I think indeed that you are having too many 'actions' on the slide. Are those advanced actions? In that case, please replace them by shared actions (seems to be less heavy). Do you use variables? Of course I could be wrong, but I suspect it is not the number of objects that is causing you issues, but the way the slide has been set up.
A workaround could be to spread over more than one slide, properly set up the user experience shouldn't be that different from this one big slide.
Thanks for your help!
I haven't done anything with the actions just yet. I have only built all the objects. Simply by dragging 15 or 20 text boxes off the screen it stops freezing on preview / publish. In fact, I found the freeze when I was testing my first advanced action. No variables with this one, just showing / hiding of objects to produce a book-like experience. I am building my actions right now and the only way to preview them to make sure they are functioning as expected is to keep 20 text boxes dragged off the screen.
For the user experience, I want my learners to be able to access this help manual from any screen and have it return them to the screen they were on once they are done (so the continue button says return to last slide visited right now). I did try to spread them out (it did work as far as not freezing) but I ended up not being able to return directly to the content slide. I had the main page of the help manual direct them to the different subsections. Each subsection can return to the help manual but then it can no longer return them to the previous content slide. It might sound confusing.
I built another help manual that was for a different topic but ran the same way only it contained 206 objects instead of 232. I tried moving just as many buttons off the screen but it did not have the same result as moving 20 text boxes off the screen. Only one text box is set to be visible at the start. The rest are all hidden until they are activated.
It feels like that silly saying "You have come to the end of the internet". "I have come to the end of Captivate!"
Thanks again for your help. I did end up just doing a workaround. It is not ideal and a bit frustrating simple text bogs things down, but having accepted the program limitations I came up with a mini menu to let the user choose their section. That way they would still be returned to the page they were on.
Thanks again for your help and your response! If you happen to come across any documentation that specifies the limits on objects on a slide, feel free to update that here. If not, I am assuming the magic number is around 213.
OK, if I find it, will post.