Adobe Captivate: Essentials (Classic) Course

Course Details:

Length: 2 days

Price: $920/person (USD)

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Course Features:

Live Instructor Teaching

Certificate of Completion

Digital Badge

Courseware: Print

Free 6 Month Online Retake

Hands-On Learning?: Yes

Software Lab Included: Yes

Delivery Methods:

Live Online

Individuals and Groups
@ Your Location

Onsite for Teams

Group Teams
@ Your Organization

This is an instructor-led course. It is taught by an instructor live online or at organizations for groups.
For team training, we can teach onsite at your office or private live online.


Course Overview

Adobe Captivate: Essentials (Classic) is a 2-day course diving deep into Adobe Captivate (Classic version, also known as Adobe Captivate 2019) essentials skills for crafting exceptional eLearning courses.

Note: This course covers Adobe Captivate Classic, also known as Adobe Captivate 2019. This course DOES NOT COVER Adobe Captivate 12, also known as Adobe Captivate 2023 or Adobe Captivate Modern. If you use Adobe Captivate 12, we offer a version-specific class: Adobe Captivate 12 (Modern).

Adobe Captivate 2019: Essentials teaches the beginner Adobe Captivate skills needed to create eLearning courses. You will follow step-by-step instructions and learn how to create a soft-skills lesson from scratch. You will learn to record and produce software demonstrations, interactive training simulations, and Video Demos.

By the time you finish working through this course, you will know how to add such standard objects to a slide as text captions, images, characters, videos, Smart Shapes, and more. You will record, import, and edit audio. You will also further enhance the learner experience by adding interactivity via click boxes, buttons, text entry boxes, and quizzes.

Have you already created content using Microsoft PowerPoint? Don’t throw that presentation away. You will learn how to import existing PowerPoint content into Captivate.

Last, but not least, you will publish a Captivate project as SWF, PDF, or HTML5 so that your content can be used on virtually any device including desktop computers, laptops, smart phones, and tablets.

Register Early: Registration Deadline is 2 Weeks Prior to Class Start.

Course Notes

Captivate Versions That Can Attend: 2019, 2017 & 9 (Microsoft Windows PC)
Course Taught With: Captivate 2019 (Classic) (Microsoft Windows PC) Software and Courseware

Suggested Follow-Ons

Adobe Captivate: Advanced (Classic)


Course Topics


In This Module,You Will Learn About:

  • Education Through Pictures
  • RoboDemo to Captivate
  • Planning eLearning Projects
  • eLearning Development Phases
  • Budgeting Considerations
  • Project Size and Display Resolution
  • Designing Slides in Captivate
  • Fonts and eLearning


Module 1: Exploring Captivate

As you work through the lessons in this book, the goal is to get you comfortable with each specific Captivate area or feature before proceeding. Like any feature-rich program, mastering Captivate is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. Soon enough you’ll be in full stride, creating awesome eLearning content using Captivate. But before the sprint comes the crawl. During these first few activities, I’d like to give you a chance to familiarize yourself with Captivate’s user interface. Specifically, you’ll be instructed to start Captivate, open an existing project, and poke around Captivate’s interface a bit.

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Explore a Finished Captivate Project
  • Zoom and Magnify
  • Navigate a Project
  • Explore and Reset the Workspace
  • Preview the Entire Project


Module 2: New Projects & Soft Skills eLearning

You can create two types of eLearning with Captivate: software simulations or soft skills lessons. A software simulation is essentially a recording of step-by-step actions performed on a computer. You can use Captivate to create interactive software simulations (often referred to as “Let Me Try” lessons), demonstrations (often referred to as “Show Me” lessons, and videos (much like the kind you’ve likely seen on YouTube).
Soft Skills eLearning encompasses anything that doesn’t fall into the category of a software simulation or demonstration (terrorism awareness, compliance training, conflict resolution, policies and procedures). Anything that’s a life skill would fall into the category of soft skills. During the lessons in this module, you will create a soft skills lesson that includes multiple slides, text, images, and buttons that allow the learner to move through the lesson at their own pace.

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Create a Blank Project
  • Add Images to Placeholders
  • Import Images
  • Use a Smart Shape as a Button
  • Disable Click Sounds


Module 3: Screen Recordings

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

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Rehearse a Script
  • Review Recording Settings
  • Review Recording Modes
  • Record Using Multiple Modes
  • Record a Custom Simulation
  • Record a Demonstration that Pans
  • Manually Record the Screen


Module 4: Video Demos

If you need to record seamless, real-time screen actions, nothing beats Captivate’s Video recording mode. This section will teach you how to effectively capture videos, but you’ll get a jump start on publishing your videos for use on video sites such as YouTube.

