June 28, 2010

Captivate 101 Training Handout – Part 2
CBT – Computer-based training
Edit a PowerPoint presentation that is linked to
a Captivate project
To edit one slide:
Click Save PPT in the upper left.
Edit the PowerPoint presentation
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Create a “Custom” (hybrid) Recording
Change to Custom
 The Custom selection gives you the best mode of the
eLearning selections on Captivate.
 Captivate can make the following for you when you film a Custom
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Click Defaults Set “Caption” templates, and colors
Before you film:
 Have your application open from where you want to start filming
 Have your script ready
 Have your screen resolution set to 1024 x 768
Get ready to film.
 From Create Project - Software Simulation
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Remove all the Mice from the Project simultaneously
The mice are not deleted just removed. They can always be added back.
 Open from the Edit view and with the filmstrip on the left.
 See the icon of a mouse on each slide
 Click the first slide and then hold down your Shift key on your
 With the Shift key still down, scroll to the end of the filmstrip
 Click the last slide and then release the Shift key
 All slides are selected
 Right-click on the filmstrip
 Select Mouse
 Click Show Mouse to remove the checkmark.
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Publish the Project
Click Publish
Introduction to Text Captions
Turn off Auto Caption Timing
 Edit – Preferences
 Global – Defaults
 Deselect Calculate Caption Timing (bottom of dialog)
 Click OK
 You can add one or more captions per slide
 You can control the order and timing the captions display on a
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Create a Transparent Caption
 Insert – Standard Objects – Text Caption
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 Select Transparent
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Edit text only for a Caption
 If you want to only edit the text of a caption, you can doubleclick inside the caption and change the text.
 If you want to change more than the text, right-click and the
handles for the Caption display, then select Properties.
Check Spelling
Project – Spelling, or F7 if you’re a keyboard person.
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Cropping an Image using Captivate
 You can crop an image using Captivate. Select Crop.
 You will be warned that this action cannot be undone.
 Click Yes.
 Red dots (ants) display around the image.
 Make sure Constrain proportions is selected
 Drag handles until you get the size you want
 Drag the red dots (bounding box) to the portion you want to crop
 OK 2 times
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 Create a Watermark out of an image
 The higher the #, the more transparency.
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Timing an Image
Introduction to the Timeline
 Each slide has its own timeline
 From the timeline you can control timing of the objects on the slide
as well as the slide itself.
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More About the Library
You can use the Library to delete unused object and to
drag images onto a slide.
 If you select an image you can see it above.
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Uploading and Linking
First Publish the Captivate project to a SWF file, then upload the project,
then link the project to the LMS.
From the Adm side, click Content - Upload Files
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Your page will be similar to the one shown below.
 Click the Browse button to find the file/folder you want to upload.
 After you find the file, highlight the file.
 Click the Upload icon (a green arrow
) below or the (double-
 Your selected file(s)/folder(s) uploads to the remote site.
 Close window
Now we must link to the new content from the LMS
 Select Content — Manage Linked Content
 Click the Add New Lessons tab.
 From ‘Lesson Name’ enter a name for the lesson.
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 Enter a description. The learner sees the description as an
introduction before going into the lesson.
 Click the radio button for ‘Link to uploaded file’. The drop-down
refreshes with selections from the upload.
 Click the drop-down and select the uploaded lesson to register
your lesson in the system.
 Optional. Check Link a test to this lesson and use the ‘Test
name’ drop-down to select the test that you want to link to this
Click the Save button.
Where to Find Your Linked Lesson
 In order to use your new linked lesson it must now be put into a
module. Your new lesson lists under the course: Linked Content
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 Always test your linked lessons before assigning to other learners.
Assign the lesson first to yourself and make sure all pages display
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