4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 18, 2008 5:52 AM by KB in FL

    New user needs HELP

    MGJ Level 1
      Let me start with saying I am a graphic designer, not a programmer. I have worked with Authorware for years and now am forced to re-build an eLearning program in Captivate. I am not having success. Let me start with this... the program begins with a main menu with 11 or so chapters. The first chapter is easy...just an introduction of 7slides. The second chapter is 46 terms. I need a menu listing the terms to be displayed on the left and they each have to be clickable text, as well as forward and back buttons on the right, below the actual content display. Is there a way to have the content display and erase, using the frames of the timeline or do I need them to be on their own slides? Should I make 11 separate projects (reflecting each chapter) instead of trying to make on huge project?
        • 1. Re: New user needs HELP
          KB in FL Level 1
          Wow! there are certainly a lot of issues in this one question. Let me start with the big one. How are you delivering your courseware? Is it a stand alone or is it being delivered via a SCORM compliant LMS? This is important because if it is through an LMS, branching from one program to another without LMS involvement is either not allowed or frowned on, depending on whom you ask.

          As a general rule, Captivate performes better on several small files rather than one large one. It simply becomes a question of who the smaller files are accessed.

          Let me know.
          • 2. Re: New user needs HELP
            MGJ Level 1
            The past versions were CDs and on-line. I have no idea what SCORM or LMS are. (sigh) We just had the user take a final exam and if they made 80% or higher, they were given continuing educaiton credit units via our corporate office.
            • 3. Re: New user needs HELP
              MGJ Level 1
              To see what I am trying to re-create go to
              and click on the View Demo btn
              • 4. Re: New user needs HELP
                KB in FL Level 1
                Ok. Your AW program IS NOT using a Learning Management System (SCORM or otherwise), it is simply writing the user info to a .txt file located on the user's hard drive in the system32 folder. If that is all you need for record keeping, that simplifies things.

                I would consider making up a menu program with each of the topics listed. I would create an individual Captivate program for each topic. One of the topics would be the final exam, and you can use the E-mail results capability to send the user results to any mailbox.

                This may sound complicated, but one of the main beauties of Captivate is that it really assumes that the Author is not a programmer. You can create a template that contains all of your "static" stuff (backgrounds, navigation buttons if you need them, etc.) so that you can concentrate on creating new or updating your "old" AW content.

                You may want to pick up IconLogic's Essentials of Captivate 3 or Rick Stone's Tips and Tricks and learn more to help ease your mind. If you liked AW, you will have no major issue mastering Captivate.