I am encountering the same issue, none of the animations or transitions specific to Powerpoint 2010 display. If you try with more basic animations, such as those present in Powerpoint 2003 and 2007, they should work.
I note that when importing a presentation, Captivate converts from .pptx format to the older .ppt, which would explain why they are lost.
I hope there will be an update to allow Captivate CS5 to import Powerpoint 2010 (.pptx) natively, without having to convert - it's such a shame to lose those jazzy effects!
Well, there actually *IS* a way to preserve the snazzy effects. The way you would accomplish it would be to use Captivate to record in Full Motion Recording (FMR) mode. Then simply record the PowerPoint as you play it. You may even configure PowerPoint to play in a smaller window if you like.
Of course this would mean that any changes would need to occur in PowerPoint and you would re-record afterward to "Captivate" them. But it may be worth considering.
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Dang. Wish I'd a known this before spending hours creating buch of spiffy slides containing Smart Art. The import of the PPT slides fails. Mega bummer. Now I have to dummy down the slides? Blah. Me no happy.
One thing that I've done is save the Smart Art as a graphic (either the whole thing or in pieces if I want the pieces to animate seperately). Than I import the graphic and use Captivate 5's animations to jazz it up. Not ideal either, but you end up with very similar end result.
To save the smart art as separate pieces, make sure you've got the individual piece selected. You'll see a box around the entire thing AND around the piece you want. Then right-click and save it as a picture.
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Hi Coach Hines,
Please report this issue in the wish form so that we can consider this issue for the later versions of Captivate.