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Creating a table of contents

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Video: Creating a table of contents

In many projects, it's helpful to have a table of contents that viewers can scroll through and choose specific slides. We can build that in Captivate using the Skin Editor. We are going to be using the file called Chapter 12_b. We created that file earlier in the chapter. Please open it now if you don't have it open already. Once you have it open, take a look at the Filmstrip. You can see that each of the slides in the project has a name. As you scroll down you can see Welcome, various bouquets by name, and then at the bottom we have the Video Introduction and Pruning Instructions.

Creating a table of contents

In many projects, it's helpful to have a table of contents that viewers can scroll through and choose specific slides. We can build that in Captivate using the Skin Editor. We are going to be using the file called Chapter 12_b. We created that file earlier in the chapter. Please open it now if you don't have it open already. Once you have it open, take a look at the Filmstrip. You can see that each of the slides in the project has a name. As you scroll down you can see Welcome, various bouquets by name, and then at the bottom we have the Video Introduction and Pruning Instructions.

If you plan to build a table of contents, it's important to name your slides. If you don't name your slides then Captivate is going to automatically name your slide with the slide number. That's usually not very informative for your viewer. Let's see how we can create a table of contents now. From the Project menu, choose the Skin Editor. On the right-hand side of your buttons you'll see Table of Contents. If you enable the Table of Contents, it's going to show all of the slides that will be in the Table of Contents.

If you look in the Preview, on the right, you can see that the table of contents has appeared to the left of our presentation. From this panel, I can turn on and off various slides in the table of contents. If I don't want people to have access to the Pruning Instructions individually, I can remove it from the table of contents by disabling it here. Having made that change, that slide will disappear from the table of contents. By disabling the Pruning Instructions, we are ensuring that viewers will go to the Video Introduction before they see the Pruning Instructions.

Having enabled the table of contents in our skin, let's close the Skin Editor. We can also access the table of contents from the Project menu by choosing Table of Contents. In either case, there are some additional adjustments that we can make to the table of contents through the Settings panel here. Click on this button to open the Settings panel. You can see that there are a number of options here for personalizing the way table of contents looks. I want to call your attention to the item at the very top, which is the Style.

We'll move the Settings out of the way so that we can see the change. Switch the Style from Separate to Overlay. Now you can see that the table of contents is going to pop out of the presentation on the left. I can change its position from left to right. Let's keep this change and then we'll preview the results. We'll close the Skin Editor now. Preview the project. (Recording: Welcome to the hansel & petal virtual flower show. Enjoy the flowers and the music.) You can see in the upper left-hand corner, we've got a little double arrow pointing to the right.

If we click it, this will open the table of contents. From it, we can choose specific slides. Let's go to the Lily bouquet. (Music playing) We'll pause here and take a look at the table of contents. It's telling us that we viewed certain slides.

In addition to providing navigation, the table of contents also helps us to keep track of which slides we've already viewed. If there are slides that we happen to like or want to go back to, we can attach a star. Attach a star to the Fuji Mum Bouquet by selecting it here. That might remind us to go back and see it later. Let's close the preview now and then save this as Chapter 12 _c.

A table of contents is a great way for you to enable additional navigational controls for your users. In addition, it provides an ability for the user to know which slides they viewed and perhaps even to mark slides for review or slides that they enjoy a lot. When appropriate, give your users that control by enabling the table of contents.

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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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