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Using object styles


Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

Video: Using object styles

Captivate uses what are called Styles to control the appearance of many of the objects that we create inside of Captivate. I'd like to see how we can manage and use those styles now. We're going to be using the Chapter 3_f file that we saved in the previous lesson. If you don't have it opened, please open it now, and go to Page 2. I'd like to choose the text in the middle of the page. Go ahead and select it. You'll see on the right, we have an item called Style at the top of our Properties panel. Next to it, you'll see a Plus sign with Default Caption Style.
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  1. 2m 15s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
  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
    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 as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
    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

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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
  • Exporting and sharing a project
Education + Elearning
James Lockman

Using object styles

Captivate uses what are called Styles to control the appearance of many of the objects that we create inside of Captivate. I'd like to see how we can manage and use those styles now. We're going to be using the Chapter 3_f file that we saved in the previous lesson. If you don't have it opened, please open it now, and go to Page 2. I'd like to choose the text in the middle of the page. Go ahead and select it. You'll see on the right, we have an item called Style at the top of our Properties panel. Next to it, you'll see a Plus sign with Default Caption Style.

This means that the caption was made using the Default Caption Style, but then its appearance was modified. I'd like to save this appearance as an appearance that we can use for new items in the future. We can do that by creating a new style here, by choosing Create New Style. If I wanted to save changes to my Default Caption Style, then I could choose this button, which is Save changes to the Default Caption Style. Instead, however, I'd like to create a new style. So, click on the Create New Style button now.

We'll call this "Two Trees Text," and then click OK. You'll see now that in the Style menu, Two Trees Text has appeared, and there is no Plus sign. That means that this object is using the style Two Trees Text, and there is no overrides. To see how we can use styles, let's choose a different Style from the menu. Because this is a caption, we're only shown styles that relate to captions.

We have the Default Captions at the top of the list, plus the style that we just built at the bottom. Let's see what the Default Failure Caption looks like. Our text caption now has a red outline. We'll go back to Two Trees Text. Using styles makes it possible for you to create a look and feel for objects and then apply it rapidly to other objects within the document. I'd like to be able to do the same with the rectangle; however, the rectangle isn't one of the objects that we can style.

Let's take a look at the objects that we can style. In the Edit menu, you'll see the Object Style Manager. Select it now. The left-hand column shows us all of the types of objects that we can style inside of Captivate. We have Standard Objects. You can see that we can style captions, buttons, text entry boxes and buttons, highlight boxes, rollover areas, rollover slidelets, slidelets themselves, and then zoom areas.

We'll close that up. Under Quizzing options, we can style captions, buttons, our Progress Indicator, our Review area, and HotSpots. Using styles allows us to brand how our projects are going to look. If you're in an HR department, for instance, you often want to make all of your training materials look like your company's brand. This is the way that you can do that quickly and easily. There are a number of built-in styles that come with Captivate, and we'll take a look at some of those right now.

Close up Quizzing options, go back to Standard options, and we're looking at Captions. You can see our captions list is there. Two Trees Text is in this list, because we built it directly using the Properties panel. If you select it, you can see its name, Two Trees Text, and all of its attributes. You can change them here, or go back to the object itself that has the style, apply some changes, and then update the style by clicking on the Disk icon underneath the name of the style in the Properties panel. To create a new style here, I can select an existing style, and then clone it, and then make some changes.

Select Two Trees Text and clone it. Now call it "Two Trees Text Bold." Put a space between "Text" and "Bold." Then under the Character, change the Style to Bold. You can see the change in the lower left. You can also adjust the alignment and indentation. If this is going to be a numbered list, you have bullet and numbering control as well. If you need to increase the line spacing, you'd do that here.

Select and type in a new number, such as 1.5 to get a one and a-half line spacing. These controls look very familiar to those of you who are Office users. You can also control a transition. These are animation effects that will automatically be applied as part of the style. The default transitions include Fade In and Fade Out. We also have just Fade In, just Fade Out, or No Transition. If you're familiar with PowerPoint, these transitions are going to be second nature.

We'll keep Fade In and Out for now. Let's change one of the default captions now. Pick the Default Caption Style, and you'll see that I can't change its name. That's because this is one of the defaults. Under Caption Type, I have a number of choices that I can pick. There are a number of groups that are included with Captivate, and they are grouped by name. The Halo group goes together for instance. There is also an Adobe group, a Glass group, and a Pastel group. You can see them in this list.

There are also appearances that look like Windows for instance, or like a Macintosh. Our default caption right now is chosen to be HaloBlue. I'd like to change our default caption to be transparent. That way, when we create a new text caption in this particular project, it's going to look like we see here. It's important to note that when you make changes to these defaults, it will only apply to this project. It will not apply across the board to everything you do with Captivate.

As a reminder, you can see across the top of the panel it says Object Style Manager, and then the name of the file. Let's take a look at the Button objects. You can see that there are four default button styles, and you can see them indicated here as you click through. Choose the Default Image Button. Right now, the Default Image Button is indicated there. You can see that there are a number of images that are included. This one is called blank_silver. You can also include other image buttons by browsing here.

If you click Browse, you'll be taken to Captivate's Button folder, where you can see all of the preinstalled buttons. Scroll down until you see the folder called More. Select it--maybe change your view, so you can see it better-- and there are a number of other options here. Let's pick the back_bluebullet_embossed_up file, and then choose Open. There it is. The naming convention for each of these images is important. To learn more about that, you can visit the Help System that's included with Captivate for instructions on how to build your own button images.

Once you've chosen that default, that will become the new Default Image button. I'm not sure I want the Default Image button to actually have that Back button look, so let's pick blank_silver, and set it to where it was before. You could also build new styles here. But frankly, the easier way to build new styles is to stylize an object in Captivate directly and then save the Style from the Properties panel. Lastly, you can export styles to transport them to someone else's computer.

You can click the Export button. The style you have selected will be saved wherever you'd like to save it. You can select more than one style and then import them back into another computer. If you've got multiple users, this is a way for you to build the corporate style within the HR department, for instance, and then hand that around to establish your look and feel for all of the trainers in the company. We don't need to save it, so I'll click Cancel for now. Having made my changes to the styles, I'm going to click OK.

Any new objects that I create will now follow those new defaults. When I save this file now, the new defaults are going to be incorporated directly into the files, so that I'll have them available from this point forward. We'll save this as Chapter 3_g. Once again, styles represent a way for you to control the branding of your Captivate projects. It's a good idea to establish your styles before you begin a large project, so that you'll have the appropriate look and feel for all of the new objects that you create.

If you're working in an HR department or in a group, you can create those default styles once and then distribute them to everyone within the group by exporting the styles. Take advantage of styles to ensure that your projects maintain a consistent look and feel across not only the slides, but also across all of the elements of your projects.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Captivate 5 Essential Training .

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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\
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\

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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