4 Smart Compelling Story Narratives To Make Your Learning Unforgettable

Some of the best methods to practice effective learning, with content which learners retain, are accomplished by using stories and narratives. It's a well-known mantra that strong narratives make for intrigued and engaged readers and learners. Stories influence our perception by showing things from a different perspective and placing, well, knowledge in a new light. Storytelling and strong narratives have established themselves as the most potent traditions which humans possess. Because there is a lesson behind every story with certain morale or instruction, it means it is an essential tool.

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Building Captivate eTraining for applications | Adding Audio using Text to Speech

Why use Text-to-Speech for Systems Training?

  1. Text-to-Speech as a “draft” for Client approval of script.
    For Systems Training, there may be several cycles of client review and approval.  In the first review, a client may be confirming that both the business process and application step sequence are correct.   It is during this stage that the client may change or expand the step sequence.   Since changing a sequence of steps would alter the timing of the training components, it is best to leave any voice recording until the last cycle.However, you may want the client to experience the eTraining with a draft voice-over.  Indeed, you may wish to have the client approve the voice-over script at this stage.  Using Text-to-Speech enables both.
  2. Text-to-Speech as a Client Preference
    In some cases, clients may prefer the Text-to-Speech option for eTraining because of its flexibility.  It is not unusual that, after implementation, clients expand on the description of the business process in eTraining.   If the voice-over is done using Text-to-Speech, clients can modify and regenerate voice-over when the eTraining does not change substantially.

How it works

The text used to generate Text-to-Speech is stored in the Slide Notes.   This text is used to generate an audio file using tools within Captivate from NEOSPEECH.  The audio file is stored in the Library and plays with the slide associated with the Notes.

Steps to Add Text-to-Speech

  1. Confirm the “voices” available.
    If there are only a few voices, you may want to reload the Voices available from NEOSPEECH.I installed these voices when I installed Captivate. However, the installation can also be accessed here.


  2. Add Notes to each slide using.
    Open the Notes window using:  Window > Slide Notes

    Then, select the + symbol.

  3. Setup to Generate the Audio File from the Notes.
    Check the slide note(s) to be converted.  (Do NOT select the closed captioning icon if these notes repeat instructions in the Text Caption.)

    Click the Text-to-Speech icon 

    The Speech Management window opens.

  4. Generate the Audio File from the Notes.
     Note: I have selected the “voice” called James.

    Click the Generate Audio button.

    When complete (it takes seconds), click Close on the Speech Management window.

    The audio file appears in the library.

    Note 1: Remember that each time the Notes are changed, the audio needs to be regenerated.

    Above you see two audio files:  Audio1 includes the first note only.  Audio2 was generated after adding the second note and regenerating to include both notes in the slide.

    In the Library, you can see which audio file(s) are active and the number of users from “Use Count” column (column 3 above).

    Note 2:  Since prior generated audio files also appear in the Library, you may wish to remove them to preserve space.  In this case, Text to Audio2 was generated and Text to Audio1 can be removed.

  5. Align the audio recording in the Timeline.

    You also see the generated text to audio object in the timeline.
    The above timeline is not adjusted.

    Once the Text-to-Speech audio is finalized, the timing of the audio and slide objects can be adjusted.

    Note:  I like to start audio slightly after the start of a slide so that the user sees the entire slide before any instructions begin.

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Slide content disappears on few slides after publishing to Youtube


I published a video to youtube but about 5 slides of the content do not display in the middle of the video but the remainder of the video is fine.  I have reviewed the captivate files and re-published but get same issue.

Any idea the issue?


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360 Images Not Visible on the Stage

Hello All,

I’m going through the preview of the course we’re going to design in the Captivate Specialist Program. When I click on the slide in the filmstrip view of a 360 image, the design stage remains blank. I can view image and interact with it just fine in the preview mode. I’m obviously not able to practice or design any 360/VR functions as it currently stands. Any thoughts as to why this is happening?

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Cap 2019 version

Love the new features for 2019 and look forward to playing all of them. Can someone give a shortcut on downloading the assets at once into my library? I tried this yesterday but my library is still empty. I actually just tried downloading a character but I did notice that the image for  version 9. Does this make a big difference?

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Audio screen won’t close


I have Captivate 2019 and I opened the audio to work on the closed captioning and timing.  At the bottom, there is not a save button and there is not an exit button.  I was just working on this yesterday and all was fine.  I have closed and open the project 3 times by forcing it closed.

Anyone know a fix????



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Cloud-Based And Desktop Authoring Tools For eLearning: Which One Is Better For Online Training?

With the advancement of technology, authoring tools have, to no small extent, affected the way organizations manage their eLearning development. They're now shifting away from using tools that depend on lots of programming and design and focusing on authoring tools for eLearning development.

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Simultaneous click boxes

I have a slide I created where I have six individuals on a slide and when each is clicked a speech bubble with audio appears and plays. I have the action set on the click boxes.

Originally I had them staggered so the user had to click on in a certain order.  They want them all accessible at the same time.  So I lengthened all the click boxes to be available for the same time (9.2) but I still can’t click on all of them.  Ideas?

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