Returning to a Previously Visited Slide.

Hi Everyone,

So I’m immersing myself back in to the world of Adobe Captivate 2019 and I’ve come across a challenge (due to a lack of knowledge) rather than a technical issue.

Here’s the scenario and what I am trying to Achieve?

I’ve got a Resources Slide (See Thumbnail) which learners can navigate to from the main learning path via a button.  It possesses 8 icons which, launches an isolated web window (with dimensions – can be moved around the screen) displaying the contents of selected PDF.   Learners can view, download, print and or close the document window dropping them back into the eLearning screen.

On the same slide with all of the links there is audio which, narrates the text box content in view.   Using Advanced Actions, I’ve created a sequence that enables the audio to be heard once but on any future slide revisits its silenced (This works great too).

However, it is when I return to the Resources slide that I’m having a challenge, in that I am having to wait for the slide contents to load each time.

What I would really like is for the content to be displayed all at once, so there is no waiting time.   Is there a way of doing this, and if so can someone point me in the right direction. 

Many thanks in advance

Mark Jones
Aspiring Captivate Guru

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Learning Interactions – Tips


In the past I published a free table with some details about all the Learning Interactions in Captivate 8. Meanwhile some new interactions have been added, and with 11.5.1 some have disappeared (deprecated because of lack of use). That is the reason why I updated the table, which you have included here. You will find information about each interaction, and links to blogs I created about some specific interactions.

The Help documentation has a page dedicated to Learning Interactions, with 5 examples described in detail:

  • Accordion interaction
  • Radiobutton interaction
  • Checkbox interaction
  • Certificate interaction
  • Bulletin interaction

Table can be found under this link:


Static versus Interactive interactions

In the former Widgets panel, which disappeared in the new UI of Captivate 8, you could see the three types: Static, Interactive and Question widgets. The last type has disappeared, leaving for Interactions only two types: Static and Interactive.
A Static interaction is like a static object: it has no Actions Tab in the Properties, it has no Events to trigger actions, you cannot attach a score to it. An Interactive Interaction, like any interactive object (shape button and other button types, click box,  Text Entry Box, hyperlink) has events  able to  trigger an (advanced/shared) action. It can have a score possibly to be added to the Quiz total. To allow actions such an object can pause the timeline with a pausing point. For normal object there is also a color code for the Timeline: the static objects have a blue timeline, the interactive objects have a green timeline. If the interactive object has a pausing point it will be visible on its timeline. Look at this screenshot, which has several interactive objects, all pausing at 1.5sec. The Title and the three shapes in the group are static, have a blue timeline and no pausing point.
All learning interactions are Static in 11.5.1. The Games category, which is now deprecated, were Interactive. Beware: although the score for some Games is stored in the associated user variable, you cannot add that score to the Quiz total. The points attributed to a Game in the Reporting section, are granted to the user in the same way as most questions in Captivate (with exception of the MCQ): black-white. If the game has been played, the user will be awarded the points, whatever the score of the game was.
Disappearance of the interactive Interactions solves something which is bit confusing: they used to have a blue timeline, whereas the static ones have a green timeline. That was contrary to the normal color code, still find it confusing because green means to me that I could have an action, and a pausing point. The green object in this screenshot is a static widget (pyramid).


Slide will not be paused when inserting an interaction. To give the learner time to watch the slide you need to insert a pausing object (button, click box)!


Insertion and formatting of Interaction

Two possible work flows:

  1. In the Big Button Bar, use the button Interactions, last option. A dialog box with thumbnails of all interactions will be opened. You’ll see a badge ‘New’ or ‘Updated’ sometimes, when a new version has been pushed to your system.
  2. From the Insert menu, choose Widget and if necessary browse to the appropriate folder. In Windows that would be Public DocumentsAdobeeLearning AssetsInteractions_11_5. Choose the wanted interaction.

