These days, interactive lessons that can be viewed over the Internet or from a mobile device are all the rage. There are many programs that can be used to capture a computer screen, mouse action, and audio. Unfortunately, the resulting movies can be huge five-minute lessons that could easily gobble up nearly 100MB of storage space on a hard drive. Downloading a large file that large will take a lot of time, even if a user has a fast Internet connection. Large file sizes are just part of the problem. Using Adobe Captivate, you can capture screenshots on your computer and quickly turn them into lessons (movies). The movies you create can be interactive you can add images, captions, rollovers, clickable areas, typing areas, and sound effects.

Levels: Essentials Intermediate Advanced

Course Outline

eLearning and Captivate

  •  Education Through Pictures
  •  Planning eLearning Projects
  •  The Captivate Environment
  •  Workspaces
  •  Previewing
  •  Blank Projects

Recording Demonstrations and Simulations

  •  Resolution and Recording Size
  •  The Development Process
  •  Preparing to Record
  •  Access for Assistive Devices
  •  Multi-Mode Recording
  •  Custom Recordings

Captions, Styles, and Timing

  •  Text Captions
  •  Caption Styles
  •  Callout Types
  •  The Timeline

Images and Drawing Objects

  •  Images
  •  The Library
  •  Image Editing
  •  Smart Shapes
  •  Image Slideshows

Pointers, Buttons, and Highlight Boxes

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

Rollovers and Zoom Areas

  •  Rollover Captions
  •  Rollover Images
  •  Zoom Areas
  •  Rollover Slide lets


  •  Object Audio
  •  Slide Notes
  •  Recording Audio
  •  Silence
  •  Text-to-Speech

Video, Animation, and Effects

  •  Video
  •  Animation
  •  Text Animation
  •  Object Effects

Converting Demonstrations Into Simulations

  •  Demonstrations versus Simulations
  •  Find and Replace
  •  Click Boxes
  •  Text Entry Boxes

Working with PowerPoint

  •  PowerPoint as a Starting Point
  •  PowerPoint Collaboration
  •  Rescaling Projects

Introduction to Question Slides

  •  Quiz Setup
  •  Creating a Quiz


  •  URL Actions
  •  Skins
  •  Preloaders
  •  Publishing
  •  Round Tripping

More Recording Modes

  •  Recording Video Demos
  •  Recording Outside the Box
  •  Recording Manually

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