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Securing a project


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Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

Video: Securing a project

In this lesson we'll see how we can add some password protection to our Captivate project. We're going to use the Chapter 14 store file that's located in your Project folder in your Chapter 14 folder in your Exercise Files folder. Please open that now. In order to provide password protection we need to build a slide that forces the user to enter a value. We're going to validate that value against a known password. If the user enters the right password, then they'll be able to see the rest of the presentation. If the user enters the incorrect password, then he will bypass the presentation altogether and go right to the end.
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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
      39s
  2. 10m 18s
    1. Captivate 101
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding presentation basics
      2m 45s
    3. E-learning in a nutshell
      2m 29s
  3. 16m 34s
    1. Exploring Captivate's interface
      3m 59s
    2. Using the Classic workspace
      3m 31s
    3. Using the Navigation workspace
      3m 13s
    4. Setting application preferences
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 51s
    2. Creating a master page
      3m 47s
    3. Adding slide text
      8m 29s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 10s
    5. Adding shapes
      8m 25s
    6. Adding images
      7m 31s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      7m 42s
    8. Using object styles
      9m 2s
    9. Finishing and previewing the project
      6m 7s
    10. Using Free Rotation in Captivate 5.5
      1m 57s
    11. Building with gradients
      4m 43s
    12. Adding shadows
      2m 56s
  5. 53m 39s
    1. Importing Photoshop files
      9m 33s
    2. Importing animations
      9m 0s
    3. Creating slideshows
      6m 10s
    4. Taking advantage of libraries
      9m 32s
    5. Using widgets
      7m 0s
    6. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Mac
      8m 5s
    7. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Windows computer
      2m 18s
    8. Understanding the Captivate exchange
      2m 1s
  6. 31m 14s
    1. Touring the Timeline
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting timing
      4m 36s
    3. Adding transitions to objects
      3m 46s
    4. Animating using effects
      7m 55s
    5. Animating text
      3m 50s
    6. Zooming for emphasis
      5m 48s
  7. 53m 44s
    1. The recording environment
      33s
    2. Adding background audio
      4m 25s
    3. Adding audio to an object
      4m 23s
    4. Recording and adding voice-overs
      5m 1s
    5. Editing audio in Captivate
      7m 6s
    6. Splitting audio among slides
      6m 22s
    7. Adding video to a slide
      7m 9s
    8. Importing slide video
      4m 33s
    9. Synchronizing video
      7m 36s
    10. Creating closed captions
      6m 36s
  8. 49m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 56s
    2. Adding click areas
      4m 59s
    3. Adding rollover images
      5m 20s
    4. Highlighting objects
      6m 44s
    5. Adding rollover slidelets
      8m 2s
    6. Adding pop-up captions
      4m 38s
    7. Adding text areas
      7m 40s
    8. Creating branching presentations
      3m 47s
  9. 15m 11s
    1. Revisiting libraries
      1m 38s
    2. Sharing assets
      2m 41s
    3. Creating project templates
      6m 50s
    4. Using project templates
      4m 2s
  10. 31m 57s
    1. Preparing simulations
      3m 35s
    2. Preparing to record
      5m 35s
    3. Recording simulations
      4m 46s
    4. Editing simulations
      8m 55s
    5. Adjusting click-through trainings
      9m 6s
  11. 39m 6s
    1. Understanding assessment basics
      1m 53s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding question types
      8m 22s
    4. Creating custom short-answer questions
      3m 28s
    5. Assessing software simulations
      5m 25s
    6. Pooling and randomizing questions
      6m 55s
    7. Using the new quiz features
      2m 46s
    8. Utilizing the new quiz templates
      3m 21s
  12. 22m 32s
    1. Managing quizzes
      1m 28s
    2. Reporting results
      4m 43s
    3. Using Acrobat.com as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from Acrobat.com
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
      53s
    2. Editing playback controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creating a table of contents
      4m 18s
  14. 15m 3s
    1. Initiating a project review
      3m 59s
    2. Reviewing a project
      5m 58s
    3. Collecting reviewer comments
      5m 6s
  15. 35m 55s
    1. Securing a project
      6m 28s
    2. Rescaling a project
      3m 11s
    3. Sharing a project
      3m 13s
    4. Publishing a project
      10m 57s
    5. Setting up Flash player security
      3m 28s
    6. Exporting to Flash CS5
      3m 7s
    7. Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS
      5m 31s
  16. 29s
    1. Parting thoughts and goodbye
      29s

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Captivate 5 Essential Training
7h 32m Beginner Dec 21, 2010 Updated Aug 05, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface and workspaces
  • Building a basic project with shapes, objects, and text
  • Branding a presentation using master slides and object styles
  • Exploring user-based content at Captivate Exchange
  • Animating with the Timeline
  • Adding buttons, rollover images, and captions
  • Creating branching presentations
  • Working with templates
  • Recording a simulation
  • Creating assessments with customized questions
  • Setting up quiz reporting on acrobat.com
  • Exporting and sharing a project
Subjects:
Elearning Education
Software:
Captivate
Author:
James Lockman

Securing a project

In this lesson we'll see how we can add some password protection to our Captivate project. We're going to use the Chapter 14 store file that's located in your Project folder in your Chapter 14 folder in your Exercise Files folder. Please open that now. In order to provide password protection we need to build a slide that forces the user to enter a value. We're going to validate that value against a known password. If the user enters the right password, then they'll be able to see the rest of the presentation. If the user enters the incorrect password, then he will bypass the presentation altogether and go right to the end.

