Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the new Captivate layout, part of Adobe Captivate 8 First Look.
One of the most noticeable changes between prior versions of Captivate and Captivate 8 is the program layout. Let's go ahead and explore the new interface, and take a look at how Captivate 8 is redefining the work space. When you first launch Captivate 8, you're brought to the project chooser. You'll notice right away that this looks very different than prior versions of Captivate 8. We have these large icons, and responsive projects, which is new, has been brought to the front. If you've been working on prior projects, you can always click on Recent or you can also click the small Sample Projects icon in the upper right-hand corner to view a variety of sample projects.
We'll be using these sample projects to explore some of the features of Captivate 8 later on. If you're looking for additional templates and you don't see them here in the project chooser, you can always go up to File > New Project, and here's a variety of other project layouts available for you. Let's go ahead and click Responsive Project. Take a look at the main layout. I'll click Create, and it's going to build the project for us. Now that the project is open, you might notice that there's a lot of differences here from Captivate 7 as well. For example, on the left hand side, there's no longer a navigation menu. Instead of having navigation menus on both the left as well as the top, there's now just a top menu navigation.
The buttons have been redesigned and regrouped so that they're easy to find exactly what it is you're looking for. The film strip and the main project area are pretty much the same. You've probably also noticed the timeline is no longer visible. To access the timeline, simply click on Timeline in the bottom and it will automatically pop up. We can close the Timeline by double-clicking on it. On the right hand side, the Properties menu is not open by default, but can simply be opened by clicking on Properties. Inside the Properties menu, there's a few changes as well. For example, style, actions and options are no longer stacked.
There's now a simple navigation that allows you to move between these three different areas, so that you're utilizing space on the right hand side without ever having to scroll. I'm going to go close the and close the Properties menu by clicking on the Properties button. You'll also notice that there's this green bar across the top and that's because I selected a responsive design. Directly above the slide that we're working on I can choose to click on a tablet view and even a mobile view to see how my slide's going to appear on a variety of devices. Later on in this course we'll take a look at how we can change elements inside of our layout to respond to these different areas.