In this video, learn how to use a PowerPoint presentation to create a new Captivate project, choosing which slides to be imported and other options such project dimensions, and how users will advance from slide to slide.
- [Instructor] For many people who've never used E-learning software like Captivate in the past, typically use PowerPoint slides to deliver training. Well if that's your scenario, the good news is you can get a good headstart by importing those PowerPoint slides into a new Captivate project. That's what we're going to do in this movie. You can see I'm still at the start screen here, and one of the options is from PowerPoint. Clicking this is going to allow you to select the presentation you'd like to import when you click create.
Now all you need to do is browse to the location. Let's go to the chapter two folder of your exercise files if you have 'em. I have one here for you called Landon_Hotel0201. Notice the extension is ppt, not the newer version pptx. And that's because it imports easier. In fact, if you have the newer extension pptx, automatically Captivate's going to convert them back to this older format before they're imported into your new project. So I like to start with a ppt file.
And if you use PowerPoint, you know you can take your newer file format and save it back to this version. So selecting the name of the file with the ppt extension, and clicking open is going to bring those slides in. Let's just keep in mind that your PowerPoint presentation probably went from one slide to the next to the next. And that's exactly what's going to happen here in Captivate. You'll notice that the slides appear, in a preview thumbnail. Every one of them is checked off or included in what's to be imported.
So if there were any here that you didn't want, you could deselect them but I do want all of them here. You'll notice the name of the file is going to become the same name as your PowerPoint presentation, in this case though with the underscore between Landon and hotel. You can adjust your width and height if you want to choose from presets you can do that. Click the drop-down, you'll see there's many to choose from depending on your intended output. We'll leave it at the default. And then down below, you'll notice that the slides are going to advance on a mouse click.
Similar to what would happen in the PowerPoint presentation, you click your mouse, you move to the next slide. Click the drop-down to see that automatically is an option, and Captivate will automatically assign timings to each slide. We'll leave it on mouse click, which means something's going to happen when we click okay. Go ahead and click okay, and the slides get added to your brand new project. The next thing you're going to see, down the left hand side in the film strip, is a thumbnail which represents each of the slides that was imported.
And when you go to any of these slides, you'll notice right in the center, the words click box. Some are easier to see than others. Click box means a click box was placed over the entire slide, and that's what people are going to click to move from one slide to the next. So it's a very simple course you're creating here in Captivate. Of course you can take those click boxes out, add your own interactivity with buttons and so on if you wanted to. But this is a nice headstart. That's all there is to importing slides from PowerPoint, here in Captivate.
- What is Captivate 2017?
- Touring the Captivate 2017 interface
- Building a project
- Using assets and interactions
- Adding animation
- Adding and programming buttons
- Adding audio and video
- Using voiceovers
- Elearning assessment basics
- Setting up a quiz
- Publishing your project