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Actually, I use both. I start in captivate to get all the backgrounds and audio in place, then I import the .cp file in Flash and add animations. Here is a sample:
Captivate 2 is coming out in a month, so I can't wait to see what new features they have added. I gotta run, but if you have any more questions just ask and I'll answer you tomorrow.
Wow... so I can have the minimum of what I want working fine, then bring it into Flash and keep that basic functionality and just add any flash specific magic?
I gave it a try and did not see that I could either open or import the captivate file. The one thing I did not try which just came to mind is saving it off as a final file and then bringing it in... that would probablyl work.
I took a look at your demo. I see that you sync'd up the voice over with the appearence of bullet items. I am assuming you did this part in flash?
What I am trying to do is put together sort of news updates. This would be about every 2 weeks or so. I want the time needed to create the item as short as possible. They are pretty timely, so after a month or so are likely to just get archived or simply deleted.
I guess I am still wrestling with time invested for the output. I like the idea of sharpening things up in flash, but don't want to spend two days doing it. I want to sit down, do the basic voice over and info creation and within an hour or two have the thing ready for the site.
Thanks for suggestions.
In flash, you set up the stage to be the size of the Captivate file. Then you select import to stage, then select the .cp file from Captivate. A window will pop-up and you can select everything to convert over (mouse movements, captions, click boxes, etc.). I always find that I have to do a little tweaking, like converting the sounds from a start event to streaming.
Captivate is definately the easier of the two pieces of software to use, which is why my demo's always start there.
Nickels55... not sure why, but following the steps you indicate does not work for me.
No matter what import option I select, I cannot see the cp file.
I have also tried dragging and dropping the cp file onto flash, no good there either.
Is there an update I need to make this work? Using Flash 8 Pro (The 30 day trial, in case that matters). However, I have access to another machine that has a full version of Flash 8 Pro and have the same problem there.
Carefully read the help notes in both Captivate and Flash. It took several tries, but I was able to import .cp file into Flash. One thing I discovered is that Flash doesn't like file names with spaces
When you import to stage look at the bottom of the browser window that pops up. There is an item called "Files of type:" and mine defalts to all formats, but you can click on the dropdown and select "Captivate Project (*.cp)". Then you browse to your captivate .cp file, select it, and then click on Open.
This is all I have ever done using PC Flash 8 Pro to open Captivate files.