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Record a Video Demo
  • Add a Video Zoom
  • Add a Video Pan
  • Smooth a Mouse Path and Show Visual Clicks
  • Split a Video
  • Trim a Video
  • Insert a Video Project into a Standard Project
  • Publish a Video Demo


Module 5: Captions, Styles, Timing, and Round Tripping

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. You’ll also learn how to leverage the power of Microsoft Word to share your slide text content with team members and incorporate their changes.

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Insert and Edit Text Captions
  • 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
  • Export Captions to Word
  • Import Captions from Word into Captivate


Module 6: Pointers, Paths, Paths, Boxes, and Buttons

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.

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Control Mouse Effects
  • Edit a Mouse Path
  • Clone an Object Style
  • Insert a Highlight Box
  • Insert an Image Button
  • Control Appear After Timing


Module 7: Images and Videos

Nothing breaks of the tedium of learning than images and videos. During this module, you’ll learn how to import, resize, and align images. You’ll learn the power of the Library and how it can make managing assets project-wide a snap. You’ll also learn how to import and work with videos.

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Insert, Resize, and Restore an Image
  • Import Images into the Library
  • Resize, Transform, and Align Images
  • Manage Unused Library Assets
  • Create an Image Slideshow
  • Insert a Video
  • Set Video Properties


Module 8: Audio

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!

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

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


Module 9: States, Animations, and Object Effects

Interactive objects can do more than just serve as clickable objects. You can make them perform all kinds of visual tricks with simple changes to their states. You’ll also learn how to make any objects perform some awesome animation effects.

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Change State Views for a Button
  • Add an Animation to a slide
  • Insert a Text Animation
  • Apply an Effect to a Slide Object
  • Apply a Free Fall Effect to an Object


Module 10: Software Simulations

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

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

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


Module 11: Working with 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.

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Create a Project from a Presentation
  • Edit the Source Presentation
  • Synchronize with Source
  • Rescale a Project


Module 12: Quizzing

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

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Edit Quizzing Object Styles
  • Set the Quiz Preferences
  • Question Slides
  • Insert Question Slides
  • Edit a Question Slide
  • Compare Submit All to Submit Buttons
  • Insert a Knowledge Check
  • Review a GIFT File
  • Import a GIFT File into a Project
  • Create Question Pools
  • Move Questions to Pools
  • Insert Random Question Slides


Module 13: Publishing

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 HTML5 output). Learn how to add a TOC to your lessons and the ideal settings for publishing.

In This Module, You Will Learn To:

  • Apply a Skin
  • Edit, Save, and Delete a Skin
  • Name Slides
  • Check Publish Settings and Add a Loading Screen
  • Publish as SWF and PDF
  • Run the HTML5 Tracker
  • Publish as HTML5

Course FAQs

What are the available class formats?

This course is taught by a live instructor and is available in two class formats:

  1. Live Online for Individuals
  2. Onsite/Online for Private Groups

What are Adobe Captivate screen recordings?

Adobe Captivate screen recordings are a powerful tool for sharing knowledge, creating training materials and showing how to use software. Screen recordings can be used to record step-by-step instructions or show how to perform complex tasks in real time. The recordings can be used for teaching people new skills or showing them how to use an application or website. Adobe Captivate screen recordings can be used to create training videos, demonstrate processes or troubleshoot problems for customers. With Captivate's advanced features, you can include annotations and interactive elements in the recordings. You can also add captions to make the recordings more accessible to viewers with different language backgrounds. With Adobe Captivate screen recordings, you can quickly and easily create engaging training materials that are sure to help your employees or customers learn faster.

What are Adobe Captivate video demos?

Adobe Captivate video demos are a great way to quickly and easily share information about products, services, or processes. These demos can be tailored to meet the needs of individual viewers by providing interactive elements such as quizzes and surveys, as well as audio narration. Adobe Captivate videos are also ideal for use in classroom settings where they can be used to provide real-time feedback and can easily be streamed online. They are an effective tool for providing an engaging and immersive learning experience that encourages students to explore, interact, and learn more with each step. With Adobe Captivate video demos, users can create interactive demos with ease while still maintaining the professional quality they expect from their content. The videos are also highly customizable, allowing businesses to create unique custom demos for their audience. Whether it’s a product launch or an employee training session, Adobe Captivate video demos can provide the perfect platform to communicate and share information in an efficient manner.

