Mastering Adobe Captivate 7

Mastering Adobe Captivate 7
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  • Enhance your projects by adding interactivity, animations, sound, and more
  • Deploy e-Learning content on a SCORM, AICC, or a Tin Can-compliant LMS
  • Publish you project in a wide variety of formats including Flash and HTML 5

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 532 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : February 2014
ISBN : 1783559888
ISBN 13 : 9781783559886
Author(s) : Damien Bruyndonckx
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Captivate
Chapter 2: Capturing the Slides
Chapter 3: Working with Standard Objects
Chapter 4: Working with Styles, Master Slides, Themes, and Templates
Chapter 5: Adding Interactivity to the Project
Chapter 6: Working with Audio
Chapter 7: Working with Quizzes
Chapter 8: Finishing Touches and Publishing
Chapter 9: Using Captivate 7 with Other Applications
Chapter 10: Reviewing a Captivate Project
Chapter 11: Variables, Advanced Actions, and Widgets
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started with Captivate
    • Obtaining Captivate
    • A glance at the Captivate production process
      • Step zero – the preproduction phase
      • Step one – capturing the slides
      • Step two – the editing phase
      • Step three – the publishing phase
    • Touring the Captivate interface
      • The first look at the Captivate interface
      • Working with panels
        • Adding and removing panels
        • Moving panels around
      • Creating a custom workspace
      • Renaming and deleting custom workspaces
    • Exploring the sample applications
      • Experiencing the Encoder demonstration
      • Experiencing the Encoder simulation
      • Experiencing the Driving In Belgium sample application
      • Experiencing the Encoder Video Demo
    • Discussing the sample apps scenario
    • Summary
    • Meet the community
      • Pooja Jaisingh
      • Bio
      • Contact details
  • Chapter 2: Capturing the Slides
    • Choosing the right resolution for the project
      • What exactly is the problem?
      • Resizing the project after the initial shooting
      • Downsizing the application during shooting
      • Using the panning feature of Captivate
      • Using the Scalable HTML Content feature
      • Conclusion
    • Shooting your first movie
      • Preparing the application to shoot
      • Rehearsing the scenario
        • Resetting the application
      • Shooting the movie
        • Enabling access to assistive devices (Mac users only)
        • Preparing Captivate to shoot the movie
        • And… Action!
      • Previewing the rushes
    • The inner working of the Captivate capture engine
      • The Full Motion Recording mode
    • Controlling Captivate during the shooting session
    • Exploring the preferences
      • The automatic recording modes
      • Exploring the recording settings
      • The Video Demo preferences
    • Shooting the other versions of the project
      • Previewing the second rushes
    • Shooting with System Audio
    • The Video Demo recording mode
    • Automatic and manual panning
    • Rescaling a project
    • Summary
    • Meet the community
      • Anita Horsley
      • Contact details
  • Chapter 3: Working with Standard Objects
    • Preparing your work
    • Working with the Properties panel
    • Exploring the objects of Captivate
      • The Text Caption object
        • Modifying the content of a Text Caption
        • Creating new Text Captions
        • Formatting a Text Caption
      • The Highlight Box object
      • Working with the mouse
        • Understanding the mouse movements
        • Formatting the Mouse object
        • Editing a full motion recording
      • Working with images
        • Inserting a slide from another project
        • Inserting an image into a slide
        • Using the image editing tools
        • Inserting a picture slide
        • Extra credit – working with Characters
      • Working with Smart Shapes
        • Formatting a Smart Shape
        • Adding text inside Smart Shapes
      • Working with Text Animations
        • Duplicating slides
        • Converting a Typing object into a Text Animation
        • Extra credit – creating the introductory and ending slides of another project
      • Inserting external animations in the project
      • Inserting a Video file
      • The Equation Editor
    • Using the Align toolbar
      • Selecting multiple objects
      • Extra credit – aligning and distributing the remaining objects
    • Working with the Timeline panel
      • Using the Timeline panel to select objects
      • Hiding and locking objects with Timeline
      • Using Timeline to change the stacking order of the objects
      • Using Timeline to set the timing of the objects
        • Extra credit – adjusting the timing of the other slides
