My Favorite Adobe Captivate 6 Features and a Short Tutorial on How to Create a Play/Pause Button

Guest Blog by: Sara Carpenter, President and Founder at Qurve Learning.

At Qurve Learning, we create e-learning programs that help patients prepare for medical procedures. Our programs are fully narrated and use photos, illustrations, animation, and video to make health information easy to understand and follow.

We’ve used Adobe’s E-Learning Suite since it was first released a few years ago and have upgraded regularly. We recently took Captivate 6 for a test spin and am pleased with the new enhancements. Here are few of our favorite features:

  • Smart Shapesthese gems can be used as buttons! And best of all, when they’re used as a buttons, they can be displayed for the rest of the project! This feature is allowing us to create custom play controls which match our graphic design and are present for the entire project.
  • High Definition Screencasts – the new high definition screen casts are beautiful! We use the screen casts to show patients who have limited computer experience how to use our programs. The new screen casts are so much more crisp and smooth – and they’re easy to create and edit.
  • Actors – We’ve been purchasing e-learning actors for years. It’s a delight to now have a collection of actors built in with Captivate 6. And it’s affordable and easy to purchase more (including medical images) from the eLearning brothers:

These are just a few of our favorite features.  And here’s a quick tutorial which uses the new high definition screencast feature to show you how to create a play/pause button using the new Captivate 6 smart shapes.

30 Responses

  1. To learn something new about adobe environment and its enhancements is very productive .The features and the tutorial been described clearly makes easier to understand about Adobe Captivate 6.

  2. The post title made it seem that this would have something new in it for me to discover. Unfortunately this was misleading and I feel cheated now. I know how to create a separate play and pause button, the title of this post and video makes it seem like you will show us how to have a single button that changes between play and pause depending on what state the playback is in.
    I’m very disappointed, you should adjust the title of the post and video so others don’t come here seeking that which is not actually here.

  3. To correct audio not resuming with Play/Pause buttons when publishing to HTML5:
    (1) create currentFrame variable with default value of 1,
    (2) assign currentFrame with cpInfoCurrentFrame value after cpCmdPause action in actPause and
    (3) assign cpCmndGoToFrameAndResume with currentFrame at end of actPlay.

  4. I need Help! It seems to be working fine for me in HTML5 output but not regular web browser.

    In a regular web browser it works well on first slide but not the rest. Has anyone run in to this or have any other insight on creating a more solid and versitile custom playbar?

  5. The Images, I create, I can’t tell how to change the name like you have with ButtonPlayGraphic1. I highlight the graphic, yet, the right menu under properties there is no field list under the word Group. It just has a box with Use as Button (which is unchecked.) How do I name the image? How do I get that field to show?

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