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    Hello,

     

    Sorry for a late answer, we live in different time zones.

     

    I don't know if you found my blog post where I explored the differences between Quiz and KC slides:

    Knowledge Check Slides - tips - Captivate blog

     

    You cannot use random slides, it is not possible to import GIFT in KC slides neither (as you found already). But you can have Quiz slides where you take out the Reporting to a LMS and/or set the score to 0. That way you can use the GIFT import for those slides. However, some quizzing system variables will still include those fake KC slides. You can have a complete overview of the quizzibg system variables in another article (with a downloadable table):

    Using Quizzing System Variables - Captivate blog

     

    To give feedback to the learner about those practice quizzes, maybe this recent post can help?

    Custom Review - Captivate blog

     

    Last tip: use the Advanced Interaction panel (F9) which is hidden and will never pop up automatically but which is the best way to manage scores and interactivity.


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    I don't understand. You can select the resolution for any project in Captivate, it is never imposed. However when you want to record either a Video Demo or a software simulation, the display resolution has to be set at 100%, which means that the capturing window, which will correspond with the project resolution can be set correctly: 100% display means that none of the items like text has been blown up for readability by the system. Example: at this moment I am typing on a Surface Pro which has a retina screen with a resolution pf '2736x1824'. It is a small screen (12") and with display percentage at 100% text is not readable. For that reason Win10 has increased that percentage to 200%. All can be found in the Control panel, Display. For that reason I rarely will do a recording on this system, because everything would be too tiny when set at 100%. I will switch to my desktop which has a no-retina monitor.


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    Well, I've continued to remove slides from my project and alter existing slides to achieve the same thing as the removed slides (roll over images etc) and it eventually seems to have removed the problem, but not in a clear way and I'm none the wiser about what exactly causes this behavior.  I would remove a couple of slides, the problem would go away, I would add a few click boxes to some other slides, the problem would come back again, I add a few more and the problem goes away again. Eventually after cutting down to about 670 slides it has not happened during the preview of the project after many changes. Very odd.


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    I have a customer who wants to be able to download her eLearning onto her own computer and complete it. Unfortunately, this doesn't work.  When she opens the index.html file, the browser tries to download pngs and cannot find them.

     

    png.PNG

     

    On a web server, the eLearning works fine.  When the eLearnings is served from a web server, the pngs are transformed into data:images at some point and the browser downloads these instead.

     

     

    My two questions are:

     

    1. Is this behavior to be expected?

    2. If not, how can I get it to run locally?  If so, how do I explain the fact that the modules cannot be run locally and must be served from a web server?

     

     

    Thanks for any help!!


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    HTML5 is designed as a web-based content solution, and will definitely work better from a web server.  However, in most cases it is still possible to get the Captivate HTML5 content to play from a local file folder as long as the web browser's security is not blocking something.

     

    Is it possible that the client has perhaps NOT downloaded all the required files?  (You customer will need to have a lot more than just the HTML file in order to play the content.  A typical Captivate HTML5 module has dozens or even hundreds of files involved.)

     

    Is it possible that your client was sent a zipped archive containing the HTML5 content and she has not attempted to unzip the package to a folder before then attempting to run the index.html file?


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    I frequently publish my files as HTML5 and place them in a location on our network that is commonly accessible.

     

    I then provide the link. This seems to work fine as well for my own machine.

     

    I think the hangup here is the word "download".
    It does not work that way. The author of the project would need to provide every single file.

    For example, in the picture below I have all of the following items at the root level.

    Clicking on a project within an LMS and "downloading" will not get all of the needed files.

     

    If I misunderstand - please let me know.

     


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    I'm having a problem making some effects (motion path + FadedZoomIn) working on images that are in another element's "state".  When I change the element's state to the one containing the image, there is no effect and the image itself does not appear.  

    Any ideas?

     

    v/r

     

    Jay


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    Is it possible that the client has perhaps NOT downloaded all the required files?

     

    This is not the problem because I actually have the same problem. The eLearning won't play for me either if I try to play it from my desktop.  In the browser console, I see the same errors where various pngs are not found.

     

    However, in most cases it is still possible to get the Captivate HTML5 content to play from a local file folder as long as the web browser's security is not blocking something.

