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Mastering Adobe Captivate 8

Book Description

Create responsive demonstrations, simulations, and quizzes for multiscreen delivery with Adobe Captivate

In Detail

Adobe Captivate is used to create highly engaging, interactive eLearning content. This book gives you the expertise you need to create and deploy your own professional-quality eLearning courses.

The book covers the three steps of the typical Adobe Captivate production workflow. In the first step, you will learn how to capture the onscreen action using Captivate's capture engine. In the second step, you will enhance your projects using a wide variety of tools and features. In the last step, you will make your content available to your learners by publishing it in various formats including Adobe Flash and HTML 5.

This book is an advanced tutorial, containing all the needed assets to build the sample projects. Self-exploration is encouraged through extra exercises, experimentation, and external references.

What You Will Learn

  • Turn your eLearning content into a stunning interactive multimedia experience using video, audio, animations, Buttons, and more

  • Record onscreen action using the sophisticated screen capture engine of Captivate

  • Make your eLearning content look awesome on any device using the all new Responsive Project feature of Captivate 8

  • Create LMS-ready interactive quizzes

  • Utilize the Templates, Master Slides, Swatches, and Styles to implement consistent formatting and rapid development

  • Use Captivate with other applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Audition, Adobe Flash, Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Edge Inspect, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word

  • Unleash the true power of Captivate using widgets variables and advanced actions

