Adobe Captivate: Essentials 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 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 (Microsoft Windows PC) Software and Courseware

Suggested Follow-Ons

Adobe Captivate: Advanced

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 Project & 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.

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, Boxes, and Buttons

f 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 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.

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 the 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 a 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.

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