    • Adding effects to objects
      • Combining effects
        • Extra credit – adding effects to images
        • Finishing touches
    • Working with the Library panel
      • Reusing Library items
      • Importing objects from another Library
      • Deleting unused assets from the Library panel
    • Summary
    • Meet the community
      • Lieve Weymeis
      • Contact details
  • Chapter 4: Working with Styles, Master Slides, Themes, and Templates
    • Working with Styles
      • Managing Styles with the Properties panel
        • Resetting a style
        • Creating new styles
        • Applying styles
        • Modifying a style
        • Applying styles automatically
      • Working with the Object Style manager
        • Exporting a style
        • Importing a style
        • Creating a style in the Object Style Manager
    • Working with the Themes
      • The elements of a Theme
        • The Master Slides
        • The Styles
    • Creating a Theme
      • Customizing the Master Slides of the Theme
        • Customizing the Main Master Slide
        • Adding a Master Slide to the Theme
        • Adding Placeholders to the Master Slides
        • Applying the Master Slides to the slides of the project
        • Modifying a Master Slide
      • Adding Styles to the Theme
        • Styling the titles
        • Working with the Swatches panel
        • Styling the Smart Shapes using the Swatches panel
      • Saving the Styles in the Theme
    • Working with Templates
      • Creating a Template
      • Adding Placeholder Slides
      • Adding the last slides
      • Saving the Template
      • Creating a new Captivate project from a Template
    • Summary
    • Meet the community
      • Jim Leichliter
      • Contact details
  • Discovering Rollover objects
    • Working with Rollover Captions
      • Working with Rollover Smart Shapes
    • Working with Rollover Images
    • Working with Rollover Slidelets
      • Inserting and formatting a Rollover Slidelet
      • Inserting objects in a Rollover Slidelet
  • Creating a simulation
    • Hiding the Mouse object
    • Using Find and Replace
    • Working with Click Boxes
      • Extra Credit – adding the remaining Click Boxes
    • Working with Text Entry Boxes
    • Finishing touches
  • Working with the Drag and Drop Interaction
    • Using the Drag and Drop Interaction wizard
    • Using the Drag and Drop panel
    • Using the Drag and Drop Interaction for branching and navigation
  • Objects and Animations in Video Demo projects
    • Interactivity in Video Demo projects
    • Standard objects in Video Demo projects
    • Animations in Video Demo projects
      • Using Pan and Zoom
      • Adding Transitions in Video Demos
  • Summary
  • Meet the community
    • Rod Ward
    • Tristan Ward
    • Contact details
  • Chapter 6: Working with Audio
    • Preparing your work
    • Adding audio to objects
      • Extra credit – adding sound effects to objects
    • Adding background music to the entire project
    • Adding audio to slides
      • Recording narration with Captivate
        • Setting up the sound system
        • Recording the narration
      • Importing an external sound clip
      • Using the library to import the remaining audio files
      • Editing a sound clip in Captivate
      • Extra credit – synchronizing the audio clips
    • Using Text-to-Speech to generate narration
      • Installing the Captivate speech agents
      • Working with the Slide Notes panel
      • Converting text to speech
      • Using the Speech Management window
    • Using the Advanced Audio Management window
    • Adding Closed Captions to the slides
      • Viewing Closed Captions
      • Closed Captioning a video file
      • Extra credit – adding Closed Captions
    • Summary
    • Meet the community
      • Allen Partridge
      • Contact details
  • Chapter 7: Working with Quizzes
    • Preparing your work
    • Introducing the quiz
    • Creating Question Slides
      • Inserting the first Question Slide
      • Using the Multiple Choice question
        • Understanding the basic question properties
        • Working with Partial Scoring
        • Branching with Question Slides
        • Finalizing the Question Slide
      • Importing Question Slides from a GIFT file
      • Working with the Matching question
      • Working with the Short Answer question
      • Working with the True/False question
      • Adding the remaining Question Slides
      • Working with the Fill-In-The-Blank question
      • Working with the Hotspot question
      • Working with the Sequence question
      • Creating surveys with Likert questions
    • Previewing the quiz
    • Creating a Pretest
    • The Quiz Preferences
      • Setting the passing score of a quiz
    • Working with Question Pools
      • Creating a Question Pool
      • Inserting questions in a Question Pool
