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Touring the Timeline


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Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

Video: Touring the Timeline

In the chapter, we're going to investigate the Timeline. We will see how we can use the Timeline to control how objects appear and disappear, how long they persist on the stage, and whether or not they exist for the entire presentation or whether they exist for a single slide. We'll begin down in the Timeline itself. Now if you don't see the Timeline, that's okay. We can recover it by switching to the Classic workspace. Switch to the Classic workspace now by choosing the Classic workspace from the Workspace menu up here.
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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

Touring the Timeline

In the chapter, we're going to investigate the Timeline. We will see how we can use the Timeline to control how objects appear and disappear, how long they persist on the stage, and whether or not they exist for the entire presentation or whether they exist for a single slide. We'll begin down in the Timeline itself. Now if you don't see the Timeline, that's okay. We can recover it by switching to the Classic workspace. Switch to the Classic workspace now by choosing the Classic workspace from the Workspace menu up here.

The Timeline is along the bottom. When you start to add more and more content to the Timeline, however, it can get quite crowded. For this reason, we can expand the Timeline by grabbing on the top of the Timeline and dragging up. Position your mouse right here between the Timeline and your slide, click and hold and drag it up, and you can see that the Timeline will get bigger. This will allow us to see more of the content in the Timeline at once. We can control the width of the Timeline as well.

You may not be able to read the names of the objects in the Timeline, and so you can expand that area. Put your cursor in between the names and the Timeline itself, click and hold, and drag to the right. Now we can better read the names of the objects on our Timeline. There are some features here that I'll point out as well. You can scrub through time in the Timeline. It makes perfect sense. We do that up here along the time ruler. You can click anywhere on the time ruler to advance your playhead.

That's two and a half seconds in my Timeline. There is four seconds in my Timeline. If you click and hold, you can drag in either direction and see the changes in your project. So note the differences in behavior. If I simply click to position my playhead, my project area doesn't change. If I want to preview what the project looks like in time, I've got to actually click and drag the playhead, and that will show me what the project will look like at that point in the Timeline.

All of the objects that are on the stage are visible on the Timeline, with the exception of the background. The backgrounds will be accessible from the library. I would like to focus on the objects that are on the stage right now, and see how we can take advantage of the Timeline to manipulate them. Let's go to slide number 2 in the Filmstrip. There are more objects on this slide than they were on the first one. Select this Text_Caption here. You'll see it get selected automatically in the Timeline.

I would like to move it to the very top of the stack of objects. The object stacking order is something that is important when we start to have content that overlaps other content, or when we are layering other content in animations. But if I have got one object that's going to move from one place to another, I want to make sure that doesn't get obscured by existing objects on the stage. I want to move this text caption to the top of my stacking order. Afterwards, I'll also move the Statement_ Frame to the top of the stacking order.

To change the stacking order, select an object. You can select an object either by clicking it directly like we've already done, or you can click it in the Timeline, and that will select it. For instance, I'll select the Statement_Frame, and let's drag that up. You can see that since I clicked there, the fist closed, and now I am holding on to the Statement_Frame. Click and drag to put the Statement_Frame at the top of the stack. So I will drag it all the way to the top and release it.

Now I will do the same thing with Text_Caption. Click and drag it up. Great! Now it's on the top of the stacking order. As we dig more into the Timeline panel, we will be interacting with these objects pretty extensively. There is another way that we can adjust timing, and that's to use the Properties. If I have an object that has timing associated with it, I can see that timing in the Properties panel. Right now, we have our Text_Caption selected, and if we scroll down in our Properties panel, you can see that there is a Timing panel.

If you open it, you can see that it displays for the rest of the slide, and it will appear after a slight delay, 0.1 seconds. I can interact directly with these controls right here in the Timing panel. If I want something to display for specific amount of time, then I can change how it displays. Click and hold and choose specific time or rest of project. If I choose rest of project, then the caption will be present on every slide in my project.

If I want to be able to adjust the timing precisely, then I can change to specific time and then adjust the amount of time that that object will remain on the stage. Having made our layering changes, let's save this as Chapter 5_a. We are going to save it in our exercise files, in the Chapter 05, Project Files folder. The Timeline is an extremely powerful tool.

We will be looking at the details of the Timeline in the remainder of this chapter, but we will be using it for the rest of the course.

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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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