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Finishing and previewing the project

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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.

Finishing and previewing the project

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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Captivate 5 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
      39s
  2. 10m 18s
    1. Captivate 101
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding presentation basics
      2m 45s
    3. E-learning in a nutshell
      2m 29s
  3. 16m 34s
    1. Exploring Captivate's interface
      3m 59s
    2. Using the Classic workspace
      3m 31s
    3. Using the Navigation workspace
      3m 13s
    4. Setting application preferences
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 51s
    2. Creating a master page
      3m 47s
    3. Adding slide text
      8m 29s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 10s
    5. Adding shapes
      8m 25s
    6. Adding images
      7m 31s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      7m 42s
    8. Using object styles
      9m 2s
    9. Finishing and previewing the project
      6m 7s
    10. Using Free Rotation in Captivate 5.5
      1m 57s
    11. Building with gradients
      4m 43s
    12. Adding shadows
      2m 56s
  5. 53m 39s
    1. Importing Photoshop files
      9m 33s
    2. Importing animations
      9m 0s
    3. Creating slideshows
      6m 10s
    4. Taking advantage of libraries
      9m 32s
    5. Using widgets
      7m 0s
    6. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Mac
      8m 5s
    7. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Windows computer
      2m 18s
    8. Understanding the Captivate exchange
      2m 1s
  6. 31m 14s
    1. Touring the Timeline
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting timing
      4m 36s
    3. Adding transitions to objects
      3m 46s
    4. Animating using effects
      7m 55s
    5. Animating text
      3m 50s
    6. Zooming for emphasis
      5m 48s
  7. 53m 44s
    1. The recording environment
      33s
    2. Adding background audio
      4m 25s
    3. Adding audio to an object
      4m 23s
    4. Recording and adding voice-overs
      5m 1s
    5. Editing audio in Captivate
      7m 6s
    6. Splitting audio among slides
      6m 22s
    7. Adding video to a slide
      7m 9s
    8. Importing slide video
      4m 33s
    9. Synchronizing video
      7m 36s
    10. Creating closed captions
      6m 36s
  8. 49m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 56s
    2. Adding click areas
      4m 59s
    3. Adding rollover images
      5m 20s
    4. Highlighting objects
      6m 44s
    5. Adding rollover slidelets
      8m 2s
    6. Adding pop-up captions
      4m 38s
    7. Adding text areas
      7m 40s
    8. Creating branching presentations
      3m 47s
  9. 15m 11s
    1. Revisiting libraries
      1m 38s
    2. Sharing assets
      2m 41s
    3. Creating project templates
      6m 50s
    4. Using project templates
      4m 2s
  10. 31m 57s
    1. Preparing simulations
      3m 35s
    2. Preparing to record
      5m 35s
    3. Recording simulations
      4m 46s
    4. Editing simulations
      8m 55s
    5. Adjusting click-through trainings
      9m 6s
  11. 39m 6s
    1. Understanding assessment basics
      1m 53s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding question types
      8m 22s
    4. Creating custom short-answer questions
      3m 28s
    5. Assessing software simulations
      5m 25s
    6. Pooling and randomizing questions
      6m 55s
    7. Using the new quiz features
      2m 46s
    8. Utilizing the new quiz templates
      3m 21s
  12. 22m 32s
    1. Managing quizzes
      1m 28s
    2. Reporting results
      4m 43s
    3. Using Acrobat.com as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from Acrobat.com
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
      53s
    2. Editing playback controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creating a table of contents
      4m 18s
  14. 15m 3s
    1. Initiating a project review
      3m 59s
    2. Reviewing a project
      5m 58s
    3. Collecting reviewer comments
      5m 6s
  15. 35m 55s
    1. Securing a project
      6m 28s
    2. Rescaling a project
      3m 11s
    3. Sharing a project
      3m 13s
    4. Publishing a project
      10m 57s
    5. Setting up Flash player security
      3m 28s
    6. Exporting to Flash CS5
      3m 7s
    7. Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS
      5m 31s
  16. 29s
    1. Parting thoughts and goodbye
      29s

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