International Yoga Day

Many nations have started celebrating June 21st as the International Yoga Day. Most of us identify Yoga with fitness today, even though Yoga refers to a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines. In particular, Surya Namaskar (literally, “Sun Salutation”) is a specific practice that incorporates a sequence of gracefully linked asanas (poses); and is a popular exercise.

In tune with the spirit of this day, I am happy to present before you a Captivate project I made for this occasion. Since Surya Namaskar is typically the exercise with which you start your day, I would like to introduce this as the “Hello World” version of my first project. My aim is to explore various features of Captivate as I develop this project with your feedback. Through the coming weeks, I will share refined versions of this project, as it evolves. Each time, I intend to focus on one or two key features of Captivate which I used in that version. Given the vast expertise of the members in this community, I hope to spur discussions and conversations around the features, how they have been employed in this design, better ways to do it, tips and tricks, etc. Hoping to see the experts in this community weighing in with their experiences and suggestions.

Here is the file – InternationalYogaDay

Here is the HTML5 preview – Play

In this article, my focus is on “responsive learning” and “text to speech”

With the rapid rise in usage of mobile devices, it is becoming important to allow learners to learn, anywhere, anytime. In general, responsive design can be a bit overwhelming for anyone who is new to design. Luckily, Captivate makes it easy even for a newbie to build responsive content with its Fluid Box feature. If you have not tried “Fluid Box” feature, check out below blogs Feel free to “experiment” with this project and try out other layouts and let me know what you think.

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Why does the LMS report a Success criteria of “Unknown” for a quiz that I fail using SCORM 2004?

Hello – I am having a problem using SCORM 2004 when I publish.
When a learner fails my quiz, I am getting “unknown” returned as the success status instead of “Failed” in SCORM Cloud.

I have a simple 6 multiple choice question quiz that a learner must answer 100% to pass.

When the learner gets 100%; when tested, SCORM Cloud reports the following:

Completion: Complete
Success: Passed
Score: 100%
Time: whatever it took

When the learner fails the quiz and scores less than 100% (for example 33.33%) and exits the course; when tested, SCORM Cloud reports the following:

Completion: Incomplete
Success: Unknown
Score: 33.33%
Time: whatever it took

The completion status of “Incomplete” seems to make sense, since I’ve set the Completion Criteria (as shown below) to be determined by whether the quiz is passed. So I assume until that quiz is passed, the completion status is correct by returning “Incomplete”?!

But for the success parameter, since I failed the quiz, how can I replace the “Unknown” status with “failed” instead?
I would’ve assumed by default that the “Failed” status would show automatically if a learner actually fails?! (it works when using SCORM 1.2)

My client’s LMS is Workday and they require SCORM 2004 instead of 1.2, and at the moment the unknown status is causing problems with their reporting data.

Of note, my Captivate Quiz Results slide appears to be working correctly and returns the correct details when a Learner passes or fails etc. It’s just not setting the Success parameter to “failed” when a Learner actually fails the quiz.


Perhaps I’m setting something up incorrectly?

I’ve read numerous threads on similar topics, but all delve too deep into Javascript or a parameter called cmi.success_status that I don’t really understand, but perhaps someone can help me troubleshoot. I’m willing to give anything a try.

Here is a screenshot of my Captivate 9 settings:


…. and my pass/fail option is set to 100% or more of total points to pass.

Here is the link to my SCORM Cloud log if its of any use.

In my report above I notice the following lines towards the bottom:

– Completion Threshold is not specified, using the completion status recorded by the SCO-incomplete
– Scaled Passing Score is not specified, using the success status recorded by the SCO-unknown

I suspect these might be a clue, but I’m not sure what to do next.

I can get it to report the following using SCORM 1.2, but just not with SCORM 2004….

Completion: Incomplete
Success: failed
Score: 33.33%
Time: whatever it took

Any help appreciated.