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    Table of Contents

    1. Mastering Adobe Captivate 8
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Mastering Adobe Captivate 8
      3. Credits
      4. Foreword
      5. About the Author
      6. Acknowledgments
      7. About the Reviewers
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why subscribe?
          2. Free access for Packt account holders
      9. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Downloading the example code
          2. Downloading the color images of this book
          3. Errata
          4. Piracy
          5. Questions
      10. 1. Getting Started with Adobe Captivate 8
        1. Obtaining Captivate
          1. The Captivate perpetual license
          2. The Captivate subscription
          3. Captivate in Technical Communication Suite
        2. The first look at a typical production workflow
          1. Step zero – the preproduction phase
          2. Step one – capturing the slide
          3. Step two – the editing phase
          4. Step three – the publishing phase
        3. Touring the Captivate interface
          1. Using the advanced interface mode
          2. Working with panels
          3. Creating a new workspace
            1. Extra credit
          4. Renaming and deleting custom workspaces
          5. Workspaces in normal mode
        4. Exploring the sample applications
          1. Experiencing the Encoder demonstration
          2. Experiencing the Encoder simulation
          3. Experiencing the Driving in Belgium sample application
          4. Experiencing the Going Mobile responsive application
          5. Experiencing the Encoder Video Demo
        5. Discussing the sample apps scenario
        6. Summary
        7. Meet the community
          1. Dr. Pooja Jaisingh
          2. Bio
          3. Contact details
      11. 2. Capturing the Slides
        1. Choosing the right resolution for the project
          1. Describing the problem
          2. Resizing the project after the initial shooting
          3. Downsizing the application during shooting
          4. Using the panning feature of Captivate
          5. Using the Scalable HTML Content feature
          6. Using a Responsive Project
          7. Conclusion
        2. Recording the first project
          1. Preparing the application to record
          2. Rehearsing the scenario
          3. Resetting the application
          4. Recording the movie
            1. Enabling access to assistive devices (Mac users only)
            2. Preparing Captivate to record the sequence
            3. And… action!
          5. Previewing the rushes
        3. The inner working of the Captivate capture engine
          1. Understanding the FMR mode
        4. Controlling Captivate during the shooting session
        5. Exploring the preferences
          1. Exploring the automatic recording modes
          2. Exploring the recording settings
          3. The Video Demo preferences pane
        6. Recording the other versions of the project
          1. Previewing the second rushes
        7. Recording with System Audio
        8. The Video Demo recording mode
        9. Automatic and manual panning
        10. Responsive capture
        11. Rescaling a project
        12. Summary
        13. Meet the community
          1. Anita Horsley
          2. Contact details
      12. 3. Working with Standard Objects
        1. Preparing your work
        2. Working with the Properties panel
        3. Exploring the objects of Captivate
          1. Using the Text Caption object
            1. Modifying the content of a Text Caption
            2. Creating new Text Captions
              1. Extra credit – adding Text Captions
            3. Formatting a Text Caption
              1. Resizing and moving Text Captions
              2. Changing the Callout and the Caption Type
              3. Character and paragraph formatting
          2. The Highlight Box object
          3. Working with the mouse
            1. Understanding the mouse movements
            2. Formatting the mouse object
          4. Working with images
            1. Inserting a slide from another project
            2. Inserting an image on a slide
            3. Using the image editing tools
            4. Inserting a picture slide
            5. Extra credit – working with characters
          5. Working with Text Animations
            1. Duplicating slides
            2. Converting a Typing object into a Text Animation object
          6. Working with Smart Shapes
            1. Drawing a simple Smart Shape
            2. Drawing additional Smart Shapes
            3. Creating and saving your own Smart Shapes
              1. Modifying a custom shape
              2. Saving a custom shape
            4. Using Smart Shapes as Highlight Boxes
              1. Extra credit – replacing the remaining Highlight Boxes of the project.
            5. Adding text inside Smart Shapes
          7. The Equation editor
        4. Working with Text Effects
        5. Summary
        6. Meet the community
          1. Lieve Weymeis
          2. Contact details
      13. 4. Working with Multimedia
        1. Editing a Full Motion Recording
        2. Inserting external animations into the project
          1. Importing Flash animations
          2. Importing HTML5 animations
        3. Working with video
        4. Working with audio
          1. Adding audio to the objects
        5. Adding background music to the entire project
        6. Adding audio to the slides
          1. Recording narration with Captivate
            1. Setting up the sound system
            2. Recording the narration
          2. Importing an external sound clip
          3. Using Text-to-Speech to generate narration
            1. Installing the Captivate speech agents
            2. Working with the Slide Notes panel
            3. Converting text to speech
            4. Using the Speech Management window
        7. Editing a sound clip in Captivate
        8. Using the Advanced Audio Management window
        9. Adding Closed Captions to the slides
          1. Viewing the Closed Captions
          2. Closed captioning a video file
          3. Extra credit – adding Closed Captions
        10. Summary
        11. Meet the community
          1. Allen Partridge
          2. Contact details
      14. 5. Working with the Timeline and Other Useful Tools
        1. Preparing your work
        2. Working with the Library
          1. Importing external assets into the library
          2. Reusing library items
          3. Importing objects from another library
          4. Deleting unused assets from the library