    This sounds like a reasonable explanation, but it is not obvious my browser is blocking something.

     

     

    What i find peculiar is that browser looks for pngs when it is playing the eLearning locally, but looks for data:images when the eLearning is hosted on a server.  I know this because I am watching the "Network" panel in the Chrome browser.  Does this mean that some script which transforms the pngs to data:images is not being run? 


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    Actually, it's  quite possible. You can assign different effects to every single 'Sub-Object' in an object's state individually. They're just not affected by the primary object's effect by default.

    Guess though, that there's no way to trigger those 'Sub-Object' effects by an action.


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    It is not possible to have effects for states. You should be able to have effects for items in a state however. When you change the state that effect will appear. How do you trigger the state change?


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    When a Captivate project is published it converts the images into a JSON file under the /dr  folder. I think the file is titled img1.json.

    If the console is unable to load the images, it probably means it can't find that folder and file. 


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    If the JSON files are not present in the output, perhaps they are are being stripped out by some overzealous anti-virus app.

    EDIT:  Just had another thought.  The 'location' where these files are being stored locally wouldn't happen to be a network file server or document management server of some kind would it? (E.g. Sharepoint).  Sometimes these apps try to force downloading of the files.


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    I am trying to install Adobe E Learning Suite 6.1 on a workstation, but this keeps failing and reports the following error:

     

     

    I have checked the logfile and this reports :

     

    1/16/2018 10:02:18 [ERROR] Setup - Error finding locale language dictionary file. Defaulting to english.

    1/16/2018 10:02:18 [ERROR] Setup - Error finding english dictionary file.

    1/16/2018 10:02:18 [ERROR] Setup - Unable to initialize ZString library

    1/16/2018 10:02:18 [FATAL] Setup - Setup.xml does not exist.

    1/16/2018 10:02:18 [FATAL] Setup - Unable to initialize. File missing.

     

    Can some advise on this please.......Thanks


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    Yea, this is really peculiar.

     

    When I look at the version local on my desktop, I see the json files with apparent mapping of png -> data strings in the "dr" folder. So they are there already.  Nevertheless, when I open the index file in my browser I get a "loading..." message with everything grayed out in the background, and the browser console has these error messages where it cant find the pngs.


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    My apologies...I left something out.

     

    The effects work when I "preview next 5 slides" or something similar in Captivate.  They fail to work when I preview HTML5 in browser.  My first thought was they were effects that would not work with HTML5, but I'm not getting and error messages when I use the HTML5 Tracker and the effects I chose don't indicate that they aren't HTML5 compatible as previous versions did (I'm using 2017/ver 10).

     

    The state change is triggered by selecting a button.  The buttons are set to change the state of the root object and they idea is that when the state changes one of the objects in that state will move along a motion path while zooming in (0 alpha, x, and y to 100).


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  • 01/16/18--08:00: Round Trip Editing?
  • What's the best way to explain Round Trip Editing between Captivate and PPT?


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    How did you combine the effects: using the + button in the Timing Properties or by creating one custom effect that combines the three wanted effects? I am exploring a little bit, and it looks like everything works fine when you apply one effect to an item in a state, but not when you combine effects.


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    Are you sure that the OS you are using is compatible with that old suite?


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  • 01/16/18--08:16: Re: Double mouse on screen
  • Captivate doesn't typically capture the actual mouse cursor as part of the screenshots.

    However, I suspect that your implementation with Parallels is 'drawing' the cursor on the screen, so Captivate sees it as part of the screen image as opposed to the typical mouse overlay.

    If that's the case, I think the only option may be if Parallels offers some way to draw the cursor differently. Can you find any cursor overlay/draw options in Parallels?

     

    If not, then I think with your setup the only option is, as you suggest, to open the CP slide captures in Photoshop (or whatever), remove the cursor, save, and ensure that screenshot is updated in the project.

    If you have to do that, try to ensure the cursor is overtop a solid background before the screenshot is recorded (so you're not trying to redraw a button or image when the cursor is removed).

