Using Animation effects efficiently and professionally:

As we all know there are many (animation) effects that Captivate provides & which, we can apply to any object in our project. At first sight it may look cool.

But in real life, we may need to apply two/three effects on the same object and that also concurrently. And that is not so simple and straight forward. It is also time consuming and need trial & error(test-edit-test..). Even that is accepted. But what, When we want same complex effect on many other objects on many another slides?

What I mean is, when we work on really big project, where naturally, we may need to repeat same animation pattern, object, style multiple time. Applying complex animation effects again and again, by repeating all steps again, may become tedious work. 

Have a look at this demo where multiple effects need to apply to achieve some specific effect.

Demo. 

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Luckily, There is way a cool way to do it professionally.

Step 1:

Just apply all(whatsoever, multiple) effects to a particular object as per your project need. Test it.

Step 2:

Now save that effect using save button.

Step 3a: Only care need to be taken to save it in specific directory.  Normally, in     Cogram FilesAdobeAdobe Captivate 2017 x64GalleryEffects

Step 3b: After navigating to above path, Create folder name ‘Custom’ (or any name of your choice.).

Step 3cGive some meaningful name to the file & Save it.

Step 4Once saved, you can just apply that customized multiple complex effect on any other object with In a second by selecting effect from effect.

This will have following advantages:

1)      Saving of lots of time.(creating complex combine effect may take lots of time, and professionally it would not be possible to spend time again and again…)

2)      Exact same effects(seamlessly) in other slides.

3)      As you have saved in external file, now that effect can be used in any other project very easily. By this way, in big organization, let Animator/graphic Visualizer design one by one complex effects and save that for future use. And let other person working on the project use it.

4)      As it is universal XML file, you can easily open in any text editor, and modify also!

 

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My Journy so far, with Captivate…

I started using Captivate 5.5. in 2014. Captivate Ver 5.5 itself had great features. The best part is, Adobe does not stop after launching a new version with an added feature but continue to bring whole new version every year with lots of new useful features. Presently using 2017, and will soon be using CP 2019.

I also appreciate their back-office team. Once we are recognized as certified, they do have our value. Whenever I have posted any query(regarding matters of Certification, its validity, and its incentives etc. … ) through email, they have always solved the query.

Also community effort to bring all captivate professionals under one roof (https://elearning.adobe.com) is really appreciable. I get a quick response to my query. At the same time, I do get appreciation from others whenever I have posted good work. This makes us proud.

Thank you Adobe.

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Adding Timer(Time-Limit) to Captivate Quiz using JavaScript.

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Although Captivate provides Widget to implement timer in Quiz(Test), following simple procedure, using JavaScript, could give you lot more freedom to program and control the Quiz. I regularly use this in the online Test of my Students.
Let me explain with example, steps required for the same.
In a Captivate project, Add following user variables:
Step 1:
User Variables:
cp_min, cp_sec, cp_time_out, time_left:
Create /add questions slides of your choice. I have added simple 5 slides in this Captivate project to explain this procedure.
Step 2:
As shown below, Insert similar Slide, just before 1st Quiz Slide.

Step 3:

“On Exit” Action of this Slide, add JavaScript as scripted below:

Explanation of the above Script: To explain it better, let me divide script in different parts :
Line 1 to 4: setting JavaScript variables and passing it’s value to Captivate. Here you can set time-limit of your choice. For Demo purpose, I have set just 2 minutes as Time-limit.
Line 7 to 23: it is the function which would be called every second by line number 24.
Inside the function: Line number 8 to 13: simple manipulation of seconds , minutes.
Line 15 to 18: checking if the time is Over. And if thime is over Resullt slide is called.

Timer(second_Passed() function) will continually check for Time elapsed. The moment time is up, JavaScript will force program execution to jump from the current question slide to the Result slide.
Note: The candidate who is giving that exam is not necessarily Failed, but marks would be counted for whatsoever correct answers he/she has given in the time-limit, and Result is displayed accordingly.

Step 4:

To inform Student, about this(sudden end of Exam due to time-out), Time-Out message need to be displayed.

In the Result Slide, following Advanced Actions is added to display “Timed-Out” Box, if time was over.

Result:

I hope this will be useful to many who want to add simple time-limit in the Quiz(online exam).

Note: Although everything is shown and working example in also hosted, I have purposely kept one ‘cache’ without explanation. And those who will do it, will come to know about that cache. Try solving that at least for some time… otherwise I will explain that Defiantly. But I strongly believe that first you must try practically.

Request to Expert: Defiantly, You may be knowing the ‘Cache’ and its solution, but please don’t explain and give solution in the immediate post. Let other do by them selves.

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Captivate ‘Advanced Action’ ?

When Button is pressed, I want to perform three actions… and planning to have few second pause between actions written in ‘Advanced Action Script’. ‘Advanced Action’ script runs all command, But no Pause happening.  Why Pause is not working in Captivate ‘Advanced Action’ ?

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Old project(published as SWF in CP6), not working when republished for HTML5 in CP2017

I used captivate CS 5.5 and then CS6 a lot in 2014. (At that time), I preferred all my O/P publication in SWF.  Then, was engaged in a projects that uses another software/tools Visual studio …. But as HTML5 is now growing as default standard, I just republished my old Captivate projects in HTML5, but it is not giving any output in HTML5. It gives problem the moment I add Random Question slide(from Q. Pool) in the project. What could be wrong?

I checked compatibility using HTML5 Tracker.

 Also checked for any transient effect and similar SWF component…

Project Preview (Preview à Project)  in Captivate Built-in feature works fine but Preview in HTML5 Browser does not give any output(just Blank White screen). Final Publishing is also not working. Even I Enabled Flash Extension in Web Browser(so that in case, there is some Flash component then also it work.) but no success.

Help would be appreciated.

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Any idea/hint/advice to shorten time for uploading re-published project?

In Captivate 2017, I am creating Exam having 100s of questions in different pools. When we publish as HTML5, 1000s of files get created(majority are images…).BUT After making some one or two minor change in text(say spell check or Text color change), when we re-publish, the whole procedure get repeated. And normally I upload again folder containing all sub-folders and files. Is there any hint that which files only need to be re-uploaded ? What I mean is, Can we shorten this repeat work by uploading only that file which are effected by our modification.

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Sample Training Video created using Captivate ‘Simulation’ feature

This is just Sample Training Video created using Captivate ‘Simulation’ feature. The main purpose is to show captivate use…

Speech agent used: James, Captivate version: 2017

Topic: Changing google password.

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