
    4. Editing simulations
      8m 55s
    5. Adjusting click-through trainings
      9m 6s
  11. 39m 6s
    1. Understanding assessment basics
      1m 53s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding question types
      8m 22s
    4. Creating custom short-answer questions
      3m 28s
    5. Assessing software simulations
      5m 25s
    6. Pooling and randomizing questions
      6m 55s
    7. Using the new quiz features
      2m 46s
    8. Utilizing the new quiz templates
      3m 21s
  12. 22m 32s
    1. Managing quizzes
      1m 28s
    2. Reporting results
      4m 43s
    3. Using Acrobat.com as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from Acrobat.com
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
      53s
    2. Editing playback controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creating a table of contents
      4m 18s
  14. 15m 3s
    1. Initiating a project review
      3m 59s
    2. Reviewing a project
      5m 58s
    3. Collecting reviewer comments
      5m 6s
  15. 35m 55s
    1. Securing a project
      6m 28s
    2. Rescaling a project
      3m 11s
    3. Sharing a project
      3m 13s
    4. Publishing a project
      10m 57s
    5. Setting up Flash player security
      3m 28s
    6. Exporting to Flash CS5
      3m 7s
    7. Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS
      5m 31s
  16. 29s
    1. Parting thoughts and goodbye
      29s

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Captivate 5 Essential Training
7h 32m Beginner Dec 21, 2010 Updated Aug 05, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface and workspaces
  • Building a basic project with shapes, objects, and text
  • Branding a presentation using master slides and object styles
  • Exploring user-based content at Captivate Exchange
  • Animating with the Timeline
  • Adding buttons, rollover images, and captions
  • Creating branching presentations
  • Working with templates
  • Recording a simulation
  • Creating assessments with customized questions
  • Setting up quiz reporting on acrobat.com
  • Exporting and sharing a project
Subjects:
Elearning Education
Software:
Captivate
Author:
James Lockman

Creating slideshows

In this lesson, we are going to see how we can use Captivate to build an image slideshow from images that we've got collected in a folder. You don't need to have any documents open, and in fact if you want to see this Welcome screen, then you need to have all of your documents closed anyway. You can create a new image slideshow right here from the Welcome screen, or you can do it from the File menu. Under File, choose New Project > Image Slideshow. We want to create a project with slides, and we need to tell it how big we want the slides to be.

Captivate will take the images that we are going to import and make them fit onto the stage that we define right now. We can leave this at 640 x 480 for these purposes; however, if you like to choose a different size, you can do that as well based on the needs of your project. If the size you need isn't in this list, of course you can customize the list and create a new size that you can save, or you can simply type in pixel dimensions here. Well let's stick with 640 x 480 for this project. Click OK to continue.

Now, we need to load in all of the images for the slideshow. I have a folder called Slideshow that's in your Images folder, in the Project folder, in the Chapter 04 exercise files. Open that and select all of these images. You can do this by holding down your Shift key, clicking on the top, and then clicking on the bottom. Once you have them all selected, click Open. You will get no indication that Captivate is working. But rest assured, it is working. Now, we're taking a look at the Import functionality that we see inside of Captivate.

Captivate is telling us about the image here. This is the first image in the list. It's 1800 x 1200, but remember our stage is 640 x 480. Right now, this doesn't fit at all. So what we'd like to do is to adjust it to fit the stage. Thankfully, Captivate provides us with a tool to help us to do that automatically. If you leave Fit to Stage selected, then your images will automatically be adjusted to fit onto that 640 x 480 stage. Alternatively, you could crop the image. So if you select Crop, then you'll see your 640 x 480 crop area right there, and you can move it around to pick a particular portion of your image.

I'm going to go back to Fit to Stage, however. What we can do is to scroll through the images and apply different settings to each one. Let's go to the next image now. You can make adjustments at this point to the images using these adjustment tools here. I would like this image to be partially transparent. Select the Alpha slider and slide it back to 70%. You don't get immediate feedback with Captivate, so sometimes it's best to simply type the number. We'll go to the next one.

This one I'd like to desaturate and make it look grayscale. I could do that by clicking the Gray Scale button here, or I could pull the Saturation down. Let's use the Gray Scale button. Go to the next. This one I will crop and then slide this in the lower left-hand corner to get a closer view of those olives. That one we'll leave alone, and that one we'll leave alone. This is our last image in the stack, and it's very tall.

When it gets placed onto the stage, it's going to end up being shrunk, and there will be quite a bit of area to either side of it. I am using this image to illustrate that not all images are appropriate for our slideshows, and so you've got to think about your original source. In this case, because it's so tall and thin, if I've got a background that I put in later, that background is going to be visible on the left and right of the slide. We're going to leave it in the project, however, and we'll just continue. So now I have set up all of my images, and I can click OK. Of course, if you want to make an adjustment or no adjustments and then apply to all, you could click here as well.

Captivate will now import all of the images as separate slides. If I scroll down through the Filmstrip, you can see all of my slides there, and there is that last one that's very tall. Something you'll notice here first is that we have a 3-second duration for all of the slides in the slideshow. If you look over on the right under the General settings, you're going to see that what we are looking at is the default behavior for our Captivate projects. You can adjust this default behavior by using the Preferences, or you can adjust the specific behavior for these slides here.

Let's select all of the slides. Select the first one, hold down your Shift key, select the last one. We now have all of the slides selected, and I'd like to change the duration to 5 seconds. I can drag, or I can type in a number there. And I'd also like to change our Transition to Fade. What will happen is that the images will fade from one to the other like we expect when we see a slideshow. By default, Captivate puts in No Transition, and it can be quite abrupt.

You have other transitions that you can choose as well, and you can make them different on each slide. Let's preview what our slideshow looks like now. Under Preview, choose Project. You can see it going through the different slides. If I were to publish this as a SWF, I could post it on a web site, and it would become a rolling slideshow. Additionally, you could go back and edit the slides and add captions or any other types of content that you'd want to put in after the fact. That's enough for this. We'll go back to our editing, and we will save this file.

We'll save it as "Chapter 4 slideshow" and put it in your Project folder, in the Chapter 04 folder. Creating slideshows with Captivate is easy. All you need is a folder full of images, and you're good to go. Many of us use slideshows to help sell our products and services. So if you're using slideshows today from other sources, try a Captivate slideshow. It's easy and effective.

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Q: I am having some problems with Captivate reviewer permissions and was directed to the following solution of James' blog, but I'm having trouble implementing it. Is there a simpler solution or has Adobe released a patch?

In order to execute the step entitled "Assign write permission to owners and groups", you need to enable the root user. In addition, you need to add the "sudo" command before the following steps in this section:

sudo chmod -R o+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app
and
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app

You can disable the root user when you're done with updating permissions.
A: Unfortunately, there is no patch. This is not an Adobe issue, but rather an issue with the way that Apple allows UNIX permissions within its file systems. For most cases, this is a good thing, but for this one case, it backfires. Just so you're aware, the issue persists in Captivate 5.5 as well.

This is the Adobe tech note on the problem:

My solution is a bit easier to follow, frankly.

Here is how to enable the root user on a Mac:
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