Unfortunately there simply isn't a way to do this in version 5. But having said that, I can think of a simple way that you might make things easy. Create an image that has a "color strip". It can be vertically or horizontally oriented. Insert this image on the first slide and configure it to run for the rest of the project.
That may seem a bit odd, but here is how I envision it working. When you are dealing with almost anything color related in Captivate, you typically have a color picker eyedropper that may be used to set the color. Soooo, my thought here is that while editing, you could click the eyedropper and just choose the color to set it. And that should prove infinitely simpler than repeatedly typing the hex codes, no?
Once editing was complete, you then delete the image.
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Rick's suggestion is one that I use and it works well.
I have created a colour "chip" (see below) using my company's 2 prime colours and also the colours of the colour of the text box edges I use from Captivate. I place this on first slide and set "view rest of project". During the creation of my project I just dip my dropper on the required colour on the chip.
Not ideal but a good workaround.
Thanks for the tip Noel/Rick
Great for future stuff. Unfortunatelty I don't think this is going to be an option for me this time. The text animations, which I have used extensively in the presentations, don't seem to have an eye dropper function.
So I am back to hexadecimal numbers, which frankly seems an inordinate amount of trouble for such a straight forward task.
Hate this program (sorry to vent in your direction).
If I was 12 I'd finish with an angry emoticon!
I have no love for Captivate either but have no choice but to suffer it.
Having said that v5.5 is better than V3 which is when Adobe really fried my brain and put my blood pressure through the roof.
Without the excellent help from this forum I would have given up a long time ago.
I have no problem about age and emoticons....
May I offer another suggestion? I'm not always confident in color picker, because it doesn't always return the correct color as defined by a code (too bad we are limited to the hexadecimal code).
I'm a Kuler user, and I will put the palette (colors) with their hexadecimal code in a text caption in the scratch area, set to display for the rest of the project. Whenever I need a color, I copy/paste the code. Bit cumbersome but I'm sure to have the correct color. Bit like Noel's solution, but since I'm a math lover I do not pick the color but the code.
Oh Sure.... offer a completely Adobe solution!
(In case you misread that. I was just teasing you a bit!)
In my own experience, the color picker does a pretty good job. But I have seen instances where I used it to match, but after producing output the match was off. If memory serves, it was the Slide Quality setting that caused the shift.
Happy Thursday... Rick
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