      • Inserting random Question Slides into the main project
    • Styling the elements of the Question Slides
      • Styling the quiz buttons
      • Extra credit – styling the elements of the Question Slides
    • Reporting scores to an LMS
      • Understanding SCORM, AICC, and Tin Can
      • Enabling reporting in Captivate
        • Reporting options at the interaction level
        • Setting up project-level reporting options
      • Creating a SCORM manifest file
    • Using as an alternate reporting method
      • Configuring the Captivate project for reporting
      • Uploading files to
      • Taking the Quiz
      • Using the Adobe Captivate Quiz Results Analyzer
    • Summary
    • Meet the community
      • Kevin Siegel
      • Contact details
  • Chapter 8: Finishing Touches and Publishing
    • Preparing your work
    • Finishing touches
      • Checking spelling
      • Exploring the Start and End preferences
      • Discussing the project metadata and accessibility
      • Exploring other project preferences
      • Exporting project preferences
      • Working with the Skin Editor panel
        • Customizing the Playback Controls bar
        • Working with Borders
        • Adding a Table of Contents
        • Applying the same Skin to other projects
    • Publishing a Captivate project
      • Publishing a Video Demo project
      • Publishing to Flash
        • Using the Scalable HTML content option
      • Publishing to HTML5
        • Using the HTML5 Tracker panel
        • Publishing the project in HTML5
      • Publishing an eLearning-enabled project
        • Working with the MultiSco packager
      • Publishing to PDF
      • Publishing as a standalone application
      • Publishing as a .mp4 video file
        • Publishing to YouTube
      • Publishing to Microsoft Word
        • Extra credit – publishing to Word
      • Other publishing options
    • Summary
    • Meet the community
      • Joe Ganci
      • Contact details
  • Chapter 9: Using Captivate 7 with Other Applications
    • Preparing your work
    • Integrating Captivate with PowerPoint
      • Converting an existing presentation to Captivate
        • Viewing the presentation in PowerPoint
        • Creating a Captivate project from a PowerPoint presentation
      • Round Tripping between Captivate and PowerPoint
      • Updating a linked PowerPoint presentation
      • Inserting a PowerPoint slide in a Captivate project
    • Localizing a Captivate project using Microsoft Word
    • Exporting the project to XML
    • Importing a Photoshop file into Captivate
      • Round Tripping between Captivate and Photoshop
    • Exporting to Flash Professional
    • Summary
    • Meet the community
      • Richard Jenkins
      • Contact details
  • Chapter 10: Reviewing a Captivate Project
    • Preparing your work
    • The review process at a glance
    • Distributing the project
    • Commenting a Captivate project
      • Installing the Adobe Captivate Reviewer application
      • Using the Captivate Reviewer to create new comments
      • Exporting comments
    • Collecting and addressing comments
      • Addressing comments in Captivate
      • Using in the review process
      • Ending a review
    • Summary
    • Meet the community
      • Michael Lund
      • Contact details
  • Chapter 11: Variables, Advanced Actions, and Widgets
    • Preparing your work
    • Working with Variables
      • System and user-defined Variables
        • Exploring System Variables
      • Generating text dynamically
        • Extra credit – generating a Quiz Results slide for the Pretest
      • Using user-defined Variables
        • Creating a User Variable
        • Capturing values with Text Entry Boxes
        • Using user-defined variables to dynamically generate text
    • Working with Advanced Actions
      • Using Standard Action
        • Automatically turning on Closed Captions with Advanced Actions
        • Extra credit – turning Closed Captions off
      • Using Conditional Actions
        • Creating the necessary variables
        • Assigning a score to each possible answer
        • Giving names to objects
        • Conditionally showing and hiding objects
        • Using a Conditional Action to implement branching with the Pretest
      • Discussing Shared Actions
    • Understanding and using Widgets
      • Locating Widgets
      • Understanding the three types of Widgets
        • Using Static Widgets
      • Finding Widgets
        • Adobe Captivate Exchange
        • Blogs and websites
    • Working with Smart Learning interactions
      • Working with the Accordion interaction
      • Working with the YouTube Interaction
      • Working with the Web Object interaction
      • Extra credit – working with the Award of Excellence interaction
    • Summary
    • Meet the Community
      • Josh Cavalier
      • Contact details

