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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.
As we're working with our Captivate projects, we often wonder, well, what's this going to look like when we get it on-screen? Captivate provides a method for you to preview your projects before you go and publish them. You can do this either directly within Captivate or by using your web browser. We're going to look at both of those methods right now. We'll be using the Chapter 3_g file that we saved in the last lesson, so if you don't have that opened, go ahead and open that now. To preview, we'll use the Preview menu. Click in the Preview menu, and you'll see several options.
You'll see Play Slide, and then Play Project, From this Slide, and Next 5 Slides. If you are a PowerPoint user, these options will be very familiar. If we choose to preview the slide, it will show us what happens when we play that individual slide. Before I do that though, let's take a look down in the Timeline. If you don't have the Timeline panel open, click on the Timeline panel now. This slide has a duration of 3 seconds. I can read that out right here by looking at the 3-second mark.
I can also see that the slide has a duration of 3 seconds. I can also see a 3-second slide duration here. Lastly, I can see the Display Time listed over here in the Properties. I'm pointing this out to show you that there are many indications along the way to help you to get an idea of how long your slides are going to last when they play out in our preview, and when they get published. I'd like to extend the amount of time that this slide lasts. I can do it lots of different ways, and we'll explore those when we look more deeply at the Timeline.
For now, I'm going to use my Properties panel, and change the Display Time to 5 seconds. Click on the 3 and type a 5 and then Enter. If you look in the Timeline, you'll see the "Welcome to the Two Trees Olive Oil Company Annual Report" text caption. I'd like to leave it ending at 3 seconds, because what will happen is that this object will fade away before we change the slides. Having made that change, let's preview what this is going to look like.
So we'll return to our Preview menu. First, we'll play just this slide. You'll notice that there is a keyboard shortcut of F3. This is a keyboard shortcut you're going to want to remember. There it goes, and then it changes. So this allows you to see what this individual slide will look like. As you're making adjustments to various objects, this is a great way to be able to test what it's going to look like. Select the Welcome to the Two Trees Olive Oil text frame, and let's take a look at Transition.
Let's change the Fade Out to be longer than half a second. We'll make it to be 1 second. Click on Half and type 1 and Enter. This will now extend the Fade Out period for that object. Having made that change, let's preview the entire project. Now, I know that the project isn't that long, so it's not going to take very long to preview the entire project. In fact, we've only got two slides. Preview Project uses F4. That's another keyboard shortcut you're going to want to remember.
There goes slide 1. Here is slide 2. Now, slide 2 is shorter than slide 1, as we saw, and we also saw that extended fade-out that we had just programmed for that object on the first slide. You can exit the preview by clicking this X here or the X in the center on the top. You can also return to editing by clicking the pencil. Now we're back to editing the slides. Let's go back to slide number 1. It's important to note that when you preview in Captivate, Captivate is going to build a temporary SWF file, or a Shockwave file, SWF, that's going to display directly inside of Captivate.
If the SWF is too big to show, Captivate is going to reduce the physical dimensions of the SWF when it displays it. This project is 800 x 600, which is pretty big. Let's see what it's going to look like in our browser, which will not resize the SWF. Under the Preview menu, at the bottom, you'll see In Web browser. This is Command+F12. This is another keyboard shortcut you're going to want to remember. When you preview in web browser, Captivate is going to launch your default web browser.
This means that if you want to see your Captivate project in another web browser, you're going to have to change your default browser and then preview in that browser. Alternatively, you can open a browser, and Captivate will use the open browser. So if you want to look at the project in say Safari, and you happen to have Firefox opened, then you can close Firefox and open Safari, come back to Captivate, and then preview in web browser. It will then preview in Safari, even though Firefox is your default browser.
I happen to have Firefox running right now, so I'm going to preview in web browser. You can choose Preview in Web browser as well. Just know that when you preview, it's going to go to whatever browser you have opened, or to your default browser. There is our project in the browser. Something that I noticed right away is that the project doesn't quite fit in my window when I view it this way.
When we learn about publishing our projects, we'll see how we can change that limitation. For now, let's return to Captivate and save our project. This time we'll save it as Chapter 3_h. Previewing is something that you're going to do very, very frequently as you work with Captivate, particularly as you begin to build more and more complex slides that have many moving parts. Preview your slides early and often to save yourself a lot of pain and heartache down the line.
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