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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.
For those of you who've ever used PowerPoint to relay information to learners, know that the big difference between PowerPoint and Captivate is the ability to create interaction, so your learners actually participate, and have control over what they are learning and seeing on the screen. We've already seen some of the interactions, including buttons; we added a widget in the last lesson for printing. Now we're going to look at some other interactions here as we continue to work with our Volunteer Orientation project. Now, if you need to get caught up with me, go ahead to the Chapter3 folder of the Exercise Files, and open up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA14.
We're going to go to slide number 9, which is our Vision slide. This is an imported Photoshop file. It looks great; we altered it slightly. Now, if we were to preview this by clicking the Preview button, and choose From this Slide, there is a slight timing on this slide, so eventually this slide disappears, and we move on to the next slide, where our quiz is going to begin. So let's press Escape on the keyboard. Maybe we want this slide to just stop right there until the user decides to move on to the next slide.
In that case, we want some interaction, and we're going to insert one right now. Let's go over to the Object toolbar, where we see a section here for inserting a Click Box, a Button, we can even insert Text Entry, where we gather information from our learner. That will be important later on when we get into quizzes, for example. Right now, we're going to add a click box. This is going to pause to the slide automatically, and wait for some input from our user to move on to the next one. So we'll click it, and you can see a click box appears right in the center.
Now, you may recall when we imported PowerPoint slides, a click box was automatically created right on top of the slide, and it covered the entire stage. We can do that here, so no matter where they click, it will do whatever we want it to do, which is to move onto the next slide. So I'll just click and drag it to cover the entire stage, like so. It's still selected, so let's go over to the right-hand side here, where we'll see the name, by default, is Click Box, and then there will be a number after; it depends how many click boxes you've added. Mine says 11. You might have a different number.
It really doesn't matter. We're going to select it by clicking and dragging, and we're going to type in a name, which is Go to Next Slide. I left spaces. Watch what happens when I press Enter; little underscores are inserted for me, so you can do that if you want yourself, or like Captivate take care of it. Now, there are a number of other properties, and you can see by default, when people click it, that's what On Success means; it will automatically go to the next slide. And there are number of different options, and you can see them all listed here.
Go to the next slide is exactly what we need. What about a Shortcut? May be hitting Enter on the keyboard would be a nice shortcut, so I'll click inside the Shortcut field, and hit Enter or Return on your keyboard, and look at that; it's in. A little further down, some other options: Success, Failure, Hint. Now, if by default you saw those, and as I scroll over here, you can see what they look like; sometimes -- it depends what you did last with your click box -- you see these options. And in this case, it really doesn't suit our purpose of moving on to the next slide, but you can have certain things happen when they complete something successfully, like clicking this box, or when they fail to do it, or give them a hint.
And this, again, is something that's more useful in other types of interactions, including quizzes, so we're going to leave those deselected. A little further down, you can see there are some other options; maybe when they hover over it, you want to see the hand cursor. That's an option. You might want to allow them to right-click -- not necessary here -- or double-click. There is also a click sound that happens, and if you want to disable it, you can do that by clicking the checkbox. The specific time for the slide, as you can see from our timing here on the Timeline, is only 3 seconds, and there is the Pause symbol; it's going to pause there, and wait for that click.
So that's what's going to stop the slide, but it should really show up there for the duration of the slide, so let's change it from specific time to rest of slide. You can see now we didn't have to drag it all the way over to the end; it's done for us when we choose rest of slide. Now, there are some other options, including audio, and transformations; we can flip it around if we wanted to. It's going to be kind of invisible anyway as it is, so all we need to do is test it out to see if it works. Let's go to our Preview button, and preview From this Slide.
So last time we previewed this, it stayed there for a few seconds, and then disappeared. Look at the slider up here for the timing. All of a sudden, it just stops right there. And as you notice when we're hovering over this, we have that hand symbol that we selected, meaning now we can click, and that's a good hint to your users that they need to click, and on it goes to the next slide. We can press Escape. So that's an interaction called a click box. When we click off to the edge here, off the stage, it's deselected.
It looks just like it did when we started, but over the top, now we've created a click box that covers the entire stage. Now, there are other options. Of course, we could have gone to a button; something we did in a previous lesson, so if you want to go back and review that, inserting a button, we can apply certain actions, like moving to the next slide as well. It'll do the same thing as a click box; it'll pause your slide, waiting for a click to move on. It's just another option, and another way you can create interactivity in your projects here in Captivate.
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