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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're going to be using some features of the Navigation workspace. Up to now, we've been changing workspace by using the dropdown menu in the upper right-hand corner of our screen. I am going to use a different method though, and that's to use the Window menu. Choose the Window menu, and at the bottom, you'll see Workspace. Choose Navigation and there we have the Navigation workspace. If this is the first time that you've viewed the Navigation workspace, then you're probably seeing the Branching panel stuck off to the left-hand side.
I'd like to fix its view because it's really not helpful to me when it's off to the side. Click on the black bar and drag it up so that you can see the entire width of the panel. Then collapse the panel by clicking on the Collapse to Icons button in the upper right-hand corner of the panel. Now, click on Branching. This will allow us to see the entirety of the panel. The Branching panel shows us how the different pages in our project relate to each other with respect to navigation through the project.
Many times when we're building projects with Captivate, there might be choices that users will make so that they'll go from one slide to a different slide that doesn't happen to be next to it. You probably all used e-learning content that's branched, whether you realize it or not. You can change your view of the slides by using the slider along the top. Click and drag it to the right to zoom in on the slides, and then to the left to zoom out. There is also a Best Fit option that will put all of the slides in view at once.
This project doesn't have any complex branching, and so this view is kind of boring. It simply goes from left to right. As your projects get to be more and more complex, then this view will look more like a decision tree. Let's collapse the Branching panel now. Simply click the button, and it will collapse back to its icon. Let's turn our attention to the Properties panel. The Properties panel is the panel that you'll use the most inside of Captivate. It allows you access to all of the different aspects of the objects or the pages or any element that you might choose in Captivate and need to adjust.
The Properties panel is contextual. When we begin to make selections, then the relevant areas that we can control will be exposed in the Properties panel for us automatically. If you don't have page 1 chosen, then choose page 1 in the Filmstrip now. You can see on the right that there are a number of properties that are exposed for us. There is General, Action, and Audio. We'll be using each one of those later on in the course. Down in the Timeline, choose the Click Box. Notice that the properties panel changes it's exposing Action and Options.
The Properties panel is extremely powerful. You're going to be using it to access the attributes of just about everything that you'll use, that you'll display, that you'll place, that you'll play; everything that you'll do in Captivate is going to come back to this Properties panel. It's present in most of the workspaces that you'll ever use inside of Captivate. Know that if you lose it, you can always get it back by choosing the Classic or the Navigation workspace.
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