Create software simulations

 

Assets and samples

The procedures in this document require you to use assets such as images and sample Captivate project files.

Sample files for practice:

Create software simulations projects

Captivate allows you to simultaneously create software simulations in all the three available modes:

  • Demo: Demostrate a software procedure. The user is not required to perform any action.
  • Assessment: Test the user’s knowledge of a procedure. Only inform the user if the step was incorrectly carried out.
  • Training: Guide a user through a software procedure. The user is required to perform the steps in a procedure but with guidance at every step.

Let’s create a short software simulation of the steps required to create a new PowerPoint presentation. We will simultaneously create the simulations in the three available modes.

  1. When you open Captivate, in the New tab, click Software Simulation and then click Create.
    software_simulationstartup
  2. The dialog box provides you with the options to record the demo. Choose the following options:
    • Application
    • In the drop-down list choose PowerPoint
    • Ensure that Application window is selected
    • Ensure that the Demo, Assessment, and Training checkboxes are selected
      software_simulationsettings
  1. Click Record.

After the counter counts down to 1, the PowerPoint application comes to the foreground.

  1. Perform the following steps in PowerPoint:
    1. Click File.
    2. Click New.
    3. Choose a theme.
    4. In the dialog box, click Create.
  1. To end your simulation:
    • On Windows, click the End key on your keyboard
    • On MAC, click the Captivate icon in the top bar

As soon as you end your simulation, Captivate comes to the foreground again.

A new project is created for each of the simulation modes:

    • untitled_demo1.cptx
    • untitled_assessment1.cptx
    • untitled_training1.cptx

To see the difference between the three projects that Captivate has created for us, let’s preview them.

  1. In the toolbar. click  and then choose Project to preview each of the projects.

Demo: As the simulation progresses, the mouse pointer moves across the screen. The area around the clicked part of the screen is highlighted. Also, text captions display indicators as the area is clicked. The simulation without any user intervention.

Training: You need to perform each screen task. In our project, the first screen task is to click File. The simulation will wait till you perform this task. If you hover the mouse pointer over the File menu, a hint is displayed. If you click elsewhere on the screen, a failure caption tells you where you need to click. When you click the correct location, the simulation progresses to the next step.

Assessment: You need to perform each screen task. In our project, the first screen task is to click File. The simulation will wait till you perform this task. Because this is an assessment mode, you are not provided with hints if you hover the mouse pointer over the File menu. If you click elsewhere on the screen, a failure caption tells you where you need to click. When you click the correct location, the preview progresses to the next step.

Insert software simulations in existing projects

In the previous section, we created software simulation projects from scratch. However, you can also insert software simulations at any point within an existing project.

Let’s insert a short software simulation in Demo mode of the steps required to create a new PowerPoint presentation.

  1. Open the project in which you want to insert the software simulation.
    Or create a new blank project.
  2. In the toolbar, click and choose Software Simulation.
  3. In the Record Additional Slides dialog box, choose the slide after which you want to insert the software simulation and click OK.
  4. The dialog box provides you with the options to record the demo. Choose the following options:
    1. In the drop-down list choose PowerPoint
    2. In the Mode drop-down list, ensure that the Demo mode is selected
      software_simulationinsertstartup
  5. Click Record.
    After the counter counts down to 1, the PowerPoint application comes to the foreground.
  6. Perform the following steps in PowerPoint:
    1. Click File.
    2. Click New.
    3. Choose a theme.
    4. In the dialog box, click Create.
  1. To end your simulation:
    1. On Windows, click the End key on your keyboard
    2. On MAC, click the Captivate icon in the top bar
      As soon as you end your simulation, Captivate comes to the foreground again.
  1. In the toolbar. click  and then choose Project.

Manage slide timing

When you create a software simulation, Captivate creates a project that uses slides and objects that can be easily manipulated.

You can rearrange the order of slides, insert slides between the steps in a simulation, you can edit the properties of objects, and change the hints and error captions that are displayed. In a Demo project, you can even change the path of a mouse.

Besides the above editing changes, you can also use Captivate’s timing feature to adjust the timing on a slide.

  1. In the downloaded files folder, navigate to the samplessubfolder and open:
    create-software-simulation-demo.cptx

Note:

It is not mandatory that you download the project file that ships with this tutorial. You can still follow along with the steps in this procedure. However, you will need to create a Demo software simulation project Captivate.

  1. Navigate to the following slide in the Demo:
    software_simulationeditslide
  2. Let’s quickly preview this slide.
    In the toolbar. click  and then choose Play Slide.
    As you step through the simulation of an application while creating a software simultion, Captivate sets the time for which a slide is displayed to the user.
  3. Currently the caption on the slide is: Select the Atlas item.
    Change the caption to the following:
    PowerPoint displays the available themes that you can apply to the new presentation. Let’s use the Atlas theme for our presentation.
    Select the Atlas theme.
  1. After making the changes to the text caption, let’s again check the slide.
    In the toolbar. click  and then choose Play Slide.

