Software simulation Issue

I am working on a new software simulation.  I have done over twenty of these in an older version of Captivate with no issues.  Just received a new computer with the updated version of captivate and for some reason the simulation only shows the first and last slide i do with nothing in the middle.  Tried a number of times and no luck.  Is there something that changed in the newest version?  I have two monitors and set the simulation to record the application window.

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Captive 9 TOC


This is what I want the project to look like: I want the TOC to be displayed on the right when the project is first opened. I want the TOC to close after the first slide is played. I want the learner to be able to open the TOC when they want to. I want the learner to be able to navigate the TOC at any time.

These are the settings I made and it is not working as I would like. Any ideas?

First slide:

On Exit: Hide TOC & Continue Playing project

TOC Settings:

Style Separate

Runtime options marked:

Enable Navigation

Status Flag

Issues with the settings above 1) TOC does not close after first slide is played 2) Learner cannot navigate the TOC, nothing happens when it is clicked on

Any ideas?


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My impressions of fluid boxes.

After working on a little project created with fluid boxes I want to share some impressions and maybe present some problems. Correct me if I’m wrong anywhere in my descriptions.

I’m not going to complain about the problems, but just mention what lowered the overall good impression of this approach.


The first thing that I don’t quite understand the purpose of is the inability to use grouped objects or to place png or jpg files on top of each other within a fluid box. I wonder if this is a conscious approach of the programming team or is it just an unsolved issue. This way or another, it limits the usefulness of fluid boxes a lot. For example, imagine I want to have a tank and a target marker in one of the fluid boxes. (If you are curious what kind of e-learning it is, I’m answering: teaching English Vocabulary for military personnel)

In a non-fluid box environment, it is very easy to achieve. I just drag two pngs from the project library and place one on top of another. But with fluid boxes, the only workaround I found is to go to a photoshop and make it one picture. Not a big deal, but if you have, say, 50 pictures it becomes a bit time consuming, and gets you out of a project for a while.  Probably nobody can help me much in this case.


My idea was to use state objects to give the learners feedback after they answer a question. I wanted to make it more lively and inserted an object on custom states and animated  them (ones state as correct one as incorrect).   I wanted to use an advanced action to trigger the desired state (correct or incorrect) but if you insert anything on a state object, it automatically becomes unattached from the fluid box. So it works, but not within a fluid box What a pity !


One of my favorite tricks while using text entry boxes is to apply the system variable cpCmdGoToFrame (going a few frames backward) to clear the text entry box without the necessity of reentering it. This way, as described in a few blogs here on this forum and elsewhere, you can give a user a chance to have a few attempts without leaving the slide. I found out that it doesn’t work in fluid boxes. The only workaround I found is to give feedback on another slide and return to the target slide again. But it is not so smooth as jumping from frame to frame.

So that’s what I think the missing features are. I hope someone will say, ‘hey, I checked this problem and it works on my computer’.  At least it will give me an incentive to start to investigate the proper solution.

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Buying Your Next LMS: 5 Types Of LMS Support Services To Consider

Solid, dependable support is as important to the success of your LMS as the design features or content management. Does your new LMS vendor get it right? In this article, I’ll highlight 5 types of LMS support services to consider when buying your next LMS.
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The 2019 Workplace Learning Report Finds That L&D is at a Tipping Point

LinkedIn Learning hat wieder über 3.000 Bildungsexperten und Mitarbeiter befragt. Die Ergebnisse dieser Befragung finden sich im Workplace Learning Report 2019 (44 S.). Die folgenden Punkte sind es dem LinkedIn-Autor wert, hervorgehoben zu werden.

„1. L&D finally have the budgets and executive buy-in to take learning programs to the next level …
2. Skills Gaps are the Number One Focus for Talent Developers …
3. What Employees Want Most: A Self-directed Learning Experience …
4. Boost Engagement by Spending More Time Marketing Programs and Leveraging Managers …“

Stichwort: „Self-directed Learning Experience“. Ja, die Antwort auf diesen Wunsch ist natürlich „online learning“, aber mit dem Hinweis: „… over half of all learners value more social, collaborative environments – both in the office and when they are engaged with online learning.“ Bildungsexperten kann dabei eine Orientierungsaufgabe zufallen: die Lernenden zu den richtigen Kursen bzw. Angeboten führen. 
Bogdan Zlatkov, LinkedIn/ The Learning Blog, 25. Februar 2019

Time For Honesty About Opportunity Cost

According to Learning Management Systems (LMS) specialists, well over 1000 LMSs now exist worldwide. How do we go about making a decision to purchase an LMS? There’s a lot to be taken into account, but we tend to ignore an honest appraisal of the opportunity cost.
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2019 Realities360 Expo+ Pass

The brand-new Realities360 Expo is your opportunity to meet AR/VR suppliers so you can find the products, services, and partners you need to support your strategy.
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