Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring software simulations, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
Captivate 8 gives you the ability to create software simulations, or screen capture video, by recording something that's on your actual computer. This could be another application, this could be your desktop. What Captivate will then do is take this video and automatically cut it up into slides for us. It's even going to add the animation for things such as the cursor. And it will even show on the screen any keys that you press during the software simulation. To get started here from the Project Picker in Adobe Captivate 8, I'm going to select Software Simulation and then click Create.
Now, to model software simulation, I'm going to create a short video of how to find the advanced Adobe Captivate course on the Lynda.com website. To do this, I'll be recording a web browser. Now, the first thing we need to choose is whether or not we want to record our whole screen, or a certain application. If I select Screen Area, then this red box, I now have the ability to move it around. I can select exactly the part of the screen that I would like to record. For example, if I wanted to show the desktop behind the web browser, I could go ahead and stretch the red box out to wherever I'd like it.
If we have Screen Area selected, we can also choose to capture a Custom Size on the screen or even just select Full Screen to capture absolutely everything that's coming through our monitor. If we'd like to record just a certain application, I can then select Application. Now, with Application selected, I can choose whatever application's running. I'm going to ahead and choose Google Chrome. And now I can choose to record the entire application, which will include the web address bar as well as the top tabs, or, if I just want to record what's happening inside the web browser, I can actually select Application Region. And Captivate's going to do it's best job to figure out where's the most import region of this particular application and only record that section. I'll just click on the desktop background to bring my recording box back. Now once we have the area selected that we're going to record, the next step is to choose how we want to record. We can do automatic recording modes, such asDemo, Assessment, Training, and Custom, or we can select Manual, where we can go through and select exactly what is that we'd like to record. There's a quick way to find out whether you should choose Demo, Assessment, Training or Custom, and that's to look at what features each of those four boxes have associated with them. To do this, let's click on Settings in the bottom left-hand corner. In the Recording Settings section, there's a tab that's called Modes. And Modes will allow you to choose one of those four areas, Demonstration, Assessment, Training, or Custom, and when you have an area selected, you can see all of the elements that will be included in that particular screen capture. So, for example, in the demonstration mode, I know that it's going to add text captions. But it's not going to convert the tool tips to roll over captions. It is going to show the mouse and it is going to highlight boxes that I click on. Now, in demonstration mode, we don't have the opportunity to use click boxes or text entry boxes. However, if I switch over to the custom mode, I can now choose any features that I would like to have available as I make this recording. You can also go into the keys mode, which is important to understand how to start, stop and pause your recording. To pause, we're going to use Cmd+F2 on the Mac. And to stop the recording, we're going to use Cmd+Enter. Now, please keep in mind there is a difference between Cmd+Return and Cmd+Enter. If you have a keyboard that has a numeric keypad to it, you want to use the Enter key that's to the far right of that keyboard, not the Return key. The Return key will act actually show up as Cmd+Enter as a keystroke inside of your recording, where using the Cmd+Enter key, Enter being the far right-hand side of the numeric keypad, will actually stop your recording. Also from this area, if you'd like to, you can simply click in an area and then change the keyboard command for any of these items. Let's go and click OK, and make a sample recording.
- Choosing a project layout
- Applying and changing themes
- Adding text, media, and shapes
- Inserting interactive elements and widgets
- Adding audio and video
- Adding closed captions to video
- Using responsive templates, text, and images
- Accessing elearning
- Creating software simulations
- Publishing a Captivate project