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Adobe Captivate is a program used to create interactive eLearning content and provide custom online training to employees or clients. In this course, author David Rivers walks through the Captivate 6 interface and the process of building an eLearning project from start to finish.
The course shows how to make a presentation from scratch or with built-in themes, import Photoshop images and PowerPoint slides, and add interest with animation, widgets, and video. It also demonstrates how to prepare for and record a software simulation, synchronize video, add audio, and build quizzes into your project.
If you've been following along with me from the very beginning, you know you can create a brand new Captivate project from an existing PowerPoint presentation. It's automatically going to take all of the slides in your PowerPoint presentation, and create new slides here in Captivate. But another option is to pick and choose existing slides in an existing PowerPoint presentation, and bring them into your current project, and that's what we're going to do with our Volunteer Orientation project that we've been working on. If you need to get caught up with me, go to the Chapter3 folder of the Exercise Files, and open up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA10.
You'll see what I see here on screen. Now, we can move around through our actual project here, and select the slide, where we want the new slides to go, or we can do it on the fly. Let's just go to the Insert menu, and select PowerPoint Slide. Now, at this point, we can choose where we want the new slides to go. Notice, they will be inserted after whatever slide we select here on the list. So as we scroll down, again, you can see why it's important to name your slides. We're going to go to the slide labeled Slide 7 Rules of Conduct.
We want our new slides from the PowerPoint presentation to appear after this one, but before our quiz. So we'll click OK, and now it's just a matter of finding the presentation. There it is. It can't be open in PowerPoint, or you'll find an error. So make sure it's closed up in PowerPoint, and accessible, like you see here in Chapter3 SAMOCA_exhibits. Notice it's a PPTX extension, the new format for PowerPoint presentations. We can double-click it, or one click and choose Open. And what it's going to do now is actually convert the new format slides, PPTX, to PPT slides.
And you can see PowerPoint is opened up in the background, then it flashes; it's parsing the project now. And eventually, we'll be able to go and find the two slides, there they are, in this existing presentation, and include all of them, you can see they are checked off by default, or we can choose to include just one of them. I think both of them belong in this actual project. So as we look down below, you can see, how do we advance from one slide to another? On mouse click; that's what creates the click box on our slide. The other option is just Automatically, and we would have no click box in that case.
You can turn off any one that you don't want. I want both. I'm going to click OK. And you'll notice that probably the height and width of your PowerPoint presentation isn't going to be exactly the same as your project here in Captivate, and it might affect the resolution, but don't worry about it, because we can regain that resolution when we go to publish this later. Do we want to continue? The answer is Yes. When you hit Yes, notice the two slides are added, and you can see where they're added; right after the selected slide, slide 7, we now have two new ones, and they are actually named based on the PowerPoint slide names that we just imported from. So there were go! We have got our two new slides. We can select them.
You'll notice click box; there is an invisible box that takes up the same size as the entire slide. So that means we can click the slide when we're actually viewing the project to move from one to the next, and that's because of that option that we left selected; On mouse click. So that's how you get individual slides into an existing project here in Captive 6.
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