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Saving the File

I am beyond frustrated at this point – anyone who can help, I would appreciate it. I have been working on a project, saving as I go, adding voice to text and almost done, and the system freezes and then says it isn’t responding and not only that, but when I am able to open it back up, everything is gone – nothing saves and I have to start all over.

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Moving an interactive object off the stage…can I?

I’m attempting to use JavaScript, on-enter to a slide, to move a button off of the stage and later move it back on when it is needed.  I’m not using show/hide for reasons that aren’t germane to the question I’m asking.

I’ve done this before with images…moved them off of the stage with JS “on-enter” and then animated them onto the stage when a button is selected.  I’m actually able to animate the button in question and move it around with JS, but I can’t make it move off of the stage on-enter.

At this point, the only explanation I can think of is that Captivate won’t let me move an interactive object completely off of the stage.

Does anyone have any info or have experience with this?



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EaseInTop Flickering

I have several slides that should perform seamlessly, but I continue to have a flickering issue – inconsistently.  After the slide transitions, a word fades in (.03 sec), then EaseInTop (1 sec duration) set to appear 1 second after the slide starts.  On some runs, it is beautiful and functions as intended.  However, during some presentations, it flickers at the end position, then fades in and eases up.  Because of the inconsistency, I am stumped.  Any thoughts?

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Responsive eLearning with Captivate 2017 – Part 3: Adding Fluid Boxes

In the first and second part of this blog-series on responsive eLearning with Captivate 2017, we learned how to create a new responsive project and rescale the maximum width and height of the responsive project.

Now let’s learn how to add Fluid Boxes to the responsive project which will help you quickly and easily format slides; and adjust the layouts to fit the content needs.

Fluid Boxes are intelligent containers in responsive projects. They can either be added to the slides or can be inherited from the master slides. Objects placed in Fluid Boxes are automatically aligned so that learners always get fully responsive experience regardless of their device or browser.

Watch this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to add, select, rename, and resize Fluid Boxes in Captivate 2017:

In the next part, we will learn how to add different objects to Fluid Boxes in Captivate 2017.

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Captivate capabilities question

I’m a designer and brand consultant not using Captivate. I’ve been asked by the client to consult on the look of their Captivate learning modules. I’ve worked with Flash developers and HTML developers for a long time developing different types of modules, so I understand how various programs have their layout limitations. I just need to get up to speed on some specific items and limitations in Captivate. I hope someone can answer a few specific questions. Just going to is not an option, just yet. I don’t need to know how Captivate works or be trained on it, I need answers on specific capabilities of the application.

–Is there a nudge function in Captivate, and if so, is the increment customizable, or is it one pixel, or?
–Is there a leading/linespacing control? Meaning, right now they are running the lines of text together tightly, with ascenders and descenders running into each other. The font itself with its long ascenders is a particular problem. In layout programs, I would just increase the linespacing 2-3 pixels between lines. Can this be done in Captivate?
–Is there a way to do what’s called “space after” meaning a few pixels of space after a paragraph? This makes paragraphs look nicer, and not so scattered-looking as when you put a full paragraph return after lines. If it’s not available, do you just do it by making separate paragraphs and manually spacing them?
“Next” arrows – are there only a few pre-made choices or can you do any graphic and make it a button?
–What kind of art format is accepted (jpg, png, svg, ai etc)
–What is the increment for type — Flash is mostly in pixels and points, how about Captivate?
–Can you mix fonts within a line of text?
–Is there a limit on number of fonts, or any other type of database limit to be aware of?
–Can you do what’s known as hanging text, where you have a bullet on a sentence, then the sentence starts at a tabbed point, and the lines of type wrap below, lining up with the first letter rather than the bullet?

I imagine at this point you are thinking what about accordions, fades, responsive and all that. This is in an industry that has absolutely NO mobile devices, so these learning modules are glorified Powerpoints.

Thank you in advance for pointing me in the right direction!

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