Hyperlinking boxes using PowerPoint

I’ve imported a PowerPoint presentation and some of the slides have individual boxes to hyperlink content using a URL, local files or linking a slide within the presentation.  I’m able to link the URL fine and it plays in preview mode, but having difficulty linking a slide in the presentation or a local file.

Any suggestions to resolve?

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Should I Edit Course and SCO Identifier and Title?

Hello! I tried asking this question early in the week, but for some reason it did not post. Here’s attempt number two…

Our team shares a cptx file that we use as a course “template” – it’s not a Captivate template file type, however. Any time we go to create a new course, we pull this common cptx from our controlled documents library, paste in our new slides, author the simulations, etc., and then publish the file. (We create solely software simulations.) We add in scored interactive items (usually click boxes) toward the end of each individual assessment simulation, and we publish these as SCORM packages for upload to our LMS. Note: Sometimes clients will need these for their own LMS as well. Historically, we’ve published as SWF, but are moving to HTML5 only very soon (not that this is super relevant to the question – just trying to paint the picture of what we do).

My question is around the publishing part. Within the Quiz Settings, if you click Configure the Manifest dialog is displayed. I’m wondering, is it generally best practice to edit the information found in these fields? I’m attaching a snip for reference:

We typically have not edited this information (Course Identifier, Course Title, SCO Identifier, SCO Title). Is there any specific reason why we should (or should not) modify this information?

Any info is helpful. Thanks!

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Captivate 2019 VR not publishing images?

So I’m tryig to publish my vr project to BlackBoard.  I’ve tried publishing it using a zipped folder and uploading to the course content; this plays except the background 360 images are not displaying – just black with the hotspots hovering in mid blackness.  The same happens if I turn on reporting and upload as a SCORM package.

When I go into the course content folder, I see a bunch of files and folders, but I see nothing that would resemble a 360 image/jpg.  Is it possible it’s not publishing these images with the package?

The project previews fine with Preview Project and Live Preview on Devices.

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Typing Text – HTML output


You are probably aware of the fact that Text animations are SWF-based and cannot be used for HTML5 output. Several users have been asking for an alternative. Of course, the best way would be to create a HTML animation (OAM) and insert it as animation. You could use JS as well.  I found it a fun challenge to see if it is possible to mimick the behavior using uniquely Captivate’s features. This small showcase explains using a shape as a moving mask.  The While loop combined with a multistate text object was another idea. Did I use audio? Sure, but since I am on the road with a more limited system than in my home network, that may not be as perfect as I normally want.

Moving Masks

I wanted to create the effect for these two lines, each of them being an individual Text container:

The background of the text needs to be solid color, to be able to use the proposed method. You see that I created vertical guides to allow me to create masks with exactly the same width as the text containers. Those masks will be shapes, no stroke but filled with the same color as the background.

I applied a Motion path  ‘Left to Right’, but extended the path to match the width of the text container. Remember to keep SHIFT pressed to force moving the points horizontally:

The path has now to be moved to the right, for that purpose I added another vertical guide. Same was done for the second timeline, as you can see here:

To avoid flickering of the text lines, I added another short effect to them ‘Alpha from 0 to 100%’.

Timing for the motion paths has to be found by trial and error. Have no idea what your typing speed is  

Of course, timeline of second line and mask has to be moved to start after the first one has appeared totally. Here is a screenshot of the timeline panel:


As explained before, I would have preferred an audio clip extended for the duration of the text, but doesn’t have all applications installed on my travel device. Instead I used the provided KeyClick.mp3 clip from the Gallery/SoundEffects. I inserted it as looping background audio, and muted that background audio on all slides except this typing text slide.

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Stop Audio from Repeating when Replaying Slide

2017 Captivate. Further to the post in 2017 by JoeQ, creating this Advanced Action worked great for one slide.

Is it possible to do this on all slides so that if the user returns to any slide in the Captivate project, the audio would not play the 2nd time around?

Does that mean I need to make multiple ‘playonce’ advanced actions – one for each slide seperately?

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2017 Captivate Date Format – Month dd, yyyy

I use 2017 Captivate Release I have numerous CBTs that I have created where the User must print a Certificate after completing the Quiz.

The only date I can seem to enter is $$cpInfoCurrentDateString$$ but that produces a numerical date only (i.e., 03/09/2019).

How can I update this so that it print March 9, 2019?

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Eyedropper tool not working in Captivate 2019

I use Adobe Captivate 2019. I am using a Macbook Pro with the macOS Mojave system. The eyedropper tool is not working for me. I have tried to select the eyedropper tool and the select the color I want. No dice. I then tried to select the eyedropper tool and drag it to the color I wanted, again nothing. Any suggestions?

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