22 Replies Latest reply on Mar 20, 2010 2:34 PM by Rob905

    New to Captivate

    Rob905

      I'm using the Trial version of Adobe Captivate 4 and have some concerns.

       

      1. Can the scrubber bar at the bottom of the output screen be disabled if I need it off?

      2. Can images that are different sizes be alligned to the top so they don't all over the during play back.

       

      To expand.

       

      1. When I create a project and publish it, during playback it has the control/scrubber bar at the bottom that allows you to select stop, play rew etc.

      Can this be turned off if I choose?

       

      2. When I create a project with a custom size but have images that are little smaller than the project size, I don't want them to be automatically put in the middle of the space as that will cause them to "jump" all over the screen during playback.

      Is there a way that for those images that are shorter than the hight of the project I "Top Align" them so they remain in line with the rest of the images?

      I can't seem to get to the settings for that, only seems to have that option for Text and I'm not using text in all slides.

       

      Thanks

      Robert E

        • 1. Re: New to Captivate
          Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Hi Robert

           

          Yes, the playback controls may be visible or not. You may choose to not have them for an entire project, or you may programmatically cause them to disappear during playback if you don't wish to see them on certain slides. You may also pick and choose the elements that are included on the playbar.

           

          As for the images, indeed they may be aligned. You align them at edit time. There is no setting that says "Let me insert the image and always align it to the top". But you are free to position and size an image anywhere you like during the editing process.

           

          Cheers... Rick

           

           

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          • 2. Re: New to Captivate
            Rob905 Level 1

            Thanks for the speedy response.

             

            Can you point me in the right direction on how to:

             

            1. Turn the scrubber on/off

            2. Allign the images.

             

            The images are dragged onto the presized workspace and then seem to become one with the workspace.

            I can't find any way to do anything with them once they are on the workspace. :-(

             

            Robert E

            • 3. Re: New to Captivate
              Lilybiri MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              Hello,

               

              To turn the playbar off when published:

              • open Skin editor in menu Project
              • deactivate 'Show playbar control'

              If you want to turn in off/on only on certain slides, you will have to toggle the system variable cpCmndShowPlaybar when entering the slide; If it has the value=1 the playbar is shown, if it has the value 0 it is not shown. You can achieve this:

              • open the Properties of the slide (right mouse click menu)
              • under Navigation, for 'On Slide Enter' choose 'Assign'
              • next to 'Assign:' choose the variable cpCmndShowPlaybar
              • next to 'with' type 1 if you want to show the playbar or 0 if you want to hide it.

               

              Do you see the image on the Timeline? How did you insert them? It seems that you are saying that they are merged into the Background?

               

              Lilybiri

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              • 4. Re: New to Captivate
                Rob905 Level 1

                Thanks

                 

                The first part was easy once you pointed me in the right direction.

                 

                As for the images, I dragged them onto the "stage" from an Explorer window where I could which images I needed.

                I do see the image as well as the actions that I'm trying to add in the timeline accross the bottom of the project.

                • 5. Re: New to Captivate
                  Lilybiri MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                  Hi,

                   

                  Still do not understand quite well, think it is something with terminology. Could you perhaps insert a screenshot of the timeline (you can use the small camera from the toolbar in the message box)?

                   

                  Lilybiri

                  • 6. Re: New to Captivate
                    Rob905 Level 1

                    Since you asked me "How", I took that to mean there was more than one way to get the image on the stage so I looked a bit further and low and behold found what is most likely the correct way to do it. :-)

                     

                    This time I used "Insert" and then selected "Image" and selected the image that I wanted to appear on that slide.

                    Low and behold I can now drag and drop the image anywhere on the stage I want.

                    I gues my way is easy if you don't have to worry about moving it afterwards and all images are the same size as the project.

                     

                    Thanks again

                    • 7. Re: New to Captivate
                      Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      Hello again

                       

                      Whether you are able to move the image or not depends on exactly where in the application you elected to drop it. If you are dragging from Explorer or a browser and you drop the image on the Stage or edit area, it should be able to be moved around. (Well, as long as it's smaller than the stage is. If not, it will simply fill the stage.)

                       

                      But if you instead dropped the image on the thumbnails area of the Film Strip that runs from top to bottom on the left side, you likely created a new slide where the image is the background. And with background images, you cannot reposition them.

                       

                      Cheers... Rick

                       

                       

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                      • 8. Re: New to Captivate
                        Lilybiri MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                        Hello,

                         

                        Still do not understand why the image was merged into the background? Just tried dragging an image from Explorer on the CP-stage, and it was there as a separate image (visible on the Timeline on top of the background). But perhaps your image was resized to the size of the stage, and then you cannot move it since it takes up the whole stage. If the image is smaller you should be able to move it.

                         

                        BTW: you can also import an image in the library (if Library is not open, use the Window menu). Second icon on top of the Library is 'Import'. You can then import the images you want and drag them from the library onto the stage.

                         

                        For alignment: you can show the grid (View menu) and eventually 'Snap to grid'. Aligning different selected objects to each other: right mouse click menu has an Align option.

                         

                        Hope you enjoy Captivate, it is powerful software, be patient with your learning.

                         

                        Lilybiri

                        • 9. Re: New to Captivate
                          Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                          Hi Lilybiri

                           

                          Hopefully you saw my reply before yours. It all depends on where the image was dropped when dragging. If an image is dropped onto the FilmStrip area, it creates a slide where the image is the background.

