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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'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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