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Adobe Captivate 7: Beyond the Essentials

Book Description

"Adobe Captivate 7: Beyond the Essentials" is a self-paced training manual that teaches the higher-end, more advanced functionality of Adobe Captivate. By following step-by-step instructions, you will improve your screen recording skills via project templates and by pre-editing your text captions. You’ll learn how to create and produce video projects that will enable you to record screen actions in real-time. Then, after learning how to import questions into Captivate using the GIFT format, you’ll learn how to create a random quiz using question pools and random question slides.

As your learning adventure continues, you'll fine-tune your production skills by learning about object styles, master slides, themes, and advanced actions. You'll learn to engage the learner like never before my using variables. You will learn how to create branching scenarios that will enable learners to plot their own learning path. Are you working in a team environment? Perhaps not all of those team members have Captivate? You'll learn to collaborate with team members using Captivate's powerful commenting capabilities. Team-members will be able to give you feedback about your eLearning lesson (in the form of comments that will appear directly within the Captivate project file) from anywhere in the world.

Finally, you'll ensure your eLearning and mLearning output can be used by people with disabilities by adding such 508-compliant features as accessibility text and closed captions. You'll learn about SCORM, AICC, TinCan, SCOs, Manifests, and how to upload a published lesson into a Learning Management System.

Table of Contents

  1. Adobe Captivate 7: Beyond the Essentials
    1. About This Book
      1. The Author
      2. Book Conventions
      3. Confidence Checks
      4. Captivate System Requirements
      5. Other Software/Assets You Will Need
      6. Data Files (Captivate Project Assets)
        1. Student Activity: Download the Windows Data Files
        2. Student Activity: Download the Mac Data Files
      7. How Software Updates Affect This Book
      8. Contacting IconLogic
      9. Special Thanks
    2. Preface
      1. To Review or Not to Review
      2. Planning eLearning Projects
      3. The Development Process
      4. Resolution and Recording Size
      5. Captivate’s Recording Settings
        1. Student Activity: Review Recording Settings
      6. Access for Assistive Devices
        1. Student Activity: Enable Access for Assistive Devices
    3. Module 1: Editing Text Capture Templates
      1. Rehearsals
        1. Student Activity: Rehearse a Script
      2. Custom Recordings
        1. Student Activity: Set Up the Custom Recording Mode
        2. Windows Users Only: Specify Notepad as the Recording Application
        3. Mac Users Only: Specify a Recording Screen Area
        4. Student Activity: Record Screen Actions
          1. Custom Recoding Confidence Check
      3. Caption Pre-Editing
        1. Student Activity: Edit a Text Capture Template
          1. RDL Editing Confidence Check
    4. Module 2: Video Demos
      1. Creating Video Projects
        1. Student Activity: Record a Video Demo
      2. Zooming and Panning
        1. Student Activity: Zoom Closer to the Screen Action
        2. Student Activity: Zoom Closer and Pan
          1. Pan & Zoom Confidence Check
      3. Mouse Points
        1. Student Activity: Smoothen a Mouse Path and Show Visual Clicks
      4. Splitting
        1. Student Activity: Split a Video
          1. Transitions Confidence Check
      5. Trimming
        1. Student Activity: Trim a Video
          1. Trimming Confidence Check
    5. Module 3: Custom Styles, Branching and Aggregating
      1. Creating Object Styles
        1. Student Activity: Create a New Style
        2. Student Activity: Apply a Style Globally
      2. Share Styles
        1. Student Activity: Export/Import a Style
          1. Applying Styles Confidence Check
      3. Combining Projects
        1. Student Activity: Name a Slide
          1. Naming Slides Confidence Check
        2. Student Activity: Copy/Paste Project Assets
      4. Branching
        1. Student Activity: Use Buttons to Create a Branch
          1. Branching Confidence Check
        2. Student Activity: Explore the Branching View
      5. Creating Groups
        1. Student Activity: Create a Slide Group
      6. Aggregating
        1. Student Activity: Publish SWFs
          1. Publishing Aggregator Modules Confidence Check
        2. Student Activity: Aggregate SWFs
          1. Aggregator Confidence Check
    6. Module 4: Question Pools
      1. GIFT Files
        1. Student Activity: Review a GIFT File
        2. Student Activity: Import a GIFT File
          1. Formatting a Question Slide Confidence Check
      2. Pools and Random Question Slides
        1. Student Activity: Rename and Create Question Pools
          1. Creating Question Pools Confidence Check
        2. Student Activity: Move Questions to Pools
          1. Moving Questions to Pools Confidence Check
