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Captivate 9 level 1 class

( Earlier versions available )

Customised Private Class - 12 Hours

Cost: $895

Captivate 9 Class Description

During this beginner Adobe Captivate 9 class, you will learn how to control the mouse pointer and add such standard objects as text captions, images, and highlight boxes. You will learn to record, import and edit audio, and how to further enhance the learner experience by adding interactivity via click boxes, buttons, and text entry boxes. You will learn to leverage and enrich existing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations by importing and linking into new or existing Captivate projects. Finally, you will learn to publish your project in SWF and HTML5 formats so that your content can be uploaded to a web server for consumption on virtually any device, including the iPad, iPhone, and other mobile devices.

Here is what is covered in this live, two-day course:

  • eLearning and Captivate
  • Recording Demos and Sims
  • Captions, Styles, and Timing
  • Images and Drawing Objects
  • Pointers, Buttons, and Highlight Boxes
  • Rollovers and Zoom Areas
  • Audio
  • Video, Animation, and Effects
  • Creating Simulations out of Demonstrations
  • Working with Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Introduction to Question Slides
  • Publishing

Captivate 9 Class Outline

Note: The lessons outlined below comprise activities typically covered in a class of this skill level. The instructor may, at the instructor’s discretion, alter the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

eLearning and Captivate

As your class ramps up, you won’t just learn how to start Captivate and click each tool, you’ll begin the process of creating eLearning lessons from the ground up. You’ll not only learn how to create effective eLearning, but why those lessons will be effective.

  • Explore the Captivate Interface
  • Zoom and Magnify
  • Navigate a Project
  • Preview a Project
  • Create a New Project

Recording Demos and Sims

Recording your desktop actions is one of Captivate’s key features… and you’ll cover the hottest recording modes: demo, assessment, training and custom.

  • Rehearse a Script
  • Edit Recording Settings
  • Set Recording Keys
  • Record a Demonstration
  • Record an Assessment
  • Record a Training Simulation
  • Record a Custom Simulation

Captions, Styles and Timing

Once you’ve recorded your lessons, the real work begins. During these lessons, you will learn how to add text caption, set object styles and control the timing of slides objects.

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

Images and Drawing Objects

Adding images to your project will enhance the lesson. These lessons will teach you how to add images, manipulate them and manage them.

  • Insert, Resize and Restore an Image
  • Transform an Image Size and Position
  • Use the Library
  • Manage Unused Project Assets
  • Crop and Rename an Image
  • Remove a Background Color
  • Insert a Cloud Callout
  • Create an Image Slideshow

Pointers, Buttons and Highlight Boxes

If you’ve created a demonstration, that pesky mouse can sometimes have a mind of its own. You’ll learn how to tame that wild mouse during these lessons. Then you’ll learn how to add some basic interactivity to a lesson via buttons.

  • Add a Visual Click and Sound
  • Modify the Mouse Pointer
  • Insert and Format a Text Button
  • Set a Button Pause After Timing
  • Work With Image Buttons
  • Insert and Format a Highlight Box

Rollovers and Zoom Areas

Rollovers and Zoom Areas enhance the eLearning experience by encouraging interactivity (rollovers) and grabbing the learners attention (zoom areas). Learn them both during these lessons.

  • Insert a Rollover Caption
  • Insert a Rollover Image
  • Insert a Zoom Area
  • Insert and Format a Rollover Slidelet
  • Format the Rollover Area
  • Add a Caption and Image to a Rollover Area


eLearning lessons that contain voiceover audio and sound effects are more effective than lessons that don’t… and that’s just a fact! Learn how to add, edit and record audio during these lessons. And if that’s not enough, you’ll also learn how to convert Text-to-Speech, which is just cool!

  • Import Audio onto a Slide Object
  • Import Background Audio
  • Add a Slide Note
  • Calibrate a Microphone
  • Record Slide Audio
  • Import a Voiceover onto a Slide
  • Edit an Audio File
  • Insert Silence
  • Convert Text-to-Speech

Video, Animation & Effects

In a word, Flash Video is cool! Learn how to add Flash Video to your eLearning lessons. There are lessons for adding Animation and special effects too.

  • Insert a Flash Video
  • Set Flash Video Properties
  • Add Animation to a slide
  • Insert Text Animation
  • Apply an Effect to a Slide Object
  • Apply a Glow Filter Effect
  • Modify Effect Properties
  • Save and Import Effects

Creating Simulations out of Demonstrations

Interactive eLearning is generally thought to be more effective than passive demonstration videos. During these lessons, learn how to convert an existing demonstration into a highly engaging, interactive powerhouse.

