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Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

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Video: Highlighting objects

In this lesson we'll be creating highlight boxes that allow us to emphasize certain areas of our slides. We are going to be using the Chapter 7_c file that we saved earlier in the chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and then let's go to slide number 4. I'd like to add an image from the Library onto the slide. Choose the Library panel here. If you don't have the Library panel available, you can always recover it by switching back to the Classic workspace. I'd like to add the image called gift ,erchandise to this slide.
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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

Highlighting objects

In this lesson we'll be creating highlight boxes that allow us to emphasize certain areas of our slides. We are going to be using the Chapter 7_c file that we saved earlier in the chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and then let's go to slide number 4. I'd like to add an image from the Library onto the slide. Choose the Library panel here. If you don't have the Library panel available, you can always recover it by switching back to the Classic workspace. I'd like to add the image called gift ,erchandise to this slide.

Open up your Images group and you'll find it down here. Gift merchandise. You can select it and then drag it onto the Stage. You can drop it in this upper left-hand corner here. The upper left hand corner of the image will correspond to where we release the mouse. This image is too big to fit on the Stage, so we'll have it automatically fit the stage with our Properties panel. Looking at the Image Edit area, you will see that we have the Fit to Stage button, which we've been using all along. Now, let's reduce this slightly, so that we can see the word Gifts at the top of the slide.

Hold down your Shift key and then drag and then slide it off to the middle of the slide. Now, let's emphasize some of these gifts. We can do that using a tool called a highlight box. We are going to do this in combination with the Timeline. First, we need to add a highlight box to this page. The Highlight Box tool is here and you can also get it under Standard Objects by choosing Insert > Standard Objects, and Highlight Box. I will use the toolbox right now.

The highlight box has appeared on the Stage right here. Let's put it in this cube and have it outline the contents of this cube right there. You'll notice that it exists on the Stage for three seconds. By default, these highlight boxes will take up as much time as they have available on the Stage. I'd like to add two more highlight boxes to the Stage right now. There's one and we'll put it in this cube, click-and-drag over there, and have it surround the contents of that cube.

Then we will put one on this cube. Great! Now that we put the highlight boxes on the Stage, let's adjust their timing. Again they appear for the full duration, but I don't want them all to be there for the same amount of time. We also have another timing consideration and that's our buttons. Let's make the Timeline taller so that we can see all of the objects on the Stage right now. Click-and-drag the border between the slide and the Timeline and drag it up.

Now I can see all of the objects on the Timeline. I'd like to extend the amount of time that the slide exists. At the very bottom, I can click in the lower right-hand corner and I can drag to the right. So let's make this to live for seven seconds. Now, let's extend all of the objects except the highlight boxes so that they're on the Stage all the time. Select the Gifts caption on the bottom, hold down your Shift key, select the Click box, and then use Ctrl+E or Command+E to extend all of these objects for the complete length of the Timeline.

Lastly, we will grab gift merchandise and do the same. You'll use that Ctrl+E or Command+E frequently as you work with the Timeline. So don't forget that key command. Now, I'd like to extend the buttons so that they pause out at the end of the slide. You can grab this vertical line right here next to the Pause button, click-and-drag it to the right, and we'll set it out there around six-and-a-half seconds, and release. I'm going to do the same with button 11 and button 12. Select it and click-and-drag.

Let's take a look at the properties of this button here and go down to Timing. We can see how this has changed to pause after six-and-a-half seconds and we can enter that information directly for the third button. Click on the third button and change the pause after to 6.5 seconds and then hit Enter. Now that we have made these adjustments we have six-and-a-half seconds over which the highlight boxes can appear and disappear. Select the highlight box in the upper left-hand corner of the image first and let's reduce the time that it's on the Stage to 2 seconds.

You can click-and-drag and set it to 2 seconds. Now, take the second one that we drew, which was this one, and drag it to the right so that it starts at one-and-a-half seconds. I also like it to exist for only two-and-a-half seconds, so I can click-and-drag to the left. So it survives for only two- and-a-half seconds as well. We'll take the last one that we drew, which was this one, and we'll slide it to the right and we'll have it start at three-and-a-half seconds.

Again, we'll reduce its duration to two-and-a-half seconds. This time we'll do it with the Timing panel. Currently, it displays for three seconds. We'll reduce that to two-and-a-half. Let's take a look at our transitions on these highlight boxes. You can see that they have been automatically set to fade in and fade out and that those fades will take a half-a-second. What we should see is that these highlight boxes now appear and then disappear and they will fade in and fade out. The last thing I'd like to do is to get rid of the blue outline that's there.

So select all three of these boxes. We've got one selected now. Hold down your Shift key and select the second one and then the third one. Change the width of the fill and stroke to 0. Now, let's preview our results. In this case, let's preview from this slide. You can see that those subtle areas have appeared and then disappeared to call the attention of the viewer to that particular content.

Our slide stopped here because we set the pause point for our buttons at six-and-a-half seconds. Let's close the preview and save the project. Let's save as Chapter 7_d. Highlight areas are a way for you to emphasize specific content whether it's in an image, in some text or in a placed slide that you may have borrowed from PowerPoint. By themselves they're not very exciting, but in combination with the Timeline they can be very effective at calling attention to specific areas of a slide.

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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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