Pausing Issue

Hi there,

I’m running into an issue with a slide auto-advancing now that I have added click boxes to the slide.

The slide is set up with a next button to advance the slide. The Next button becomes visible about 5 seconds into the slide, and has a pause point about 1.5 seconds  before the end of the slide. The click boxes are each set up to both Pause until clicked and continue playing the project when clicked (required to ensure the Next button comes up). I understand that the Pause setting means that when clicked the timeline unpauses, and the Continue Playing setting also means the timeline will continue playing when the button is selected. However, it seems that the Pause on the next button should be stopping the slides from auto-advancing.

I have another slide in the presentation that uses click boxes without this happening – the only difference is those click boxes have advanced actions (although no “pause” setting as part of the action) rather than the “continue playing” setting.

Would appreciate any advice.



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Keep getting actionscript keywords message

I have tricked every “trick” or workaround that I have come across, but when I try to use Web Object to embed a YouTube video, I keep receiving the message (when I preview) “Swf compilation failed.  Please verify if any of the actionscript keywords is used as user variable name.”

I have also tried the YouTube widget and checked HTML5 Tracker.

Do not know what to do here…I do not yet know enough about variables to know how to even approach the problem.

Thank you,


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Unable to install Captivate 2019 update 11.0.1

I’m running Build version and am unable to install the update to 11.0.1.

When I run the updater, I get an Error Code 131 – “Please save your work and close the following programs for all logged in users, then click “Continue”: – Adobe Captivate (Error Code 131).

I’m running it as Administrator and have no other applications running.

Is there an Updater preferences file or something that I can rename or delete? I saw that was a solution for a similar problem with an earlier version of Captivate.

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How to create a ‘Please rotate your screen’ warning message that becomes visible only when the user rotates phone to Portrait mode?

Hello my fellow Captivate experts.

I am using Captivate 2019, I have a responsive project. I can see in the settings that I can restrict Landscape view but I cannot restrict Portrait view. I want my project to be available in Landscape only.

Is there a way to block the entire project from being viewed in Portrait mode? If not, I am thinking to create a black shape with some warning text telling the user to rotate their screen. But I want this shape to become visible on all slides,  triggered only when the phone or tablet is rotated in Portrait mode. Obviously I do not want the warning to be visible in Landscape mode.

Appreciate any suggestions.


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Captivate 2019 Crash on Publish

Updating Captivate 8 courses to the new 2019 version.  After repairing some unusual font and sizing issues, the resulting course will only process up to 45% before receiving “Fatal Error, please restart Captivate”.

Windows 10, 64Gb, SSD’s, nVidia 8Gb, maxed out Dell Precision workstation.  I am an Administrator for this workstation.

What I’ve done so far:

  • Cleared Cache
  • Run the Utility from the Utils folder
  • Made sure that all files and publishing locations are local
  • Saved into a new file
  • Reboots/restarts
  • Uninstall/re-install.

No effect.

What do I possibly do now?

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Responsive design – video displays incorrectly when turning mobile whilst playing

Hi everyone,

I am designing a responsive Project including a video with a breakpoint for landscape and portrait mobile view.  If I pause the video and then turn the screen, the video adjusts correctly to landscape mode. If the video is however playing and I turn the phone, the video is displayed incorrectly – loads of it cut off and in a weird position. If I pause the video it jumps to the correct position.

I would be grateful for any ideas on how to fix this issue, as the video should display correctly, no matter when the screen is turned.

Thank you so much!

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5 Eternal eLearning Trends That Have Stood the Test of Time

eLearning has had, and continues to have trends come and go during its relatively short lifetime, with certain trends disappearing into oblivion, while some trends sticking for good, and being followed to this day. In this article, we’ll discuss 5 timeless eLearning trends that stuck, and have become more of eLearning essentials than trends. Let’s go.

  1. Gamification

Gamification tops the list of eternal eLearning trends because it is a sure-shot way to build learner engagement. Gamified eLearning courses have evolved to include more elements in them than simply game dynamics and rules like leaderboards, points, rewards and achievements. Although all these points are what makes gamification so great as a learner engagement and motivation tool, the gamified courses of today utilize augmentations, animations and compelling storylines. Gamification has not only stood the test of time as an eLearning trend, it has improved with it. Which is why gamification is the way to go, and one of the most beneficial trends in eLearning ever.

  1. Personalized Learning

Corporate organizations have now understood that each individual learner/employee is different, and have different professional and personal goals, according to which they should be provided training through eLearning. They should have the freedom to choose their own learning paths, which makes their learning more focused and targeted. By giving the learners the power to choose what modules to complete and which to skip, personalized learning empowers its users. Personalized learning also appeals more to learners, as everyone wants something that is designed based on their personal choices. Personalized learning is thus a trend that stuck, and is being used more and more by corporate organizations that wish to improve their employee learning and development.

  1. mLearning

Talking about learner autonomy and freedom, nothing gives learners more freedom than mLearning. After all, employees have a lot on their plate, even without having to take out the time during office hours to complete eLearning courses. When they’re forced to complete courses during office hours, it leads to a backlog of actual work, as well as discontent. When employees feel resentment towards eLearning courses, and treat them only as a tiring convention that must be done, no learning can take place. mLearning allows employees to complete their eLearning courses on their smartphones, whenever they want to, wherever they want to. This solves all the above mentioned problems. This is the reason mLearning has transformed from an eLearning trend to an absolute necessity in the modern world, as a smartphone is something that every modern-day employee has, and regularly engages with.

  1. APIs (Application Programming Interfaces)

It was SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model) that started the trend of APIs within eLearning by allowing training and course content to be shared with other SCORM compliant systems. SCORM was succeeded by xAPI, also known as Tin Can API as well as Experience API. Basically these programs have built-in instructions for applications to talk to each other, so that the content is compatible and platform-independent. xAPI or Tin Can was considered an improvement over SCORM because it enables learners to collect data online and offline, while helping track learner progress and use content through a multitude of software suites, in addition to certain other features. APIs too have become an essential nowadays, but it wasn’t long before they were considered just a new-fangled trend.

  1. Flash to HTML5 Conversion

Flash is dead. This is a brutal truth. But, Flash didn’t die all of a sudden. It wasn’t long before Flash was the gold standard of eLearning courses, but that was before eLearning professionals realized the magic of HTML5. HTML5 allowed audio, video, 2D/3D graphics and animation to play without a plug-in. In addition, it gave hardware access, offline storage, and supported cloud-based applications. But the clincher was the fact that any eLearning course made on it was automatically responsive! This hastened Flash’s imminent doom. So what about all those Flash courses that were created? Would those become useless? Fortunately, no. It was found that Flash courses could be converted to HTML5 courses, and thus began the trend of Flash to HTML5 conversion, which is a big thing, even today.

You never know which eLearning trend might be here to stay, so never knock one until you’ve tried it.

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