Video: Creating a Project Template in Adobe Captivate 7

Video: Creating a Project Template in Adobe Captivate 7

This tutorial will teach you how to create a project template using Adobe Captivate 7.  This is our 8th video in this series walking you through the creation of a Captivate course from scratch.   You can visit our YouTube channel to review any previous videos.

Alright, so what do I mean by “Project Template”.  A project template is made up of all the elements that will appear on every page of your course such as the back and next buttons, logo, footer, course title, background, etc.

Notice that we’ve already created many of these objects in our previous videos so we’re going to create the remaining objects for the project template, and then set them to “display for rest of project” so they appear on every page.

So first off, we finish creating the footer by inserting an image of the logo, some grouped shapes for the vertical line, a text caption for the course title, an image of our cute little owl friend, and another text caption for the page number.

There.  We now have all our project template elements.  So next we need to set these items to display on every slide.  But why should we do this?  Why not just copy and paste them on every slide?  Well, by creating the objects on the first screen, and then setting them to Display for Rest of Project, it will make our lives a whole lot easier if we need to make any changes to these elements later on.

For example, if I have a 30 slide course with the project template elements pasted onto each slide, and I need to move the logo 5 pixels to the right, or use a different size font for the page #, or make any change to these elements.  I have to make that change on all 30 slides, otherwise when the user advances from slide to slide the elements will appear differently, which just isn’t right.  However, when we create these reusable project elements on the first screen of our course, and set them to Display for Rest of Project, we can make this same change once and it updates on all the slides.  It’s a real time saver for us as developers.

Ok, so let’s go ahead and do this.  First create a new blank slide.  Click “Insert” and select “New Slide.”

Unselect the “Use Master Slide Background” checkbox in the “Properties” panel.

Notice now that this slide is completely blank.  Ok, now go back to the first slide.

Select the gradient background first.  Then, in the Properties panel in the Timing section, change the “Display for:” drop-down menu to “Rest of Project”.

Now, go back to slide two.  And there’s our background.  Notice that you can’t select the background by clicking on it on this slide, nor does it appear in the timeline for the page.  It can only be modified from page 1.

Cool.  So next we do this for the remaining project template elements.  The background elements.  The shapes.  The footer elements.

But notice here, that I can’t do this for the buttons.   Why is that?  Well, for some reason, Captivate 7 simply doesn’t let us do this for buttons.  Boooooo. Boo Captivate 7.   Unfortunately, this means  for buttons that our only option is to copy and paste them onto every screen.   Oh well, let’s do that anyway.

And there you have it.  Your project template elements will now appear on every following page of the course.   Nifty eh?

In our next video I’ll show you a nifty trick for dynamic page numbering because, as you might have noticed, our page numbering element is displaying on both our slides, but it really shouldn’t say page 1 when we’re on page 2.  So I’ll show you how to rectify this in our next little video.

As always, if you want to follow along with these tutorials, you can go to TheLearningSmith.com, and purchase the Adobe Captivate 7 elearning Template.  Otherwise, until next time, you have yourself a lovely day. Later.

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