How to Use Adobe Captivate

In this walkthrough, we've shared how to use Adobe Captivate as a development tool for e-learning software, so you can build an engrossing student experience. 

Captivate has a simple workflow for building educational content, and you can use it to teach any subject. It's not a one-size-fits-all program, either. With just a few clicks, you can start developing your own video demonstration, lecture, or quiz. Here's how to use Adobe Captivate, from start to finish:

Launching a New Project
When you start Captivate, you can choose between a wide variety of projects, such as Blank Project, Software Simulation, and Video Demo. 

Let's say you want to start a new software simulation. When you click on the icon, a dialog box will appear with options like Demo, Assessment, and Training. In the same box, you can also choose which application (or screen area) to record, and whether or not you want to record audio narration at the same time. When you're happy with the settings, click "Record". 

Recording a Software Simulation
Now, any actions taken in your chosen application (or screen area) will be recorded. If you're creating a software simulation video, you can use this time to show off a program's features. At the same time, your microphone can capture any audio that helps with the learning process. When you're finished with the simulation, press the End key (or Fn+Enter) to stop the recording session.

Capturing a Video Demo
Depending on your needs, it may be smarter to choose "Video Demo" if a course spans multiple software programs and media assets. This option captures your computer screen in real time HD video, so it doesn't matter how many browser tabs and files you open. 

Just like with the software simulation option, you can press the End key (or Fn+Enter) when your recording session is complete. Then, click the "Edit" button in the bottom right corner to show the entire video session, where you can cut and rearrange it along a traditional timeline. 

Working in Blank Project Mode
Finally, if you only need to use Adobe Captivate for a no-frills course with slides and images, choose "Blank Project" from the launch screen. You should see a blank slide with a title and subtitle box, as well as a range of built-in themes. Any theme can be customized and saved for later use. 

Buttons, shapes, and slide formatting stays consistent to reflect your currently selected theme. If you change the theme mid-project, all of the slide assets will be updated to reflect the new theme. Finally, if you choose "Insert" > "Characters" from the main menu, you'll find a diverse cast of character images that can be pasted into your project. 

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