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Adobe Captivate 8: Beyond The Essentials

Book Description

"Adobe Captivate 8: Beyond the Essentials" is a self-paced training manual that teaches the higher-end, more advanced functionality of Adobe Captivate.

By following step-by-step instructions, you will improve your screen recording skills via project templates and by pre-editing your text captions. You’ll learn how to create and produce video projects that will enable you to record screen actions in real-time. Then, after learning how to import questions into Captivate using the GIFT format, you’ll learn how to create a random quiz using question pools and random question slides.

Is creating responsive eLearning a hot topic in your corporate training initiative? You’ll learn how to create eLearning lessons that reflow to fit on just about any kind of display (including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smart phones). You’ll also learn how to create responsive projects from scratch, and how edit and produce responsive content.

As your learning adventure continues, you'll fine-tune your production skills by learning about object styles, master slides, themes, and advanced actions. You'll learn to engage the learner like never before by using variables. You will learn how to create branching scenarios that will enable learners to plot their own learning path.

You'll ensure your eLearning and mLearning output can be used by people with disabilities by adding such 508-compliant features as accessibility text and closed captions. You'll learn about SCORM, AICC, TinCan, SCOs, Manifests, and how to upload a published lesson into a Learning Management System.

Table of Contents

  1. About This Book
    1. The Author
    2. Book Conventions
    3. Confidence Checks
    4. Book and Captivate System Requirements
    5. Data Files (Captivate Project Assets)
      1. Student Activity: Download the Windows Data Files
      2. Student Activity: Download the Mac Data Files
    6. How Software Updates Affect This Book
    7. Contacting IconLogic
    8. Special Thanks
  2. Preface
    1. To Review or Not to Review
    2. Planning eLearning Projects
    3. The Development Process
    4. Resolution and Recording Size
    5. Captivate’s Preferences
      1. Student Activity: Reset Captivate’s Preferences
  3. Module 1: Caption Pre-Editing
    1. Rehearsals
      1. Student Activity: Rehearse a Script
    2. Software Simulations
      1. Student Activity: Set Recording Preferences
      2. Student Activity: Specify a Recording Area
      3. Windows Users Only: Target an Application
      4. Mac Users Only: Target a Screen Area
      5. Student Activity: Record Screen Actions
        1. Custom Recording Confidence Check
    3. Caption Pre-Editing
      1. Student Activity: Edit a Text Capture Template
        1. RDL Editing Confidence Check
  4. Module 2: Video Demos
    1. Working with Video Demos
      1. Student Activity: Record a Video Demo
    2. Zooming and Panning
      1. Student Activity: Add a Video Zoom
      2. Student Activity: Add a Video Pan
        1. Pan & Zoom Confidence Check
    3. Mouse Points
      1. Student Activity: Smooth a Mouse Path and Show Visual Clicks
    4. Splitting
      1. Student Activity: Split a Video
        1. Transitions Confidence Check
    5. Trimming
      1. Student Activity: Trim a Video
        1. Trimming Confidence Check
  5. Module 3: Branching and Aggregating
    1. Object Styles
      1. Student Activity: Create a New Style
      2. Student Activity: Apply an Object Style Globally
    2. Sharing Styles
      1. Student Activity: Export/Import a Style
        1. Styles Confidence Check
    3. Combining Projects
      1. Student Activity: Name a Slide
        1. Naming Slides Confidence Check
      2. Student Activity: Copy/Paste Project Assets
    4. Branching
      1. Student Activity: Use Buttons to Create a Branch
        1. Branching Confidence Check
      2. Student Activity: Explore the Branching View
    5. Groups
      1. Student Activity: Create a Slide Group
    6. Aggregating
      1. Student Activity: Publish SWFs
        1. Publishing Confidence Check
      2. Student Activity: Aggregate SWFs
        1. Aggregator Confidence Check
  6. Module 4: Random Quizzes
    1. GIFT Files
      1. Student Activity: Review a GIFT File
      2. Student Activity: Import a GIFT File into a Project
    2. Question Pools
      1. Student Activity: Create Question Pools
        1. Question Pools Confidence Check
      2. Student Activity: Move Questions to Pools