    You can force a screenshot with the PrntScrn (printscreen) keyboard button (at least, under Windows, not sure about a Mac) - which is very helpful to ensure you capture a screen at the right time...i.e. when the cursor is over a simple background, or maybe even almost hidden in the corner.


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    I have a shape the refuses to advance to its next state if there is another element using smart position based on the shape.

     

    Here's what's going on:

    I have a "get hint" button that triggers an advanced action to reveal a hint to the user. The hint text is in a shape, and that shape has three states--with a different hint on each state. The advanced action either displays the hidden text-shape in the normal state, or "go to the next state" of the text-shape (i.e., rotating through the hints each time the button is pressed). The text-shape is also set with width a % and the height set to "auto." As expected the height of the text-shape grows as the text in the hints gets longer. The text-shape is smart positioned to the "get hint" button.

     

    All this works as expected and intended... unless there is another element using the text-shape as the origin point of another smart position. I have another image that I want to always appear at the bottom of the text-shape, so I set it's top position to follow the bottom of the text-shape (make it look like the text-shape is framed by the button at the top and the image at the bottom). I was hoping that when the text-shape advanced to a state with a longer hint, the bottom of the text-shape would move down to accommodate he longer text, and the bottom image would follow the bottom edge of the text-shape.

     

    It doesn't. What happens is the text-shape refuses to go to the next state if that next state would cause the text-shape to change size. It doesn't crop the text or anything like that, just breaks and nothing further happens when you click the button. It doesn't matter if the bottom image is smart positioned to the bottom of the text-shape (like I want) or the side of the text-shape (which doesn't even move when the text grows).

     

    Is there something I'm missing? Or does the combination of auto-height/state change just not work together? Is there a way to do what I'm trying to do?

     

    Thanks for your help,

    Amos


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  • 01/16/18--08:20: Re: Round Trip Editing?
  • I rarely, if ever, import a PPT into a CP project - it's just too limited.

    However, unless things have changed recently, the general process is:

    1. Create a new CP project

    2. Import a PPT

    3. Edit project as required.

     

    If changes to the PPT content are required, you need to update the original PPT (be sure it's in the same folder location) then update the project.

    These may help:

    Import and edit PowerPoint presentations in Captivate

    this is older but maybe still relevant:

    Integrated Learnings: eLearning: Tips for Importing from PowerPoint to Captivate


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    I have a Captivate 10 project which is needed by others in my company as a PDF. Is is possible to do a "save as" type of action?

    Another group needs the same captivate 10 project as a template so we can create a Spanish language version of the same project which is created using Broadcat. How do I convert the project without degrading the images, etc?

     

    Thanks in advance.

     

    Paul


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    Thank you.  I will check with them.

     

    Can you tell me if Captivate can do what I need? ...I have created a software demo and added captions that point to various things. I want to make each caption only advance when the user chooses. Currently it just runs on the timelines durations that I have set.

     

    Thank You


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  • 01/16/18--08:36: Re: Round Trip Editing?
  • https://forums.adobe.com/people/Erik+Lord  wrote

     

    I rarely, if ever, import a PPT into a CP project - it's just too limited.

    However, unless things have changed recently, the general process is:

    1. Create a new CP project

    2. Import a PPT

    3. Edit project as required.

     

    If changes to the PPT content are required, you need to update the original PPT (be sure it's in the same folder location) then update the project.

    These may help:

    Import and edit PowerPoint presentations in Captivate

    this is older but maybe still relevant:

    Integrated Learnings: eLearning: Tips for Importing from PowerPoint to Captivate

    Thanks for the links.

     

    By same folder location do you mean the same exact folder? If so, why is that?


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    Hi,

    I have some older captivate 3 projects that have never been upgraded. I need to work on them. I personally have captivate 7 and 2017. My employer had captivate 6 - but no longer has it available. Can I get a free trial version of captivate 6 in order to upgrade these older projects.

     

    Thanks

    Theresa


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  • 01/16/18--08:48: Re: Round Trip Editing?
  • When you import a PPT into CP, the CP project remembers where that PPT was located.

    So when you need to update the project with any changes to the PPT, the project looks to that original PPT location.

    You can work around that - pretty sure CP will ask you where the PPT is if it can't find it in the original location.