                           

                          Cheers... Rick

                           

                           

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                          • 10. Re: New to Captivate
                            Lilybiri MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                            Hi Rick,

                             

                            No, did not see yours, was typing at that moment. Thanks for the information, never really drag things and certainly not on the filmstrip.

                             

                            Learnt something, great! Will not forget it, and thankful to you,

                             

                            Lilybiri

                            • 11. Re: New to Captivate
                              Rob905 Level 1

                              I made the mistake of dragging from an Explorer window. As you explained that makes the image the background.

                              Once I realized the error of my ways and now "Import" the image onto the stage I'm off an running.

                              All is well and all my CURRENT questions have been answered.

                              I'm just getting started so I'm sure there will probably be more.

                               

                              Thanks again to all who responded.

                              • 12. Re: New to Captivate
                                Rob905 Level 1

                                I'm trying the player bar as you suggested.

                                I turned it off in the Project Skin Editor

                                Then I went to the last few slides of the project and put in:

                                * under Navigation, for 'On Slide Enter' choose 'Assign'

                                * next to 'Assign:' choose the variable *cpCmndShowPlaybar*

                                * next to 'with' type 1 if you want to show the playbar or 0 if you want to hide it.

                                I saved the project and published it but can't get the player bar to show in those three slides that I enabled it on towards the end.

                                (The ones that don't have any highlight boxes on them)

                                 

                                http://robertensing.com/help/Time_Capsule_5.5_Assisted.html

                                 

                                Thanks.

                                • 13. Re: New to Captivate
                                  Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                  Hi there

                                   

                                  I'm not sure you can work in this manner. If you have turned off the playbar for the project, I believe it simply omits it from the mix when you publish. This would explain why you aren't seeing it appear.

                                   

                                  Likely you will have to include the playbar, but hide it on all slides where you don't wish to see it. Then elect to show it where you want it visible.

                                   

                                  You could accomplish the hiding by either manually assigning the variable on slide entry or by creating an Advanced Action to do it, then evoking the Advanced Action on slide entry.

                                   

                                  Cheers... Rick

                                   

                                   

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                                  • 14. Re: New to Captivate
                                    Rob905 Level 1

                                    Bang on Rick

                                     

                                    Thanks.

                                     

                                    So to summarize, it's either on or off during the entire project.

                                    If you only want it available on some slides you have to turn it on in the project and just turn it off on the slides you don't want it and "On" on the slides you do.

                                     

                                    Thanks again.

                                    • 15. Re: New to Captivate
                                      Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                      Yep! You got it!

                                       

                                      I am always looking for analogies to explain things. This one is odd to me as most of them use Food.

                                       

                                      In this case I suppose it's like this. A car may be equipped with a switch that will operate Fog Lights if they are installed. If the Fog Lights weren't added at the factory and aren't present, the switch doesn't do anything. But if you add them, presto!

                                       

                                      Cheers... Rick

                                       

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                                      • 16. Re: New to Captivate
                                        Rob905 Level 1

                                        Thanks.

                                         

                                        I can hardly wait to get the full version.

                                         

                                        Robert

                                        • 17. Re: New to Captivate
                                          Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                          Hi Robert

                                           

                                          Just to note that you already have the "full version". I'm assuming you meant to convey that you are using the trial and are waiting for the paid version to either arrive or to become available to you for installing.

                                           

                                          There is no difference whatsoever between the Trial and the Paid versions of Captivate. You simply have a limited amount of time to use the trial.

                                           

                                          Cheers... Rick

                                           

                                           

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                                          • 18. Re: New to Captivate
                                            Rob905 Level 1

                                            You are correct. I only have 27 days left and that's not near enough time to finish what I'm working on.

                                            It's apparent that the product is what I need and the support is outstanding so I'm confident i'm making the right choice by choosing this product over some of the free programs floating arround that claim to do the same thing.

                                             

                                            Right from the start I was able to figure enough of this program out without much effort to get me started.

                                            Although my drag-n-drop habit from my Mac could have got me in some trouble it was sorted out quickly and I can get on with the task at hand.

                                             

                                            Too bad there isn't a Mac version.

                                             

                                            Robert

                                            • 19. Re: New to Captivate
                                              Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                              Hang in there a few months. Captivate for Mac is coming!

                                               

                                              And dragging images and dropping should work fine. I do it all the time with no issues. I also ensure to point out the ability in any Captivate class I facilitate.

                                               

                                              The key is to ensure you drop the image into the correct location in the application.

                                               

                                              I also will always describe Captivate as being "deceptively simple". This is because it seems drop-dead stupid simple to create something in rapid order. But when you begin sprinkling in objects such as Click Boxes, Buttons and especially Advanced Actions and Variables, the complexity spikes big time.

                                               

                                              Cheers... Rick

                                               

                                               

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                                              • 20. Re: New to Captivate
                                                Rob905 Level 1

                                                Hmm, makes me wonder if I should hold off until the Mac version is out.

                                                Do they have it Beta or has it gone past that stage already?

                                                • 21. Re: New to Captivate
                                                  Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                                  Hi again

                                                   

                                                  Unfortunately I cannot say how near it actually is to being released. Only Adobe knows that. But if I were in your shoes and were considering purchasing, I'd be asking some serious questions of Adobe about what would happen if I chose to purchase today and perhaps two months later a new version appears that works on Mac. I'd want to know if they would say I would have to purchase again, if I'd have to pay an upgrade fee or if I'd get the upgrade at no charge, given the timing.

                                                   

                                                  Cheers... Rick

                                                   

                                                   

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                                                  • 22. Re: New to Captivate
                                                    Rob905 Level 1

                                                    Thanks. I will do that.