Webinar Gold: Master Slide Layouts in Adobe Captivate

I recently completed and published my first two elearning modules using Adobe Captivate 7. However, I couldn’t figure out themes and templates and the Object Manager. Putting it all together was too cumbersome, and when the template got pulled from the project, the design suffered.

In an attempt to get back on track, I just watched a webinar by Mark Hooper, called Master Slide Layouts in Adobe Captivate. WOW! Although some stuff I was familiar with, Mark presented other indispensable nuggets of information that I absolutely needed! At first, I found Mark’s style to be a little slow, but all of his information was excellent, and the reading chat filled the gaps in areas where I already knew the topic. I will look for more of his work in the future! 🙂

I will try and summarize the most important pieces I’ve learned, but I highly recommend viewing this free, recorded webinar: https://lodestone.adobeconnect.com/_a1022323674/p4gzhnxwbw4/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

Here are my million-dollar takeaways. If you desire to learn how to do any of these, I recommend taking an hour and watching this webinar:

  • 1024×768 is still the standard size, especially for mobile devices. 1280 is achieved when counting the width of the navigation bar.
  • I can store custom gradients! If only I’d known this weeks ago!!!!
  • Themes and Templates work hand-in-hand, but they are different:
    • A theme (.cptm) can store Master Slides and Styles
    • A template (.cptl) can store Themes, Filmstrip slides, and Library objects
  • The Object Style Manager allows you to set defaults for objects (like the default style of a text object)
    • You can save and send stored object styles (.cps) to other Captivate users
  • Master Slide Snippets:
    • The top-left, slightly larger master slide is the main slide (name of theme)
    • You can store a background and slide objects on the larger master slide, and then choose whether or not to use either:
      • the background
      • objects in other master slide templates

This is my lazy blog post for the day, but I hope it helps!

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