        1. Moving Questions to Pools Confidence Check
    3. Random Question Slides
      1. Student Activity: Insert Random Question Slides
        1. Random Questions Confidence Check
  7. Module 5: Accessible eLearning
    1. Accessibility and Captivate
      1. Student Activity: Set Document Information
      2. Student Activity: Enable Accessibility
    2. Accessibility Text
      1. Student Activity: Add Accessibility Text to Slides
      2. Student Activity: Import Slide Audio
        1. Accessibility Text Confidence Check
    3. Shortcut Keys
      1. Student Activity: Add Shortcut Keys
        1. Keyboard Shortcut Confidence Check
    4. Closed Captioning
      1. Student Activity: Add Closed Captions
        1. Closed Captions Confidence Check
    5. Tab Order
      1. Student Activity: Set a Tab Order
        1. Tab Order Confidence Check
  8. Module 6: Variables and Widgets
    1. Variables
      1. Student Activity: Add Project Information
      2. Student Activity: Insert a System Variable
        1. Variable Preview Confidence Check
      3. Student Activity: Edit a System Variable
        1. System Variables Confidence Check
    2. User Variables
      1. Student Activity: Create a User Variable
      2. Student Activity: Use a Variable to Gather Learner Data
        1. User-Defined Variables Confidence Check
    3. Widgets
      1. Student Activity: Insert and Format a Widget
        1. Widget Confidence Check
    4. Learning Interactions
      1. Student Activity: Insert a Process Circle
        1. Interactions Confidence Check
  9. Module 7: Actions
    1. Standard Actions
      1. Student Activity: Use a Completed Action
      2. Student Activity: Name Objects
        1. Naming Objects Confidence Check
      3. Student Activity: Create a Mask
      4. Student Activity: Control Object Visibility
        1. Visibility Confidence Check
      5. Student Activity: Create a Simple Action
        1. Simple Action Confidence Check
      6. Student Activity: Attach an Action to a Button
      7. Student Activity: Group Timeline Objects
        1. Editing Actions Confidence Check
    2. Conditional Actions
      1. Student Activity: Create a Variable
      2. Student Activity: Create a Conditional Action
        1. Conditional Actions Confidence Check
    3. Multiple Decision Blocks
      1. Student Activity: Create Decision Blocks
        1. Decision Blocks Confidence Check
    4. Shared Actions
      1. Student Activity: Create and Export a Shared Action
      2. Student Activity: Import a Shared Action
  10. Module 8: Masters, Themes, and Templates
    1. Masters
      1. Student Activity: Work With the Main Master Slide
      2. Student Activity: Work With Content Masters
      3. Student Activity: Apply a Master to Filmstrip Slides
      4. Student Activity: Edit a Master
        1. Masters Confidence Check
    2. Themes
      1. Student Activity: Apply a Theme
        1. Themes Confidence Check
      2. Student Activity: Create a Custom Theme
    3. Templates
      1. Student Activity: Review a Template
      2. Student Activity: Base a Project on a Template
      3. Student Activity: Create a Project Template
        1. Template Confidence Check
    4. Template Placeholders
      1. Student Activity: Insert a Placeholder
  11. Module 9: Responsive Projects
    1. Being Responsive
      1. Student Activity: Review a Responsive Project
      2. Student Activity: Customize Break Points
        1. Break Points Confidence Check
    2. Creating Responsive Projects
      1. Student Activity: Customize Theme Colors
    3. Editing a Responsive Project
      1. Student Activity: Use the Position Inspector
    4. Positioning Objects
      1. Student Activity: Position and Link Objects
        1. Object Position Confidence Check
  12. Module 10: Reporting Results
    1. LMS Reporting Options
      1. Student Activity: Set Quiz Reporting Options
    2. Manifest Files
      1. Student Activity: Create a Manifest File
    3. Advanced Interaction
      1. Student Activity: Report a Button Interaction
      2. Student Activity: Adjust Slide Object Interaction
    4. Content Packages
      1. Student Activity: Publish a Content Package
    5. Uploading to an LMS
      1. Student Activity: Create an Inquisiq LMS Account
      2. Student Activity: Create an LMS Course
      3. Student Activity: Attach a Lesson to a Course
      4. Student Activity: Create an LMS Catalog
      5. Student Activity: Attach a Course to a Catalog
      6. Student Activity: Test an eLearning Course
  13. Index