Scrollable formatted text

Captivate’s scrolling text widget only allows you to specify a single appearance for all the text displayed by the widget. All the text is one font, color, size, etc. I’ve always needed to use the scrolling text box because I put it on any slide that has narration and use it as a transcript. Since all the text is the same, there isn’t a way to bold specific words or add a bulleted list. One day it occurred to me that I actually did have another option as long as I didn’t mind a little extra work.

I realized that I could setup and style the transcript’s text using HTML and CSS in Dreamweaver and then paste the code into the Web widget. The code does have to be minified so it’s a single line, but now I have the full ability to change the formatting for any text I desire. It is a bit more work than just loading up the default scrolling text widget, but being able to bold and/or italicize specific words and create actual bulleted lists is worth it to me.

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Another Way To Spell Check For Captivate

Hi everyone,

I’ve recently been fed up with the spell checker in Captivate and decided to find another way/tool.

My spelling is pretty good, but I often work on huge projects with lots of slides, and sometimes errors slip through.

My first solution was to copy and paste every bit of text on each slide into a word document, but this took forever. It also delayed the delivery date and things still got missed because of hidden layers and hidden groups etc.

Then I found the option, which allows you to print your Captivate projects, which got me thinking. By being able to print your projects as a Word document, I could check for any typos at the end of each projects. This will save time in the QA process and make you look good to the customer when meeting delivery dates.

After giving it a try I found this was my solution and as much as I love Captivate and Adobe, I just needed an extra tool with spell checking. I’ve put some screen shots below to show you how I do it.

Hope this helps.


Step 1. Click on File, then Print.

Step 1 Adobe Captivate Printing Files


Step 2. Choose a location to save the document. Select which slides you want printed, I always select ‘All’. Choose ‘Handouts’ under Types . Lastly tick all of the tick boxes on the bottom right, or which ones are useful for you. Then Click Publish (I don’t know why this button isn’t called Print).

Adobe Captivate's Print window with all the Handout option selected and all options are ticked.


Step 3. Captivate will ask if you want to open the file printed file. After clicking ‘Yes’, your document software e.g. Microsoft Word will open. You should then see any spelling errors in your document.Adobe Captivate's Print Menu asking if the user wants to view their printed document.