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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.
We're going to begin by exploring Captivate's interface, and to do so I would like to open an existing file that is provided in your Project Files folder. You can open a file by using the File menu, or by clicking Open on the splash screen. I'll choose Open right now. I've already browsed to the Chapter 2 Project Files folder, and in it you'll see a folder called Example. Open please the file called e-mail_assessment.cptx.
When Captivate first opens a file, it's going to view it at 100% size. One of the first things we'll show you about the interface is how to reduce the size of what's on the stage, so that we can view the entire page, or the entire stage. When we talk about pages in Captivate, I'll use page and stage interchangeably. Captivate comes from the Flash world, and there they talk about the stage, objects moving onto or off of or around on the stage, so you'll hear me use the words "page" and "stage" interchangeably.
Let's reduce the size of our view now. On the very top of the interface, you should see a number of controls. In the upper left-hand corner, you'll see your page controls, and you can type in a page number that you wanted to be viewing. Currently we're viewing page number one, and you can see that where it says 1/9. Next to that is our Preview button, and we will go back to this later. This is where we preview our projects, either during development or when we have them completed. The next button is our Publish button. We use the Publish button when we're finished with our project and we want to publish it to one of the many different methods.
We'll talk about that much later in this course. The next control allows us to adjust the view. I would like to use fit in the window. Click on the dropdown menu and choose Best Fit. There. Now we can see the entire stage. Captivate uses many interface elements known as panels, and right now on the left, you can see we have our Filmstrip panel next to our Tool panel. At the bottom, you'll see Timeline and Master Slide, and over on the right, Properties and Library.
You can arrange these panels any way you like. We can also have different organizations of panels called workspaces. In the upper right-hand corner, you can see the word CLASSIC. This is our Workspace dropdown menu. Click on it now. You can see that there are a number of workspaces that are available to us here. Let's make some adjustments to our panel, and then we'll save the workspace for our own. Under the Window menu, choose Library.
You'll see that the Library panel has appeared next to the Properties panel. I like to have the Library panel available in my custom workspace. So now that I've made that change, I can save my custom workspace. Let's go back to the Workspace menu, click on the dropdown, and near the bottom, you'll see New Workspace. Let's call this "My Workspace." Of course, you can call it anything you like. When you're done, click OK. You will notice in the upper right- hand corner, now it says My Workspace.
You can switch between workspaces very easily, simply by choosing it from the list. Let's go back to our original workspace. Click on the dropdown and choose CLASSIC. You will notice that it looks almost just like My Workspace, so let's reset CLASSIC back to its starting point. We do that again under the Workspace dropdown menu. Click it and choose Reset CLASSIC. There. By choosing different workspaces, we can go back and forth between different arrangements of our workspace to help us to focus on specific activities inside of Captivate.
In the following lessons, we will be using specific workspaces, and I'll tell you which ones to use when we need them.
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