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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.
Now that we've sent our file off to our reviewer, it's time to go and fetch that file. We begin the process by looking in our email, and I've sent myself an email so I'll switch to that email message now. Here's the email that I received from Acrobat.com. You can see a link to the Chapter 13 CREV file and the link to the Captivate Reviewer. When you're sending these files to colleagues or customers, just remind them that before they download that CREV file they're going to want to get the Reviewer application.
Here's an important piece of information for you though about the Reviewer application. The Reviewer application has some issues on the Macintosh platform. This has to do with the way that the AIR platform maintains security when it's running as an application. In order to fix the problem, you need to use the Terminal application and enter some commands. I've created an entry on my blog that tells you how to do this. My blog is located at www.jameslockman.com/jamesblog.
Once you're there, search for Captivate review and you'll find the entry. Windows users should be able to proceed. If you do find that you have permission problems on your Windows machine then you may need to run the application as the Administrator. Let's go fetch the review file now so that we can see how to add comments to our project. The file needs to be downloaded to my computer in order to be used. I'll download it now.
We'll save the CREV file here in our Chapter 13 folder. Now that we have the file, we can close our browser. In my Chapter 13 folder, you'll see that now the CREV file has appeared. It has a different icon. It looks like there might be a little talk bubble there. That's the indication that this is for commenting. We can open it by double-clicking it. Remember, in order to open this file, you need to have the Captivate Reviewer installed. Your customer or your colleague, if they don't have Captivate installed, they can get that from the link in the email.
When you first open the Captivate Reviewer, you'll need to identify yourself. I've already opened it, but I'll show you where that option is after we log into Acrobat.com. If you're opening it for the first time, please enter your name and your email address, which will identify you in the Reviewer. It will not log you into Acrobat.com. After you've taken that step then you can log into Acrobat.com using your own credentials. Do not use the credentials of the person who created the review.
I'm going to login now as the person to whom I sent this review. It happens to be me. When I click the Play button my project will begin to play. While it's playing, I can pause it and then add comments at that point in the Timeline. Let's click Play and we'll see what I mean. Now I am at the point in the project where I am supposed to enter my name. I don't like the default name so I'm going to suggest that we change the default name.
I move my mouse down on top of the play head and you'll see that I get a plus sign that pops up. Click the plus sign to add a comment. We need a new default name. To finish I need to click Add. This comment has now been added to the Timeline. I'll type in my name and continue viewing the project.
As I hover over the areas in the file, you'll see that I'm getting actual behavior like I would get if I were to publish the project. I'm viewing a fully published project in the Reviewer. There is the highlight over there. Let's go and take a look at the displays. When I hover over, I can see that the bulbs appear. But they disappear too quickly. I'd like to note that as a comment. Again, move my cursor down onto the play bar, click plus, and I'll add a comment.
We'll take a look at the gifts page. I can see those highlights but I'd like to re-order them. If I move my play head backwards I can see how time progresses on the slide. I want to talk specifically about this highlight area. I'll add another comment. Shift this highlight to the center box.
So I have got three comments that I'm going to publish. I know that I've made a spelling mistake so let's correct that in my comment. I can view my entire comments list by clicking on this button here. I want to spell the word "highlight" correctly. Because I created the comment I can make adjustments to it. If another person had entered this comment, I would not be able to change it. Now it's spelled correctly. You can see that in the comment list I have the time that the comment was added as well as the person who added it.
If I want to have a conversation with another reviewer, I could click Reply and then enter my comment to their comment. Let's publish our comments and now. We do this by saving. Now those comments have been saved. In the next lesson we'll go back to Captivate and see how we can view those comments directly in the Timeline of our project.
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