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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 this lesson we're going to see how we can export our Captivate projects to Flash CS5 Professional projects. We're going to be using the Chapter 14 quiz_a file that we created earlier in this chapter. Please open it now if you don't have it opened already. From the File menu choose Export and then To Flash CS5. Captivate will automatically use the Captivate file name in the Flash file. You do need to browse to a location. In this case, let's put it in the Chapter 14 Project files folder. There it is.
I'm going to have Captivate publish to a folder. This allows me to keep things organized. I can export any one or more of these elements here. I would like to export all of the elements into my Flash project. Having made those choices, I'm going to click Export. Let's go take a look at the results. If you have Flash Professional installed, then Captivate will open it automatically for you. Let's zoom out so we can see the entire stage. Now, wait a minute! This is blank.
This doesn't quite look like what I had expected when I moved my project from Captivate to Flash. Well, it's not entirely blank. If you look down here under Slides and Actions, it turns out that there are some things going on there. I'll move my playhead to the right a little bit and you can see that right there there's an action iIndicator. That means that this file is comprised of ActionScript. ActionScript is what lives under the hood in Captivate. When it produces a file in Flash, it's producing the ActionScript that drives the Captivate presentation.
You can see an example of that by simply selecting the Actions layer, right-clicking, and going down to the bottom and choosing Actions. This will open up the Actions panel. This is the opening action for the slide. Now, if you don't know anything about ActionScript, your eyes are all glazey and you're about to go to sleep. That's okay too. I'm just showing this to you so that if you have to dig in and start to make adjustments to ActionScript after you export your project, now you know where it is.
Let's expand the panel a little bit on the left. You can see all of the actions on the slides and what frame they happen to live on. There are a lot of actions here and I'm not going to explore many of them. I'll just pick this one here at Frame 240. This happens to be a Stop action. So if it can go to the next slide, which is slide 3, it will do that. It's not going to stop. It's going to continue. You can learn a little bit about ActionScript and the way it works by exploring some of these actions that are attached to specific frames.
We're not going to spend anymore time with this other than to show you that this is where the actions are and if you do need to make adjustments, you'll need to go into the Actions panel and then select those actions. More often than not you're going to be producing a Flash project and then handing it to a developer who'll do some more work with it using their knowledge of ActionScript.
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