Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Testing your projects, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
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When you've finished laying out everything for your responsive project, or you've got all of your slides created for your basic project, it's really important to test every single feature of your project before you publish it. And I'd like to talk a little bit about how testing is different between our basic projects and our responsive projects. So far throughout this course, we've been working inside of a responsive project. And every single time we've gone to preview our project, we've opened it up in a web browser. Here, I also have a basic project open. In the basic project, if I choose Preview, I have a lot of additional options that we haven't seen so far.
If I just say, okay, let's Preview the Slide, it's only going to open up the slide in a Captivate preview window, and I can go ahead and close out of that. If you've been working in basic projects, probably everything you've previewed so far has been directly inside of Captivate. If you'd like to preview in a web browser for a basic project, you actually have to select In Browser. This will go ahead and open up the project in the web browser, the same as we've been currently doing. So, whether you're in a basic project or a responsive project, I highly recommend that you do your final preview inside of a web browser.
Be sure to build the entire project, so that you can test all of your links and everything that's associated with your project. I'm going to go ahead and build our responsive project here in the web browser. I'll use the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+minus to make it fit on the screen a little better. Now, if you've been building a responsive project, what I'd recommend doing is going through the entire project, every page, and clicking on every link. You want to make sure that all these links work, and that you can move through every single part of your project. After you've moved through every single part of your project, I'd recommend closing out, going back into Preview, opening up a new Project window and doing the exact same thing, but this time, do it for the tablet view.
This is going to allow you to find any mistakes. So, right away, I can see in the tablet view, that my links at the bottom aren't working, and I'll need to make those changes before I publish my project. Testing your project ahead of time can save you a lot of time, as publishing your project can sometimes be a lengthy process.
- 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