Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Positioning objects, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
Now that we've got a good understanding of how responsive design works inside of Captivate 8, let's go ahead and start positioning some different items for different displays. We're starting with the ResponsiveStarting Captivate 8 project which is in Chapter Four of the Exercise Files. This particular file only has four of the slides that I've created and these four slides contain the bulk of the various methods that we'll use for positioning items. I also have open our FinalProject.cptx which is in the root folder of the Exercise Files which we can use to quickly check how well we're doing for lining things up. For example, if I click to the tablet view in the final project, I can already see that things have been changed such as the logo moved a little bit closer to this top bar, Summer Training Session and the text have centered themselves, and this text entry box, which we haven't actually created yet, centered itself as well.
Coming over here to our responsive starting let's go ahead and just head down to that tablet view to see what happens. Well, our logo actually did a pretty good job. I don't even know if we need to change anything there. It looks still pretty centered on the screen. It's a good distance from the top. But our Summer Training Session and this other text is not where we'd like it. In fact what I can do at this point is simply click it, drag it to a new location, and then drag it out a little further. I'm going to go ahead and center this text by clicking into it. Over in the properties panel I'm going to scroll down until I see Character, and I'm going to choose center for paragraph, and then move the box around a little bit. When I get it lined up in the center of the page, you can actually see this dashed green line that appears. That's going to help me know that I've got it right where I want it. And I do want it in the center the page, but I also want it a little bit lower. Right about there. I'm going to do the exact same thing for this box, which has our caption text in it. I'll go ahead and center that text. I can grab the box, bring it down a little bit lower, and just make sure that I've got it nice and centered on the page. Sometimes to help us out I like to shrink boxes down so that we're not using such a large box here. In fact I can line this box up perfectly with the box directly above it. There we go. Okay. So at this point all we did is we simply moved the items on the tablet view. Well when we did that let's see what happened. I'm going to click on the Summer Training Session box that we moved. I'm going to go over to position, and I can see now that its height stayed the same as a percentage of the total height of the screen. But the rest of the numbers now have blue boxes around them, meaning that they are only relative to the tablet view. I'm going to click back here to the main view, and look, everything automatically went back to where we started. It's best to work from the primary view to the tablet view to the mobile view. If you start at the mobile view that's going to be the least inherent property. Meaning that property is not going to roll upwards. Properties always start at the widest screen and then roll downwards. For example, here at the tablet view we've centered everything. Yet when I go to the mobile view, it doesn't pop back to the left with strange formatting, it's still inheriting the percentages that came down from the tablet view. And even though they're still centered, they're not perfect.
I need to actually widen this box a little bit until summer training session pops out. I can go head and reposition it more in the center of the page, and I can go ahead and pull this text down just a little bit. Furthermore, if I take a look at the jump to first day of class, last day of class, It's not really in the right place. I can grab it, bring it down to the very bottom of the page, and center it a little bit. So now that we have made some changes to the mobile view, let's run through all three. So our primary view still looks good. Our tablet view now looks nice and centered, and we still have room for our text entry box. And our mobile view looks great as well.
One last thing I saw, right here Freshman Orientation. It looks a little bit close to the top. And these predefined master slides will do a good job of changing themselves for these responsive templates. But you gotta keep an eye out for some of those design elements. So I'm just going to go and bring it down so that it's nice and centered. And it looks really good that way. Well at this point we know the basics of how to design for mobile devices. All we have to do is start at the widest out, or the desktop view, and then slowly work our way down, repositioning elements so they look just perfect.
- 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