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Adobe Captivate is a program used to create interactive eLearning content and provide custom online training to employees or clients. In this course, author David Rivers walks through the Captivate 6 interface and the process of building an eLearning project from start to finish.
The course shows how to make a presentation from scratch or with built-in themes, import Photoshop images and PowerPoint slides, and add interest with animation, widgets, and video. It also demonstrates how to prepare for and record a software simulation, synchronize video, add audio, and build quizzes into your project.
On occasion, you will want content to appear on every single slide in your project, and in that case, you'll be editing the Master slide; something we are going to do right now. We're still working with our Volunteer Orientation project from previous lessons. We will go to the very top, and make sure our first slide is selected. Next, we don't want to just add text to this one slide; we want to add it to every single slide. So in this case, we are going to change our view, which currently displays on the Status bar as Filmstrip View. We are going to change it to our Master Slide View by clicking the Master Slide tab here just below the stage.
Notice it does appear to change to the Master Slide View. That's confirmed by looking down here to the bottom right-hand corner. Anything we add to this Master slide will appear on every slide in our project. If you only wanted to add content to certain layouts, each individual layout has its own Master, and you can see that down here: Introduction slides, which are laid out with a title and a subtitle. We could add content to only that type of slide, if we wanted to, just by selecting it, and making our changes now.
Same thing for the other types, and you can see there's a scrollbar to access all of them. They are all there, and we can access any one of them, but to make changes to every single slide, we will go back to the very first slide here on the left-hand side, representing everything in our project. Let's say we want to add copyright information in the bottom left-hand corner of every slide. Well, all we do now is go to the Object toolbar, and click our Insert Text Caption button, and there it is; it's right in the middle. Of course, we are going to change its location, we are going to change the text inside, as well as its appearance.
So let's just start by double-clicking to get inside. Now we will type in the words Copyright 2012. We will leave a space, a Dash, and a space, and we will just put in the acronym SAMOCA in all caps. Perfect! Press Escape; that gets you out of text editing, and the handles appear. Now we can click and drag from anywhere inside the box down to the bottom left-hand corner of our slide. If we want to make changes to the look and feel, let's just zoom in by going up to the Application bar, and going to 100%.
You can see what looks like; not bad, but it might be a little bit too big. It doesn't need to be that obvious. As we go over to the Properties here, you can see the current Size is 20. So let's just double-click to get inside, and select everything by clicking and dragging right from left of the C in Copyright all the way over to the right-hand side. Let's click the 20 in the Character section of our Properties panel, and let's make it 12, how about? Type in 12, press Enter or Return, and you can see now our box is too big for our content.
That's okay; we can press Escape on the keyboard, it brings back those handles, and we can just size it down a little bit, so that it's the right size for our content. And of course, we can make any other additional changes we might want, like Color, Style, etcetera, but I think it's good just like that. So let's just click anywhere in the background here to deselect that box, and we will change our Zoom level back to Best Fit. There it is, down in the bottom left corner of our Master slide. What happens now when we change our view back to the Filmstrip? Well, just click any one of the thumbnails over here in the Filmstrip itself.
That changes it to that view, and you can see our Copyright information is in the bottom left-hand corner of every single slide in our project. And that's how you edit the Master to add content to every single slide in your project.
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