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Resizing Stuffing Up my Presentations. Any tips?

Jul 15, 2012 10:32 PM

Hi Folks

 

I am currently creating presentations that feature portions recorded from our intranet site. This includes typing text segments.

 

Initially these "typing text" segments played just fine. However I had to drop the presentation size down to 70% of the original.

 

Since resizing portions of animated text have become missplaced on the screen and it a) looks terrible and b) will be very confusing for learners.

 

Can anyone tell me how I can stop this happening?

 

Fig 1 at 100% the animated text appears in the correct field.

 

Original.png

 

Fig 2 at 70% size the animated text has become displaced.

 

New Original.png

 

Any suggestion for fixing this would be greatly appreciated. I have saved a version at full size.

 

Thanks

 

M

 
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    Jul 15, 2012 10:54 PM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    Yes it is part of the background and therefore cannot be effectively resized or dragged to a new position.

     

    You can however right click on it and convert it to a typing text animation object, which you CAN then drag and drop to reposition.  The typing text animation won't look quite as crisp as the original captured animation, and you may need to fiddle with the fonts and font sizes to make it look close to the resulting input text.  But if your MUST resize your project then this may be a better way to go.

     
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    Jul 15, 2012 11:31 PM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    The resizing issue is NOT a bug.  It's just the way Captivate capture was designed to work.  It wasn't meant to be resized.

     

    If you REALLY need to resize the content, I would suggest you either do the entire capture as Full Motion Recording set to 24bit quality (so that the colours look right).  If you have the budget, upgrade to Captivate 6 for this job.  The new Cp6 video capture is very smooth and will resize a lot better than the older versions.  You would also then have the option of using Pan and Zoom.

     

    Alternatively, if you have Camtasia available already in your toolbox, you could do the capture with that and insert the resulting video.

     

    Either way, trying to resize a Capture slide that contains typing text objects is NOT going to go well for you.

     
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    Jul 16, 2012 5:42 PM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    No.  I nowhere stated that Captivate doesn't allow you to resize a project, only that doing so can have some downsides. 

     

    One of the negative aspects of resizing captures is that your project may lose resolution clarity as soon as you move away from it being exactly 100% of capture size.

     

    And another issue (as you discovered) is that resizing a slide that contains a typing text capture will result in repositioning of the capture because the object uses the top-left corner of the slide as its positioning reference.  So typing text capture objects do not scale proportionally as other objects or backgrounds might.  If you want the typing text box to remain in the right position, do not change the X or Y distances from the top-left corner of the slide when your resize.  In other words, if you are going to crop the slide, crop only the right and bottom sides.

     

    If the Captivate channel on Youtube showed tips about rescaling projects, did they mention anything about rescaling slides containing typing text?

     
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    Jul 16, 2012 6:25 PM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    I've been using Captivate since version 1.  The issue with resizing simulation capture slides that contained typing text has always been there.  That hasn't changed at all.

     

    I've not seen a nose dive in performance between version 3 to 5 or 5.5. even though the underlying technology HAS changed significantly since version 4.  There are certainly some things that worked a little better in earlier versions, but I've found overall the benefits of 5x versions outweighed any downsides.

     

    The fact that the Youtube clip didn't mention all the possible issues you might encounter with resizing is no surprise.  It's quite rare for a video tutorial to cover all possible scenarios.

     
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    Jul 16, 2012 6:58 PM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    Storyline is a fine product.  I have it in my toolbox in case a client requires their content created with it.  As a professional e-learning developer mainly working under contracts that last for a given project I have to be versatile enough to use just about any tool I might encounter.

     

    I also have all versions of Cp from 3 through to 6 on my development PC.

     

    Overall, comparing Storyline with Cp6 (even Cp5x) I find there's more power under the hood with Cp.  But your mileage may differ...Storyline is certainly more targeted at the less experienced developer familiar with PPT that wants an easier learning curve.

     
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    Jul 17, 2012 4:36 PM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    Most of the people on these forums are NOT Adobe employees...which as you say makes it that much more awesome that they take the time to help us out!

     
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    Jul 17, 2012 6:46 PM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    No, I don't work for Adobe.  My little family company Infosemantics contracts out our services to corporate clients for e-learning development, mainly using Adobe e-learning tools.  We also build and sell a number of well-known AS3 widgets for Captivate versions 4 through to 6.  That's how come I know so much about this product.

     

    Since I'm NOT an Adobe employee, I can be a little more free as to what I say when I think someone is being unfair on this forum, even if it's Adobe doing it.  So occasionally you'll see me speak out in ways the Adobe employees can't. 

     

    I commend Adobe for NOT 'creatively' moderating their user forums (like some other vendors do) allowing ONLY posts that say positive things about their product.  They'll step in if things get too out of hand, but by and large they allow people here to speak their mind, even if it's not very flattering at times.  To me, that's how it should be.

     
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    Jul 18, 2012 6:53 AM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    One option may be to let the scaling be done via the user's browser instead of trying to rescale the actual CP project.

    In other words, when a Captivate project (SWF) is displayed in the browser, it's shown at 100% height/width.

    Modify the HTML containing the SWF to present the content at, say, 75% and see how that looks. It won't be great, as you're scaling down, but a published SWF tends to scale better than CP itself.

     

    Alternatively, or in addition, make use of zooming/panning.

     

    Alternatively, scale the browser window for your intranet recording smaller. If that means you have more scrolling to do to show the various components, well...then that's what you have to do.

     
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    Jul 18, 2012 7:05 AM   in reply to Erik Lord

    I have a blog post on how do open the project at 100% of any browser window. At www.captivatecrazy.blogspot.com check the March or April archives

     

    If you need further assistance email me at anitahorsley@gmail.com

     
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    Oct 2, 2012 10:34 AM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    For future projects, you might try zooming out with your browser, like 80%. You'd have to experiment to figure out which zoom level provides an acceptable quality level, but it might be helpful.

     
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