Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting with a PowerPoint, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
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Now that we've talked about creating presentations in Captivate, let's take a step back for a second. If you're brand new to Captivate, likelihood is that you've created presentations in another program, such as PowerPoint. If you have a PowerPoint presentation that you'd like to turn in to an interactive Captivate presentation, you can do that. From the main menu, let's go and create a new Captivate 8 presentation, and let's select from PowerPoint, and then click create. It's going to ask us to find the PowerPoint. Which I currently have in the exercise files under chapter two. And I have a new hire orientation PowerPoint we can use to model this.
I'm going to select it and click open. Now the Captivate's imported all the slides. We can make a few decisions about how we want our presentation to flow. For example, let's say there are slides that we don't included in our presentation. At this point I could scroll through, find slides that I don't want and uncheck them. We can also choose how slides are going to advance. Right now they're set to advance on mouse click. We can also choose to have them advance automatically. I'm going to go ahead and change this back to on click, and then let's go ahead and click OK to create our new presentation. So here we have new Captivate project slides that have been created and each slide contains the background of what we imported from Microsoft PowerPoint. In addition to that the slides have come in as solid images. So we do have the ability to make changes to these slides. But we'd have to do it back in PowerPoint.
However, we can add any additional elements we'd like on top of these slides such as click boxes so that we can turn this image into four different clickable links. Or we can even add learning interactions on new slides that we put in between our PowerPoint slides. Starting with a PowerPoint is a great way to take a training that you currently have, turn it into a Captivate project, so you can add interactive elements to it, and make it a great experience for your learners.
- 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