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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.
In this lesson, we are going to take a quick look at the Captivate Exchange. The Captivate Exchange is a place where you can find additional content to extend the things that Captivate can do. That additional content might be widgets or Flash animations. Some of them are free, some of them are for purchase. Regardless, there is lot of stuff over there, and it's worth it to go and take a look at it now. To get to the Captivate Exchange, all you got to do is to click on Extend > Captivate Exchange in your Welcome screen. To see the Welcome screen, you need to close any Captivate files that you have opened right now.
Your view of the Captivate Exchange will be different from mine, and that's because it changes all the time as developers add more and more content to the Exchange. The folks at Adobe make some suggestions here, and you can see them in the Staff Picks. Scroll down. You can see a whole bunch of things there, including a Jeopardy game and some Bookmark widgets. You can also see what's popular. These are components that people are downloading frequently. You can see that there are actually 86 listed today.
You can also browse by category. Whether you're looking for widgets or design templates or games or other items, they are all available in the Exchange. I'll point out something right now that's important to know. When we chose to show our widgets, the first widget that popped up is in fact a Captivate 4 AS2 widget. What this means is that the developer used ActionScript 2 to develop the widget. This widget won't run correctly in Captivate 5. For Captivate 5, you need ActionScript 3 widgets.
So just be aware as you're browsing through the Captivate Exchange, some of the content that you can download may not work as you expect inside of Captivate 5. Go and explore the Exchange. There is a lot of stuff there. If you're looking for additional content, there's a strong chance that someone has developed that content, and you will be able to fetch it from the Exchange.
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