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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

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

To conform with social distancing guidelines, we are only offering our classes online at this time.

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