What are Adobe Captivate captions, styles, timings and round trippings?

Adobe Captivate captions are used to add text and audio to slides, allowing developers to create more engaging eLearning courses. Styles allow developers to customize the look of their project with a variety of options such as font size and color. Timings help ensure that each slide appears in sequence and at the correct speed. Round trippings allow developers to easily copy and paste content from one slide to another, saving time and effort. With these features, Adobe Captivate makes it easy for developers to create professional-looking eLearning courses quickly and efficiently.

What are Adobe Captivate pointers, paths, boxes and buttons?

Adobe Captivate pointers, paths, boxes and buttons are interactive elements used to create engaging software simulations with which your users can interact. Pointers allow you to point or click on objects using a mouse or cursor. Paths give your user the ability to navigate through a complex interface, while boxes and buttons provide visual cues that make navigation easier. Together, these interactive elements make up the foundation of a successful software simulation and can help you to create an immersive learning experience for your users. By utilizing Adobe Captivate's pointer, path, box and button features, you can provide your users with a more engaging and realistic learning experience.

How are images, audio and video used in Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate is a powerful tool for creating engaging eLearning content. It can easily incorporate images, audio, and video to create rich learning experiences that engage your audience. Images are used to enhance the visuals of an eLearning course, as well as provide important context and make concepts more easily understandable. Audio can be used in Adobe Captivate to create conversations between characters and background music that adds atmosphere. Video can also be used to bring real life scenarios and visuals into the course, making it easier for learners to understand concepts and make connections in their own minds. With Adobe Captivate, you can easily incorporate images, audio, and video into your eLearning courses to create an immersive and engaging learning experience for your audience.

What are states, animations and object effects in Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate is an e-learning authoring tool used to create software simulations and interactive courses. It offers a wide range of features, including states, animations and object effects.

States are sets of objects that can be activated or deactivated on the main stage of an Adobe Captivate project. Each state contains a different set of text, images and other objects that are visible when the state is active. Animations can be used to make objects on the screen move or appear in certain ways over a period of time. Object effects change how an object looks without having to create a new one from scratch. All these features can help you create more engaging content for your projects.

What are Adobe Captivate software simulations?

Adobe Captivate software simulations are an effective way to deliver interactive instruction. They enable users to interact with a virtual environment, providing an engaging and realistic learning experience. Simulations can be used for any type of instructional material, including software training, business processes, customer service scenarios, risk management issues or compliance topics. With Adobe Captivate, learners can navigate through an application or process, as if they were doing it in real life. The simulations provide step-by-step guidance and feedback to help users understand the material more effectively. They also provide multiple opportunities for users to practice their skills and gain confidence before proceeding to a live environment. Adobe Captivate software simulations are a powerful and cost-effective way to deliver interactive instruction. They can help learners acquire the skills they need while providing a safe, risk-free learning environment. This makes them an invaluable tool for any organization looking to improve their training and development initiatives.

How does Adobe Captivate work with PowerPoint?

Adobe Captivate works in tandem with PowerPoint by allowing users to add interactive elements, such as quizzes and audio narration, to slides. Presenters can use Adobe Captivate to convert their PowerPoint presentations into engaging eLearning courses. Without code or programming knowledge, Adobe Captivate enables users to publish the course online for remote learning. The software also supports branching scenarios, allowing learners to explore different learning paths. Additionally, Adobe Captivate can simulate real-world software applications that can be used as part of the course. With an intuitive user interface and powerful tools, users have all the tools they need to create dynamic eLearning courses from a PowerPoint presentation quickly and easily.

What is Adobe Captivate quizzing?

Adobe Captivate quizzing is an advanced tool for creating interactive tests and assessments. It offers a variety of features, such as the ability to add multimedia components, score and track results, customize questions with multiple response types, and randomize question order. With Adobe Captivate, you can create engaging learning experiences that enable learners to test their knowledge and track progress. Adobe Captivate quizzing is an ideal solution for creating educational assessments and exams, corporate training tests, certification tests, customer surveys and more. With its powerful features, it ensures that you deliver high-quality assessments with ease.

