Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the workspace, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
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Now that we've created our first responsive project, let's take a few minutes to become familiar with the layout of Captivate 8. If you've worked in previous versions of Captivate, you'll notice there's a lot of differences between the navigation and the menus of Captivate 8 versus its predecessors. Let's go and take a look at a few of those now. Starting in the upper left hand corner, we have a drop down for slides. Using this drop down menu, I can add a variety of slide types straight to my project including content slides, blank slides, question slides. I can even add a software simulation directly into my Captivate 8 Responsive Project, or even a video demo.
The next button over we have a variety of themes that we can choose from. We'll take a look at themes in a later video, but it's really important that we select a theme early on, as the themes determine a lot of the layout of your presentation. Changing themes, when you've already built a presentation, may take a lot of work to go back through and fine tune the look and feel of your presentation. Just to make sure everything map from one theme to the next. In the next section navigation menu we have a lot of objects, shapes and texts that we can add directly into our presentations. For example, adding caption text without a text box I can then use that text to create things such as hyperlinks or even turn it into title text.
I can also add a text entry box to allow my users to input text that will be saved as a variable inside of captivate 8. There's a variety of shapes that can be added, as well as objects. In the next sections, or interactions, we can quickly add buttons and click boxes. These we can turn into hyperlinks to allow navigation throughout our presentation. Or to even open up external web browsers. We can also add pre-created learning interactions which are widgets that live on an individual slide that create interactive elements for the e-learning. In the Media drop-down we have a variety of things to choose from such as Images, Audio, Video, Animation, Characters, and even HTML 5 Animation.
We can also record a presentation, or record a voice over, to add to a particular slide, or variety of slides. We have a large Save button, and it's important to save your project often as you work through it, just to make sure you don't lose any changes that you've made. And right next to the Save button is the Preview button. We'll be using this button a lot throughout this course. As we make changes to slides, it's a good idea to preview those changes to make sure that they look okay in the web browser. Now, one thing about the preview button, this menu's going to look very different if you've opened up a blank presentation versus a responsive presentation. Blank presentations are going to mostly preview inside of Captivate.
And you'll have to select Preview in a Browser if you'd actually like to preview your Captivate project in an HTML5 browser. If you're in a responsive design, your only option is to Preview in a Browser or Preview in Adobe Edge Inspect. Simply selecting Preview Project will build my project in HTML5 and open up my computer's default web browser. And the final button is a Publish button which allows us to build the HTML5 for our project. We will go into more depth in all of these sections we've moved throughout this course. The last things I'd like to point out have to do with where the main slide appears, as well as the Properties panel on the right.
I'm going to go ahead and open up the Properties panel by clicking on its icon in the upper right hand corner. You can notice the Properties panel takes up a good portion of the space, which means that the way that my slide opened up, I now have to scroll left and right, as well as up and down to see the entire slide. That can be a challenge when we start placing elements on the slide. So I highly recommend coming to View, hovering on Magnification and then choosing Best Fit. You can also use the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+0 or Ctrl+0 on the PC. This'll take our slide and place it perfectly in the window that's available.
And it'll allow us to see the full design of our slide as we start adding elements.
- 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