Webinar Recording and Handout: Tips and Tricks to make the most of multi-state objects in Adobe Captivate (2017 release) – 24th August, 2017 | 9:00 AM PDT

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Multi-state ObjectsMulti-state objects in Adobe Captivate are a powerhouse of possibilities to create interactions with absolute ease. If you’ve not yet started using multi-state objects to build interactions, now is the time to start using it. You will be delighted to discover this magic mantra to reduce the number of steps to create an interaction, and making your timeline look clutter free.

During this session, Dr. Pooja Jaisingh will show you how to create simple interactions using multi-state objects and simple actions. Then she will show you how to take your interactions to the next level by using multi-state objects alongside advanced actions, variables, effects, drag and drop interactions, and other features and functionalities of Captivate. Along the way, she will share the tips and tricks of making the most of multi-state objects in Adobe Captivate.

Webinar title: Tips and Tricks to make the most of multi-state objects in Adobe Captivate

Date and time: 24th August, 2017 | 9:00 AM PDT

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Webinar – Using Captivate 2017 Fluid Boxes with Drag and Drop – Thursday, August 24th, 2017

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I won’t be conducting my usual #eLearning #LIVESTREAM this week, however, instead I will be a guest on an eLearning Brothers webinar Thursday, August 24th, 2017.

In this webinar, eLearning Brothers hosts Paul Wilson, noted Captivate expert as he takes learners through some of the features and parameters of the Adobe Captivate drag and drop interface. Paul will demonstrate some in which you can customize your drag and drops to fit all your different learning scenarios. In addition, he will instruct learners how to make Drag and Drop interactions work with the new fluid boxes responsive design interface.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9061148276662168066?source=Wlearning

Repairing/Editing Themes in CP2017

Why this short post?

If you have read my article about the 3 most important stumbling blocks for Captivate (newbie) users, you’ll know that Themes are amongst them.  The components of themes are described in What’s in a Theme/template. and in this post you’ll learn about he use of Theme colors. Almost daily I see questions, comments on the forums like “I don’t use a theme” which is  – sorry for the word – nonsense because every project is based on a theme. The theme with the least intrusive design is the Blank theme, which has no color palette and only offers the minimum set of 6 master slides.
The themes packaged with Captivate 2017 have some issues with the feedback messages:
  1. Hint shape is using the Success Shape Style, should use the existing Hint Shape Style
  2. Failure shape is using the Success Shape style, should use the existing Failure Shape Style
Shapes are set as default for feedback messages, not captions
The feedback captions use an appropriate style in the themes Easiest way to solve the problem would be to change Preferences, Defaults and choose for captions if that is not messing up your design.  Below you’ll read how to ecit the themes.

Where are default Themes stored?

The original themes can be found under the installation folder, in the GalleryLayouts for the language you used when installing. I am on Windows, installed the US version of Captivate and the path on my Win system is:
Crogram FilesAdobeAdobe Captivate 2017 x64GalleryLayouts10_0en_US. 
You’ll also find the ThemeColors folder in that location. The included themes are: (Blank), Blue, Clear, Clean, OldPaper, Poise, Suave, White (which is the default theme). All themes are responsive, but can be used for normal, blank projects.
However, while working with Captivate, you will use the themes from a copied folder. In Windows that copied folder can be found under
UsersPublicPublic DocumentsAdobeeLearning assetsLayouts. 
Reasons for this work flow are possibly:
  •  you cannot mess up the original themes
  •  the Public folder is accessible for developers which do not have administration rights.

If a theme seems corrupted or is too messed up, you can always restore it by copy/paste from the Gallery (need for administration rights). If you have both CP9 and CP2017 installed, you’ll see both Layouts in the copied folder. But the layouts folder for CP2017 has a subfolder ‘bpthemes’ containing all the CP9 themes on my system (not sure if that is the case when you only have a CP2017 install).

TIP: don’t put custom themes in the sames folder as the default themes (Public). If you have to restore all themes by deleting the Layouts folder you will not lose the custom themes. I store them mostly with the project(s) they are used for.

