I'd like to enable "on-click" Navigation capability, rather than setting timings for:
1) slide transitions
2) show/hide content objects e.g. to have dot points on the slide appear one by one as the user clicks
3) other actions, including advanced actions.
Is there a setting that can turn off 'timing' and enable 'on click'?
From forums it seems that importing a Powerpoint allows this option, but I can't see how it can be set for training courses created from scratch.
The only workaround I can envison at the moment involves
1) set the timing to a very long time - e.g. 9999 seconds for each slide / object / action
2) have transparant smart shapes on each slide as background, that have Use As Button = checked and On Success = "Go to the next slide".
3) to display objects one by one on-click, or to execute advanced actions, I'd have to set variables to track 'progress' by counting the number of clicks.
I'd prefer to avoid having to do these manual workarounds!
Bonus question - Hide Playbar
To improve the user experience, I'd also like to disable the Playbar for all slides, not just for Quiz slides, for both SWF and HTML5 outputs. Is this easily done?
I have found the setting for disabling the Playbar - it's at:
Project > Skin Editor... > Playback Control (icon) > Show Playback Control (uncheck the checkbox).
I still can't see an "on click" navigation option, that turns off slide / object / action timings!
Thanks for your response.
OK so it looks like the way to do it, is effectively the workaround I described. I have now:
This seems to enable on-click Navigation for slides, and allows the slide times to be set to small times (which avoids blowing out the Timeline causing performance issues when editing).
Now I have to look at the more complex slides, where I want user clicks to do actions before transition (e.g. show a series of dot points one at a time)! Based on my explorations to date I think I should be able to achieve this ... will post a separate question if I hit snags.
Sara, this is not a "workaround". It's the way Captivate is designed to work. It may look a bit like PowerPoint, but under the hood Captivate is more related to Adobe Flash and has a timeline-based approach to creating e-learning.
Click boxes, buttons, Text-entry boxes, and interactive widgets are all able to pause the timeline.
If you want to stop the timeline from progressing until the user clicks or does something, you just need to work out what it is they need to do (e.g click or enter some text) and then you will know what kind of object you need to use.
The timeline approach allows you to construct very sophisticated sequences that can involve the actions and animations you describe. You just need to work out at what point in the timeline each object needs to appear or disappear, as well as whether or not it is better to transition to a new slide instead of trying to do too much on a single slide.
Thanks Rod - it's working as I'd like now, appreciate the response. I just want to check I wasn't adding in transparent click boxes to every page, if there was a global setting that achieved the same result. If that's the way it works, it's easy enough to achieve. Regs, Sarah.
Sorry for my popping in, but was smiling at the mentioning: 'invisible or transparent click box'? A click box is always invisible to the user, is always transparent, wondering what you are referring to? The click box is visible during editing, because you should be able to resize, move it. But during review and after publishing it will be invisible.
I am bit worried too, you do not have to Hide the click box using the eye icon on the Timeline to make it invisible. And never make it 'really' invisible by unchecking the "Visible in Output' (for CP6) or 'Visible' (for earlier versions) checkbox in its Properties panel because that will also disable the click box.
Tried to explain a little bit about the Timeline in this (pretty old but still valid for all versions) blog post: http://lilybiri.posterous.com/tiny-timeline-tidbits