Virtual Reality Tour Sample Project

Hi friends!  I just went live with my first Captivate virtual reality project.  In a moment, I’ll be posting an article all about lessons learned tackling this 360 walkthrough.  I hope you enjoy it and (as always!) welcome constructive feedback.

Click the play button below to check it out:


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Custom Digital Font – Part 4 – The Product

This is the fourth and final post in this series of a custom digital font. Feel free to review the other related posts on this if you have not already.

1. Part 1 – Microwave

2. Part 2 – Digital Signage

3. Part 3 – Making the Font

In this post, I am sharing the project file and some tips.

The Project File

Remember – this is actually a series of image states with a particular naming convention. What you will get is a Captivate File (v11.5.0.476) with basically four items.

1. Red number set with a decimal, hyphen, and colon. There is an image for both a number as well as a number with a decimal point for both ease and spacing of crafting numbers.

2. Red alphanumeric set. This contains all of the states from the red number set plus 26 additional letter states.

3. Green number set with decimal, hyphen, and colon.

4. Green alphanumeric set.

All sets also contain a blank space. This is the default – so it looks like nothing is on the screen. I placed a box on the stage underneath each of the character sets for ease in locating.

Things to Know

1. All states are named using the same convention.  char1, char2, charA, charB, etc

2. All special characters are named as follows.   charSpace, charColon, charHyphen, charDot

3. All numbers with decimal included are named as follows.   char1dot, char2dot, etc.

4. All states are exactly the same size.  72W x 100H

5. Remember – this is a 7 Segment font like you might see on a digital alarm clock. The Eight has all seven segments lit up. That means there are limitations to crafting letters.

Resizing Advice

Chances are good that you will want to use a size that is different than what is provided. Here is my advice to save time and trouble.

1. Open the font project in a separate tab.

2. Open a blank project in a separate tab.

3. Copy the character set of your choice from the font project.

4. Paste the set into the blank project.

5. Size the font to suit your project.

6. In the properties panel with options selected – click the little dropdown in the Transform section and select Apply to all items of this type (see pic).

7. Copy the character set

8. Paste the character set into your own project.

I do it this way so that any other items on your stage do not change or move in a way you do not want them to.

Object Naming Advice

When you actually place a character set into a project I would suggest a good naming system that can help you easily identify your object. Especially if you utilize more than one of them in a single project.

For example – With the Microwave (Part 1) – I used digit1, digit2, digit3, and digit4 to name each of the number positions in the clock.

In the digital signage (Part 2) – I had four rows with 9 character sets in each row. I named them simply a1 thru a9, b1 thru b9, c1 thru c9, and d1 thru d9.

This made it easy to find the character I needed changed.

Upcoming Project

I know the alphabet with seven segments does not look great. I was going to offer a 14 segment font but decided to bypass that and go straight to a full LED display font. Here is a sneak peek at that. It will be more full featured with upper and lower case alphabet and several additional symbols.

I will share this when it is ready. In the mean time I look forward to seeing and hearing about the projects that you have made with this digital font set.

Here is the project file. For those of you with an older version of Captivate – my apologies.

sevenSegFont – 640KB


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Wellness Company Training: My First Captivate Project

Drumroll please… my first Adobe Captivate project!


For this project, I created a call center training for a fictional women’s wellness company.  I initially created the project as a responsive project but made the decision halfway through to focus on a desktop-sized output to constrain the variables in my learning.

Soon, I will be posting an article soon summarizing all I learned (and wish I had known) stumbling my way through this first endeavor.

I’d to get constructive feedback and input as this is my first project.  What do you think I could do to make this better?

All the best,

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Free asset – text entry as variable then a slide that displays user entry

Hi – Here are two sample slides you can use if you want the user to respond to an open ended question, like, Play What do you hope to get out of this course?” And then to display what the user entered.

Here are the steps to create these 2 slides:

  • Goal: Use text entry box for open ended questions, to then display to user on both same screen and also give user a way to go back and view that at any time, later. Steps:
  • create slide w text entry box. Ea text entry box automatically generates a variable
    • On styles tab:
      • Keep retain text.
      • Change variable name
      • Click “More options” set max length.
    • On Actions tab:
      • Deselect submit button
      • “Show scrollbar” for auto wrapping.
      • For action on text entry, add “no action.”
      • Remove keyboard shortcut.
    • Add shape, “Use as button,” action=go to next slide.
    • Create a new slide, to display back to user what they typed in originally (or updated). Insert a shape. DOUBLE CLICK TO GET INSIDE IT. ONLY THEN…! on Style tab, click the X for insert variable. Choose the variable that I want it to show.

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Measure lenghts with Captivate

Hello Captivaters !…

This time, I want to share with you my experience concerning the measurements of lengths with Captivate.

With a simple drag, it’s easy to drag a ruler and make measurements of a segment. But if the segment is not horizontal, we have to rotate the ruler…

I tried many times to drag and rotate an object with Captivate, but so far, I never managed to do it correctly on a leftop as on mobile devices.

Using all the advises found on the Captivate Forum, and as my knowledge of Captivate increases, I finally do this :


The ruler is in fact a multi-states object. Each state represents the ruler, with a rotation of 10°.

The trick is that the image of the ruler must be a square (or you will have distortion of the object)… with a transparent background. (in green on this image)

(The project on the web is here :  

Happy Captivating !…

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Can’t download character asset

When I go to Assets and then click on the Discover tab, then select Characters, the download status window pops up, but only has a Cancel button and it hangs right there. Nothing happens. It says the item was downloaded but I am not seeing them. Anyone have this trouble? If so, what can I do to fix this? Incidentally, I can successfully download any other asset type just fine. It is only the characters.

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