Editing default Themes

Restoring the correct object style for the Failure and Hint shapes is pretty easy: open the Object Style Manager (SHIFT-F7), and replace the Success style by the appropriate style (which does exist) as you can see in this screenshot

I suspect you will want to keep the correct object styles for the feedback messages for future projects as well. Use the menu Themes, option Save Theme.  The result will be that the theme is edited in the copied folder, in the Public documents To change the original theme in the Gallery, you’ll need to do it outside of Captivate, using Explorer and needing administration rights. However a user yesterday reported that the option ‘Save Theme‘ was dimmed(?).  Reason was that he was working in a blank, normal project. All default themes in CP2017 are responsive. To protect the responsiveness, you have to edit the theme from within a responsive project. The option ‘Save theme’ will be available in that case. You can always use a responsive theme in a normal project.

Mastering Adobe Captivate 2017 Available for pre-order

Hello eLearning community

Happy to report that my next #AdobeCaptivate book is now available for pre-order. Mastering Adobe Captivate 2017 is scheduled to be released in the Sept / Oct 2017 time frame.

For this edition, Pooja Jaisingh and I have teamed up to provide you with what we believe is the most comprehensive and in-depth book on Adobe Captivate ever written.

It will cover the following topics

  • Chapter 01 – Getting Started with Adobe Captivate
  • Chapter 02 – Working with Standard Objects
  • Chapter 03 – Working with Multimedia
  • Chapter 04 – Working with the Timeline and Other Useful tools
  • Chapter 05 – Working with Interactive Objects
  • Chapter 06 – Crafting the graphical Experience with Styles and Themes
  • Chapter 07 – Working with Quizzes
  • Chapter 08 – Capturing on-screen action
  • Chapter 09 – Producing a Video Demo
  • Chapter 10 – Creating a Responsive Project
  • Chapter 11 – Using Captivate with Other Applications
  • Chapter 12 – Creating Accessible eLearning
  • Chapter 13 – Working with Variables and Advanced Actions
  • Chapter 14 – Finishing Touches and Publishing

You can pre-order your copy on the Packt Publishing website at the following address.  https://www.packtpub.com/web-development/mastering-adobe-captivate-2017

New course — Adobe Captivate 2017: Animations and Effects

I’m excited to announce that my new course on Adobe Captivate 2017: Animations and Effects is now available on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning. If you don’t have access to Lynda.com, you can use this link to get a free 30-day trial.

Adobe Captivate 2017 Animations and Effects


Course Description:
Adding animations and effects to your eLearning materials can help make your courses more engaging and interactive. Adobe Captivate 2017 boasts features that can help you create subtle animations and digital effects. In this intermediate-level course, learn how to leverage this functionality to make your eLearning content stand out. Pooja Jaisingh covers a variety of topics, including how to include SWF, GIF, and HTML5 animations, work with transitions, and add emphasis with object and text effects. In addition, she demonstrates how to apply the concepts and techniques covered in the course to build several different animations.

Topics Include:
Adding external animations
Using slide and object transitions
Applying timeline-based effects
Applying trigger-based effects
Applying effects to a group of objects
Creating and saving custom effects
Using while loops and delay actions
Creating an animated background and title page
Creating a moving car animation

1h 18m

Lynda.com course link

LinkedIn Learning course link




Webinar Recording and Handout: Getting Started with Responsive eLearning using Fluid Boxes in Adobe Captivate (2017 release)

Captivate Fluid BoxesFluid Boxes in Adobe Captivate 2017 are magical containers that allow you to create responsive eLearning courses in a snap. Just add the images, videos, animations, buttons, and other objects to the Fluid Boxes and they will automatically arrange on the screen based on the screen size and orientation.

Join me on 25th July, 2017, at 9:00 AM Pacific Time, for a step-by-step guided tour on how to create responsive eLearning courses using Fluid Boxes. You will also learn about the best practices of using Fluid Boxes in Captivate and make the most of them. I will also share a workbook for getting started with Fluid Boxes during the webinar. Don’t miss it!

Webinar title: Getting Started with Responsive eLearning using Fluid Boxes in Adobe Captivate

Date and time: 25th July, 2017 | 9:00 AM PDT

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