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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 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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