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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.
In Captivate 6, there are a number of different ways in which you can preview your project, and that's particularly important after inserting hyperlinks, like we did in the previous lesson. You want to make sure they actually work, and do what they're supposed to do. So in this lesson, we will preview our project, and we might need to make some changes to our hyperlinks to make sure they work. We are on slide number 2, which actually isn't labeled yet, so let's give it a name. That will be our first edit. Since it's kind of acting like a table of contents, we could call it that. Table of Contents, press Enter or Return on your keyboard, and that's our first change.
Now we want to see if our hyperlinks work. So we are going to preview the project by going to the Preview button up here on the Application bar. When you select it, you will see a number of different options. We could just simply play this slide. Well, there is not much going on the slide, and we want to test the hyperlinks, so that's not actually usable to us at this point, but we could preview the project. That would be a nice test of our hyperlinks. Or if you think you're going to be viewing this on the Web, this is a eLearning project that will be delivered via the Web, you can also look at it in your Web browser the way it's going to appear when people go to use it.
Let's do that one: In Web Browser. So we will generate your slides, and it's going to launch your default browser; mine is Safari. You'll notice we are looking at the very first slide. Now, because these were imported from PowerPoint, there is automatically what we call a click box appearing over the entire slide. That means we can click anywhere on the slide to go to the next slide. There's the one we just added with our hyperlinks. So we can try these out. For example, if we click Quiz, does it take us to the Quiz slide? Sure enough, it does.
If you're viewing the preview in a browser, you can scroll down, where you'll find navigation buttons, including Back, and Forward buttons, etcetera, but also a Rewind button. Let's click Rewind, and now we'll click anywhere on the slide to go to the next slide again. And this time we are going to test out the hyperlink that takes us to another Web site. I am a little bit leery of this one, just the way we typed it in, so let's click the link. You can see it opens up a new tab for me in Safari. If you are in Internet Explorer, you might be seeing something like Failed to Open, or it just simply Can't find the site.
So we do have an issue there, and we are going to need to make a change. So let's go back to Captivate, and from here, we are going to make an edit to our hyperlink that takes us to the SAMOCA Web site. So we will double-click to get inside, double-click again, and you can click and drag over the entire text that is a hyperlink. And over here in the Properties on the right-hand side, notice now instead of just a hyperlink button for inserting a hyperlink, we have Modify, and Delete.
What we want to do is actually modify, so we will give it a click. It's supposed to take us to a Web page, samoca-art.com. I see what's wrong. We need the www. in this case. So we'll add that, click OK, and now if you want, you can save it up, and preview it again. Let's go back to Preview > In Web Browser. It's going to regenerate our slides, and there we are. We are looking at our Welcome page. So we can click anywhere, we know, on this slide, and it'll take us to the next one, and now the big test.
Go to SAMOCA Web site; when we click it, there we are. It actually worked this time. Even though it doesn't show it up here in the address bar, that's where we are. So this time our hyperlink worked. So by being able to preview it, and make those adjustments, we can be rest assured that our hyperlinks are going to work when our learners go to view our project.
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