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Info-Conf-CaptivateTalk-WalkthroughSTEPS 01/05/2010

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Informatology Conference: Adobe Captivate Workshop


Captivate Walk-through support notes

Dr. Anthony ‘Skip’ Basiel, Adobe Education Leader abasiel@gmail.com (m) 07771998799 https://abasiel.wordpress.com http://www.informatology.com/  

Disclaimer Note: Please be aware that any newer ’30 day trial’ versions of Adobe software will over-write your current older software! Do not install the samples on PCs with earlier versions of Adobe CS.

Intro: This ‘quick guide’ walk-through aims to support the Adobe Captivate Workshop at the Informatology Conference, London – April 2010. It is a series of screen grabs and short notes to help recreate the sample Captivate Induction resource used to accompany the eLearning design models paper on my blog. The full Captivate Flash example file can be found on our Adobe Education Leader’s Flash Communication Server (Adobe Connect Pro) at: http://mmse-v5.emea.adobe.acrobat.com/cap1/

 STEP 1: 

To avoid problems of your Captivate Flash file not fitting on your screen it is helpful to do your design and development work at a lower screen resolution such as 800 x 600. This will mean that it will only take part of your screen if you are at a larger resolution (e.g. X 1024).

You can change the screen resolution on a PC by right clicking on the desktop: Properties > Settings > Screen resolution and drag the slide bar to the far left.

 In Captivate, start a new Blank Project from the centre ‘Create Project’ menu. Please note that templates can be made if you create a generic design to save time with branding and house style design.

Step 2: Next, we will get our Introduction slide ready. You may use what ever software you are capable to use such as Photoshop, PowerPoint, etc. and then go to the top menu to ‘Insert’ > ‘Other slides’. Alternatively, you can use the Captivate tools to add text, animation, etc. to the opening slide. It is also easy to add and edit some sound for your ‘Splash page’: Audio > Import to slide > [choose a sound file from the Captivate library or make your own].

 Step 3: Create a visually inviting opening slide. You can do this using the Captivate tool in the toolbar to the right or import a graphic or PowerPoint slide. In .PPT the web links are live.

Insert > Other Slides > PowerPoint Slides

Background sound can be added as well.

Right click on the slide to import a pre-made sound file: Audio > Background Audio > Import. To change the sound file click Audio > Edit > Slide. This will allow you to get your image slide to finish at the same time as the sound.

Step 4: Add recording to the next part of the demonstration. This can be done with sound during the recording of added later.

Record> Follow the prompts to capture the events on the screen. You can speak over the slides – or

Add you voice to the slides:

Select the slide > Audio

Then identify how many slides will play as you record your voice over the images.

Step 5: Add a quiz / survey segment to get engagement or feedback from the participant. Select your last slide.

Select: Quiz > Question slide > Question types

For example: Short Answer > Survey will open a new short answer question box. Enter the question you wish and then ‘set the preferences’ for the responses.

For example: Enable reporting > Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro – will let you send the data to the Flash Communication server where is can be downloaded as a database (.csv) file. You can adapt the layout as needed for your design. The results page can be hidden for surveys and shown for quizzes. See the next figures 6:

Step 6: Publish your resource as a local file or online. A local file can be .html, PDF or a stand alone .exe file for a DVD. To publish online you will need to have an Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro server account.

For online access and survey data collection you need to create a folder in the Content area. Then publish the Captivate file to that folder. A Flash .swf file will be generated with a web address. The learner only needs a web browser with a Flash player to use your Captivate resource and enter their feedback.

Click: Publish > Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro > Select the server name > (You may need to add your server web address the first time) Publish

The files will be converted. And your server log in window will appear. Select your content area and publish to that folder. Give the file a clear name (e.g. AdobeCaptivateDEMO). Set the access to ‘Allow public viewing’ if anyone can use it. It may take a few minutes to publish the file depending on its size and your bandwidth access.

Click ‘OK’ when complete to get the web address to use:







1. Toronto Website Design - 01/05/2010

Great tutorial, helped me figure out my desktop better 🙂

abasiel - 03/05/2010

Thanks Toronto!
Please do contact me if I can be of any help abasiel@gmail.com
or if you would like to do a web video conference http://acrobat.com
cheers, Dr. Anthony ‘Skip’ Basiel

Please email abasiel@gmail.com with any questions.

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