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Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Script Writing and Production Guide

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Script Writing and Production Guide


We've taught Adobe Captivate for years. At the end of classes, students have all the skills they need to create highly interactive computer-based training simulations (eLearning) using Adobe Captivate.

Some time ago a student, just prior to leaving a class the last day, asked how she could focus her writing skills and create clean, step-by-step documentation she could use for her Captivate scripts. She said she had searched and searched and could not find a class designed specifically for creating step-by-step documentation.

Another student asked if we had a style guide he could “borrow” so that he could create a corporate style guide to be used for all of their Captivate projects.

Based on those and other conversations, we created this book. The first part of the book is designed to help you focus your grammar and writing skills and help you to create concise step-by-step documentation. The second part of this book is the Style Guide and Process document we created for use at IconLogic, Inc. We've created thousands of eLearning lessons and this Style Guide has helped us keep our lessons consistent from project to project. 

What This Book Is, and Isn't...

Please keep in mind that this 130-page workbook will not magically turn you into a writer, let alone a script writer--you'll need lots of hands-on experience and additional training before that happens. Instead, consider this book to be a "baby-step" book. This book was written as a way to get your scripts off on the right foot. Also keep in mind that the Style Guide presented in Part 2 does not teach you Captivate. Instead, that section of the book is simply designed to offer the techniques and processes we use every day to create eLearning lessons with Adobe Captivate.

If you are new to Captivate 5, check out these books:

Adobe Captivate 5: The Essentials

Adobe Captivate 5: Beyond the Essentials

Prefer a digital copy?

Download the Kindle version of Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Script Writing and Production Guide from Amazon here.


Here is what you will learn:

Part 1: Script Writing

  • The Writing Process
  • The Audience 
  • The Subject Matter Expert (SME)
  • The “Wow” Factor
  • Rules for Writing
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Writing Styles
  • Writing Style Guides

Grammar Workshop

  • Comma Inside or Comma Outside the Quotation Mark?
  • Less is More, But is Fewer Very Much?
  • Led/Lead/Leading/Leading 
  • When We Join Things, Are They Always Plural?
  • Commas Between Adjectives | Hyphens

Writing Workshop

  • Active vs. Passive Voice
  • Death to Deadwood
  • Writing Concisely
  • Writing Narratives
  • Writing Step-By-Step Procedures
  • Sample eLearning Script

Part 2: Production Guide

  • The eLearning Development Process
  • Captivate Application Preferences
  • Screen (Display) Resolution
  • Snap to
  • Project Templates
  • Record Using the Project Template
  • The Project Skin
  • Table of Contents
  • TOC Branding Object Styles
  • Master Slides
  • Placeholder Objects
  • Publish Settings
  • Externalize Resources
  • Preloader and Preloader Percentage Settings
  • Create a Project From a Template
  • Record Using a Recording Slide
  • Version
  • Produce a Project
  • Slide Quality
  • Slide Transitions
  • Slide Actions
  • Object Properties
  • Audio/Narration
  • Audio Scripts
  • Background Audio Options
  • The Approval Process
  • Shared Review
  • Consistency Concerns
  • Publishing Projects for an LMS
  • Publishing to a Web Server
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