Adding a blank slide to a software simulation

Hello all

I don’t know if i am going mad, but i am pretty sure that in the past, i was able to add blank slides to the beginning of my software simulation, but I am no longer able to do so.  I am also pretty sure that i could shuffle slides up and down in the filmstrip, but again, I am unable to do so as of a few days ago.  Is anyone else experiencing this issue?

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Captivate won’t record mouse click

I’d been using Captivate to record screen steps for months and recently, I have several issues with the mouse clicks are not recorded, my current solution is to restart PC and restart captivate, but it’s getting annoying. sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

any suggestion that I can do to solve this issue?


Best regards,

Claudia K.

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Captivate 2019 Demo Slide timing

I hope someone can help me!

I recorded a demo and am making adjustments to it. I have an issue with one slide where a pop-up menu is supposed to appear. It does appear, but not until the very last second of the slide. I need this to be the focus of this slide but don’t want to have to record a new demo.

Is there a way to adjust the timing so I don’t have to re-record the demo?

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Help! Text Captions in Captivate not capturing name of what I am clicking on

I am a new Captivate user and I am trying to record a software simulation of our software, which is web based.  As i navigate through the clicks, my text caption boxes insert, but Captivate does not capture the name of what I am clicking on.  Instead of inserting a text caption that says “Click File”, it will say “Click”.  I manually have to go in and add the text to each text caption and resize the box.  This is not scalable for the amount of recording i have to do.  Any idea why this is not working?  For example, I would expect the text caption box below to read “Select Dispatch” but it only says “Select”.  To troubleshoot, i recorded a demo in Word and all text boxes behave as I would expect….they say Select+the name of what menu item I am clicking.  Help!  I have a HUGE project I need to get done ASAP.  Thanks!

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Training Simulation: images as feedback


This step-by-step blog is for newbies, based on a question launched in the forum yesterday, look at the thread:

Goal: to have automatically images instead of the default failure message in a Software Simulation, Training mode. Don’t fear: I will not use any variables nor shared/advanced actions. It is a very simple workflow, provided to use it before recording! It is a lot more complicated if you want to achieve this after recording.

Default setup in all Themes

Feedback messages exist not only in Training/Assessment Simulations where they are linked to a Click box or a Text Entry Box, both interactive objects. You also have them for Interactive objects in normal, non-sim projects. In the default setup this is a bit confusing to newbies for these reasons:

  1. Feedback messages can be captions or shapes (both are text containers). Success, Failure, Hint messages have no individual timeline, they appear automatically, are linked to the interactive object: click box, button, Text Entry box
  2. In the default setup, the choice is to have Shapes, not Captions. You see this under Preferences, Defaults. You can change that preference by checking this box (SFH stands for Success, Failure, Hint):
  3. However this is NOT the default setup for those messages in Software simulations where Captions are the default. To change to Shapes, you need to check this box under Recording, Modes:
  4. Both types of text containers, Shapes and Captions do use a dedicated, default style. There is one style for Success, another for Failure and one for Hint message. You can check all of them out in the Object Style Manager (menu Edit, or SHIFT-F7). As all styles, these are part of the used Theme. FYI: I used the Windswept theme packaged with CP2019. Here are two examples: one for a Failure message in a Shape, another for a Failure message in a Caption.
  5. If you use the same type of text container for both normal projects and software simulations by changing checking either the checkbox in Preferences, Defaults to switch to captions, or the one in Recording, Modes to switch to Shapes for sims, in the default setup you will use the same style for all messages of that type. This may not necessarily be what you want, as is the case for the original issue here: only the Failure feedback message for the software simulation slides have to be ‘converted’ to images, not those for non-sim slides.


1 Switch to Shapes for Simulation feedback

Open Preferences, Recording and choose Modes.

Check off the option ‘Show Smart Shapes instead of Captions’.

