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Getting reports from


Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

Video: Getting reports from

In this lesson we're going to see how we can publish our results from our quizzes to and then see those results using the Quiz Results Analyzer. In order for your projects to talk to you need to publish it. In addition, you need to publish it to either a standalone application or to a web server. We'll talk about the details of publishing your project to a web server and to a standalone application in another chapter.
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  1. 2m 15s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
  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
    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 as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
    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

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7h 32m Beginner Dec 21, 2010 Updated Aug 05, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface and workspaces
  • Building a basic project with shapes, objects, and text
  • Branding a presentation using master slides and object styles
  • Exploring user-based content at Captivate Exchange
  • Animating with the Timeline
  • Adding buttons, rollover images, and captions
  • Creating branching presentations
  • Working with templates
  • Recording a simulation
  • Creating assessments with customized questions
  • Setting up quiz reporting on
  • Exporting and sharing a project
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James Lockman

Getting reports from

In this lesson we're going to see how we can publish our results from our quizzes to and then see those results using the Quiz Results Analyzer. In order for your projects to talk to you need to publish it. In addition, you need to publish it to either a standalone application or to a web server. We'll talk about the details of publishing your project to a web server and to a standalone application in another chapter.

I've included the standalone applications in the quiz apps folder in your Chapter 11 folder. There is a Macintosh version called Chapter 11_b, which is right here, and there is a Windows version called Chapter 11_b.exe. If you're following along on a Windows computer feel free to open the Chapter 11_b.exe file. I'll be looking at the Macintosh version. When you double-click the application it will begin to play the quiz. Everything that we've built into that quiz is contained into this self-running application.

I'll continue onto the next slide. I know that what's coming up next is the video. I don't need to see the video so I'm going to skip over it. But I do need to start the video in order to skip it. (Male speaker: I'm going to talk about?) There is one. (Male speaker: I want to?) And we're past it. Now we'll proceed to the quiz. An amaryllis is what kind of plant? Well, that would be a bulb.

This will not harm the plant. At this point I'm going to enter a known wrong answer. I'm going to answer this with the word white. I know that's incorrect. That's all right. I did this for a reason. Now I need to match Column 1 and Column 2. This is our random quiz question. You may not be seeing the same question that I'm seeing right now.

Remember, there are three questions in the random pool. A cutting implement are kitchen shears, so I can simply drag kitchen shears on top of cutting implement click- and-drag and an amaryllis is a bulb. I will use this information in my job. Now I finished the quiz. In order to post the result to Acrobat .com, your learner needs to click the Post Result button.

You may want to include that instruction as either a text caption or as a voiceover. I'll leave that to you to decide. You need to enter your own credentials here. This will enable the learning management system to match up the learner with the results appropriately. Your learner should not be entering the ID of the person who created the quiz. They should be using their own ID. Our results have now been calculated and they're ready to be sent to

I'll click Send to post them. Now they have been posted to Now, I failed the quiz. When I click Continue I'll be taken back to the video so that I can review that content. I don't want to see the video now. Instead I want to see my results. To view my results I need to use the Adobe Captivate Quiz Results Analyzer. This application is located in your Adobe folder in your Program Files folder on a Windows computer or in your Applications folder on a Macintosh.

If you want to follow along with me, using your results you can open it now. Just know that I'm going to log in with my account to see the results from my quiz. You won't be able to do that. You can log in with your credentials to see the results from your own quizzes. Choose as the Source and click Sign in. I'm using the credentials of the person who created the quiz. This is how is going to identify you as the person who can see the results of this quiz.

Once I sign in I'm able to generate some reports. First of all I can see all of the organizations for whom I have built quizzes. In this case there is one, hansel & petal. I could also see all of the departments within hansel & petal for which quizzes have been built. Currently the HR department is the only one using our services. Lastly, I'll see all of the courses that I will have identified in my quizzes. Currently there is one. It's the Amaryllis course. Let's generate a report now.

There are new learner results and of course I just published them, so there should be. Yes, I would like to download them. You can see that this reports two lessons. The Chapter 11_b lesson is the one that is being reported through the use of a web page. The ProjectorApp is the one that's being reported through that desktop application. This allows me to see exactly how people are getting at those quizzes. Let's take a look at the results from the ProjectorApp. It says that 2 students have taken the quiz. One has passed and one is failed.

Double-click the ProjectorApp to see the data for that lesson. Looking at the results I can see that Captivate Training has failed. I also can see that they've taken this quiz twice and they still are failing. James Lockman, on the other hand, he is pretty sharp. He passed it. Double-click Captivate Training to see Captivate Trainings results. I can see how he answered each of the questions. I can see the incorrect answer where the student answered white, where we were looking for kitchen and sharp.

If I want to save these results to a comma separated file or to print them, I could do that by using these buttons up here. This is my Print button and this will save as a CSV file. I can configure how these reports are displayed. Click on the wrench to enable or disable columns in the reports. You can switch between learners by using this drop-down menu here. As more and more learners take the quiz, you can quickly go to the individual's results.

Selecting James Lockman, I can see that on this question he actually answered it correctly. You can also use this crumb trail to navigate to different reports. If you'd like to download all of the learner results as individual XML files, you could do that by using this button here, Download to disk. You need to be in the Course view however to take advantage of that. Also within the Course view, you could remove a course from by clicking this Delete from button.

When you're finished viewing your results you can sign out. Using the Quiz Results Analyzer you can sign in under multiple accounts. You simply need to log out and then log back in to see different results. While using as a learning management system is not as robust as using an enterprise level system, it can be very effective. Using Captivate and together makes it possible for you very quickly to publish a quiz and gather results.

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Q: I am having some problems with Captivate reviewer permissions and was directed to the following solution of James' blog, but I'm having trouble implementing it. Is there a simpler solution or has Adobe released a patch?

In order to execute the step entitled "Assign write permission to owners and groups", you need to enable the root user. In addition, you need to add the "sudo" command before the following steps in this section:

sudo chmod -R o+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\

You can disable the root user when you're done with updating permissions.
A: Unfortunately, there is no patch. This is not an Adobe issue, but rather an issue with the way that Apple allows UNIX permissions within its file systems. For most cases, this is a good thing, but for this one case, it backfires. Just so you're aware, the issue persists in Captivate 5.5 as well.

This is the Adobe tech note on the problem:

My solution is a bit easier to follow, frankly.

Here is how to enable the root user on a Mac:
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