Create Project lists
available types of projects. When in doubt, check out
these tutorials and resources.
Open Recent lists files
you’ve recently used.
The Open folder allows you
to browse your computer
for existing files.
You can create your own Project
and Design templates from the
Create Template options.
Blank Template, Image Slideshow, and Project
Template don’t start from existing files; they start
from scratch and let you pick a size for your project.
From Template, From MS PowerPoint,
and Design Template let you browse
for existing files.
In Storyboard View, you can
perform any functions listed here.
You can access these options and
more by right-clicking a slide.
The slides you select are highlighted
green. You can drag and drop slides
in this view to rearrange their order.
File Location Project Size
Tip: Hidden slides will not publish. You can hide
slides and publish a “mini-version” of your project.
Tip: Your default view may look different; you can customize
Edit View the placement of the panels by dragging and dropping. You
can hide them by clicking the gray bar in the border.
As in Storyboard View, the slides you select in the Filmstrip
section are highlighted green. This shows your location and
lets you drag and drop slides to rearrange their order.
The Library lists all files (audio,
images, video, etc.) used in your
project. Captivate calls upon one
file for use in multiple locations.
This greatly reduces your file size.
You can type Slide Notes in this section, such as
notes for narration. You can even convert text to
electronic speech with the proper add-ons.
Tip: Use this icon to select unused items.
Then use this icon to delete them from your project.
Tip: Select Apply to all if you want your
changes to affect all slides in the project.
A Slidelet displays
a slide within a slide.
A Zoom Area magnifies a
section of the slide. It has two
components; place the Zoom
Area on the content you want
to highlight. Place the Zoom
Destination Area where you
want the content displayed.
Text Entry Boxes ask you
to type in a blank box.
You can type multiple
Click Boxes and Buttons have the same window
and features. When you click on either, an action
such as continuing or jumping to a slide (chosen
from the drop-down menu pictured) occurs.
Text Animations are flash-based
animations linked to text.
Image, Rollover Image,
Animation, and Flash
Video prompt you to
select a file to import.
Mouse allows you to display
a mouse path on the slide.
Widgets are .swf objects
created in Flash that you can
customize such as arrows,
boxes, and interactions.
If there is a Pause on an object
Hide Slide (typically a click box or button)
Lock Slide the slide will not progress until
the user performs the action.
The red arrow means the object
does not go to the end of the slide.
Audio on / off
Tips: The icons for each object match the icons in the Object toolbar.
Control+E extends the object to the end of the slide.
Tip: You can access Slide Properties through
links on the Storyboard and Edit views, double-
clicking a slide, or right-clicking a slide.
Label: You can title each slide.
Display Time: Select how long you want this
slide displayed on a user’s screen.
Transition: This refers to the slide itself; you
can select options such as fade.
Quality: Customize the quality you want
Color: Select a background color for the
slide or project.
Hide slide: You can hide a slide to view how
your project works without it.
Lock slide: This disables the ability to edit.
Change background image: Select a
background image for the slide or project.
On slide enter or exit: You can select
actions that occur upon entrance and exit of
this slide. This lets you control navigation
and branch the project.
Tip: Apply to all is available on most
Properties and Options windows.
Audio Slide Properties
You can record or import audio from the
Audio tab of the Slide Properties window.
Once audio is attached to a slide,
you can edit, replace, or delete it here.
To record, click the red circle;
a record screen populates.
To import, click the Import button;
a window to browse files populates.
Fade in and out: You can set your
slide audio to fade in and out to
create transitions between slides.
Since you also have the option to add background
audio to the project in Project Settings, you can
Stop background audio while a slide plays.
You also have the option to Loop audio throughout
the duration of the slide.
Tip: This is helpful on slides where users control navigation
and you don’t know how long they’ll be on the slide.
Tip: you can find all preferences in File Preferences.
Captivate lets you set Defaults for the
different captions it captures while
recording. This saves a lot of time! On the Modes menu, you can set which objects you
want to include as you record. If you’re creating a
training simulation, you can even include Click Boxes
and Text Entry boxes. Captivate will place them
where you click and type as you record.
Select the Record icon. This is located in
many places; the easiest to find is on the
Menu bar at the top of your workspace.
Tip: Recording will begin
after the selected slide.
Select an application or size to record.
Record in Selected Mode
Full Motion Recording
Captivate captures everything inside the red lines. Press
End on the keyboard when you want to end recording.
Tip: You can access Quiz Preferences through the
Quiz drop-down or File Preferences.
You can select completion
requirements and navigation Settings.
Tip: Captivate will work with your learning
management system to report quiz scores.
Determine the requirements for
users to Pass or Fail the quiz.
Type Defaults for button labels
and feedback captions.
Tip: You can access Question Slides
through the Insert drop-down, Quiz drop-
down, right-clicking a slide and selecting
Insert, or pressing Shift+Control+Q.
Select any type of question and complete
the fields in the window that populates. You
can select a graded or survey question.
Name will show on the slide. Leave this
field blank if you do not want it to show.
Tip: Always check your quiz preferences.
Tip: Captivate can You can customize the point value for
automatically shuffle answers. each question. This helps if you want
The Type drop-down allows you to
select single response questions or
multiple response questions.
Select the Preview icon. This located in many
places; the easiest to find in on the Menu bar at
the top of your workspace.
Select the number of slides you want to preview.
Select the options you want
to see in your final product.
Tip: If you allow your project to fade out on the
last slide, it will fade to an empty slide.
Note: Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro, Media, FTP, and Review
are dependent on additional programs, resources, or add-ons.
Captivate shows another link
to the Preferences menu.
You can publish numerous formats of handouts
and slide notes in Word. This is very useful!
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