Find the differences with Captivate

Hello Captivaters !…

I hope you don’t miss the awesome project from our great Guru and friend Lilybiri to spot the differences between 2 images…

If not, here are the links to her project :

And to her explanations to realize this :

And so, I thought it was exactly what I need to do my own projects !…

But I made it more simple… No svgs (I don’t like them !…) , no sounds (I like to listen to my own music when I’m on my computer ) and no effects…

So I did this :


I just used smartshapes, used as buttons… The normal shape is made transparent and the “spotted” shape is just a red circle.

And one variable to follow the numbers of right answers…

There are many other examples on this page :

Once again… A big THANK YOU to Lieve !…

Happy Captivating !…

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Survey: Use of cpQuizInfoAnswerChoice


Eight years ago I wrote a blog post about ‘Secrets of cpQuizInfoAnswerChoice’. Of course the embedded example file was published to SWF at that moment. This specific quizzing variable is very useful when you need to evaluate the results of survey slides to make decisions. I created a new example file, partially based on slides from the Quick Start Project Alliance. It is part of a ‘decision tree’ which could be used for those who want/need to convert legacy projects to make them ready for publishing to HTML5.

Example file instructions

There is no audio in this example. All quiz slides are Survey slides, and navigation is based on the results of the Survey slides.  Type of slides used are True/False, MCQ with one correct answer, MCQ with multiple correct answers. At the end of each branch (there are quite a lot of possibilities) you will end up on a slide with possible workflows. In this example you’ll find only three ‘results’ slides:

  1. If you have only the SWF output of the legacy project.
  2. If you have the cptx-file but cannot use it directly in the present Captivate version
  3. If you have the cptx file, it can be opened in the present version.

To explore a new branch, please refresh the browser.


Explanation needed?

How did I use cpQuizInfoAnswerChoice and which other features were used? It was rather challenging, due to the topic with its multiple navigation branches. Maybe in a next blog post? BTW I did only use variables and actions, no JS.

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Exercise/Trial Project: Build a 360 virtual tour through Lisbon

In this exercise project Exercise_Lisbon 360_MatthiasNoll, I created a virtual 360 tour in Lisbon. Feel free to download and edit it for yourself:

  • The 360 images had been taken from my GoPro Max camera
  • The audio effects used in the project came from the Captivate library

When you want to play the actual eLearning go here: Lisbon 360 Virtual Tour + Quiz

When you want see how to build the 360 project from scratch, take a look here:

Please let me know if the project file helps you. Enjoy!


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Need SO MUCH help with adobe captivate! Please!

I have no idea how to make eLearning on Adobe Captivate and I have a very big issue: I cannot make the slides stop so they only advance on command. Instead, they always continue playing and whatever I do, they do not stop even if I have a button for “continue”. Can someone help me, please?! It is my first time using adobe programs by the way

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Free asset – youtube overlay template

Hi all – This was fun to create. I want to use more youtube videos for my eLearnings plus overlays, so I clicked on insert, interactive video, and just inserted the link to the youtube video I wanted to use with overlays. I chose a funny one on a topic that’s important to me: financial security, for calm and peace of mind.

Then I created some knowledge check overlay slides, and tested this in html5 in the browser.

Fun bonus – you can also use a “Learning Interaction” as an overlay – you can see it looks very professional as an overlay on this youtube video.




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Sample project to show one way to use captivate for storyboarding

Hi folks – This sample project shows how easy it is to move your storyboard for an eLearning course over from powerpoint to captivate. I just went into New file, import ppt. Why? Because I had started my storyboard, very rough, in powerpoint, then got it to a nicer looking point where I wanted to start cleaning it up in captivate.

I hope you find this to be a useful asset / sample project.


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Free asset to save you time while storyboarding Captivate

Hi all –

I discovered I was taking a lot of time finding the images, videos and audio clips I had chosen for my captivate projects, so I put together the attached template to store these all in one place.  That way, I don’t have to waste time hunting the for the assets I have chosen, and I can move them quickly into my working captivate file from the storyboard area.

I hope this is helpful to people.


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Hyperlink Tips

Quite a while ago i have blogged about using Hyperlinks as interactive objects. Those blogs include examples, but from the SWF era… which is almost over.  Here are the links to those older articles:

More is in a hyperlink – Dropdown menu

More is in a hyperlink – Close button

I used the Dropdown menu workflow in all the interactive videos which I posted here, to create a Bookmark menu.

Last week, a user asked some questions about the same topic. Time to test if, what I described for SWF output is still valid for HTML5 output. You can have a look at this example file, where I show 4 use cases:

  • Navigation buttons
  • Show/Hide workflow
  • Close button for a popup
  • Forced view

I did keep the typical Underline for the hyperlinks (but often edited the color). You will find tons of them. The design of the slides was taken from the Quick Start Project included with version 11.5, labeled ‘Rhapsody’. It always reminds me of the epoch of the Hippies…

No audio, sorry.  There is no playbar, nor a TOC. Navigation is done with SVGs, which have a tooltip (added in the Rollover state). This is a rescalable, non-responsive project. I have created a Fluid Boxes project as well, check out the workflows.


If you are interested, I will post a detauked description of the workflows in a blog post. I learned that you have to be a lot more careful with the HTML5 output than was the case for SWF output. Not every hyperlink was functional right away. Especially states in multistate objects have caused me issues.

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Interactivity in Captivate

Recently I presented a webinar about Interactivity in Captivate. As usual I don’t present with a PPT, but with a Captivate presentation.  That makes it possible to publish later as an interactive tutorial. It needed some editing of course, and adding narration.

The goal was to show how different workflows can be used to create interactivity: Branching (menu), Forced viewing,  Progress bars, Click&Reveal, Drag&Drop, Knowledge Check slides, Games.  The presentation was followed by demonstrating some used workflows in simple situations.

If you are interested, have a look. Many slides have a Back to Menu button, where you may see a tooltip which was added in the Rollover state.

Click to see the presentation:


Would love to hear comments, questions. For narration I used slide audio, object audio and the Play Audio command depending on the situation.

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Puzzles with Captivate

Hello Captivaters !…

I already shared Puzzles’ projects in this previous post :

But today, I want to share with you my latest puzzle’s project using Drag and drop :


This time I use puzzled shaped images… And this is better as I could now select the html5 scalable option, as the images are pixelled separated and so the separation even if they are bigger don’t bother me so much any more…

But doing this, I found two problems :

1./ In the alignment options, the button which could move above only 1 layer up triggered the same action as the one wich put the selected object on top. (Even if this could be easily corrected using the timeline for example…)

2./ The second one is more problematic. I have already signalled a similar problem in this forum post :

But as I was working on this new project I realize that even if we fixed a limitation in the number of tries, we could still move the drag objects after this limitation. For example, in the project I share today, the number of tries is limited to 5, but even after, if I clicked 2 times on a draggable, I could still move it…

I hope the captivate team technicians will have a look at them before the next release ???!!!…

Happy captivating !…

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