        3. Laying out the objects on the slides
          1. Using Smart Guides
          2. Grouping objects
          3. Using the Align toolbar
            1. Selecting multiple objects
            2. Extra credit – aligning and distributing the remaining objects
          4. Putting it all together
        4. Working with the Timeline
          1. Using the Timeline to select objects
          2. Using the Timeline to lock and unlock objects
          3. Using the Timeline to show and hide objects
          4. Using the Timeline to change the stacking order of the objects
          5. Using the Timeline to set the timing of the objects
            1. Tips and tricks for great syncing
              1. Using the Sync with Playhead feature
              2. Syncing and positioning
            2. Extra credit – adjusting the timing of the other slides
        5. Adding effects to objects
          1. Combining effects
            1. Extra credit – adding effects to images
            2. Finishing touches
        6. Summary
        7. Meet the community
          1. Kevin Siegel
          2. Contact details
      15. 6. Working with Interactive Objects
        1. Preparing your work
        2. Working with Buttons
          1. Formatting Buttons
          2. Using Smart Shapes as Buttons
          3. Branching with Buttons
        3. Discovering the Rollover objects
          1. Working with Rollover Captions
          2. Working with Rollover Smart Shapes
          3. Working with Rollover Images
          4. Working with Rollover Slidelets
            1. Inserting and formatting a Rollover Slidelet
            2. Inserting objects in a Rollover Slidelet
        4. Working with the Drag and Drop interaction
          1. Using the Drag and Drop interaction wizard
          2. Using the Drag and Drop panel
          3. Using the Drag and Drop interaction for branching and navigation
        5. Creating a simulation
          1. Hiding the Mouse object
          2. Replacing the video file and the project title
          3. Using Find and Replace
          4. Working with Click Boxes
            1. Branching with Click Boxes
              1. Working with feedback messages
              2. Arranging slideless branching
            2. Extra credit – adding the remaining Click Boxes
          5. Working with Text Entry Boxes
          6. Finishing touches
        6. Summary
        7. Meet the community
          1. Joe Ganci
          2. Contact details
      16. 7. Working with Styles, Master Slides, Themes, and Templates
        1. Working with the Swatch Manager
          1. Importing custom Swatches to the Swatches panel
          2. Using custom colors
          3. Extra credit – importing custom swatches
        2. Working with Styles
          1. Managing Styles with the Properties panel
            1. Resetting a style
            2. Creating new Styles
            3. Applying Styles
            4. Modifying a Style
            5. Applying styles automatically
              1. Extra credit – applying styles automatically
              2. Extra credit – creating styles for another type of object
          2. Working with the Object Style Manager
            1. Renaming styles
            2. Exporting a style
            3. Importing a style
            4. Creating a style in the Object Style Manager
            5. Extra credit – exporting and importing styles
        3. Working with Themes
          1. Applying a Theme to an existing project
          2. The elements of a Theme
            1. The Master Slides
              1. Creating slides based on Master Slides
              2. Changing the Master Slide of an existing slide
              3. Inserting a blank slide in a themed project
            2. Styles
        4. Creating a custom Theme
          1. Customizing the Master Slides of the Theme
            1. Customizing the Main Master Slide
            2. Adding a Master Slide to the Theme
            3. Adding Placeholders to the Master Slides
            4. Applying the Master Slides to the Slides of the Project
              1. Extra credit – creating the ending slide of the project
            5. Modifying a Master Slide
          2. Adding Styles to the Theme
            1. Styling the titles
              1. Placing the Master Slide objects on top
            2. Extra credit – styling the remaining objects
            3. Saving the styles in the Theme
            4. Extra credit – applying the Theme to another project
        5. Working with Templates
          1. Creating a Template
          2. Adding Placeholder Slides
          3. Adding the last slides
          4. Saving the Template
          5. Creating a new Captivate project from a Template
        6. Summary
        7. Meet the community
          1. Richard John Jenkins
          2. Contact details
      17. 8. Producing a Video Demo
        1. The Video Demo interface
        2. The postproduction phase of a Video Demo project
          1. Adding objects to a Video Demo project
            1. Inserting images in a Video Demo project
              1. Extra credit – inserting the end image of the Video Demo project
            2. Inserting objects in a Video Demo project
          2. Removing unwanted popups
          3. Adding Pan & Zoom animation
          4. Adding Transitions
        3. Publishing a Video Demo project
          1. Publishing to YouTube
        4. Summary
        5. Meet the community
          1. Michael Lund
          2. Contact details
      18. 9. Creating a Responsive Project
        1. About Responsive Projects
          1. Viewport size versus screen size
          2. Understanding breakpoints
        2. Setting up a Responsive Project
          1. Adjusting the breakpoints
          2. Adjusting the slide height
          3. Applying a responsive theme
        3. Testing a Responsive Project
          1. Testing in the authoring environment
          2. Testing in a browser
          3. Testing with Adobe Edge Inspect
            1. Installing Adobe Edge Inspect
            2. Testing a Captivate project on your mobile devices
        4. Adding content in a Responsive Project
          1. Understanding the view hierarchy
            1. Extra credit – adding text content in a Responsive Project
            2. Relinking views
            3. Extra credit – relinking text content
          2. Excluding content from views
            1. Excluding content from other views
              1. Extra credit – creating the remaining arrows
        5. Sizing and positioning content in a Responsive Project
          1. Making images responsive
          2. Creating responsive text
          3. Pixel and percent positioning
          4. Using Percent Relative positioning