Damien Bruyndonckx

Damien Bruyndonckx  is a trained elementary school teacher and began his career teaching French as a foreign language in two elementary public schools of Louisiana, USA. In 2001, he returned to his home country, Belgium, and began working as an IT trainer. He soon acquired the title of Adobe Certified Instructor on Dreamweaver, Coldfusion, Acrobat, and Captivate, which allowed him to work for various Adobe-authorized training centers in Europe and participate in many web- and eLearning-related projects for countless customers. In 2009, he went back to teaching in a school. He now works at IHECS, a higher education school of communications, based in Brussels, where he teaches Multimedia and serves as the eLearning Coordinator of the school. Thanks to his work at IHECS, Damien became an Adobe Education Leader in November 2011. Damien also owns a company that provides Adobe Training and eLearning consultancy. He authored Mastering Adobe Captivate 6 and Adobe Captivate 7 for Mobile learning , published in August 2012 and August 2013, respectively, by Packt Publishing. He lives in Thuin (Belgium) with his fiancée and his two children. Damien is a big music lover and occasionally works as a sound and light technician in the entertainment industry. You can follow him on Twitter at @damienbkx  and contact him by visiting his website at

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What you will learn from this book

  • Utilize the panning feature and the automatic recording modes of Captivate
  • Add sophisticated interactivity to your demonstrations and simulations
  • Provide personalized feedback based on the actions and answers of your students
  • Embed sound and closed captions to your demonstrations and simulations
  • Deploy your simulations, demonstrations, and quizzes in any SCROM, AICC, or Tin Can-compliant LMS
  • Use the templates and the master slides to implement consistent formatting and rapid development
  • Exploit Captivate with other applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Audition, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Power Point, and Microsoft Word
  • Unleash the true power of Captivate by using widgets variables and advanced actions

In Detail

Adobe Captivate 7 helps you rapidly author a wide range of interactive and HTML5-based e-Learning content with minimum programming. With Adobe Captivate 7, you can capture the on-screen action and also enhance your e-Learning projects by including animations, videos, Smart Shapes, buttons, and drag-and-drop interactions.

This book is a perfect introduction to Adobe Captivate 7. It will help you get started with the tool quickly and efficiently. This book demonstrates each and every feature of Adobe Captivate 7 giving you the expertise you need to create and deploy your own professional-quality e-Learning courses. You will be able to publish your work in various formats virtually on any desktop and mobile device.

This book will guide you through the creation of four e-Learning projects including a demonstration, an interactive simulation, a YouTube-like screencast, and a SCORM compliant quiz. The first part of the book will drive you through the three main steps of the Captivate production process. In the first step, you will use the powerful capture engine of Captivate to generate the slides and screenshots required for the project. In the second step, you will enhance your slides and screenshots using the objects provided by Captivate. These objects include animations, sophisticated interactions, videos, sound, and more. In the third step, you will make your projects available to the outside world by publishing them in various formats including Adobe Flash and HTML 5 so that you content can be played back on every desktop and mobile device. The second part of the book will focus on the advanced tools of Captivate. These tools include the questions slides that make up a quiz, SCORM, AICC, and Tin Can compliance, localization of your e-Learning content and widgets among others. In the last chapter, you will unleash the true power of Captivate by using the variables and the advanced actions to create a unique e-Learning experience.


A comprehensive tutorial packed with examples, which is divided into small subtopics that follows a clear and logical outline to help you get to grips with Adobe Captivate 7. Readers are also encouraged to develop their understanding of the tool through practical exercises and experimentations in every chapter. A lot of external references and tips and tricks from established e-Learning professionals are also included.

Who this book is for

If you are a designer, eLearning developer, or webmaster who wants to construct an interactive and fun-filled eLearning project using Adobe Captivate 7, this book is ideal for you. Just a basic knowledge of operating system is expected from developers interested in this book.

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