Notice, that the preview duration is the same as in step 2 above. However, since we have changed the contents in the text caption, we need to increase the duration for which the slide is displayed to users.

Let’s use Captivate’s Timeline panel to adjust the timeline for this slide and the object on the slide.

  1. In the Window menu, choose Timeline.
    timeline_menu
    The Timeline panel displays the timeline for the current slide:
    software_simulationtimeline
    Let’s quickly discuss how each of these objects are represented on the timeline:
    Mouse: Appears on the slide after about half a second and will continue to be displayed on the slide for the remainder of the slide duration (3s).
    Text_Caption_3: Displayed on the slide for its entire duration.
    Highlight_Box_3: Displayed on the slide for its entire duration.
    The Timeline is not just informational. You can change the time duration for any of the objects on a slide. You can even change the time duration for the slide itself.
    Let’s change the time duration of the slide to 8 seconds. That should be enough time for the user to read the updated caption.
  2. In the Timeline panel, hover the mouse pointer over right edge of the slide duration.
    software_simulationtimeline-withcursor
    The cursor changes into a double-sided arrow that allows you to slide the timeline to the right (to increase the duration) or to the left (to reduce the duration).
  3. Drag the slide duration to the 7 second mark on the timeline.
    software_simulationtimeline-7s-1
    Notice however, that the duration for the objects on the slide remain the same.
    Let’s increase the duration for the text caption and the highlight box to the full duration of the slide.
  4. To select multiple objects in the Timeline, keeping the Ctrl key pressed, click on Text_Caption_3 and Highlight_Box_3.
  5. Hover the mouse pointer over the right edge of the selected object and when the cursor changes into a double-sided arrow, drag the edge to the end of the slide.
    software_simulationtimeline-7s-2
    Finally, we need to adjust the timeline for the mouse. The mouse pointer needs to be displayed till the end of the slide duration. However, we also need to ensure that it displays for the same duration (3s) as previously. So, let’s not increase the duration for the mouse. Let’s move it to the end of the slide duration.
  6. Click on the mouse object in the timeline and drag-and-drop it to the end of the slide.
    software_simulationtimeline-7s-3
    Let’s preview the procedure we’ve just completed.
    In the toolbar. click   and then choose Project.

Notice how the slide that we changed above now remains for longer. Also, the mouse appears on the screen later.

The timeline is a useful tool when you want to make changes to the content on a slide in a software simulation project.

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Lessons From My First Two Years in e-learning

Recently I achieved my 2 year mark within the elearning industry, as a full-time developer, and looked back at how far I’ve come. I thought it would be helpful for those just getting started and relatable for those who’ve got more time under their belt.

Whilst I’m only a developer, I believe these lessons can apply no matter what your role is. These are also just my own views and not an exhausted list.

Lesson 1. Don’t Get Attached. Change Happens.

Don't Get AttachedThis was the hardest hurdle for me. As creatives, we tend to become emotionally attached to the work we create. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s become proud of what they’ve created and then a decision is made where it needs to be different, or even removed.

In the beginning it can make you angry, as you believe what you’ve made is the best solution. As a result, it can be difficult to get through, but the important thing to remember is the old saying, ‘the customer is always right’. As a developer, it’s my job to make the customer’s vision come to life.

My background is in the film industry and it’s very similar there. You have a director who hires a team to make their vision happen. The director can’t make a film on their own, but things can change and sometimes scenes in a film can be thrown out.

Try to keep your emotions out of the work and see it as part of the process, and also as a learning opportunity for everything you create. This is something I’ve started realising lately.

Lesson 2. Upskill. You Won’t Just Be a Developer

UpskillThis was an important lesson, as I’d never experienced it before.

e-learning departments are usually a small team of creatives with a range of skills, and if you don’t have the skill you need to complete your work, you ask for help. But this isn’t always possible.

An example for me is with Adobe Illustrator. I’m not a natural illustrator/designer and when I couldn’t ask for help, I had to learn it myself. The best way to do this is by having a deadline.

It can be intimidating to learn new skills, especially under pressure, but it will make you less dependent on others in your team. It is also liberating knowing you can do something new.

Lesson 3. Speed Is Everything.

SpeedThe e-learning process is often called rapid development, which has been the case for my journey.  I’ve been working in a SCRUM environment, which means tight deadlines, a fast-pace environment and you need to get the job delivered on time.

When I started my job, I had never worked in this industry, and knew nothing about Adobe Captivate. I’m grateful I had the help of my team and with my own learning outside of work, it became easier. I would also like to give a special mention to Paul Wilson here. I can’t express how much his YouTube Channel helped me get started back then. Even today I’m still going back to his old videos and love the new ones. So thanks again Paul.

I know I’m a lot faster than I used to be, but I’m always trying to get faster with not just developing, but the entire process. I believe you need to know more than just how to put a module together. You also need to know about Quality Assurance (testing), usability, accessibility and design.

Lesson 4. Design and Aesthetics.

