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Adobe Captivate 9: The Essentials

Book Description

A self-paced workbook that teaches the core Adobe Captivate skills! “Adobe Captivate 9: The Essentials” is a self-paced workbook that teaches the core Adobe Captivate skills needed to create interactive eLearning and mLearning content. You will follow step-by-step instructions and learn how to create a soft-skills lesson from scratch. You will learn to record and produce software demonstrations and interactive training simulations. By the time you finish working through this fast-paced book, you will know how to add such standard objects to a slide as text captions, images, characters, assets from the eLearning Brothers, and more. You will record, import, and edit audio. You will also 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 will learn how to import existing PowerPoint content into Captivate. Last, but not least, you will publish a Captivate project as SWF and HTML5 so that your content can be used on virtually any device including desktop computers, laptops, iPads, iPhones, and other mobile devices. This book features: ~ Captivate projects, images, audio files, and other assets to get started ~ Dozens of step-by-step, hands-on activities ~ Confidence Checks to challenge your new skills ~ Hundreds of supporting screen shots

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Contents
  5. About This Book
    1. The Author
    2. Book Conventions
    3. Confidence Checks
    4. Book Requirements
    5. Data Files (Captivate Project Assets)
      1. Download the Windows Data Files
      2. Download the Mac Data Files
    6. How Software Updates Affect This Book
    7. Contacting IconLogic
    8. Special Thanks
  6. Preface
    1. Education Through Pictures
    2. RoboDemo to Captivate
    3. Planning eLearning Projects
    4. eLearning Development Phases
    5. Budgeting Considerations
    6. Project Size and Display Resolution
    7. Designing Slides in Captivate
    8. Fonts and eLearning
  7. Module 1: Exploring Captivate
    1. The Captivate Interface
      1. Explore a Finished Captivate Project
      2. Zoom and Magnify
      3. Navigate a Project
      4. Explore and Reset the Workspace
    2. Previewing
      1. Preview the Entire Project
  8. Module 2: New Projects
    1. Soft Skills eLearning
      1. Create a Blank Project
      2. Add Images to Placeholders
    2. Buttons
      1. Insert and Format a Text Button
      2. Disable Click Sounds
  9. Module 3: Recording Screen Actions
    1. Preparing to Record
      1. Rehearse a Script
      2. Review Recording Settings
    2. Multimode Recordings
      1. Review Recording Modes
      2. Record Using Multiple Modes
    3. Custom Recordings
      1. Record a Custom Simulation
    4. Panning
      1. Record a Demonstration that Pans
    5. Manual Recordings
      1. Manually Record the Screen
  10. Module 4: Captions, Styles, and Timing
    1. Text Captions
      1. Insert and Edit Text Captions
      2. Modify Text Caption Properties
    2. Caption Styles
      1. Edit the Default Caption Style
    3. Callouts
      1. Change a Callout Used by a Text Caption
    4. The Timeline
      1. Control Slide and Object Timing
      2. Check Spelling
      3. Align Slide Objects
  11. Module 5: Images and Smart Shapes
    1. Images
      1. Insert, Resize, and Restore an Image
      2. Transform an Image
    2. The Library
      1. Use the Library
      2. Manage Unused Project Assets
    3. Image Editing
      1. Crop and Rename an Image
      2. Remove a Background Color
    4. Characters
      1. Insert Characters
    5. Assets
      1. Insert Assets
    6. Smart Shapes
      1. Insert a Cloud Callout
    7. Background Editing
      1. Create an Image Mask
    8. Integrating Photoshop
      1. Delete a Slide Background
      2. Work with Photoshop Layers
    9. Image Slideshows
      1. Create an Image Slideshow
  12. Module 6: Pointers, Paths, Boxes, and Buttons
    1. Mouse Effects
      1. Control Mouse Effects
    2. Pointer Paths and Types
      1. Edit a Mouse Path
    3. Highlight Boxes
      1. Clone an Object Style
      2. Insert a Highlight Box
    4. Image Buttons
      1. Insert an Image Button
      2. Control Appear After Timing
  13. Module 7: Rollovers and Zooms
    1. Rollover Captions
      1. Insert a Rollover Caption
    2. Rollover Images
      1. Insert a Rollover Image
    3. Rollover Slidelets
      1. Insert a Rollover Slidelet
    4. Zoom Areas
      1. Insert a Zoom Area
  14. Module 8: Audio
    1. Object Audio
      1. Import Audio onto a Slide Object
      2. Import Background Audio
    2. Slide Notes
      1. Add a Slide Note
    3. Recording Audio
      1. Calibrate a Microphone
      2. Record Slide Audio
    4. Slide Audio
      1. Import Audio Onto a Slide
      2. Edit an Audio File
    5. Silence
      1. Insert Silence
    6. Text-to-Speech
      1. Convert Text-to-Speech
  15. Module 9: Video, Animation, and Effects
    1. Video
      1. Insert a Flash Video
      2. Set Flash Video Properties
    2. Animation
      1. Add Animation to a slide
    3. Text Animation
      1. Insert Text Animation
    4. Object Effects
      1. Apply an Effect to a Slide Object
      2. Apply a Free Fall Effect to an Object
      3. Edit Effects Timing
  16. Module 10: Adding Interactivity
    1. Demonstrations versus Simulations
      1. Hide the Mouse
    2. Find and Replace
      1. Replace Phrases
    3. Click Boxes
      1. Insert a Click Box
    4. Text Entry Boxes
      1. Insert a Text Entry Box
  17. Module 11: Working With PowerPoint
    1. Starting with PowerPoint
      1. Import a Presentation
      2. Apply Changes to All Items
      3. Edit the Presentation
    2. PowerPoint Collaboration
      1. Synchronize With Source
    3. Rescaling Projects
      1. Rescale a Project
  18. Module 12: Introduction to Question Slides
    1. Quiz Setup
      1. Edit Quizzing Object Styles
      2. Set the Quiz Preferences
    2. Question Slides
      1. Insert Question Slides
      2. Edit a Question Slide
    3. Knowledge Checks
      1. Insert a Knowledge Check
  19. Module 13: Finishing Touches
    1. URL Actions
      1. Create a Link to a Website
    2. Skins
      1. Apply a Skin
      2. Edit, Save, and Delete a Skin
    3. Table of ContentsCreate a TOC
    4. Preloaders
      1. Check Publish Settings and Add a Loading Screen
    5. Publishing
      1. Publish as SWF and PDF
      2. Run the HTML5 Tracker
      3. Publish as HTML5
    6. Round Tripping
      1. Export Captions to Microsoft Word
      2. Perform a Round Trip
    7. Want More Captivate? Need Help?
  20. Index