Join Anastasia McCune for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding intro and ending slides, part of Captivate Projects: Software Simulations.
We're going to start polishing our project here, adding some introduction and ending slides. If you need to preview the project again to refresh yourself on what it look likes so far, go ahead and do that by going to the Preview button and then choosing Project. You'll probably agree that while the project has a good basic structure, it definitely needs some introduction and probably an outro as well to wrap everything up. As we've seen, Captivate works by using slides, much like PowerPoint, and all those slides that make up the project are here on the left side in what's called the Film Strip.
You can click from slide to slide to see what's on each one, or you can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move from slide to slide. To add an introduction we're going to add a new slide before the existing slide one. It's easy enough. Making sure I'm on slide one, I'm going to go to the Insert menu and then choose Blank Slide. So the new slide's added in, but Captivate always adds in slides after the one we'd selected. So to make this the intro slide I'm just going to click and drag it up to position one. And one nice thing for any e-learning project is some kind of character or avatar to put a human face on the training.
Captivate provides a whole set of characters that you can choose from for your products. To find them go to the Insert menu and then choose Characters. And you can see here that there's a lot of different choices. You can click between the different characters, and scroll down, and see all the different positions for each one. You can also select between the different categories. So here's casual, and illustrated, and medicine. So for our project I'm just going to go back to Business, and I'm going to stick with this first gentleman here. And I'll scroll down to the third row, and choose this fourth one from the left where he looks like he's kind of indicating something to the side.
So I'll click OK, and he's added to the slide. Now if your view looks too big you can just go to this View drop down here and change your percentage to whatever you want. I'm at 75%. So I'm just going to move him over to the right hand side of the slide so we have more room for other things. By the way, if you don't have all the choices of characters, instead of where the pictures are, Captivate will tell you the characters are missing and just give you a link to click to go get them. From there, you just download the file. It's a zip file, so you just unzip it and then install it on your computer.
Once you do, the characters will show up. So we could spend some more time adding in a bunch more elements to this introduction slide. But introduction slides tend to have a lot of typing to explain what's coming, and that can be time consuming. So instead of making you sit here and add a bunch of relatively simple slides with just typing, we're going to copy and paste from an existing file. So please open up from the exercise files the C-P-T-X Captivate File called IntroOutro. So from slide one in IntroOutro, I'm going to click on the blue box that has a welcome message.
Now I'll hold down my Shift key on the keyboard, so I can select Click to Begin as well, and I'm going to copy it. Ctrl+C works for that on the PC, Cmd+C on the Mac. You can also right-click and choose Copy. Or you could also go into the Edit menu and choose Copy. I'll go back over to SolarCalculator and then just paste in those two items. I'm going to press Ctrl+V. Now I'm going to go back to IntroOutro, and instead of copying individual items from slides, I'm just going to copy the entire slides themselves.
So I'm going to select slide two, hold down the Shift key on my keyboard and select slide three as well, right-click and choose Copy, and go back to SolarCalculator. Right-click on slide one in the film strip, and say Paste. Easy enough. So I can see here in my film strip in the thumbnails, that the gentleman on slide one doesn't quite match the positioning of the gentleman on slide two and three. So I'm just going to click him and move him over a little bit. Great. So let's add our ending slide.
I'll go back to IntroOutro, select slide four, right-click and choose Copy. And back in SolarCalculator I'll drop down to the last slide, slide 16. Select, right-click and say Paste, so that's done. Let's see how it looks by going to the Preview button and choosing Preview Project. So we have our introduction and we click to begin, and these different items kind of fade in one by one. I'll click to continue, and more introduction fades in one by one. And notice the Click to Continue button doesn't show up until the text captions are finished fading in.
That way we're kind of forcing the user to actually read what they say before they can go on. So I'll click to continue. And instead of actually doing all the steps in the project, I'm just going to press the Fast Forward button here So we could just go to the end of our project. And see that last slide. There it is. If I click Play again, it doesn't work. But it will soon. So I'll just close the preview. So I think those slides do a pretty good job of explaining to the user what's going to happen in the training. You might be thinking, mm, those slides kind of look a little bit bare.
And, indeed, they do. That kind of blank spot on the left has room for a logo, and we're going to put that in in just a little bit. For now, you now know that you can add in blank slides wherever you may need and can copy and paste slides between projects as well. Indeed, having a Captivate project with some boiler plate intro and outro slides could be something that you want to develop and have on hand, so you can just copy and paste them every time you have a new project instead of recreating them from scratch every time.
In this project-based course with Captivate expert Anastasia McCune, learn how to record software simulations for your company or elearning project with Captivate. Discover how to plan, record, format, and adjust interactions for your simulation—elements that will make the training more realistic and intuitive—and publish the simulation where students can reach it.
- Choosing the right Captivate project type
- Rehearsing your simulation
- Adding intro and outro slides, captions, and transitions
- Controlling click buttons and boxes
- Adjusting slide timing
- Using skins
- Publishing your project