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Starting from scratch

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Video: Starting from scratch

In this chapter, we're going to create a new project from scratch. I'm going to use the Create New Blank Project button that's on my Welcome screen. If your Welcome screen isn't visible or if you have another project already open, you can do this under the File menu. Choose File > New Project and then Blank Project. Go ahead and create the new project now, either from the Welcome screen or from the File menu. We need to set the pixel dimensions of our project. The Size menu has a number of common sizes.

Starting from scratch

In this chapter, we're going to create a new project from scratch. I'm going to use the Create New Blank Project button that's on my Welcome screen. If your Welcome screen isn't visible or if you have another project already open, you can do this under the File menu. Choose File > New Project and then Blank Project. Go ahead and create the new project now, either from the Welcome screen or from the File menu. We need to set the pixel dimensions of our project. The Size menu has a number of common sizes.

If this is the first time you've created a new project, yours probably says 640 x 480. Please choose 800 x 600 now. You can also enter in custom dimensions here under Width and Height. You may find that you're creating projects that have sizes that aren't in that list, but you're going to be creating projects of that size frequently. If you have a particular mobile device that you're working with, or other type of screen that's in odd dimension, then you might want to create a custom menu item. Let's do that now.

Click Customize and we're going to create a new custom project size entry that will appear in our menu. Click on Name and type "My Custom Project." We'll leave the Dimensions at 800 x 600. Once you've typed that, click Save. Now click OK. Look in your menu now. You'll see that your custom project is at the top of the list. As you add custom project sizes, they will appear at the top of the list in alphabetical order.

To remove a custom project size from the list, simply click Customize again. There you can select your custom project you want to remove and click Delete. When you're finished, click OK. Now that we've set the dimensions for our project, click OK. I'd like to be able to view the entire stage and so I need to choose my Best Fit view. I can do that by using Ctrl+0 on a Windows computer, or Command+0 on a Macintosh. Now, I can see my entire stage.

Now that we've created our new project, it's time to save it. From the File menu, choose Save. I'm going to save this in the Project folder, in the Chapter 03 folder, in your Exercise Files folder. For me, it happens to be on my Desktop, but it will be wherever you've chosen to put it. We'll call it "Chapter 03." If you're on a Macintosh, you have the choice to hide the extension. It's a best practice not to hide the extension because if you choose to share this file with a Windows user, they won't be able to use it if you don't have the extension on the file.

Therefore, I always make sure to show the extension when I'm creating new Captivate files. Now that I've typed my file name, and I've got my extension showing, I'll click Save.

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Captivate 5 Essential Training

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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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