        3. Student Activity: Insert Random Question Slides
          1. Random Question Slides Confidence Check
    7. Module 5: Accessible eLearning
      1. Accessibility and Captivate
        1. Student Activity: Set Document Information
        2. Student Activity: Enable Accessibility
      2. Accessibility Text
        1. Student Activity: Add Accessibility Text to Slides
        2. Student Activity: Import Slide Audio
          1. Accessibility Text Confidence Check
      3. Shortcut Keys
        1. Student Activity: Add Shortcut Keys
          1. Keyboard Shortcut Confidence Check
      4. Closed Captioning
        1. Student Activity: Add Closed Captions
          1. Closed Captions Confidence Check
      5. Tab Order
        1. Student Activity: Set a Tab Order
          1. Tab Order Confidence Check
    8. Module 6: Variables and Widgets
      1. Variables
        1. Student Activity: Add Project Information
        2. Student Activity: Insert a System Variable
          1. Variable Preview Confidence Check
        3. Student Activity: Edit a System Variable
          1. System Variables Confidence Check
        4. Student Activity: Create a User Variable
        5. Student Activity: Use a Variable to Gather Data
          1. User-Defined Variables Confidence Check
      2. Widgets
        1. Student Activity: Insert and Format a Widget
          1. Widget Confidence Check
      3. Interactions
        1. Student Activity: Insert a Process Circle
          1. Interactions Confidence Check
    9. Module 7: Actions
      1. Simple Actions
        1. Student Activity: Use a Completed Action
        2. Student Activity: Name Objects
          1. Naming Objects Confidence Check
        3. Student Activity: Create a Mask
        4. Student Activity: Control Object Visibility
          1. Visibility Confidence Check
        5. Student Activity: Create a Simple Action
          1. Simple Action Confidence Check
        6. Student Activity: Attach an Action to a Button
        7. Student Activity: Group Timeline Objects
          1. Editing Actions Confidence Check
      2. Conditional Actions
        1. Student Activity: Create a Variable
        2. Student Activity: Create a Conditional Action
          1. Conditional Actions Confidence Check
      3. Multiple Decision Blocks
        1. Student Activity: Create Decision Blocks
          1. Decision Blocks Confidence Check
      4. Shared Actions
        1. Student Activity: Create and Export a Shared Action
        2. Student Activity: Import a Shared Action
    10. Module 8: Reviewing and Background Editing
      1. Collaborating
        1. Student Activity: Send a Project for Review
        2. Student Activity: Add Review Comments
          1. Shared Review Confidence Check
        3. Student Activity: Review and Reply to Comments
          1. Commenting Confidence Check
      2. Background Editing
        1. Student Activity: Create an Image Mask
      3. Integrating Photoshop
        1. Student Activity: Delete a Slide Background
        2. Student Activity: Work with Photoshop Layers
          1. Timing Confidence Check
    11. Module 9: Master Slides, Themes and Templates
      1. Master Slides
        1. Student Activity: Add an Image to a Master Slide
        2. Student Activity: Insert a Content Master Slide
        3. Student Activity: Apply a Master Slide to Project Slides
        4. Student Activity: Edit a Master Slide
          1. Master Slides Confidence Check
      2. Themes
        1. Student Activity: Apply a Theme
          1. Themes Confidence Check
        2. Student Activity: Create a Custom Theme
      3. Project Templates
        1. Student Activity: Review an Existing Template
        2. Student Activity: Create a Project from a Template
        3. Student Activity: Create a Project Template
          1. Template Confidence Check
        4. Student Activity: Export/Import Project Assets
      4. Template Placeholders
        1. Student Activity: Insert a Placeholder
    12. Module 10: Reporting Results
      1. Acrobat.com as an LMS Alternative
        1. Student Activity: Enable Quiz Reporting
        2. Student Activity: Post Results to Acrobat.com
        3. Student Activity: Use the Quiz Results Analyzer
          1. Quiz Results Analyzer Confidence Check
        4. Student Activity: Review and Chart Quiz Data
      2. LMS Reporting Options
        1. Student Activity: Set Quiz Reporting Options
      3. Manifest Files
        1. Student Activity: Create a Manifest File
      4. Advanced Interaction
        1. Student Activity: Report a Button Interaction
        2. Student Activity: Adjust Slide Object Interaction
      5. Content Packages
        1. Student Activity: Publish a Content Package
      6. Uploading to an LMS
        1. Student Activity: Create an Inquisiq LMS Account
        2. Student Activity: Create an LMS Course
        3. Student Activity: Attach a Lesson to a Course
        4. Student Activity: Create an LMS Catalog
        5. Student Activity: Attach a Course to a Catalog
        6. Student Activity: Test an eLearning Course
  2. Index