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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 are going to see what happens when we edit a PowerPoint file that's been placed in our Captivate project in Windows. Open the chapter 4_f file that's provided in your Exercise folder, in the chapter 4 folder, in the Project folder. Once you have that opened, navigate to slide 3 in the filmstrip, right-click in the middle of the slide, and at the very bottom you'll see Edit with PowerPoint. You'll see that in Windows, we can edit either the slide by itself or the entire presentation.
I would like to edit just this slide. So I am going to choose Edit Slide. Captivate will now take the slide and then send it to PowerPoint, which it shows inside of its own window. If you look down in your taskbar, you will see that PowerPoint isn't running. This is happening all inside of Captivate. What I would like to do is to change the animations on these two trees. Switch to the Animations panel, select the two trees, hold down the Shift key to select them both, and I would like to change the options for the effect. I'd like to fly in from the left rather than from the bottom.
So now they are going to fly in from the left. When you're done making changes to your slide, click the Save button in the upper left-hand corner. When we do that, two things happen. First, the slide gets injected back into Captivate, and secondly, the new slide will get put back into the presentation that's part of Captivate. Having made this adjustment, we can preview the change. And there you can see the two trees flying in from the side.
We'll save the file as chapter 4_g. While Captivate on any platform will allow you to both insert and edit your PowerPoint slides, on the Windows machine it's a little bit different from the Mac because we're not having to launch PowerPoint in order to make those edits. You have got a little more flexibility because you can edit an individual slide and then import that single slide back into your project without having to import the entire presentation again.
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