How does publishing in Adobe Captivate work?

Publishing in Adobe Captivate is quick and easy. All you need to do is click the Publish button located on the toolbar and follow the onscreen instructions. You can choose to publish your project as an HTML5 output, a Flash output or both. Depending on the type of content that you are creating, one option may be more suitable than the other. The HTML5 output is supported by all modern web browsers, while Flash is only supported in some not-so-modern browsers. After choosing your desired output type, you can customize the settings and add a watermark. Once published, Adobe Captivate will generate an output folder that includes all of the necessary files for viewing or distributing your content. You can then upload the files directly onto a web server or share them over various platforms such as YouTube, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Additionally, Adobe Captivate also allows you to create mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. With this feature, you can reach more people and make your content available to them on the go. Publishing in Adobe Captivate is an effective way to create and share interactive content with your target audience.

Related Adobe Captivate Information:

How Much Do Adobe Captivate Training Courses Cost?

Public instructor-led Adobe Captivate course prices start at $920 per student. Group training discounts are available.

What Adobe Captivate Skills Should I Learn?

A: If you are wondering what Adobe Captivate skills are important to learn, we've written a Captivate Skills and Learning Guide that maps out Adobe Captivate skills that are key to master and which of our courses teaches each skill.

Read Our Adobe Captivate Skills and Learning Guide

Why and How Should I Learn Adobe Captivate?

A: Adobe Captivate is a great solution for individuals who need to train employees using e-learning tools. Its customizable and interactive features allow trainers to create distinct and informative e-learning modules through the use of presentations, demos, and even simulations. Audio, video and text can be combined to design dynamic, digital learning tools. How difficult novices find Adobe Captivate to learn can depend on their experience with using audio and video files. To get the most out of the software, trainers should sign up for classes that teach them how to use the specific features relevant to their training goals.

More Information on Learning Adobe Captivate

What is the best way to learn Adobe Captivate?

A: There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best way to learn Adobe Captivate will vary depending on your individual learning style and needs. However, some methods of learning Adobe Captivate may be more effective for you than others.

One great way to learn Adobe Captivate is through online courses or Adobe Captivate tutorials. This method allows you to learn at your own pace and revisit concepts as needed. Additionally, online courses typically offer a more interactive and engaging learning experience than traditional classroom instruction.

Another option for learning Adobe Captivate is through corporate group training courses or workshops. These classes for company employees provide the opportunity to learn alongside other students and receive feedback and guidance from a qualified instructor. If you have a group of students needing to learn Captivate, it can be a great way to get hands-on experience with the software face-to-face.

No matter which method you choose, the most important thing is to find a learning method that works for you. Experiment with different methods until you find one that fits your learning style and needs. With commitment and practice, you will be able to learn Adobe Captivate and use it to create engaging and interactive content.

What is Adobe Captivate good for?

A: Adobe Captivate is a great tool for creating online courses, tutorials, and other eLearning materials. It can be used to create both static and interactive content, and can be published in a variety of formats including HTML5, Flash, and PDF. Captivate is also compatible with a number of learning management systems (LMS), making it easy to deliver your content to learners.

Is Adobe Captivate Certification worth it?

A: Adobe Captivate Certification can be a great asset to any professional looking to further their career and demonstrate their proficiency with Adobe’s eLearning tools. It provides an opportunity to show employers that you are knowledgeable in creating interactive courses and simulations for training purposes and can review content quickly. Moreover, having an Adobe Captivate certification opens the door to more job opportunities and higher salaries, as employers seek certified professionals with the skills necessary to create engaging eLearning content. Certification can also give you a competitive advantage over other applicants by allowing you to demonstrate your knowledge of Adobe Captivate in interviews. It provides potential employers with an indication that you are highly knowledgeable about the software and capable of using it to create practical eLearning courses. Ultimately, Adobe Captivate Certification is well worth it for both your career and financial security. It can help you open up more job opportunities, increase your salary potential, boost your employability, and give you a unique competitive advantage over other applicants. Therefore, an Adobe Captivate certification is an asset to consider if you are looking to get ahead in the eLearning field.

Is Adobe Captivate Easy to Learn?

Yes, Adobe Captivate is designed to be user-friendly and intuitive, making it easy for even beginners to learn. While it does have advanced features that might require more in-depth knowledge, Captivate training courses are tailored to guide learners at all levels, ensuring that they gain the confidence and proficiency needed to navigate the software.

