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Captivate Essentials: An Introduction to Captivate 8


Captivate Essentials – An Introduction to Captivate 8 is a three – day course designed to teach 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. This course will take you through three e-learning projects: a demonstration, a simulation and a SCORM-compliant quiz.


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Class Description

Captivate Essentials – An Introduction to Captivate 8 is a three – day course designed to teach 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. This course will take you through three e-learning projects: a demonstration, a simulation and a SCORM-compliant quiz.

In this Course, You will Learn How to:

  • Record demos and sims
  • Handle captions, styles and timing
  • Work with images and smart shapes
  • Use pointers, paths, boxes and buttons
  • Use different rollovers and zooms
  • Work with audio
  • Use video, animation and effects
  • Add interactivity
  • Work with PowerPoint
  • Use Question slides

In-Class Exercises

  • Explore Captivate: Navigate a project, explore the Captivate workspace, zoom and magnify a project, and preview a project.
  • Create a New Project: Create a blank project and use themes then add images, text and buttons.
  • Recording Different Record Actions: Record using multiple modes, custom simulation, demonstrations that pan, and record with a manual pan.
  • Use Captions, Styles and Timing: Learn to insert and edit text captions, modify text caption properties, edit the default captions, change the callout used in text caption, control slide and object timing, check spelling, and align objects.
  • Import Images and Create Smart Shapes: Transform, insert, resize and restore an image, use the Captivate Library (view, delete and manage unused project assets), work with images (crop, rename, remove background), insert callout, create image mask, delete slide background, work with Photoshop layers and create an image slideshow.
  • Pointers, Paths, Boxes and Buttons: Control mouse effects, edit a mouse path, clone an object styles, insert a highlight box, insert an image button, and control timing.
  • Rollovers and Zooms: Insert a rollover caption, rollover image, rollover slidelet, and a zoom area.
  • Audio: Import audio into a slide object, import background audio, add a slide note, record slide audio, edit the audio, and convert text-to-speech.
  • Video, Animation, and Effects: Insert a Flash video & set Flash properties, add animation to a slide, insert text animation, apply an effect to a slide object, and save and import effects.
  • Adding Interactivity: Learn how to hide a mouse, replace phrases, insert a click box, and insert a text entry box.
  • Working with PowerPoint: Import a presentation, apply changes to all items, edit the presentation, synchronize with source, and rescale a project.
  • Introduction to Question Slides: Edit quizzing objects styles, set quiz preferences, apply a them and hide images, and insert & edit question slides.
  • Finishing Touches: Create a link to a website, apply a skin that you edited and saved, check your publish setting and then publish SWF, PDF, HTML5. Before creating a HTML5 file run a HTML5 Tracker. Export captions to Microsoft word for a round trip process.

Immediate Benefits of attending this course:

  • Know the steps to plan an elearning project
  • Understand the best size for an elearning project
  • Understand how to design slides in captivate
  • Know how to record a demo
  • Know how to record an assessment
  • Know how to record a training
  • Know how to record a custom project
  • Know how to import images and smart shapes including using adobe Photoshop
  • Know how to fix images without leaving captivate
  • Know how to create styles
  • Know how to spell check and fix your document
  • Know how to create rollover slideets
  • Know how to insert a text captions
  • Know how to add click boxes
  • Know how to add highlight boxes
  • Know how to insert rollover captions
  • Know how to add text entry boxes
  • Know how to create a toc using the skin editor
  • Know how to perform “round-trip” to word
  • Know how to publish a html5 output

Course Outline

Day 1

Lesson 1: Exploring Captivate
•Understanding Explore a Finished Captivate Project
•Zoom and Magnify
•Navigate a Project
•Explore and Reset the Workspace
•Preview the Entire Project

Lesson 2: New Project & Soft Skills eLearning
•Create a Blank Project
•Add Images to Placeholders
•Insert and Format a Text Button

Lesson 3: Recording Demos and Sims
•Rehearse a Script
•Review Recording Settings
•Enable Access for Assistive Devices
•Review Default Recording Mode Settings
•Record Using Multiple Modes
•Record a Custom Simulation

Lesson 4: Captions, Styles and Timing
•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

Day 2

Lesson 5: Images and Smart Shapes
•Understanding 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

Lesson 6: Pointers, Paths, Boxes, and Buttons
•Control Mouse Effects
•Edit a Mouse Path
•Clone an Object Style
•Insert a Highlight Box
•Insert an Image Button
•Control Appear After Timing

Lesson 7: Rollovers and Zooms
•Insert a Rollover Caption
•Insert a Rollover Image
•Insert a Rollover Slidelet
•Insert a Zoom Area

Lesson 8: Audio
•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

Day 3

Lesson 9: Video, Animation and Effects
•Organizing Insert a Flash Video
•Set Flash Video Properties
•Add Animation to a Slide
•Insert Text Animation
•Apply an Effect to a Slide Object
•Apply a Glow Filter Effect
•Modify Effect Properties
•Save and Import Effects

Lesson 10: Adding Interactivity
•Hide the Mouse
•Replace Phrases
•Insert a Click Box
•Insert a Text Entry Box

Lesson 11: Working With PowerPoint
•Import PowerPoint slides
•Resize One Object and Apply to All
•Round-Trip PowerPoint Edits
•Synch With Source
•Rescale a Project

Lesson 12: Introduction to Question Slides
•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

Lesson 13: Finishing Touches
•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”

Who Should Attend

•Content/Courseware Developer
•E-Learning Developer
•Multimedia Designer
•Instructional Systems Designer
•Subject Matter Experts

Prerequisites for this Captivate 8 Training Course
•A practical working knowledge of Mac OS X or Windows.
•Basic web knowledge.

Computer Labs Needed/Technical Specs:
•Window System Spec: 1GHz or faster Intel Pentium 4, Windows 8+, 4GB RAM, 5GB Free space, Flash Player 10+, 1280×1024 display, 16-bit video, internet connection
•Mac System Spec: Mac OS X v10.9+, 4GB RAM, 5GB Free space, Flash Player 10+, 1280×1024 display, 16-bit video, internet connection
•Captivate 8 software needed
•Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word) software needed
•Download Speech Agents from Adobe: Audio>Speech Management (especially needed for PC)

Additional Info

Class Length

3 Days

Class Locations

Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-RI-NH, Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI, Live Virtual Class-Attend from Anywhere, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA, New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA, Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beach, FL, Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD, Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV

Class Dates

Apr 11, 2016 thru Apr 13, 2016, Dec 07, 2015 thru Dec 09, 2015, Dec 14, 2015 thru Dec 16, 2015, Feb 08, 2016 thru Feb 10, 2016, Feb 22, 2016 thru Feb 24, 2016, Feb 29, 2016 thru Mar 02, 2016, Jan 04, 2016 thru Jan 06, 2016, Jan 25, 2016 thru Jan 27, 2016, Jun 13, 2016 thru Jun 15, 2016, Mar 28, 2016 thru Mar 30, 2016

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