Let's see how we do that now. Right-click on the Home slide and choose Insert > New Slide. Click-and-drag Slide 2 before Slide 1 to reorder the slides. We'll call slide number one Password. In the Properties panel click on Label and type in Password. Hit Enter to commit. Go down to the bottom of the presentation. After Slide 5 we'll insert one more slide.

Right-click on Slide 5. Choose Insert > New Slide. We'll call this slide Sorry. On this slide we'll enter a text caption. Please type W"e're sorry. You need to enter the correct password to view the presentation." You can stylize that later if you wish. Let's go back to slide number one. On slide number one we need to insert a text entry box. This text entry box is the place where we enter our password.

In order to compare the entry to a password we need to enable validation. In our Properties panel, scroll to the top. You'll see Validate User Input has already been checked. If you've changed your defaults you may not see Validate User Input. You need to turn that on now. Let's enter a password. Click on the plus sign on correct entries and enter our password. We'll make it very simple. We'll call it Password. You'll probably want to make something a little more challenging than that.

If you would like it to be case- sensitive, you can enable Case-Sensitive here. Now I have my correct entry and let's look at some of the other features. Captivate has built captions for me. I don't need a success caption. I'd like to keep my failure caption and my hint caption. Select the text entry box again. Scroll down in the Properties panel and we'll turn off the success caption. Next we'll expand the size of the text entry box by dragging the drag handle on the center left to the left.

Click somewhere in this open space to deselect it. For the failure caption type "Please enter a correct password." For the hint caption, type "Enter a password." Select all of these elements and we'll drag them to the right a little bit. Now we need a text caption on the top that says "Please enter a password." Hit the Escape to cancel editing and we'll move it up above the password field.

The last thing that we need to do is to control what happens when the user enters a password. This we do in the action area of the text entry box. Select the text entry box now. You'll see the action area here. On success, we will Continue. If I allow infinite attempts, then the user will be able to try passwords forever. I'd like to limit the attempts to 3. Shut off Infinite and change the number of Attempts to 3. On the last attempt I'd like to go directly to the end of the presentation.

Choose Jump to slide and select 6 Sorry from the list. We've just built some simple password security into our project. Unfortunately, the user will be able to bypass the security if they have access to the playbar. We need to adjust the skin to remove some parts of the playbar. Under Project choose Skin Editor. We'll allow the Rewind and Play, but we don't want Forward, Back, or Fast Forward.

The play bar now does not enable the user to be able to navigate the presentation on their own. They've got to enter the password in order to pass this slide and enter the rest of the presentation. Having made this change, let's close the Skin Editor. Now we'll preview the project. I need to enter a password in order to continue. I'll try a known bad password. That is incorrect.

That is also incorrect. I know the correct response is Password. I'm going to enter an incorrect response so that you can see what happens after the third attempt. I haven't entered the correct password, so I'm immediately taken to the end of the presentation. The combination of simple password protection and the adjustments that I made to the skin make it possible to protect my content and my presentation. Let's close the preview and save the project.

We'll call it Chapter 14 store_a. Since this is a password field you may choose to tell Captivate that this field is indeed a password field. If you do that then any text that gets entered in the field will be masked in the characters. While this isn't exactly bank level security, it does at least provide you with some basic means of protecting your content. Remember you need the text entry box with validation and a means of bypassing the rest of the presentation, which means a destination slide at the end.

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Q: I am having some problems with Captivate reviewer permissions and was directed to the following solution of James' blog, but I'm having trouble implementing it. Is there a simpler solution or has Adobe released a patch?

In order to execute the step entitled "Assign write permission to owners and groups", you need to enable the root user. In addition, you need to add the "sudo" command before the following steps in this section:

sudo chmod -R o+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app
and
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app

You can disable the root user when you're done with updating permissions.
A: Unfortunately, there is no patch. This is not an Adobe issue, but rather an issue with the way that Apple allows UNIX permissions within its file systems. For most cases, this is a good thing, but for this one case, it backfires. Just so you're aware, the issue persists in Captivate 5.5 as well.

This is the Adobe tech note on the problem:

My solution is a bit easier to follow, frankly.

Here is how to enable the root user on a Mac:
 
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