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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're going to see how we can rescale our project to a different size. Many times we have projects that we've built to a certain screen size and we want to adjust that project to a different screen size. If I do this manually, it can be quite tedious, because I've got to go and select all of the content and then adjust it manually. I can do this automatically, however, using a function called Rescale Project that's part of Captivate. We'll be using the Chapter 14 store_a file that we created earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now.
Choose Modify and Rescale Project. The Rescale Project panel allows us to change the dimensions of our Captivate projects. We can enter values directly here or a scaling percentage here. Typically we want to maintain the aspect ratio but that's not always the case. If I'm moving from one screen size to another and one is a widescreen format and one is a standard format, then obviously there will be some discrepancy. I also have some preset sizes that are popular screen sizes and popular window sizes for different types of eLearning content.
I'm going to resize this project to 640x480. When I make my choice about scaling, I'll see one or the other of these two options here. On the left, we control what happens when our stage grows. The default option is to rescale all of the content to fit the new size and that means that things will get stretched out. Alternatively, I could keep the project to same size, which means all of my objects will just stay as they are, and then the stage will grow. At that point I'll tell Captivate where I want to keep my content when it stretches out the stage, leaving all the content behind.
In this case, however, we're going to be shrinking. I'd like Captivate to rescale the project to fit the new size. I wanted to rescale all of the elements in my project so that it looks the same but smaller. Alternatively, I could choose to crop it. If I choose to crop then I'll loose information that might be on the outside edges of my slides. I'll stick with Rescale Project to Fit New Size. Having made these choices, click Finish to rescale the project. Watch what happens on my stage and in my filmstrip. You'll be warned that the operation can't be undone.
I do want to continue. If you watched what happens there, Captivate first adjusted the dimensions of the project and then it went back and scaled all of the content without you having to go and do it manually. This is a very fast way for you to take your existing content and then turn it into different sized projects that can be used on different screens. Let's save this project now as Chapter 14 store_b.
The Rescale Project function is a great way for you to take existing content and resize it for different screens. As more and more of us are building content that we'll play on mobile devices, it's important to be able to reduce the size of our projects while maintaining the fidelity of the project.
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