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Slide loses animation

Apr 16, 2012 6:23 AM

Whenever i go back to any slide on my published flash player training, the slide tends to forget the animation that has been used. The objects dont appear the way they should and come all at once foregoing the animations applied. any suggestions? i am using adobe captivate cs5

 
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    Apr 16, 2012 6:33 AM   in reply to vikojh

    Are you referring to SWF animations created in Flash and inserted into Captivate, or to objects in Captivate that have animations applied to them?

     

    Can you be a little clearer about the nature of this issue?  Perhaps give us an example? or show a screenshot?

     
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    Apr 16, 2012 7:03 AM   in reply to vikojh

    OK.  Now I understand a bit more.  So you've applied animations in PPT before importing the PPT deck into Captivate.  You're not really talking about 'objects in Captivate' like text captions, highlight boxes, or images, etc.  You're referring to objects in PPT (with animations applied in PPT) that are brought in as individual PPT slides.

     

    From my understanding of how the PPT import process works, you end up with each PPT slide being converted into something a bit like a chunk of video embedded on each corresponding Captivate slide.  You cannot edit the objects and animations on this slide like you would other native Cp objects that had Cp animations applied.  To edit the PPT slide objects, you have to use the options to roundtrip edit to PPT and then back to Cp.

     

    I think you're going to find that your options are quite limited as far as resolving this issue while ever you use PPT as your starting point.  If you were to build these slides from scratch in Captivate and use Captivate's animation options instead, then (depending on the specific animation effects you're after) you might have better luck trying to get them to work when jumping back to a previous slide.  It sounds a bit like with your current project the PPT animations only play once per session and they remember the fact that they've reached their end point.

     
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    Apr 16, 2012 10:40 PM   in reply to vikojh

    You are correct that PowerPoint would currently have a wider range of object animations and animation options than Captivate does.  However, if you purchased Captivate as part of the E-learning Suite then you also have Flash, which has almost limitless options as far as animating objects.  You can also define your own custom Effect animations in Flash and import them into Captivate as XML definitions to get closer to the effect that you want.

     

    So Captivate is more limited in one way and more powerful in another.  It depends what you were trying to achieve.

     

    Which specific animations did you want?  You can certainly have objects fly in with standard Captivate Effects.  Have you only noticed the Fade in and Fade out transitions but were perhaps unaware of the Effects panel?

     
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    Apr 17, 2012 12:04 AM   in reply to vikojh

    If you're on Captivate 4 then you will not have the Effects panel.  Your options are limited to the transitions available such as Fade in and Fade out.

     

    If you have Flash, there is nothing to prevent you from creating SWF objects with sophisticated animations and then inserting them into Captivate.  That's the way I used to do just about everything before Cp5 introduced Effects.  Now I only use Flash for things Captivate cannot yet do, like masking.

     
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    Apr 18, 2012 12:24 AM   in reply to vikojh

    Yes and no.  If I were able to wait a little while longer, I'd actually recommend you upgrade to Captivate 5.5 as soon as the release date for Captivate 6 is announced with a free upgrade from Cp 5.5.  Then you'd get the best of both worlds.

     
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    Apr 18, 2012 12:34 AM   in reply to vikojh

    I cannot tell you the release date.  (I don't know it.)

     

    However, if you search the Adobe website you will find indicators about their usual release timings and could probably figure it out to within a few weeks that way.

     

    If you have a deadline that forces you to make a decision right now, and you stand to lose more than the cost of purchase if you delay, then by all means jump in and buy.  If you haven't as yet used a Trial version of Captivate 5.5 you could always wait as long as you can and then install that to buy yourself another 30 days grace.  Maybe before the trial runs out the release date would be announced.  It's your money, right?

     
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