Before you start creating courses with Adobe Captivate, take a small tour of the interface elements like the welcome screen, filmstrip, toolbar, properties inspector, library, timeline and preferences.
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- [Voiceover] Before we start creating courses with Captivate, let's take a small tour of the interface to familiarize ourselves with it. As soon as you launch Captivate 9, you will be greeted with a welcome screen. On this screen, you can decide to create one of the basic project types shown here, like a responsive project, a software simulation, or a blank project. The project types that are not mentioned here on this welcome screen, you can access all of them by going to the File menu and selecting New Project and then selecting one of these project types.
You can also go ahead and record a new software simulation, a video demo, or other device demo. If you wish to open an existing project, you can go ahead and click the Recent tab here. Under this tab, you'll find the thumbnails of all the projects that you have created or opened in Captivate 9. If you're opening Captivate for the first time, you'll find this area blank. Select the Browse button on the bottom left corner to help you open any existing projects.
You can also click the sample projects and tutorials icon on the top right corner of the screen to access the sample projects and video tutorials on essential and new features of Captivate 9. Now, to create a new project, we can go ahead and click the New tab. Then, we can go ahead and select one of these thumbnails to create a course. To see the interface, let's go ahead and select Blank Project and click Create.
This will create a new project for you. The main elements of Captivate interface are filmstrip, toolbar, timeline, properties inspector, and the stage. By default, the timeline, properties inspector, and library are hidden to give you more working space. You can open them as they are required. To open the timeline, click the timeline bar at the bottom of the screen. To close it, go ahead and double click the panel.
To open the properties inspector, click the properties button on the top right corner. Similarly to access the library, click the library button on the top right corner. Now, let's talk about the functionalities of each of these elements. The stage area will help you see the slide and the objects you've added to the slide. To get a better view of the slide, you can go ahead and adjust the magnification level by clicking this button and selecting the zoom percentage.
I'll go ahead with 66% to get a better view of my slide. Around the slide, you will find the scrap area where you can add some additional objects, or just keep the objects at the start state for the animations. The objects placed in this area will not be visible to the learner. Now, let's talk about the filmstrip. The filmstrip displays all the slides in the project in the order in which they appear when published. You can right click on any slide to get the options to add new slides, add new objects, add audio, and even change the size of the thumbnails in the filmstrip.
You can also change the order of the slides by dragging it to a new location within the filmstrip. Let's take a look at that. I'll go ahead and add a new slide here, and then I can click and drag the slide to simply change the order. The toolbar in Captivate has all the frequently used tools or options, like adding slides, changing the theme, adding text, adding shapes, adding in directions, and previewing and publishing the project.
The properties inspector will allow you to modify the properties of slides and objects. The options available in the properties inspector are context sensitive and appear based on the nature of the selected slide or object. For example, currently you're seeing the slide properties, but if I go ahead and select this object, you will see a different set of options available to modify this object. Let's go to the library now. The library is a repository of resources such as audio files, images, and animations.
Every Captivate project contains it's own library. Resources or items are automatically added to the library when you use them in the project, and you can also import them into the library and use them when needed. You can also open the library of other projects in your current project to use some of the sets from those libraries. The timeline is a visual representation of all the objects on the slide.
The timeline provides an easy way to view at a high level all the objects on the slide and their relationship to each other. Captivate also uses a default set of preferences for creating projects. You can customize these preferences using various options available in the preferences dialogue. Let's go ahead and take a look at the preferences dialogue. We'll go to Adobe Captivate, if you are on Mac, and select Preferences. If you are on Windows, you will click Edit, and then select Preferences.
I'll go ahead and select Preferences, here, and that opens the preferences dialogue for me. Here, all the options for the various objects and various operations that I'm going to perform in this project are available. I can go ahead and set these preferences up front, or I can make changes to it any time during my project creation. I'll go ahead and cancel this out, and let's create a responsive project now and see how things are different in the responsive project.
I'll go to the New tab and double click Responsive Project. I'll go ahead and reduce the magnification. In responsive project, you'll find this area to define and add break points to your course, or edit and view how the content, will appear in the different break points. You will also see a new inspector for the objects that you add in a responsive project. Let's go ahead and select one of the objects here, and go to the properties panel.
Here you can see along with the properties and timing inspector, you also see a position inspector which will allow you to edit the position related properties for the objects to flow well in the responsive course. Now that we are familiar with the Captivate interface, let's take a look at the completed project that we will be creating together during this course.
- What's new in Captivate 9
- Creating a storyboard in Captivate Draft
- Adding text, audio and video, shapes, and animations
- Inserting interactive elements such as buttons and rollovers
- Creating a new Captivate project
- Creating timeline animations
- Applying effects
- Creating a drag-and-drop interaction
- Creating a simulation
- Adding assessments
- Adding closed captions for narration
- Enabling accessibility
- Enabling LMS reporting
- Enabling accessibility
- Creating responsive projects
- Publishing a Captivate project