I am new to Captivate and wondering whether or not I can perform a certain function within the program. Is Captivate mainly used to develop training simulations; not presentations? Is it possible to simply create a Powerpoint-like presentation within Captivate and add interactivity to it at the same time, or would I need to first create my material in PPT and then edit in AC?
For instance, say I want to create a training program for the basics of Texas Hold'em or maybe basic strategy for the game of Chess. The projects would have a lot of text and reading required. Would it be easier to develop the boring non-interactive stuff in PPT (background image, template, text blocks, etc) or can it all be done in Captivate fairly easily?
Sorry if this seems like a stupid question; like I said, I'm new to the program.
You can use it in this way very easily. Actually, most people using Captivate will tell you that their early creations tend to be a little PowerPointish and as they get familiar with the tools they begin to pick up the tools that can take it above and beyond PowerPoint.
I am finding that I am just begining to pass the threshhold I mentioned. Now I am starting to really get in to the fun of finding the creative ways to do things and put the power of Captivate to some good use. It is a blast.
Certainly you are able to add images and text and create a presentation in much the same manner as you do in PowerPoint. Basically, I think it comes down to the tool you are most comfortable with. If you are more comfortable with PowerPoint, you will likely be more productive using PowerPoint. But if you are more comfortable using Captivate, you can accomplish the same thing just as easily using Captivate.
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Adobe Captivate is used to create training simulation and you can have interactivity as well.
You can create your project from scratch and you can import Powerpoint presentation as well.
You can use Text Entry Boxes, Click boxes, Buttons and Highlight Boxes to add interactivity.
You can use the Timeline to move your objects and align them on specific time, which will make your projects more lively.
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Captivate is used for interactive learning, but certainly can be used for interactive presentations. The branching feature, for instance, would be useful in demonstrating "what if" scenarios for Texas Holdem or chess. You can also do scripting, such as assigning variables. If you wanted to write a full blown chess program, you would best look at a programming language such as C#.
Feel free to examine one of mine. This one is for Advanced BIology which is a pretty information dense subject type, so it is in the domain that PowerPoint typically has been used. The link is http://www.virtualhomeschoolgroup.com/file.php/1/00_swf_repository/Adv anced_Biology/M12/The_Lymphatic_System.swf
That one was made entirely in Captivate 5.5.
Try thr TOC button and the CC.
I am working on one right now that is really non-Power Point in which the students have to solve a mystery and the mystery responds to their inetractions and takes different branches based upon their interpretation of the clues, It is a mystery wrapped in a story. I am having a blast designing it and the test runs with students shows it is really engaging them when they have an engaging mystery to solve instead of just listening to a lot of information. It is also for a biology course, so it too is for am information dense topic, but when the students learn the terms, problem-solving techniques, and lab procedures in this way it is a lot of fun. I will try to post it when I get it all wrapped up. Captivate 6 coming out and me being the trainer had to move the biomsytery project to the back burner. I am an instructor using the software as opposed to a full-time course developer that develops for others.
Sorry about that Raiden. I assumed that if I linked you to a file from the main page files you could see it. No pmatter, I was going to upload it to my personal site as well, so it gave me a good reason to get that off my to-do list.
Try these swf outputs ...
Lymphatic System presentation (top) with a drag and drop activity below it (both made with Captivate 5.5)
Level: High School Biology 2
The presentation was created entirely with tools built in to Captivate 5.5
The drag and drop was made with Captivate 5.5 and the Drag and Drop add on by InfoSemantics (one of the neat advantages of Captivate is the way it is extensible and people can build add ons)
Ordinal Numbers and Betweenness in Ordinal Numbers
Level: Elementary Math (for my son's math class I will be teaching this coming year)
Built in Captivate 5.5. Built in elements worth noting is a branching design. I used another InfoSemantic add on for this one that lets the TOC show a checkmark for completion even if all of the branched slides are not visited.
My Captivate Projects on the Drawing Board
Project 1 - Online Classroom FAQ inetractive
This one is created in Captivate 6 (trial version). Click around to explore that one's design.
This is just a portion of the biology biomyestery that I mentioned. It is being build in Captivate 6 and the intention is to have a swf and mobile friendly output. Note that if this link is taken at a future time, these projects might no longer be in the "on the Drawing Board' section. Just browse around the site and you will probably find it elsewhere though.
For those that get their Captivate in the E-Learning Suite, it also comes with Flash. Here is one that I made with that - http://justabitmoore.weebly.com/strata-order-game.html. That was created before I bought the InfoSemantic Drag and Drop Captivate add on (not expensive) for Captivate 5. It could have been made with that without the hand coding that I needed to do in the Flash. It would only take about 15 to 20 minutes in Captivate with the add-on compared with the several hours of coding and debugging I did with Flash origianlly. By the way, the artwork for these examples were created in another tool in the e-Learning Suite, Photoshop. If you are artistic, my background before starting to teach online is portrait painting and illustration, you will love Photoshop as a tool for creating your art.
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