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Captivate Fundamentals

Captivate Fundamentals is a 2-day course where you'll learn how to record and create software demonstrations in addition to editing and publishing projects. You'll learn how to create a variety of testing options for your e-learners, and add interactive simulations.

Upcoming Classes

Saint Paul, MN

  • Dec 19 - Dec 208:30am - 4:30pm$995Register
  • Jan 13 - Jan 148:30am - 4:30pm$995Register

This course is also offered as a Private Training. Please contact us to customize and schedule your individual or group event.

Course Outline

Exploring Captivate

  • The Captivate Interface
  • Explore a Finished Captivate Project
  • Zoom and Magnify
  • Navigate a Project
  • Explore and Reset the Workspace
  • Create a Workspace
  • Previewing the Entire Project

New Projects

  • Create a Blank Project
  • Add Images to Placeholders
  • Insert and Format a Text Button

Recording Screen Actions

  • Resolution and Recording Size
  • The Development Process
  • Review Recording Settings
  • Review Recording Modes
  • Record Using Multiple Modes
  • Record a Custom Simulation
  • Record a Demonstration that Pans
  • Manually Record the Screen

Captions, Styles and Timing

  • Insert and Edit Text Captions
  • Modify Text Caption Properties
  • Edit the Default Caption Style
  • Change a Callout Used by a Text Caption
  • Control Slide and Object Timing
  • Check Spelling
  • Align Slide Objects

Images and Smart Shapes

  • Insert, Resize and Restore an Image
  • Transform an Image
  • The Library
  • Managing Unused Project Assets
  • Image Editing
  • Smart Shapes
  • Characters / Assets
  • Create and Image Mask
  • Integrating Photoshop
  • Delete a Slide Background
  • Integrating Photoshop

Pointers, Buttons and Highlight Boxes

  • Mouse Effects
  • Pointer Paths and Types
  • Highlight Boxes
  • Image Buttons

Roll-overs and Zoom Areas

  • Rollover Captions
  • Rollover Images
  • Rollover Slidelets
  • Insert a Zoom Area


  • Object Audio
  • Background Audio
  • Slide Notes
  • Calibrating a Microphone
  • Record Slide Audio
  • Import Audio Onto a Slide
  • Edit an Audio File
  • Insert Silence
  • Convert Text-to-Speech

Video, Animation and Effects

  • Insert a Flash Video
  • Set Flash Video Properties
  • Add Animation to a Slide
  • Text Animation
  • Object Effect
  • Modify Effect Properties

Adding Interactivity

  • Demonstrations versus Simulations
  • Hide the Mouse
  • Find and Replace
  • Click Boxes
  • Text Entry Boxes

Working with PowerPoint

  • Starting with PowerPoint
  • Import a Presentation
  • Edit the Presentation
  • PowerPoint Collaboration
  • Rescaling Projects

Introduction to Question Slides

  • Quiz Setup
  • Edit Quiz Object Styles
  • Set the Quiz Preferences
  • Apply a Theme and Hide an Object
  • Insert Question Slides
  • Edit a Question Slide

Finishing Touches

  • URL Actions
  • Skins
  • Table of Contents
  • Preloaders
  • Publishing
  • Text Caption / CC Round Tripping