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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.
One way to give control to the viewers of your project is to add hyperlinks; links that will take them to other places in the project, could take them to external sites, or perform a number of different other actions that we are going to explore right now as we continue work with our Volunteer_orientation project here. We're going to select the very first slide in our Filmstrip, and we are going to insert a new slide right after it. That's why it's selected. So we'll go to Insert > New Slide from, and let's insert an Introduction Layout slide.
That has our logo in the background, and a couple of placeholders. We will double-click for the title, and type in a question actually: Where would you like to start? In the subtitle area, we will give a little bit of instruction here: Click a link, or the continue button... And that means we need to add a button, which in a way, is a hyperlink. It's going to allow people to perform an action.
So let's start there. We have our slide, it's blank, but we need that button to continue. So we will insert a button from the Object toolbar, and you'll see here down towards the bottom section, Insert button; give it a click, and automatically we get the default button. We are going to rename it. You'll see button, and a number, like 1, 2; I have 3. I'm going to type right over that; Continue, so I know exactly what this object does. A little further down, you can see we have different button types. We can add a button caption, so if we wanted it to say continue, we could change that there, or we could change the button type, because if we go to Image button, we already have one labeled Continue, and it's formatted nicely with a cool look for us.
So we will select that, which means we might need to resize our button, so we can read the word Continue with the arrow. That looks good there. If you need to zoom in, go ahead and do that. I am going to go up to about 75%. That looks good. And I am going to move this button right up next to my ellipses there. Now, what does this do? Well, as we scroll down our Properties over here on the right-hand side, you can see by default, it actually takes us to the next slide. That's perfect. It's already set up for us. We are done with our button. I am going to change my view back to Best Fit.
Now it's time to create those hyperlinks, and we are going to do it from text. So to do that, we'll insert some caption text here. We'll go back to our Object toolbar on the left, Insert Text Caption; select that. You can see the size is not exactly what we need, but that can be adjusted. So we'll just click anywhere in behind it, type the caption text here, we will click it again; now the entire box is selected, so we can move it over. I am going to go to the left-hand side; try and align it with my subtitle. I am going go to the bottom right corner here, and I am going to click and drag it out, and down, so I have lots of space here for many items to choose from.
So all we have to do now is change the properties of our box. We will go over here to the Name, Text Caption, and the number. I am going to double-click there to select it, and type right over that. I'm going to type in Hyperlinks, and then that's all we need to do with the box itself. It's the contents now that we need to adjust. So we will double-click to get inside there, and start typing things. Before we do, though, let's change the size of what we're typing to something that's a little more readable. So again, we are going to go over here to our Properties, and if we scroll up, so we can see Character, you can see the default Size is 20 points.
I'd like to bump that up to about 28, and hit Enter. There; that will be easier to read. Type the caption text here; I'm just putting a dash for now. We will talk about bullets later, perhaps, but right now, we'll just use dashes. And we will actually use the names of our slides. I am going to type in History, and Purpose. I can see from the Filmstrip that's my next slide. I am going to hit Enter, put in another dash here, and we will continue with the rest of the slides.
So get the rest of them in there. That's all we need right now. Now it's time to create the hyperlink from the existing text. So we will highlight it first. Let's start with the quiz down at the bottom. We will just highlight the word Quiz. We will leave the dash out of it. Now, with this selected, we are going to go back to our Properties, because here's where we are actually going to be able to create a hyperlink from that selected text. As you scroll down to the Format section, make sure that it's opened up; if you need to, click the triangle to open it up. You'll see an option here for creating a hyperlink; it kind of looks like a chain-link.
When you click it, you now have the ability to link to, there it is, a Web page. You can click the dropdown, and look at all of the other things you can do. Open a file by clicking it, send an e-mail, go to a slide; that's the one we want. Look at all the other options. These are all actions that can be applied to a hyperlink. But we are going to select Slide, which means now we can choose next slide, previous, last visited, or select a specific slide we want to go to. And we will click the dropdown. Here's why it's important to label our slides properly.
We'll go down to Quiz, and select it. When we click OK, we've created our hyperlink. Let's just click anywhere in the background here to deselect that, so you can see how it's formatted with the blue, and the underlining, and now it's up to you to select the rest of these, and perform the same action, hyperlinking to the appropriate slide. One other thing that we'll do is add another option, and that is to hyperlink to an existing Web page. So let's insert another text caption.
We'll select the same icon over here in the left-hand side in our Object toolbar. It's already highlighted. So let's type in Go to SAMOCA Web site. Now, we can move this around if we want; just deselect, and reselect it. And let's just drag it down underneath our list of options here, and again, this is something we want to create a hyperlink from. So we are going to double-click to get inside, we'll select the entire text, and we'll go to that same icon on the right here in our Properties tab; click Insert Hyperlink.
This time we are going to go to a Web page, but it's not the Adobe Web page we're going to go to. So we will select it all, and type in samoca-art.com, and click OK. So that's a Web site now that people can go to directly by clicking the hyperlink we created. Again, go back to these other options, and finish them up. Create hyperlinks that will take you directly to those specific slides. And that's some of the things we can do with hyperlinking here in Captivate.
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