    Or you can make a changes to the PPT elsewhere, then copy it to the original location, rename the previous one to something like 'version 1' then rename the update PPT to the exact same name the original file had previously (when imported).

    But it may be easier if the edits to the PPT can be made in the location where it was imported from (depending on your workflow).


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    Apparently you are talking about a responsive project with Breakpoint Views development? Which version of Captivate are you using?


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    For your first question: if you want a printed output of the slides, a handout, you can use File, Print and will end up with a Word document which you can convert to a pdf. It is not a 'save as' action because printed documents (and pdf) are losing of course all interactivity and timing? You could publish as an interactive pdf, but that means that those who want to view it need to install Adobe Reader with the Flash Player plugin because such a pdf is Flash-based.

     

    You can save a file as a template, but there are serious issues with templates (cptl-files). Why not just save the cptx, eventually after some editing and locking to be used for a future project under another name? Design consistency can be perfectly achieved with a custom theme.


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    If you use the default recording of a software simulation in training or assessmenet mode, that is what would have been set up automatically. You'll have to do it manually now, by inserting interactive objects. Learn about the timeline in several articles I wrote, and perhaps in this moive:

    TImeline wokflows

    PauseTypes


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    Sorry, I should have mentioned that.

     

    Yes, responsive project with breakpoints using version 2017

     

    Thanks,

    Amos


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    Its being published to a server using the index html.  Yes it is published to HTML5.  When I use the preview function it works with one click.

    This is a text entry box where the student enters his user name.


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    Renaming the preferences to .old and then starting Captivate worked for me.

    Nothing else I tried did.

    Lost hours to this one.


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    Thank you, Lilibiri, for your reply. The first issue was resolved fairly easily since only one person needed to use the doc as a resource for a Q&A series and did not have to share it with anyone. Again, since we used Broadcat to create the module and most of its products use portrait and not landscape format, the quality of the version I saved for this use was not optimal. But it worked.

    For the template scenario, the others who will translate the module into Spanish don't have access to Captivate so it would need to be in another format. Plus, for future reference, having this annual training in a usable template by others would be helpful. Otherwise, the only option would seem to be my working in tandem with the translator withe me inputting the data in Spanish. This would be a huge waste of everyone's time and energies something we would like to avoid.

    Thanks again for your suggestions!


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    What is wrong with the work flow 'File, Export, Project Captions and Closed Captions' either to Word or to XML for translation? Later on you can import them the same way and all text will have been translated.

     

    In the heading of this thread you talk about Powerpoint? Why? If you want a 'template', just do not use the cptl-way because of the problems. Use a cptx-file, where you can lock items, where you can have the custom theme. That is what I tried to explain.


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    Just an alternative: why not put the image in the shape as well? I know that the smart positioning often caused me that kind of issues as well. I try to avoid it.

    Any reason why you do not use Fluid Boxes?


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    I should point out that I am new to Captivate 10 and will be taking an Intermediate class in a month's time. I have learned a lot of the functionality by experience and/or by posting here to the community, which has been very helpful.

    I was not familiar with the work flow File - Export - Project Captions and Closed Captions. I just tried it and what it created was a 4 page Word doc with 4 columns: Slide ID, Item Id Original Text Caption Data, Updated Text Caption Data and Slide #. None of the graphical images are copied and this is a 100 slide Captivate module.

    The template doesn't necessarily have to be PowerPoint, it can be Word. However, as I mentioned, the translator does not have Captivate on their computer so they need a template in a MS tool, such as Word (or PowerPoint).


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    That workflow is for traslation: you translate the second column,  re-import in the captivate file (cptx) and all text will be replaced with the translated version.


    What would be the use of a 'template' in another format? I don't understand. I thought you were talking about a Captivate template.

     

     

    File, Print can offer you handouts in Word, but that has limited use to me.


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    Is there a way to add an image to a shape other than as a background image? I don't think a background image can be aligned to the bottom of the shape (right?). I suppose I could fake it by having a background image with plenty of white on top and then stretch it.

     

    The main reason I'm not using fluid boxes is because there is quite a lot of text and other elements on the page, so we want to ability to scroll. It's a lesson about doing statistics so the user needs to be able to reference a bunch of stuff on the same page. That and those call out text boxes are ugly.

