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Adobe Captivate 8: The Essentials

Adobe Captivate 8: The Essentials

ISBN: 1932733701

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"Adobe Captivate 8: The Essentials" is a self-paced training manual that teaches the core Adobe Captivate skills needed to create interactive eLearning and mLearning content. By following step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to create a soft-skills lesson from scratch. You’ll learn to record and produce software demonstrations, and interactive training simulations.

By the time you finish working through this fast-paced book, you'll know how to control the mouse pointer and add such standard objects as text captions, images, and highlight boxes. You'll be able to record, import and edit audio, and further enhance the learner experience by adding interactivity via click boxes, buttons and text entry boxes.

Have you already created content using Microsoft PowerPoint? Don’t throw that presentation away. You’ll learn how to import existing PowerPoint content into Captivate. Last, but not least, you'll learn to publish your project in SWF and HTML5 formats so that your content can be uploaded to a web server for consumption on virtually any device, including the iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices.

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Preface

In This Module You Will Learn About:

  • Planning eLearning Projects
  • The Perfect Project Size
  • Designing Slides in Captivate
  • Fonts and Learning

Module 1: Exploring Captivate

As you work through the lessons in this book, the goal is to get you comfortable with each specific Captivate area or feature before proceeding. Like any feature-rich program, mastering Captivate is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. Soon enough you’ll be in full stride, creating awesome eLearning content using Captivate. But before the sprint comes the crawl. During these first few activities, I’d like to give you a chance to familiarize yourself with Captivate’s user interface. Specifically, you’ll be instructed to start Captivate, open an existing project, and poke around Captivate’s interface a bit.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Explore a Finished Captivate Project
  • Zoom and Magnify
  • Navigate a Project
  • Explore and Reset the Workspace
  • Preview the Entire Project

Module 2: New Project & Soft Skills eLearning

You can create two types of eLearning with Captivate: software simulations or soft skills lessons. A software simulation is essentially a recording of step-by-step actions performed on a computer. You can use Captivate to create interactive software simulations (often referred to as “Let Me Try” lessons), demonstrations (often referred to as “Show Me” lessons, and videos (much like the kind you’ve likely seen on YouTube).

Soft Skills eLearning encompasses anything that doesn’t fall into the category of a software simulation or demonstration (terrorism awareness, compliance training, conflict resolution, policies and procedures). Anything that’s a life skill would fall into the category of soft skills. During the lessons in this module, you will create a soft skills lesson that includes multiple slides, text, images, and buttons that allow the learner to move through the lesson at their own pace.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Create a Blank Project
  • Add Images to Placeholders
  • Insert and Format a Text Button

Module 3: Recording Demos and Sims

Recording desktop actions is one of Captivate's key features... and you'll cover the hottest recording modes: demo, assessment, training and custom.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Rehearse a Script
  • Review Recording Settings
  • Enable Access for Assistive Devices
  • Review Default Recording Mode Settings
  • Record Using Multiple Modes
  • Record a Custom Simulation

Module 4: Captions, Styles and Timing

Once you've recorded your lessons, the real work begins. During these lessons, you will learn how to add text caption, set object styles and control the timing of slides objects.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Insert, Resize and Move Text Captions
  • Modify Text Caption Properties
  • Edit the Default Caption Style
  • Change a Callout Type Used by a Text Caption
  • Control Slide Timing
  • Control Slide Object Timing
  • Check Spelling
  • Align Slide Objects

Module 5: Images and Smart Shapes

Adding images to your project will enhance the lesson. These lessons will teach you how to add images and shapes, how to manipulate them and manage them. You’ll also learn how to incorporate Photoshop documents (including the layers) into your Captivate project.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Insert, Resize, and Restore an Image
  • Transform an Image
  • Use the Library
  • Manage Unused Project Assets
  • Crop and Rename an Image
  • Remove a Background Color
  • Insert a Cloud Callout
  • Create an Image Mask
  • Delete a Slide Background
  • Work with Photoshop Layers
  • Create an Image Slideshow

Module 6: Pointers, Paths, Boxes, and Buttons

If you've created a demonstration, that pesky mouse can sometimes have a mind of its own. You'll learn how to tame that wild mouse during these lessons. Then you'll learn how to add some basic interactivity to a lesson via buttons.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Control Mouse Effects
  • Edit a Mouse Path
  • Clone an Object Style
  • Insert a Highlight Box
  • Insert an Image Button
  • Control Appear After Timing

Module 7: Rollovers and Zooms

Rollovers and Zoom Areas enhance the eLearning experience by encouraging interactivity (rollovers) and grabbing the learners attention (zoom areas). Learn them both during these lessons.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Insert a Rollover Caption
  • Insert a Rollover Image
  • Insert a Rollover Slidelet
  • Insert a Zoom Area

Module 8: Audio

eLearning lessons that contain voiceover audio and sound effects are more effective than lessons that don't... and that's just a fact! Learn how to add, edit and record audio during these lessons. And if that's not enough, you'll also learn how to convert Text-to-Speech, which is just cool!

