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Adobe Captivate 5 is an industry standard software simulation program that produces Flash-based files for easy and rapid deployment for users to view. In this VTC course, instructor Mark Struthers walks you through the creation and subsequent production of a literature based information project focused on 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. Mark covers workspaces to widgets and everything in between so that a resulting SWF or EXE file can be created. Work files are included. Click the movie links below to get started today!
Hello, and welcome to this VTC course on Adobe's Captivate 5. I imagine if you're here watching with fevered anticipation what will subsequently roll out in this comprehensive course, then you'll know at least a little about Captivate. Now I say this because it's not one of Adobe's high profile programs like Photoshop or Illustrator or Flash. Captivate is a more esoteric program in many ways, but it's a program that, excuse the pun, captivated me around six, maybe seven years ago in its original Macromedia incarnation when called RoboDemo. In fact, it was originally called RoboDemo when the program was bought from a small company called EHelp and Adobe, from there, saw its potential and took it from strength to strength until what you see in front of you now, Captivate 5. Now, just going back a little, in this first RoboDemo incarnation I first wet my feet in the pool of software training and as a freelance software author I produced a couple of training courses on Celemony's Melodyne and Steinberg's WaveLab. In fact, the WaveLab course was picked up by Steinberg's distributor at that time and, as far as I know, still lives on the product range from the company that bought it. Since then, VTC have released a new WaveLab 6 course I authored and, hopefully, a soon to be released WaveLab 7 course now that it's just got released, in fact yesterday at the time of authoring this training tutorial. Anyway, enough about my credentials - back to Captivate history - RoboDemo quickly became rebranded as Captivate and from that point has become an extremely useful program that allows, amongst other things, software training in a different way to similar screen capture programs such as Camtasia. Now I know that sounds a little bit confusing when I say create software tutorials in a different way to traditional screen capture programs. I'm not saying Captivate is superior to Camtasia, I just say it's different. I love them both. And as this course unfolds I hope to show you how Captivate differs to the competition. Speaking of unfolding courses, let me say what will be included in this course. As I said earlier, Captivate isn't one of Adobe's highest profile programs but, that said, it does share the common Adobe interface - not exactly, but if you're familiar with any of Adobe's programs, and who doesn't know Photoshop or Flash or Dreamweaver, then you'll not need to feel intimidated by Captivate's User Interface with its panel and tab structure. Anyway, back to what we'll feature in this course. Well, I'll walk you around the interface so you know what's available to use and where the functions are situated. As I've just said, it's not too dissimilar to all the other Adobe programs released to date. However, I am aware that some users don't know Adobe programs at all, so we will need to spend a little bit of time looking around the User Interface. I want to look at the individual panels in a fair bit of detail so that you can see how they link together, and we'll consider how to set up a Captivate presentation and how these presentations are, for the most part, built up from multiple slides, and slides are just containers for specific actions to occur before progressing to the next slide. We'll look at Captivate's integration with other Adobe programs and even with Microsoft's PowerPoint. Incidentally, if you do use PowerPoint then you'll have a jump start in terms of how projects fit together in relation to slides. We'll also look at adding assets, or objects to our presentations, and the wide variety of importable properties we can include. And, as the course progresses, we'll consider the implementation of integrated captions as a method of providing further information to narration as you're Captivate project unfolds. Now, one of the ways Captivate differs to screen capture programs such as Camtasia or Hypercam is in how we can include interactivity in Captivate, so that will take up some of our time, too. Now, just to clarify, Camtasia does allow user interactivity but not in the same way as Captivate does. Of course, we'll need to look at outputting our projects into formats easily available to use. I'm talking about converting our projects into complete playback experiences. Along the way we'll discover the outcome isn't necessarily a fluid movie that plays back in a linear fashion as this introduction tutorial is doing here. What we get with Captivate is the opportunity to play our presentation but periodically pause itself as it requires user integration or input before progressing to the next section. Additionally, Captivate allows the user to jump from one section to another while skipping certain, perhaps irrelevant areas. We'll look into this as we focus on branching as the course progresses. OK, so I feel that's an introduction for you about what Captivate does, a little bit about its history, and the sort of projects that you can create. Right? Let's move on now I've captivated your attention - terrible pun. Sorry. I'll try my best not to include too many of those, although I can't help myself sometimes. OK, let's move on. I'll see you in the next tutorial.
- Course: Adobe Captivate 5
- Author: Mark Struthers
- SKU: 34179
- ISBN: 1-936334-64-X
- Work Files: Yes
- Captions: No
- Subject: Multimedia & Video
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