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Have you examined the animations that Captivate supplies? There are 175 of them that ship with Captivate. If you are looking for others, you might wish to check out FlashKit. Click here to visit FlashKit.
I must be missing something. How can I find the 175 that are provided?
Click Insert > Animation... and unless you have changed it, Captivate should automatically open the dialog to the "SWF Animation" folder. Inside this folder should be folders named Arrows, Bullets, Highlights and Others.
If the dialog isn't opening there for some reason, try finding this path: (Assuming a default installation)
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Captivate 3\Gallery\SWF Animation
You might want to invest in a membership at Animation Factory. It is located (predictably) at: www.animationfactory.com
They have SWF animations as well as animated GIF images that Captivate can convert to SWF animations once inserted.
It is not free, though you can browse enough to get an idea of what you get before you actually purchase a membership. I've been a member since time began, and can attest that the "platinum" membership (or whatever it is that gets you access to Flash and everything else) is well worth the price ... IF you find a need for backgrounds, static images, or any kind of animations on a regular basis.
Hope this is helpful ...