I have chosen Captivate to make a training video for my
softare much like I am sure many of you have done before. I have
been having a hard time with one thing though.
My goal is to have many small 200px by 100px sections of
software demo'd. Then once I have demo'd every small section of my
software I plan to use these small demos in an overall demo. So I
plan to make the demo an interactive simulation using clickable
buttons to invoke the small demos from before. Sounds easy right?
The reason I am doing the small videos is because I plan to
have small '?' (question marks) next to each confusing part of my
software. I don't want the user to have to navigate away and trudge
through a long tutorial each time they don't understand something.
So, I will have mini tutorials all over the app. Then one big one
containing all the small ones in an "Interactive Demo"
I have been working with Captivate for a while to capture the
screen for simple fullscreen demos, but I can't seem to get this
functionality out of it.
Open 2 versions of captivate. Set one at 200px100px and the
other at your main project size (ie 800x600 as an example).
Use the smaller version to record your demos and publish
these as individual .swf files, named accordingly. Record each of
these separatly so you end up with a collection of .CP files and
published .SWF files.
Then drop these .swfs into the main project either as
animations on a slide or come in through a slidelet when a user
clicks or hovers over (use insert animation in slidelet options)