2 Create shape filled with Image

2.1 Import Image in Library, check Size

Import the image you want to use to the Library using the second button: 

It will be in the Images folder, you can use JPEG or PNG (eventually GIF). Open its Properties with the right-click menu on its name and take note of the size:

2.2 Create a shape with that size

Create a (rectangular) shape with exactly the same size, using its Options tab (or eventually a grid created with guides);

That shape will automatically take on the Default shape style, in this case it is filled with a  Solid color, grey, from the Theme Colors.

2.3 Fill the shape with the image

With shape still selected, switch back to the Style tab in the Properties. Open the dropdown list under Fill, and choose Image instead of Solid. The default texture will now fill the shape.

Click the Image button to open the dialog box in this screenshot. You’ll see the folder Images from the Library and can choose your image, confirm with OK:

2.4 Edit Character features

Although the feedback now looks like an image, the text defined in the rdl file for recording feedbacks (too bad that it is not available in Preferences like the Quiz feedbacks) will appear anyway. For that reason you have to set up margins to force that text in the correct position by changing margins font size etc…

If you want to be able to add text in the shape, you can style that text (font, size, color) in the Character part, under the Style tab. For this particular image the challenge was setting up the alignment. I used the maximum number for the left margin (100), which was not sufficient. I had to add twice the Increase Indent as well.  In this case I supposed the feedback text would be edited in each slide. If you just want to keep the default feedback text which is (in English) ‘Incorrect, please try again.’ I would increase the font size, and probably also the bottom and right margins.

3 Create custom style

At this moment the field Style still shows ‘Default Smart Shape Style’, but preceded by a + sign. This sign means that the style has been overridden, which is a situation you have to avoid whenever possible. You will create a new custom style, using the tiny hamburger menu in the top right of the Style part. In that menu choose ‘Create new style’ and give that style a meaningful name. I labeled it ‘MyFailureShape’:

You don’t need the shape anymore now, you could delete it.

4 Set custom style to be used for Failure feedback

Open Preferences, Recording and go to Defaults. The Recording defaults dialog box opens. Those defaults are also part of the Theme, it is not necessary to change anything in the Object Style Manager. Find the feedback message where you want to change the style, in this case the Failure Shape style and choose the custom style from point 3.


Now you are all set. Start the recording, the Failure feedback will have your image style. However the size of the feedback will be automatically be rescaled to fit the size of the feedback text. You will have to check each slide and have to resize the shapes. AFAIK there is no way to keep a fixed size for any feedback message which would have been very useful for this use case. Will certainly log a feature request. Have a look at a failure message as it was inserted:

You could of course also use the same workflow for the Hint and Success feedback messages. If you want to use those feedback styles in other projects, the easiest way is to save the theme and to apply it to other projects. As explained in this blog, both object styles and Recording defaults are part of the theme (Master slides and Skin are the other components).

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I’m creating an intro video to my software course and need some advice

Hi There

Captivate, and elearning in general, is new to me so I am looking for all tips possible here!

I am doing an introductory video for an online course I am developing. This video includes some animations, done in Adobe Animate (as I explain what the software package can do) and then I move onto some screen capture clips whilst I give a brief description of each lesson topic.

So I have an animation, converted to a video clip, as well as the screen captures done in Captivate, also converted to movie clips.

All these clips are put together using Premiere Pro to make the full video, and I have added the audio file that accompanies the video.

So a few questions:

  • Is this the right way to do this kind of thing?
  • What are your processes to follow for the above type content.
  • What other methods could make a video of this type easier to compile?

Any tip here are helpful, so thanks in advance.

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Adobe Captivate – easy kick-off into video tutorials

Just started with Captivate 2019, I needed to do a video tutorial for a design software package, I had never done anything like it before. Within about 15 minutes I had screen recording up and running, corrected audio soon followed and there was my first video (audio is much trickier than I thought, plus hearing one’s own voice takes a bit of getting used to!).

I can’t wait to explore the other tools for my Graphic Design Fundamentals course I am putting together.

Takes my design as well as my lecturing to a new level and opens it up to a new audience!

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