eLearning Livestream – Responsive Projects in Captivate 2019 | Oct 15, 12:00 EDT, 2018

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Adobe Captivate (2019 release) and PowerPoint to mobile learning

Fast-forward to smart eLearning authoring by importing PowerPoint presentations to Adobe Captivate with just a few clicks. Transform static PowerPoint slides into mobile learning content that works seamlessly across all devices. Enhance the learning experience by adding interactive elements, assets and quizzes.

Steps:

Now you can easily add Microsoft PowerPoint slides to your mobile learning projects in HTML5 and Captivate will automatically handle the sizing and orientation issues common in mobile device display. This functionality is only available on Windows platform.

  1. To begin, create a new Responsive Project.
  2. This will create a new HTML5 project that is ready to be consumed on mobile devices.
  3. Go to the Toolbar and click Slides > PowerPoint Slide.
  4. A dialog will appear to allow you to pick where in the current project you would like the PowerPoint slide(s) to appear. You can always move these around later.
  5. Next a system dialog will prompt you to point to the PowerPoint file, and finally a dialog will appear that will allow you to select the slides you wish to import.
  6. Now you may select / deselect any of the slides that you want to include inside your project.
  7. If you want the slides to advance on a mouse click, then just click OK. If you want, you can also change that to make the slides play continuously like a movie.
  8. The linked option determines whether Captivate will remain linked to your external slide deck (leave this linked if you want to be able to easily update your deck from a shared external source.) If you do not leave the deck linked, Captivate will embed the deck inside its authoring environment, making a duplicate of the original.
  9. Once the PowerPoint slides are added. Go to the Toolbar and click Preview > Project to preview the project.

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Adobe Captivate (2019 release) and Automatic device preview

Hit the play button to see your content automatically change shape and form factor across the full spectrum of device sizes in responsive courses created using Adobe Captivate. Get a holistic view of how responsive your content is on every screen size.

Steps:

  1. Launch Adobe Captivate 2019.
  2. On the Welcome screen, under New tab, double-click Responsive Project thumbnail to create a new responsive project.
  3. On the Toolbar, click Themes, and select the Coastal theme to apply it to the project.
  4. Click Yes to apply the new theme.
  5. Click the Properties icon on the top-right corner.
  6. Click the arrow next to the Master Slide thumbnail.
  7. From the list of Master slides, select the Title thumbnail.
  8. Click the Layout Preview button to see your content automatically wrap, scale and align across device sizes.
  9. You can also use the same option in the Wrap properties. Change the wrap property for the Fluid Box and click the Layout Preview button to check out the new wrapping behavior.

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Blog Series: Responsive eLearning with Adobe Captivate 2017

In this 14-part blog series, we took a deep dive into how to create responsive courses using Fluid Boxes and customize the properties to suit our requirements.

Here are the links to the posts:

Part 1: Creating a responsive project

Part 2: Resizing the responsive project

Part 3: Adding Fluid Boxes

Part 4: Adding objects to Fluid Boxes

Part 5: Using the fill option for Fluid Boxes

Part 6: Modifying Fluid Box properties

Part 7: Using Static Fluid Boxes

Part 8: Using Optional Fluid Boxes

Part 9: Using responsive text

Part 10: Using Fluid Boxes with master slides

Part 11: Recording responsive simulation

Part 12: Enabling gestures

Part 13: Converting non-responsive projects to responsive

Part 14: Switching to Breakpoint mode

If you wish to watch the videos for each of these parts, here’s a playlist with the videos:

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Responsive eLearning with Captivate 2017 – Part 14: Switching to Breakpoint mode

This is the last part of the 14-part blog series on Responsive eLearning with Adobe Captivate 2017. So far we’ve learned how to create a responsive project, rescale it, add Fluid Boxes to the slides, add objects to the Fluid Boxes, apply background fill, modify the properties of the Fluid Boxes, use the static and optional properties, best practices for adding text, using Fluid Boxes in master slides, recording responsive simulations, enabling gestures , and converting your non-responsive projects to responsive in Adobe Captivate 2017. Now let’s learn how to switch from Fluid Box mode to the breakpoint mode in Adobe Captivate 2017.

Responsive eLearning workflow was added to Captivate back in version 8, but Fluid Boxes are new to version 2017. In Captivate 8 and 9, you could create responsive eLearning courses using the Breakpoint mode. This approach, based on breakpoints, is still available today in Captivate 2017.