The second work flow is also valid for Widgets. But since they are not compatible with HTML5 output, will not talk about them here. The second workflow can be used if you have problems with the Thumbnails dialog box not showing up. After insertion, you’ll see the the dialog box to edit the properties and parameters for the interaction popping up. In this screenshot you see the dialog box for a simple radiobutton interaction with 2 options (True/False). I unchecked Highlight because that puts a rectangle behind the words ‘True’ and ‘False’. This is one of the interactions with an associated variable (see later), labeled v_one in this case.

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How stop learning interaction slide from progressing? Help!

Hi – I have a learning interaction on a slide, but the slide moves to the next slide after 3 seconds. How can I make the slide pause?

The properties inspector only gives me the option of changing the seconds duration of the slide, not pausing the slide until the user clicks on at least 1 of the learning interactions.

Thanks for your suggestions

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Change state variable to endlessly select and deselect an image

Dear community,

I have created a slide in an online module where I ask learners to select up to 4 images. The images are inserted in gray scale (state 1) and when selected change state to their colored version (state 2). Now due to their task it is possible that they decide to deselect an image again after having selected it in the first place.

For this to work I created a variable (“clickendlessly”)  and when running the Advanced Action (conditional) the variable “is equal to 0” so that a click on an image changes its state to state 2 (color). The variable is toggled so “if ELSE” by clicking again it changes back to gray (state 1). So far so clear.

Now, when I switch between the 4 images, e.g. I first clicked image 1 and it changed its color to state 2 and I click on image 2, what happens now is that the first click kind of only selects the image and only when selected by clicking it again the advanced action is “released” and change of state therefore needs a second click. Once selected I can change state again and again. But as soon as I move on to another image I need to select the image first (click 1) and change state/color works only with click 2.

Question: Is that how it is and I have to live with it OR is there any way around it? So that whenever clicking on an image it changes color right away, no need for the “pre selection process”?

Help would be great!

Thanks in advance!


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Simultaneous click boxes

I have a slide I created where I have six individuals on a slide and when each is clicked a speech bubble with audio appears and plays. I have the action set on the click boxes.

Originally I had them staggered so the user had to click on in a certain order.  They want them all accessible at the same time.  So I lengthened all the click boxes to be available for the same time (9.2) but I still can’t click on all of them.  Ideas?

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Unable to add images to states – Captivate 11.5.1

Hi everyone,

Started to use the new forced navigation system introduced in 11.5 (naming convention approach) which is working well for most of the basic setups I have used it for. However, I have a setup that uses a multi-state (MS) smartshape that contains text (blue outlined box) and an associated image (red outlined box) per state. These change when a button is clicked (three buttons available). This worked in previous versions of Captivate however the image option is not available when in state view now.

I assume this is an issue with using fluid box as I’ve seen tutorials of people doing this in 11.5 but not using fluid box? Someone suggested converting the MS smartshape into a button however this has very limiting text formatting and wouldn’t work for me this situation.

Any ideas on a good workaround or fix for this?

Thank you in advance


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Smart Shapes timed to audio not working

I have created an interactive eLearning course. For one slide, I have added smart shapes and have the shapes to appear timed to audio also in the slide. When I published the project to video (or preview it within the slide) it works great! However, when I publish to either HTML, Executable or in preview mode, the smart shapes do not appear and I only have the audio. Has anyone else encountered this problem? I could absolutely be doing something wrong, I am just not sure what the problem is.

Thank you,


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Captivate 2019 Testimonial

I am newer to Captivate 2019. I used Captivate 2008 back in the day. 2019 is a huge upgrade. Love the ability to take my e-learning sessions to the next level due to the virtual reality option. It has also reduced my e-learning creation time when faced with last minute training requests. This week I was asked to create an e-learning module which included at least 1 quiz. I was given 2 days to do it and the training content was still being finalized.  Usually this type of request would take me over 40 hours. The ability to import Power Point slides, quickly create a 10-20 question quiz, and use the hot spot feature reduced my creation time by 3 days and meet my tight deadline. My client was impressed with the results, especially because the module easily integrated with their LMS and looked beautiful on mobile devices – tablets and cell phones. Adobe Captive 2019 made this all possible and I looked like a pro.

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