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Adobe Captivate 4 is an industry leader in screen capture and development training technology. In Captivate 4 Essential Training, Tim Plumer, Jr., shows how to use this program, along with its multifaceted screen capture tools, to its fullest potential. Starting from scratch, Tim demonstrates how to create a presentation using video, text, voiceover, music, and more. He even covers how to create e-learning tests and assess the results. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the most obvious uses for Captivate is to create a self-running basic presentation. However, in situations where you're creating a self-running presentation, it's important to give the user the control over the playing of the presentation so that if they need to stop and consider something that you're showing them, they have the ability to do that. Then they can go ahead and move from there. So what we have here is exactly that. It's an example that I created in Captivate. It's sort of a self- running resume. The first slide is just some basic information. When I click on the Next button, you'll see there is some animation. Things appear over some time. That gives the user to ability to look at things and to see things and to see the information as it builds. Then of course the presentation stops giving user the ability to truly consider the information you provided them and then go ahead and click the Next button when it's convenient for them.
There are some other basic animations that I've provided here in this slide, but as a presentation that's self- running in this imaginary example, we have some photography that I want to show. Captivate also allows me to produce a self-running slideshow without that interaction, because of course that might be important too. So I'll go ahead and click on See examples. Then this is just a standard slideshow of some photography that I took for my resume. Once the slideshow is complete then it will go to the final slide in the set, giving the person watching presentation the ability to again see the contact information and I've even built in a little button here that if I were to click on it, would open up an email client pre-addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now the one thing that I didn't do for this presentation so that I could describe it to you without conflict is I didn't do a voiceover, which Captivate certainly allows and we're going to spend some time on that in one of the upcoming chapters. A basic self-running presentation. This presentation uses Adobe Flash as its technology and it is something that you can deliver via the web or in a number of different ways that we'll cover in later chapters. Its name is pretty accurate. It's a product that allows you to create something that is more captivating than just a standard linear movie or something that has no interactivity in it whatsoever, and it allows you to build things in like transitions, animations, and the kinds of things that tend to get someone's attention when you're trying to present to them some basic information.
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