     

    And I like the layout control that breakpoints give me. Maybe I'm just not skilled enough at fluid boxes yet.


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    Yeah, the handouts in Word have limited use for me as well.

    Thank you again for your help!


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    Understand, to have full control you need to use Breakpoint views. What I like about Fluid Boxes is that the text is responisve. You wouldn't have scrolling, but the icon to open if text doesn't fit in a text container.  You don't like them, I know. I wrote my ideas about the two workflows in: Fluid Boxes Or Breakpoint Views? - Captivate blog

     

    States with different sizes i responsive projects, that is indeed a problem. The older workflow where you hide/show elements could be better controllable. Not sure however.


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    Sur le forum, j'ai trouvé un lien vers un correctif.

     

    Je vais voir ce que cela donne.


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    Can anyone tell me why there is a green circle in Captivate 8's Library after I create a Captivate file from PPT?

     

    Thanks


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    Now there is a red box!

    I closed Captivate after creating a PPT file. I choose Link.

    I went into PPT and removed all transitions and saved.


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    I thought there would be a way to create a "title slide" and ending slide to a Video Demo after recording it and perhaps blend them with a fade transition. I just want to begin and end with a couple of informational screens that persist for 10 seconds or so and then roll right into the video (which has already been recorded). I don't see such a provision for creating this kind of feature in a video demo. Then I thought I could create two PowerPoint slides in a .pptx file and somehow insert them into the beginning and end of the video demo. Aside from the fact that opening a PowerPoint presentation in Captivate is crashing the Adobe application, I don't see any evidence of being able to do this.

    Is there any way to add a start screen/title slide/preface piece to a video demo? I don't care how it's done. I'm just wondering if it can be done. I look forward to an experience of supreme joy if I can figure out a way to do this

    By the way, I'm currently on the trial version, and I have noticed more than a few features apparently disabled in this mode. Not sure if this plays a part in my quandary.

    Thanks


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  • 01/16/18--11:57: Background music fade out
  • I'm on the trial version trying to create a presentation to show my boss as an argument for the company getting me a Captivate license. And after looking at the available materials online, apparently there is an audio feature that allows you to fade out the background music. I have successfully added background music to my video demo. But when I try to edit the background audio, those fade features that I can see in screenshots from other users do not appear in the audio edit window in the Captivate program I'm using. 

    Is it possible that Adobe disables this feature for trial versions? I know some companies will cripple their demo versions to entice users to get the full fledged one. Not sure if that's happening here.

    (Would sure be nice to show my boss a polished version, rather than something that comes to an abrupt halt.)

    Thanks for any help.


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    Please forget about PPT.

     

    You can create a cptx-project which is a normal project in Captivate. It is possible to insert the raw cpvc file as a cpvc-slide, from the menu Insert. You can then add slides before and after that cpvc slide and  use all the objects, audio, text that you want. Use the timeline of those slides for eventual synchronizing with audio.

     

    You can also insert static objects in the cpvc itself. WHich output do you want? A pure passive mp4? Or an interactive movie?


    Trial version is fully functional, nothing is disabled.


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    It is an indicator that exists for any loink with an external file in another application. It also can be found next to an imported Photoshop file. Green indicator means that Captivate is synchronized with the external application, red means that the file has been updated externally and couls be re-synchrnoized if you want.


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    Audio in a cpvc-file is not background audio like you can have in a cptx-file.  It is always audio linked to the video, to be compared with slide auio in a cptx file.

     

    In a cptx file you can have background audio, slide audio, object audio and audio clips that are played with the command Play Audio. That is not the case for the screen recording Video demo which can be compared with Camtasia. You seem to spend a lot of time to create pure video, instead of interactive tutorials which is the first goal of a Captivate file.


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    D'accord, c'est le patch dont j'ai parlé dans ma réponse.


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    Thanks! And I noticed clicking on the red circle will update the external file.

    Very cool.

    By the way, how many ways is there to update an external file from within Captivate 8?

    I believe there was three:

     

    1. Clicking the red circle will update
    2. Right click on the library item will update
    3. Clicking the update icon in the tab in the library will update....

    Did I miss anything?