  • Hide the Mouse
  • Replace Phrases
  • Insert a Click Box
  • Insert a Text Entry Box

Working with Microsoft PowerPoint

Often times the eLearning project begins in Microsoft PowerPoint. Why not use that content in your Captivate project? These lessons will help you master the PowerPoint to Captivate workflow.

  • Import PowerPoint slides
  • Resize One Object and Apply to All
  • Round-Trip PowerPoint Edits
  • Synch With Source
  • Rescale a Project

Introduction to Question Slides

Captivate sports some robust quizzing tools. You’ll learn how to setup, create and edit question slides.

  • Edit Quizzing Object Styles
  • Set the Quiz Preferences
  • Insert Question slides
  • Format a Question slide
  • Add an Image to a Question slide 


No project is finished until it’s published so that it can be consumed by your learners. Learn the best publishing format to use for the widest audience (including SWF and the new HTML5 output). Learn how to add a TOC to your lessons and the ideal settings for publishing.

  • Create a Link to a Web Site
  • Apply a Skin
  • Edit, Save and Delete a Skin
  • Create a TOC,
  • Check Publish Settings and Add a Loading Screen
  • Publish a SWF and PDF
  • Run the HTML5 Tracker
  • Publish as HTML5
  • Export Captions
  • Perform a Round Trip

Captivate 9 level 2 class

( Earlier versions available )

Customised Private Class - 12 Hours

Cost: $895

Class Description:

Captivate 9 Intermediate builds upon foundation skills in Captivate 9 Fundamentals by providing students with hands-on practice extending Captivate capabilities, and customizing the learner experience. In this class we will explore features like demonstration and simulation Recording, Effects, Captivate Variables, Advanced Actions, quiz questions and student reporting. We’ll also take a close look at the relationship between Captivate 9 and PowerPoint.

Learning Objectives:

In this class, the participants will learn the following:

  • Create custom captions in Captivate
  • Customize the automatic captions in Captivate simulations
  • Create new skins
  • Modify the InfoBox
  • Create a custom Preloader
  • Customize Captivate print output
  • Use Captivate variables
  • Using the Aggregator
  • LMS publishing with SCORM
  • Captivate Comments

Target Audience:

The audience for this class is intermediate Adobe Captivate 9 users who want to take their work to the next level. At least 3-6 months of Captivate 6,7 or 8/9 experience is needed for this class.

Class Outline:

Lesson 1: Recording Demonstrations

  • The Captivate Recording Process
  • Using the Captivate Recording Interface
  • Making your First Recording
  • Editing your Recoding
  • Setting up the Recording Preferences
  • Making a Full Motion Recording
  • Lab: Recording a Website

Lesson 2: Recording Simulations

  • Items to review before Recording
  • Recording a Simulation
  • Editing a Click-box
  • Adding a Text-Entry Interaction
  • Manual Recording
  • Lab: Creating a Text Entry Interaction

Lesson 3: Animating with the Effects Panel 

  • Creating a Simple Animation
  • Adding an Effect
  • Working with the Timeline and the Effects Panel
  • Using Multiple Effects
  • Trigger an Effect with a Button
  • Lab: Effect #4

Lesson 4: Captivate Variables

  • What are Captivate Variables – Demo how variables work
  • Using System Variables (2 Examples)
  • Using User Variables (1 Example)
  • Lab: Displaying another System Variable

Lesson 5: Advanced Actions

  • The Advanced Actions Interface
  • Showing and Object
  • Making Checkboxes – Conditional Statements
  • Hiding the Playback Bar
  • Lab: Quiz Logic

Lesson 6: Using PowerPoint and Captivate

  • Two methods of Import
  • Importing a PPT or PPTX
  • Working with the PPT in Captivate
  • Round-trip editing
  • Animations with PPT and Syncing Audio
  • Lab: Importing another PPT

Lesson 7: Quiz Questions

  • Working with Captivate Quiz Questions
  • Multiple Choice Question
  • Question Options / LMS
  • Question Type #2
  • Review of the Other Questions
  • Lab: Adding Another Question

Lesson 8: Reporting Student Data

  • Reporting Options with Captivate
  • Using Acrobat.com
  • How an LMS Works
  • Using SCORM – LMS Publishing options
  • Using AICC
  • Lab: Testing an Outside LMS

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the class topics to meet the objectives of a particular class.


  • You have a certified instructor all to yourself for 12 hours
  • We go at your pace as it is a private class
  • The course is customized to your specific objectives and needs
  • The dates and even times are flexible to suit your schedule
  • Work with your own content or projects
  • There is no travel time or associated costs
  • The price is the same or less than attending a public class with other students who may have different agenda’s and skill levels to your own

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