Captivate Advanced Training

Adobe Captivate is gaining popularity as the authoring tool used for creating e-learning content such as software demonstrations, software simulations, branched scenarios, and randomized quizzes. After mastering the basics in our Captivate Fundamentals Training, extend your Captivate proficiency by learning advanced techniques in this class.

Caption Pre-Editing

You'll get your advanced class started with a bit of a review. You'll record a software simulation using Captivate's Custom recording mode. Where's the twist? You'll edit a little-known language file and control the text that appears in future Captivate text captions. The time you'll save by pre-editing this little file just might pay for this class.

  • Rehearse a Script
  • Set Recording Preferences
  • Record a Software Simulation
  • Edit a Text Capture Template

Video Demos

This session will teach you how to effectively capture videos. And you'll get a jump start on publishing your videos for use on video sites such as YouTube.

  • Record a Video Demo
  • Add a Video Zoom
  • Add a Video Pan
  • Smooth a Mouse Path and Show Visual Clicks
  • Split a Video
  • Trim a Video
  • Insert a Video Project into a Standard Project
  • Publish a Video Demo

Custom Styles, Branching and Aggregating

If you've created several small projects, you'll learn that you can easily combine them into one master project. Once you've combined projects, you'll learn how to create jumps (branches) between different parts of the bigger lesson.

  • Create a Text Style
  • Apply a Style Globally
  • Export and Import a Style
  • Name a Slide
  • Copy/Paste Project Assets
  • Use Buttons to Create a Branch
  • Explore the Branching Tab
  • Create a Slide Group
  • Publish SWFs
  • Aggregate SWFs

Random Quizzes

As you begin this module, you'll learn how to import questions into Captivate using the GIFT format. Then you will learn to create question pools and random question slides that will make it difficult for learners to share quiz content with each other.

  • Review a GIFT File
  • Import a Question from a GIFT File
  • Create Question Pools
  • Move Questions to Pools
  • Insert Random Question Slides

Accessible eLearning

Creating eLearning lessons and courses that are accessible to citizens with disabilities may be a requirement in your organization. During these lessons, you'll learn some Section 508 best practices, and how to implement them within a Captivate project.

  • Set Document Information
  • Enable Accessibility
  • Add Accessibility Text to Slides
  • Import Slide Audio
  • Add Shortcut Keys
  • Add Closed Captions
  • Set a Tab Order

Variables and Widgets

Variables allow you to customize an eLearning lesson for every student. And you don't have to know a single programming code to work with variables. You'll also learn about widgets and how to add them to a project.

  • Add Project Information
  • Insert a System Variable
  • Edit a System Variable
  • Create a user Variable
  • Use a Variable to Gather Data
  • Insert and Format a Widget

Interactions

Interactions, also referred to as Smart Learning Interactions, are powerful widgets that allow you to quickly insert interactive objects onto a slide. Captivate ships with a wide range of Interactions, such as Process Cycles and Pyramids, and you can download others. As you work with Interactions, you'll find that you can customize not only the content but also the look and feel of the Interaction.

  • Insert a Process Circle
  • Create a Basic Drag and Drop Interaction
  • Manage Drag and Drop Buttons and Write Captions
  • Create a "Trick" Retry Slide
  • Explore an Advanced Drag and Drop Project
  • Create an Advanced Drag and Drop Interaction
  • Change the States of a Smart Shape
  • Use States to Swap Images

Actions

When a learner clicks on a button or click box, an Action occurs. But what if you want multiple, conditional actions to occur? You'll be introduced to Captivate's Advanced Actions that will allow objects to perform multiple tricks for every learner click.

  • Use a Completed Action
  • Name Objects
  • Create a Mask
  • Control Object Visibiity
  • Create a Standard Advanced Action
  • Attach an Action to a Button
  • Group Timeline Objects
  • Create a Variable
  • Create a Conditional Action
  • Create Decision Blocks

Masters, Themes, and Templates

Learn to keep the look and feel of your Captivate projects consistent across slides and projects when you create master slides, apply and customize Themes, and create and use Project Temaplates.

  • Work with the Main Master Slide
  • Work with Content Masters
  • Apply a Master to Filmstrip Slides
  • Edit a Master
  • Apply a Theme
  • Create a Custom Theme
  • Review a Template
  • Base a Project on a Template
  • Create a Project Template
  • Insert a Placeholder

Responsive Projects

The size of the screen that learners use to access eLearning lessons can vary widely. Consider the size of a typical mobile phone compared to the various shapes and sizes of tablets. You could develop several Captivate projects that contain the same content but are sized to work on specific devices; however, the problem is that you'd have to edit and update several projects. Learn how to navigate Captivate's responsive interface (which is very different from working in a standard project), and how to create responsive projects from scratch.

  • Review a Responsive Project
  • Customize Breakpoints
  • Save a Standard Project as Responsive
  • Insert and Name Fluid Boxes
  • Add Content to Fluid Boxes
  • Switch Design Modes
  • Use the Position Inspector
  • Modify a Single Breakpoint
  • Exclude from view
  • Add a New Breakpoint
  • Position and Link Objects
  • Edit Breakpoint Object Styles

Reporting Results

If you've included a quiz in your eLearning lesson, it's likely you'll need to track the quiz results. You'll learn how to prepare a Captivate project so that it will work an LMS, preview a lesson in the SCORM Cloud, and actually upload a lesson to an LMS and test it.

  • Set Quiz Reporting Options
  • Create a Manifest File
  • Report a Button Interaction
  • Adjust Slide Object Interaction
  • Preview in SCORM Cloud
  • Publish a Content Package
  • Create an LMS Account
  • Attach a Lesson to a Course
  • Test an eLearning Course

Prerequisites:

  • Basic Mac or Windows skills: copying/pasting, right-clicking (contextual menus), finding files, switching between programs, exploring windows
  • Knowledge of and experience using Adobe Captivate comparable to the knowledge and experience gained in our Captivate Fundamentals Training

Captivate training is offered at three locations: