Captivate 2019 – All the Ways to Get it

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GUIDELINES FOR CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE AND AFTER UPGRADING A BLANK PROJECT TO A RESPONSIVE PROJECT (part -2)

CONSIDERATIONS AFTER SUGGESTING FLUID BOX

Under most circumstances hitting suggest Fluid Box would yield close to perfect results but in certain cases you may need to do some extra alterations(resizing fluid box, changing flow, wrap behavior) to the properties or even adding few Fluid Boxes manually to set the flow and wrap absolutely perfect as per the user’s preference.The target of this exercise is to achieve slide as in sample3 from sample2. You can compare the two and try making necessary changes so as to achieve slide in sample3.

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  • Resize the Fluid Boxes as you may need more space for the items inside the highlighted fluid box FB_11 as and when they wrap. Make modifications, to achieve something like this:

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Also see that the bottom Fluid Box has been resized horizontally, using the horizontal resize handler for FB_12:

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  • Consider adding 3 more Fluid Boxes to the FB_11, if you want the image and the corresponding text to wrap together. Since all the items, were added to a single fluid box, the wrap behavior exists on individual objects when its wrap point is hit. But in this case, you would want the clock image to be together with time text and similarly for date and location.
    • To achieve this unlock all the objects from the FB_11. Move them off canvas to keep track of unlocked objects.
    • Select FB_11 and add 3 horizontal Fluid boxes to FB_11.
    • Make sure the FB_11 is stretch to fit along vertical axis and space around along horizontal axis with stretch to fit unchecked. (proj)
    • Now drag and drop the items inside Fluid Boxes in the same order. (time, date and location). Remember to remove the unlock checkbox option.
    • Make sure you set the flow for the newly added fluid boxes as horizontal for each.
    • Perform the resize on individual objects to make it visually enhancing for the lower views.

The above editing operations can be done and the values considered by moving the slider around and checking for the look and feel across the device width spectrum. (perform these steps with sample2 to achieve sample3)

  • Consider setting wrap to squeeze in a row for the Fluid Box on top which contains a logo and you may not want it to wrap, rather, occupy that top right position.

 

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You may not want the wrap behavior as in the above pic

  • Coming back to replacement for those highlight smart shapes, you can now set the fill for the 3 newly added Fluid boxes.

Now you have something like this in the desktop view, ipad and google pixel respectively. (as in sample3)

d1    g1              ip2

GUIDELINES FOR CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE AND AFTER UPGRADING A BLANK PROJECT TO A RESPONSIVE PROJECT (part -1)

         I have something exciting for the Captivate course authors to try and trust me when you tell your learners they need not switch on their laptops or PC’s to access their course, they will surely be overwhelmed. Yes, following some generic guidelines you can re-design and upgrade your old Captivate blank projects to a responsive one and this time without breakpoints (Captivate 8 and 9 users will be familiar with this term) and if you are a new Captivate user you can always go and explore the scope and power of the new Fluid Boxes concept.

  • Save as Responsive (version and properties upgrade)

First thing that you need to do is open your old Captivate 8 or 9 Projects in Captivate 10 and perform a Save As Responsive operation. (you can exercise this on attached sample1)

sar1 PS: this functionality will be supported only for your old Blank Projects.

 As you click on Save as Responsive you will be prompted with a dialog listing out the unsupported items in your projects. These objects are basically the ones which are not supported in general for an HTML5 output. For more details, you can visit the following link, https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/publish-projects-html5-files.html

Once you see the dialog you can click on show unsupported items (if any) and consider replacing them after you save it as responsive and an upgrade operation is performed.

Now you project shall open in the responsive UI where you shall be able to see the responsive width slider. This marks the stage where you can start working with the Fluid Boxes in your project. You can go about adding these fluid boxes manually or even with the help of the Suggest Fluid Box Button.

 

 

SUGGEST FLUID BOX

Before reading this part, make sure you have a fair idea of the the fluid Box and their properties.

You can refer to the following articles by Zeeshan:

What Suggest Fluid Box does?

Suggest Fluid Box is an algorithm which tries to detect the distribution and layout of the objects on the slide and tries to fittingly place them inside these fluid boxes setting the most appropriate properties for flow, wrap, horizontal and vertical alignment. Apart from this, it intelligently sets the alignment and margin of text captions and has considerations whether to Maintain Aspect Ratio for an object or not. (say for an image it always checks the checkbox for maintaining the Aspect Ratio)

Assuming you are aware of the 2-Dimensional design paradigm with fluid boxes (that is, you cannot have overlapping items inside the fluid boxes), you may consider the following useful tips before you hit the suggest fluid box button.

You can try these along in the attached samples, which have been divided in 3 parts:

1)original blank project (sample1)

2)post suggest (sample2)

3)final project after modifcations(sample3)

Before You Hit Suggest Fluid Box

You can go along and perform these steps on the project which you saved as responsive, (ie upgraded sample1 to cp2017 project)

  • Setting the correct properties for the Background Images:

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By default the images are set to maintain Aspect Ratio and if you happen to move the slider you may see your Background Image diminishing in size to maintain the AR. This may go well for the other images on the slide but with the Background image it may lead to blank or empty spaces on the slide. ( as in the adjacent image).

To avoid this, you need to set the object size (height and width) as % and % respectively.

As the image in the sample project comes from the Master Slide. Goto the Master slide view-> select the image in the master slide->open the position panel from the properties inspector and slect the object size as % and %:

 

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  •   Checking for the overlap of items

This consideration comes in handy before suggestion, as suggestion tries to put even the slightly overlapping items in a Static Fluid Box ( I shall write an additional article of where and how to use them), for now you can consider to ignore them as they may not make your project visually appealing on the first go unless you have a fair idea of where and how to use them. To check for the overlap, you can simply select all (CTRL+A) items and check for the overlapping boundaries. Consider, resizing or re-positioning such objects so that Suggest can produce best results for you. ( now you may be able to link to the fact I told you about 2-Dimensional design paradigm and how the algorithm goes about determining the Fluid Box layout).

 

For slide 1 you can identify 2 sets(marked by red boundary) of overlap as indicated in the following images :  Overlapping boundary have been indicated by saffron:

 

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Consider re-positioning or resizing  the objects to avoid overlapping as in the demarcated regions. End Result be something like this:

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Now what about time, date and location, where I actually need the background smartshapes to Overlap?

Can you recall reading something about fluid boxes and fill?

  • Deleting background(highlighting) smartshapes and achieving this using fill

I have separated out three objects from the overlap. Consider deleting part 1.Now if you wonder where do I get to apply fill, you shall be able to do so once you have Fluid Boxes in your project post suggest.(remember to come to this part after suggestion) for now delete part 1.Make sure you delete the same smartshape for  DATE and LOCATION as well.

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Just before suggestion your slide should look something like this:

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Hit the suggest button and you shall see Fluid box Grid applied to your slide. Now your slide should look exactly as in the slide of sample2.

If you see something weird on the slide perform an undo(CTRL+Z) operation and check if you missed any of the above steps and verify overlapping (CTRL+A).Perform Suggest Fluid Box again.

PS: Do not confuse Remove Fluid Box operation and undo. Both are different operations and have different use.

At this point, your further course of action depends on the satisfaction of your results. The next phase is concerned more with the visual enhancement of your course which revolves around setting Fluid Box properties along with previewing the project moving the responsive slider, which I shall cover in part 2 of this blog.

 

 

Is Captivate 9 Still Relevant?

I’m seeing several people on the Adobe eLearning Community and my own YouTube channel who are upset that they don’t qualify for the complimentary upgrade to Adobe Captivate 2017. Captivate 9 users qualify for the complimentary upgrade if they purchased Captivate 9 very recently. I believe that it’s approximately 1 month or less. You can check your eligibility here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/upgrade-policy-product-announcement.html

As an example, I purchased Captivate 7 very late in the Captivate 7 product life cycle. So late in fact that less than 30 days after I purchased version 7, Captivate 8 was launched. I reached out to the Adobe using the instructions from the link above and I discovered that I was eligible to receive a complimentary license upgrade.

If you fall outside of the eligibility, please remember that if you are using Adobe Captivate 9 or even Adobe Captivate 8 you still have an incredible piece of software that is capable of producing some amazing eLearning. Sure there are some great new features in Captivate 2017 and I’m looking forward to using most of them. Several of my clients will not be ready for Captivate 2017 for some time. I will continue to develop content for them in Captivate 9 as I need to maintain compatibility with the software that they are still using. Try not to fret too much.