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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.
Another type of animation you might want to add to your Captivate project is a widget. There are a number of widgets that come with Captivate 6, and very similar to a Flash file animation, these are configurable, so we're going to take a look at Widgets now. Still working with our Volunteer Orientation project here, we're actually going to move to a different slide. Now, if are getting caught up, you can go to the Exercise Files in Chapter3, and open up Volunteer_Orientation_SAMOCA13.
We're going to the Rules of Conduct slide, and maybe this is something people would like to print. Adding our widget that allows them to do that might be an option. Let's take a look at our widgets a couple of different ways. One option is to open up the panel; we do that from the Window menu, clicking Window, and then going down to Widget. Now, this opens up a Widget panel over here on the right-hand side. You'll see what you were working with last. And in this case, it's very difficult to see the list, so you might want to actually detach this. Just go anywhere in its title bar, drag it over here, and up towards the top, and let's leave it there, and resize it.
We can drag it down from the corner, and that allows us to scroll through the different widgets. We could do an entire chapter, maybe even whole course on widgets. There are so many to choose from, and they do so many different things. And of course, because you can configure them, the possibilities are endless. So that's the panel. Let's close it up by clicking the Close button, and look at another option, and that is to use the Insert menu. Click Insert, and from here, you'll see Widget is an option down below.
When we click Widget, now we actually have to navigate to the location of our widgets, and here on the Mac, you'll actually go to the Applications, and as you can see, as I scroll down, there is a Widgets folder, which is a subfolder of our Gallery, which is a subfolder, as we move up, of Adobe Captivate 6. If you're on a Windows computer, it's a little bit different for you; it's Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Captivate 6, and then Gallery, and Widgets. And once you get there, you'll see them listed alphabetically, and there are even some subfolders for Buttons, and Captions, for example.
And as we scroll a little further down, we will see one for printing. Notice the extension shockwave flash, SWF file, but it is configurable; a little bit different than a simple animation. So we'll select it, and click Open. Now, this is what adds it to our slide, but before we actually add it, we have some properties to deal with. First of all, what's the Label going to say? It says Print by default, and that make sense. We can leave it at Print. We can resize it if we needed to, we can adjust the Font, and the Style that appears on the button itself.
We can go back to this later if we don't like what we see in the default settings. Let's just click OK to see what this looks like. So it does update those properties, and it will take a moment for it to appear right in the center of our slide. Let's zoom in, so we can see what are working with here; let's go to 100%. So it is a widget; you can see it say Print underneath, and there's an icon of a printer there, and as we move over to the right, you see we can actually name our widget in the Properties panel. Let's do that. Instead of Widget 1, we should probably call this something like Print, or Print_Button.
When you press Enter, if you didn't put in the underscore, it's added for you. A little further down, let's add a Reflection; that might be cool. Click the checkbox, I am going go with the first one; there is the reflection. As for the timing, may be this should be on the slide for the entire slide itself, so let's choose rest of slide. Now, there is a click box on this particular slide. That means that because we brought it in from PowerPoint, a click box that covers the entire surface of our slide exists, meaning it's not just going to flip by this slide after a few seconds; it's going to stop and wait for a click, or someone to press the Enter Return key on the keyboard.
This will be available for the entire duration of this slide. We can add transitions; we could make a sound if we wanted to, by adding audio. If you click Add Audio, all you have to do now is import something you already have, or if you wanted to, you could use the Library. Again, it's going to take you close to the Widgets; a little further up you'll the find SoundEffects, for example. I am going to go with a KeyClick here, and click Open, and that gets added. We have to save this before closing up our Object Audio dialogue, and now we have some audio. And there are few other properties, like Transformations if we wanted to; we could flip it around.
Right now, though, we're going to zoom back out to the Best Fit, so we can place it in the right spot here on our slide. I am going to go to bottom right-hand corner here, so it's out of the way of the actual information, and if people decide this is the information they would like to have a hard copy, they can print it, and that's because of the widget we just added. To really see if this works, we will go to work Preview button, and Preview From this Slide. So it just takes a moment, and it will display our slide in a preview, the way people would see it if they were taking this course.
And now we can scroll down a little bit to see that, indeed, we have our button down in the bottom right-hand corner, it says Print, and if we click this button, it should do something. Sure enough, here in the Mac, you can see I get a Page Setup window, where I can setup my Page Attributes, choose my Printer if I wanted to, the Paper Size, and you can see the scaling as well. All I have to do is click OK to print this. I'm going to click Cancel; I don't need to print it right now, and on it goes to the next slide.
All right, let's close this up. We can hit Escape on the keyboard, or click the End button to come back. And like I said, there are many, many widgets to choose from here, so you might want to spend some time exploring the different widgets you have at your disposal, but there is an example of a simple widget that we can add to our slide here in Captivate.
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