          5. Using Smart Position
            1. Extra credit – smart positioning the other objects
        6. Summary
        7. Meet the community
          1. Josh Cavalier
          2. Contact details
      19. 10. Working with Quizzes
        1. Introducing the quiz
        2. Creating Question Slides
          1. Inserting the first Question Slide
          2. Using the Multiple Choice question
            1. Understanding the basic question properties
            2. Working with Partial Scoring
            3. Branching with Question Slides
            4. Finalizing the Question Slide
            5. Using Smart Shapes as feedback messages
          3. Importing Question Slides from a GIFT file
          4. Working with Matching questions
          5. Working with Short Answer questions
          6. Working with True/False questions
          7. Adding the remaining Question Slides
          8. Working with Fill-In-The-Blank questions
          9. Working with Hotspot questions
          10. Working with Sequence questions
          11. Creating surveys with Likert questions
        3. Previewing the quiz
        4. Creating a Pretest
        5. Exploring the Quiz Preferences
          1. Setting the passing score of a quiz
        6. Working with Question Pools
          1. Creating a Question Pool
          2. Inserting questions in a Question Pool
          3. Inserting random Question Slides in the main project
        7. Styling the elements of the Question Slides
        8. Reporting scores to an LMS
        9. Understanding SCORM, AICC, and Tin Can
        10. Enabling reporting in Captivate
          1. Reporting options at the interaction level
            1. Reporting the random Question Slides
            2. Using a Drag and Drop interaction as a Question Slide
            3. Using the other scorable objects
          2. Setting up project-level reporting options
          3. Creating a SCORM manifest file
        11. Summary
        12. Meet the community
          1. Rod Ward
          2. Tristan Ward
          3. Contact details
      20. 11. Using Captivate with Other Applications
        1. Integrating Captivate with PowerPoint
          1. Converting an existing presentation to Captivate
            1. Viewing the presentation in PowerPoint
            2. Creating a Captivate project from a PowerPoint presentation
          2. Round Tripping between Captivate and PowerPoint
          3. Updating a linked PowerPoint presentation
          4. Inserting a PowerPoint slide in a Captivate project
        2. Localizing a Captivate project using Microsoft Word
        3. Importing a Photoshop file into Captivate
          1. Round Tripping between Captivate and Photoshop
        4. Editing audio with Adobe Audition
        5. Exporting to Flash Professional
        6. Exporting the project to XML
        7. Summary
        8. Meet the community
          1. Jim Leichliter
          2. Contact details
      21. 12. Working with Variables, Advanced Actions, and Widgets
        1. Working with variables
          1. System and User Variables
            1. Exploring System Variables
          2. Generating text dynamically
            1. Extra credit – generating a Quiz Results slide for the Pretest
          3. Using User Variables
            1. Creating a User Variable
            2. Capturing values with Text Entry Boxes
            3. Using user-defined variables to dynamically generate text
        2. Working with Advanced Actions
          1. Using Standard Actions
            1. Automatically turning on Closed Captions with Advanced Actions
            2. Extra credit – turning Closed Captions off
          2. Using Conditional Actions
            1. Creating the necessary variables
            2. Assigning a score to each possible answer
            3. Giving names to objects
            4. Conditionally showing and hiding objects
            5. Using a Conditional Action to implement branching with the Pretest
          3. Using Shared Actions
            1. Importing the necessary slides
            2. Creating the necessary variables and naming the objects
              1. Extra credit – creating the remaining variables
            3. Creating the Shared Action
            4. Saving the Shared Action
            5. Using and reusing the Shared Action
              1. Extra credit – reusing the Shared Action
        3. Geolocation in Adobe Captivate
          1. Inserting an extra slide
          2. Detecting the location of the learner
          3. Creating a custom Geolocation variable
          4. Altering the content based on the learner's location
        4. Working with Smart Learning Interactions
          1. Working with the Accordion Interaction
          2. Working with the Web Object Interaction
          3. Extra credit – working with the Award of Excellence Interaction
        5. Summary
        6. Meet the community
          1. Rick Zanotti
          2. Contact details
      22. 13. Finishing Touches and Publishing
        1. Finishing touches
          1. Checking the spelling
          2. Exploring the Start and End preferences
          3. Using the project metadata and accessibility
          4. Exploring other project preferences
          5. Exporting project preferences
          6. Customizing the project Skin
            1. Customizing the Playback Controls bar
            2. Working with Borders
            3. Adding a Table of Contents
          7. Applying the same Skin to other projects
        2. Publishing a Captivate project
          1. Publishing to Flash
          2. Using the Scalable HTML content option
          3. Publishing to HTML5
            1. Using the HTML5 Tracker panel
            2. Publishing the project in HTML5
          4. Publishing a Responsive Project
            1. Using Mobile Palette
            2. Publishing a Responsive Project
          5. Publishing an eLearning-enabled project
            1. Hiding and showing slides
            2. Publishing the SCORM package in HTML5
            3. Extra credit – publishing the Flash version of the SCORM package
          6. Working with the Multi SCO packager
            1. Creating a SCORM package from the Video Demo project
            2. Creating a single-course package from multiple SCOs
          7. Publishing to PDF
          8. Publishing as a standalone application
          9. Publishing as an .mp4 video file
            1. Publishing to YouTube
          10. Publishing to Microsoft Word
            1. Extra credit – publishing to Word
        3. Publishing for devices
        4. Summary
        5. Meet the community
          1. Kirsten Rourke
          2. Contact details
      23. Index