As with any new software, the learning curve can be steep at first, but with persistence and the comprehensive guidance provided in Captivate training courses, users can quickly become adept at designing and creating effective e-learning courses.

What Is Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate is a powerful e-Learning authoring tool that allows users to create interactive and engaging online courses. With its user-friendly interface and advanced features, it has become the go-to software for creating captivating e-learning content.

How Can I Learn Adobe Captivate?

If you are looking to enhance your skills in using Adobe Captivate or want to learn how to create effective e-learning courses, then enrolling in a Captivate training course is the best option for you. A typical Captivate e learning course is designed to provide you with comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in using Adobe Captivate effectively.

Why Choose a Captivate Training Course?

With the increasing demand for online learning, it has become essential for professionals to have the necessary skills to create interactive and engaging e-learning content. This is where Captivate training courses come into play. These courses cover all the fundamental aspects of Adobe Captivate and equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to create professional-looking e-learning courses.

Attending a captivate e learning course can also lead to career advancement opportunities as more and more organizations are adopting online learning platforms for employee training. By completing a captivate training course, you can differentiate yourself from others and gain a competitive advantage in the job market.

What to Expect from a Captivate Training Course?

A typical captivate training course will cover topics such as creating responsive projects, adding interactive elements, using multimedia assets, and publishing your courses for different devices. You will also learn how to create software simulations, quizzes, and assessments to enhance the effectiveness of your e-learning content.

Adobe Captivate online training courses offer the flexibility to learn at your own pace and from anywhere in the world. Some courses also provide access to a community of Captivate experts who can assist you with any queries or doubts during your learning journey.


In today's fast-paced digital world, having the skills to create engaging and interactive e-learning content is crucial. By enrolling in a Captivate training course, you can enhance your skills and stay ahead of the curve in the e-learning industry. So, whether you are an instructional designer, trainer, or educator, investing in a Captivate training course will not only benefit your career but also contribute to the growth and success of your organization. So, don't wait any longer and start your journey towards becoming an Adobe Captivate expert today!

What are the top Adobe Captivate skills?

A: Adobe Captivate is a powerful tool for creating eLearning content. It can be used to create a wide variety of content, including presentations, tutorials, and simulations. To get the most out of Adobe Captivate, it is important to have a solid understanding of its capabilities and how to use them effectively. Here are some of the top skills that you should master when using Adobe Captivate:

Top Adobe Captivate Skills

1. Creating Content That Engages Learners - One of the most important aspects of creating eLearning content is making sure that it is engaging and stimulating for learners. If your content is dull or difficult to follow, learners will quickly lose interest and may not even finish going through it. Adobe Captivate provides a number of features and tools that can be used to create content that is both engaging and informative. For example, you can use captions and audio narration to make your content more engaging, or create interactive elements such as quizzes and simulations to help learners better understand and retain the information.

2. Developing Effective Navigation - Another important skill to master when using Adobe Captivate is developing effective navigation. Your eLearning content will need to be well-organized and easy to navigate if you want learners to be able to find the information they need quickly and easily. Adobe Captivate provides a number of features that can be used to develop effective navigation, such as the table of contents feature, which allows you to create a detailed outline of your content. You can also use the search function to help learners quickly find specific information.

3. Creating Engaging Visuals - Visuals are an important part of any eLearning content, and Adobe Captivate provides a number of features and tools that can be used to create engaging visuals. For example, you can use the built-in library of templates and graphics to create professional-looking visuals, or you can import your own images and videos into Adobe Captivate. You can also use the software’s animation features to add movement and interest to your visuals.

4. Adding Interactivity - Adding interactivity to your eLearning content can help make it more engaging and effective. Adobe Captivate provides a number of features that can be used to add interactivity, such as quizzes, simulations, and clickable buttons. You can also use the software’s branching feature to create different paths through your content based on learner interactions.

5. Publishing Your Content - Once you have created your eLearning content, you will need to publish it so that learners can access it. Adobe Captivate provides a number of different options for publishing your content, including exporting it as a PDF or an HTML file, or publishing it directly to a Learning Management System (LMS). You can also use the software’s built-in FTP client to upload your content to a web server.

If you master these skills, you will be able to create eLearning content that is both engaging and effective with Adobe Captivate.

Where Can I Learn More About Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Blogs

Adobe User Groups

Adobe Online Forums

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