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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.
Something that we do frequently with Captivate is to adjust the playback controls. We do this using the Skin Editor. Please open the file called Chapter 12_a. It's located in your project file in the Chapter 12 folder. Once you have got it open, switch to the Classic workspace. Under your Project menu choose Skin Editor. You may need to move it up so that you can see all of the Skin Editor. The Skin Editor shows you a preview of your project on the right and on the left you can see the various controls.
There are a number of checkboxes that you can use to enable and disable various functions in the playback control. If for instance you didn't want the playback control, then you could simply disable it. Your project would now look like that. You'll see that there's a border on the bottom and we can adjust what border exists as well. This middle button controls the borders. If you would like a top border, then you can turn on the Top Border. Now your project will have a top and bottom border. You can change the color of that border to perhaps meet your branding requirements.
Select the color now. we can use our eyedropper to pick a color from the project. Select the eyedropper and click near the upper left-hand corner of the slide. That will now pick that color from the gradient and apply it to the top and the bottom of the slide. Let's return to the playback controls. I want my user to be able to see the playback controls when they're watching the presentation. I'll re-enable it now. I don't want my user to be able to fast forward through the presentation, however, and so I will disable Fast Forward.
I also want them to listen to the music and the audio in the video portion of our presentation. I will disable the Mute button. I do want the closed captioning. I can adjust my closed captioning settings by clicking this button here. We have seen that in an earlier lesson. I can adjust the colors of the playback controls as well. Enable Playback Colors to adjust these colors. I would like my button glow to match the color that I've chosen for my borders.
Select Button Glow. Use the eyedropper and then click in the bar at the top of the screen. When I hover over any of the buttons now, now the glow is the same color as the border. If I enable the Playbar Overlay, then that will move the playbar up into the presentation window itself. This can be disruptive, so I'm going to turn it off. The last thing that we will look at is this Playbar menu. In it you can choose from a number of pre-build playbars that Adobe is made available inside of Captivate.
You can explore these options on your own. I'm going to leave the playbar as the Captivate Default. Having made these changes to my skin, I would like to save my skin. Click the disk icon to save the skin. Let's call this "h and p" and then click OK. We can now use this skin in other presentations. Having made the changes let's close the Skin Editor. Let's preview the project to see the changes.
(Recording: Welcome to the hansel & petal virtual flower show. Enjoy the flowers and the music.) You can see that the top bar has been added now and at the bottom we have the controls that we had established. When I hover over these areas, they are the appropriate color. Let's close the preview and we will save this as Chapter 12_b. Use the Skin Editor to create a skin that allows people to identify your projects as coming from your company.
Branding is important. Skins are a way for you to extend your brand into the projects that you build with Captivate.
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