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Import Audio onto a Slide Object
  • Import Background Audio
  • Add a Slide Note
  • Calibrate a Microphone
  • Record Slide Audio
  • Import a Voiceover onto a Slide
  • Edit an Audio File
  • Insert Silence
  • Convert Text-to-Speech

Module 9: Video, Animation and Effects

In a word, Flash Video is cool! Learn how to add Flash Video to your eLearning lessons. There are lessons for adding Animation and special effects too.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Insert a Flash Video
  • Set Flash Video Properties
  • Add Animation to a slide
  • Insert Text Animation
  • Apply an Effect to a Slide Objec
  • Apply a Glow Filter Effect
  • Modify Effect Properties
  • Save and Import Effects

Module 10: Adding Interactivity

Interactive eLearning is generally thought to be more effective than passive demonstration videos. During these lessons, learn how to convert an existing demonstration into a highly engaging, interactive powerhouse.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Hide the Mouse
  • Replace Phrases
  • Insert a Click Box
  • Insert a Text Entry Box

Module 11: Working With PowerPoint

Often times the eLearning project begins in Microsoft PowerPoint. Why not use that content in your Captivate project? These lessons will help you master the PowerPoint to Captivate workflow.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Import PowerPoint slides
  • Resize One Object and Apply to All
  • Round-Trip PowerPoint Edits
  • Synch With Source
  • Rescale a Project

Module 12: Introduction to Question Slides

Captivate sports some robust quizzing tools. You'll learn how to setup, create and edit question slides.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Edit Quizzing Object Styles
  • Set the Quiz Preferences
  • Apply a Theme
  • Hide a Slide Image
  • Insert Question slides
  • Add an Image to a Question slide

Module 13: Finishing Touches

No project is finished until it's published so that it can be consumed by your learners. Learn the best publishing format to use for the widest audience (including SWF and the new HTML5 output). Learn how to add a TOC to your lessons and the ideal settings for publishing.

In This Module You Will Learn To:

  • Create a Link to a Web Site
  • Apply a Skin
  • Edit, Save and Delete a Skin
  • Create a TOC
  • Check Publish Settings and Add a Loading Screen
  • Publish a SWF and PDF
  • Run the HTML5 Tracker
  • Publish as HTML5
  • Export Captions
  • Perform a “Round Trip"

Book and System Requirements

This book will teach you how to use Adobe Captivate version 8. The Adobe Captivate software does not come with this book. The software can be downloaded directly from Adobe (www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html). You do not need to purchase Captivate to learn Captivate; the free trial version of the software can be downloaded via the link above. The only limitation on the trial is that it will last for 30 days from the day you first run the software on your computer 

Here are Adobe’s system requirements for installing and using Adobe Captivate 8.

Windows: 1 GHz or faster processor Intel Pentium 4, Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Intel Core Duo (or compatible) processor; Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or 8.1; 2GB minimum RAM (4GB recommended); 5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storage devices); 1024x768 display (1280x1024 recommended) with 16-bit video card.

Mac: Multicore Intel processor; Mac OS X 10.9 or newer; 2GB minimum RAM (4GB recommended); 5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on flash-based storage devices); 1024x768 display (1280x1024 recommended) with 16-bit video card.

Microphone, Speakers, and/or a Headset: During the module on Audio, which begins on page 133, you will learn how to import, record, and edit audio. You will need a microphone and speakers or a headset to complete those activities.

eLearning Assets: Captivate comes with several images (known as Characters) and Themes. To ensure you have all of the assets you need to complete the lessons in this book, download and install the eLearning Assets via the link at www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=captivate.

NeoSpeech: You will learn how to convert written text into an audio file during activities beginning on page 151. To use the NeoSpeech Text-To-Speech feature, you will need to install the NeoSpeech software after installing Captivate. NeoSpeech comes free with Captivate but is not installed during the Captivate installation process. You can download NeoSpeech from www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=captivate.

Note: Many people have a hard time finding the eLearning Assets and NeoSpeech download links because they aren’t shown in a drop-down menu. Look for this paragraph (which contains the download link): “Adobe Captivate 8.0 comes with a wide range of assets which can be used to create great looking eLearning content.”

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer: PowerPoint, which does not come with Captivate, is used during the PowerPoint integration activities beginning on page 182. If PowerPoint is not installed, you will not be able to complete all of the activities.

Microsoft Word 2007 or newer: Word, which does not come with Captivate, is used during activities beginning on page 233. If Word is not installed, you will not be able to complete all of the activities.

Kevin Siegel is the founder and president of IconLogic, Inc. He has written hundreds of step-by-step computer training books on applications such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Adobe RoboHelp, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Technical Communication Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, QuarkXPress, and TechSmith Camtasia Studio.

Kevin spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an award-winning photojournalist and has nearly three decades experience as a print publisher, technical writer, instructional designer, and eLearning developer. He is a certified technical trainer, a veteran classroom instructor, and a frequent speaker at trade shows and conventions. 

Kevin holds multiple certifications and was named one of the top trainers in the world by Adobe Systems, Inc.

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