DesignI’ve never found the design side of e-learning easy, or any type of design. Even when I’ve got a storyboard, it’s difficult for me to put my own spin on it and this is still definitely one of my weakest areas.

The theory of the left and right side of the brain comes to mind for me. Whilst I’m not a coder or hot on analysis, I’m not the best designer either. I think I’m in the middle somewhere.

I have started to learn the theory of design, but hopefully this will come more natural to me over time.

Lesson 5. Test, test and test

I wanted to mention the testing phase, which I think can be difficult for some of us.

testPersonally, it’s something I do enjoy, but things can be missed. This is especially true when you’re under pressure and the development stage has taken longer than planned. I’m trying to get in the habit of testing as I go along, rather than at the very end, which is what I think a lot of us do. We get so focused on putting everything together, we forget to slow down and test it.

For those of you who do your own QA, It’s so important to have someone do it for you, even if you’ve done your own. I know it can be hard seeing the corrections you need to do, but it will make you a better asset to your team.

Lesson 6. Do Extra Work, Outside of Work.

I decided I wanted to start teaching others how to use Adobe Captivate in a consulting/coach role.  I can’t tell you how much this has helped me learn new skills.

There’s something very different when a client is paying for your knowledge and needs your guidance. Even when you’re in a full-time role, having a client need a solution within the hour teaches you a lot about yourself.

The best return from this is that I’m better at my job, and I can pass on new knowledge to my team.

Pro Tip. If you are going to do extra work, I suggest having clients in a time zone where their day time is your evening. This makes communication a lot easier as you’re able to focus on your day job, and then your customer in your evening. This means there’s no delay for them, which is crucial when they need a fast solution. I live in the U.K, so when I finish around 4pm, my customers are just starting their day, such as the United States.

That’s a Wrap.

I hope this has been useful to you and would love to hear what you’ve learnt in your career, no matter how far you are in your journey.

I am a newbie in Adobe Captivate. Are there any resources to get me started?

Yes, there are.

The community portal has tons of blogs and videos for a newbie to get started on Adobe Captivate. We have curated some posts and videos and arranged them progressively for you to learn Captivate.

This tutorial/list, by no means, is complete and comprehensive.

We have listed down few high-level topics that span across most of Captivate’s features.

  • Creating projects in Captivate – Learn how to create a responsive and non-responsive project.
  • Creating recording and software simulations – Learn how to record a video demo and product simulation for training.
  • Overview of objects in Captivate – Learn what an interactive or a non-interactive object is.
  • Creating quizzes and assessments – Create quizzes and evaluate your learners’ knowledge.
  • Previewing and publishing your project – Publish your project across devices, form factors, and formats.

For a list of all videos, visit  https://elearning.adobe.com/adobe-captivate-tutorials/

Creating projects in Adobe Captivate

Creating a blank project

Doc: https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/create-projects.html

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi_Yt7DGI3U

Importing from PowerPoint

Doc:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWkkd7doM3w

Creating a responsive project

Doc:

YouTube:

Fluid Box (New in the 2017 release of Captivate)

Doc:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQezSP3-yuA

Create recording and software simulations

Record video demonstrations

Doc:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcrpVMEyS1w

Record software simulations for training and assessment

Doc: https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/record-software-simulations.html

YouTube:

Objects in Adobe Captivate

Interactive objects

Doc:

YouTube:

Non-interactive objects

Doc: https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/topics/noninteractive-objects-and-media.html

Create quizzes and assessments

Doc:

YouTube:

Previewing and publishing a project

Doc:

YouTube:

These posts and videos should get you up to speed. For more details on new features and queries related to Captivate, ask the community, and get detailed, quality answers.

Happy Captivating!

Learning to Fly

Have you ever gotten to that point in the storyboard where you suddenly realize that you don’t know how to achieve the desired effect or interaction? I know I have. Especially early in my career. over ten years ago I worked alongside a more seasoned eLearning designer/developer who saw me struggling with a difficult project. He said, “Why are you so stressed out and trying to reinvent eLearning?”
I said, “I want this eLearning course to be really good.”

He said something I have never forgotten, which I first thought was just an older designer being lazy, “Never add an interaction to your eLearning course that you are not 100% sure you know how to deliver.”

I said, “But don’t we always want to raise the bar and continuously improve?”

He said “Yes, but not while you are supposed to be building your project and meeting or exceeding your project deadlines.” He went on to say, “While you are searching the internet and asking questions online on how to build this particular interaction, who’s working on getting your project done?”

I told him, “nobody.”

“Exactly”, he said, “When you have some downtime work on reinventing the eLearning wheel and add those items to your eLearning tool belt for the next project. When you have a hard and fast deadline, get the job done with the tools that you have right now.”

I learned a lot that day and I think it’s something that we can all learn from. Sometimes I get questions from designers who have taken on more than their current knowledge can produce. My advice is to master the basics before trying to turn your first eLearning into something epic. Don’t worry, you will get there. It just takes time.