Now that we know what Captivate's all about, it's time to get comfortable in our surroundings by taking a tour of the user interface, and when you launch Captivate 8, you're greeted with the welcome screen, and the welcome screen gives you a number of different options to help you get started. For example, you'll see at the top, recent and new. New will be selected by default, assuming you're ready to create a new project, and you'll see some different types of projects you might want to create, like a responsive project. This will start you off with a blank project that is going to be designed for viewing on computers, tablets, smartphones.
You'll have all of the tools you need at your fingertips by choosing this option, or maybe you want to go directly to recording your screen. Here's our screen casting button. Software simulation. Everything disappears, and you're ready to start recording. You'll start your new project that way, and there are some other options to help you get started, like blank project down here. When you select one of these projects, for example, responsive project, you'll notice that there are no other options except to click create. If we go to a blank project, then we get to choose things, like our canvas, or resolution, or if you prefer aspect ratio, so we have a number of different presets down here at the bottom, and depending on your output, you'll see some options up here as well.
For example, if I was going to be viewing this on an iPad in landscape mode, I would choose this option. 1024 by 627, which happens to be available to me as a selection down below, as well. So we won't select anything there. We'll just click in the background, and close that up. Also, in the welcome screen, you can access projects you've been working on by clicking recent. If you've been working on other projects, you can get back to them quickly. You'll see them listed here once you get going with Captivate, and there is one other button here to help you get started.
The sample projects tutorial button. When you click this, you're going to see some sample projects that you can actually use to help yourself get started in a similar look and feel, and notice there is a scroll bar here, because down below, there are a number of tutorials, as well, if you want to dig a little bit deeper into some of the features and functions of Captivate. Let's go back to new, and we'll go to responsive project, and click create. That way, we can explore the user interface that appears when creating projects like this.
Across the top, there's the very familiar menu bar, starting with file, going all the way to help, and all of your Captivate commands appear somewhere on one of these menus. Of course, there are shortcut buttons that can be found next to it. There's the navigation bar for navigating through your slides. A live chat button. There's our current layout, or view, so what we're seeing here on the screen is part of the classic layout, meaning the film strip's over here on the left. You can see we have our tool bar panel across the top.
We have a library and a properties option here, as well, so we'll get to those momentarily. Down on the left is the film strip. We have one slide that's been created for us in our new project so far. As we add slides, they appear as thumbnails down on the left hand side, and we can move between those slides quickly by clicking them on the film strip. This is our work area, where we'll be doing most of our work, right on the slides themselves, and as you can see here, because of the type of project we're creating, we can get different views for different outputs, so if this is going to be on a tablet, or a smartphone output, that's kind of cool here in Captivate.
Also, off to the right here, where we see library and properties, the properties button, when you give it a click, you can see it takes up valuable real estate, but here's where we go to adjust the properties of the objects, for example, that we select on our slide, the slide itself. Down below, you can see there's style, actions, and options categories that will appear down below. There's access to our master slide, et cetera. When you want the extra space to work on your content, you can click the properties button to hide it again.
Very nice feature. Same with the timeline that, by default, does not appear here in this classic layout. By default, you need to go down to timeline to view the timeline and click it. So now I can see the timeline for my slide timings, and the individual objects on my slide. I can adjust their timings, when they appear, when they hide, et cetera, and when I'm done with the timeline, I can collapse it, as well, by double clicking timeline. You can see it's still available to me down below, but now I have a nice piece of real estate here for working on my content.
Lastly, across the bottom is what we call the status bar where you'll see the name of your project. Once you give it a name and save it, that appears in the bottom left hand corner, and also, down in the bottom right hand corner, you can see where in what we call film strip view, we're not working on the master slide at that time, so we'll always know what view we're in by checking out the bottom right hand corner, and there is our aspect ratio, or resolution, that we're creating our project in. 1024, 627, as a reminder.
It's all available to us on the status bar. So that's a quick tour of the user interface here in Captivate 8.
- What is screencasting?
- Choosing the right tool
- Starting new projects from scratch
- Using characters in Articulate Studio and Articulate Storyline
- Adding interactivity
- Creating quizzes
- Exporting projects to various formats
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 10/21/2014. What changed?
A: We updated all of the movies in chapter 6, "Adobe Captivate," which was originally recorded in Captivate 7, in response to changes in Captivate 8.