Introducing effects in Captivate.
“A picture is worth a 1000 words. An animation is worth a 1000 pictures.”
Adobe Captivate 5 introduces a powerful new feature called Effects. This is a really cool feature and something that will allow you as a developer to create more visually appealing and interactive courses.
With effects not only will you be able to move objects in or out, but you can also apply certain filters to objects such as Drop Shadow, Blur, Glow and more.
You can use effects to emphasize an important element on a slide or to explain a complex workflow through an animation, or just to jazz up the course with some cool effects.
You can apply effects on an object
With respect to time (timing effects).
For example: if you want an image to glow from its first second to third second, we can use timing effects. You can add the effect and configure the timing accordingly.
On click of an button(triggered effects)
For example: if you want the image to shrink or grow on click of a button you can select the button success action as “Apply effect”. You can configure the timing of the effect on the trigger similar to the timing animation.
Using advanced actions.
Apply effect action can be used in conjunction with other built in actions using advanced actions. Say if you want to hide “Image1” and rotate “Image2” on click of a button then you will be using advanced action.
First lets focus on timing effects.You can do all the effects related operation in one place – the effects panel.Right click the object you want to apply the effect and say> Animate Object. The effect panel appears.
You can add as many effects as you need and configure the properties of the effects. The properties you can modify are
- Effect display duration and effect appear after duration.
- Effect parameters.
- Effect sequence for the multiple effects.
Live preview helps you configure the parameters of the effects easily without having to preview the movie to see your changes. You can keep modifying the effect properties within the live preview mode until you are satisfied with the results. This is really cool as you can see all the other active objects interact with you animation just as it would in your final movie.
Next in this series, we will explore in detail effects palette options, triggered animations and effects integration workflows with Adobe Flash professional.