You can use the Breakpoints approach if you have an older responsive project to maintain, or if you feel more at ease with the Breakpoint approach rather than with the new Fluid Boxes approach. You can also refer this blog post by Lieve Weymeis to choose between Fluid Boxes and Breakpoints to build the responsive courses.

Watch this video to take a look at the steps to switch to the breakpoint mode:

This brings us to the end of this blog series on responsive eLearning. Watch this space for more blog series on different Captivate workflows.

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Responsive eLearning with Captivate 2017 – Part 12: Enabling gestures

In this Part 12 of 14-part blog series, we will talk about enabling gestures for your responsive eLearning courses. So far we’ve learned how to create a responsive project, rescale it, add Fluid Boxes to the slides, add objects to the Fluid Boxes, apply background fill, modify the properties of the Fluid Boxes, use the static and optional properties, best practices for adding text, using Fluid Boxes in master slides, and recording responsive simulations in Adobe Captivate 2017.

One of the things that characterise the mobile experience (versus the desktop/laptop experience) is the touch screen. Owners of mobile devices use their fingers to interact with their devices by performing various gestures like swipes, taps, double-taps, pinches, and so on. The Mobile Palette feature in Captivate gives you the ability to leverage the power of those mobile gestures in your projects.

The Gestures option is not limited to the Responsive Projects only. You can use Gestures in any standard project as well, but they will function only if you publish the project in HTML5 format.

Watch this video to learn how to enable gestures for responsive and HTML5 courses:

In the next part, we will learn how to convert non-responsive projects to responsive in Adobe Captivate 2017.

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Responsive eLearning with Captivate 2017 – Part 11: Recording responsive simulation

We are almost at the end of this blog post series. So far we’ve learned how to create a responsive project, rescale it, add Fluid Boxes to the slides, add objects to the Fluid Boxes, apply background fill, modify the properties of the Fluid Boxes, use the static and optional properties, best practices for adding text, and using Fluid Boxes in master slides. Now let’s learn how to record responsive simulations in Adobe Captivate 2017.

The steps to record a responsive simulation are the same as a normal simulation. The only difference is that you cannot start the workflow from creating a simulation directly. You will first need to create a responsive project and then add simulation slides to it.

Watch this video to learn about the steps to record and edit responsive software simulations:

In the next part, we will learn how to enable gestures for responsive and HTML5 courses in Adobe Captivate.

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Create Responsive Content with Adobe Captivate 2017

Having some experience programming responsive web pages, I was impressed with Adobe Captivate 2017 as it allows you to program responsive content without all the headaches of writing code. Instead of having to deal with a text editor, I was able to create responsive continent via a Graphical User Interface that was visual and intuitive. In fact, if you’re familiar with some of the business presentation applications out there, you will find your skills transfer well to the Captivate interface. I was up and running quickly creating master slides and content. The advanced features, such as creating variables and advanced actions, are relatively easy to access, if you know where to look, and are a real time saver over hard coding. I would recommend anyone looking for an authoring package to give Captivate 2017 a try.

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Migration of Legacy eLearning Courses to HTML5

Legacy eLearning courses are the courses developed in 1990’s or until 2012. This is a generic approximation made based on the fact that new eLearning technologies have emerged from 2012. The courses developed prior to this period are considered out-dated or legacy courses and needed enhancement to meet new learning requirements and challenges like responsive…

Responsive eLearning with Captivate 2017 – Part 8: Using Optional Fluid Boxes

In the first seven parts of this blog-series, we’ve learned how to create a responsive project, rescale it (if required), add Fluid Boxes to the slides, add objects to the Fluid Boxes, apply background fill, and modify the flow, wrap, and alignment properties of the Fluid Boxes. We also learned how to convert Fluid Boxes to Static Fluid Boxes. Now let’s learn about the workflow to mark some of the objects or Fluid Boxes as optional.

If you are planning to squeeze a bunch of objects in a row or a column, you can mark the less important objects as optional, and they will disappear on the smaller devices. This property is especially useful for giving a prominent space to important information on smaller devices, and removing the decorative or less important objects.

Watch this video to learn how to mark objects and Fluid Boxes as optional:

In the next part, we will learn how to work with text in responsive projects.

Happy captivating!

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