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Captivate 5.5 introduced a number of new design features that you can use in your projects. We're going to talk about Free Rotation now. Free Rotation is something that people have been asking for for many versions of Captivate and now we have it. Let's see how we can use it. Open up your Captivate5-5eLarning file and then go to Slide #1, Welcome. Select the hansel & petal Amaryllis Training title. Once you select that, you'll see a new indicator just above hansel & petal. This is the rotation handle. I'm going to zoom in so maybe we can see it a little better.
In order to use the rotation handle, you need to move your cursor up on top of it and then click and then drag to rotate. Once you move your cursor on top of the handle, it will change to a rotation indicator. You can see that now and then click and drag. There I rotated it to the right. I'll move it to the left now. You can see the angle of rotation down in the Properties panel in the Transform area. That's indicated right here. You can change the angle by typing in a number or you can drag on the blue hyperlink that's indicated next to the angle.
Right now, it says 326.9. I'd like to change it to 45. I can click and drag, but that's kind of slow. So what I'd like to do is to type in the number 45. We'll click and then type in 45 degrees. Now we rotated to 45 degrees. Let's use this in one more place on this slide. Scroll down into the right and you'll see the Click to Continue button. I would like to rotate that a little bit as well. Select it, move it up and to the left, and then rotate it by hand just a little bit.
We're going to rotate to the right. Great! Let's zoom out to see the entire slide. Ctrl+0 or Command+0 will zoom out. Now you can see that we have the ability to rotate objects on our slides. It isn't limited to text frames or to buttons. It could be any object that's on your slide that could be rotated using this Rotation tool. Take advantage of rotation to make your designs a little bit more interesting in the future.
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