Library? Which Library?

July 30, 2017
Lieve is a civil engineer (ir) and a professional musician. After years of teaching and research (project management/eLearning/instability) she is now a freelancer specializing in advanced Adobe Captivate as trainer and consultant. Her blog is popular with Captivate users worldwide. As an Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Education Leader, she has presented both online and offline. Since 2015 she is moderator on the Adobe forums and was named as Forum Legend (special category) in the Wall of Fame. In 2017 Adobe Captivate users voted for Lieve as a Top Content Experience Strategist.
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Library? Which Library?

Lieve is a civil engineer (ir) and a professional musician. After years of teaching and research (project management/eLearning/instability) she is now a freelancer specializing in advanced Adobe Captivate as trainer and consultant. Her blog is popular with Captivate users worldwide. As an Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Education Leader, she has presented both online and offline. Since 2015 she is moderator on the Adobe forums and was named as Forum Legend (special category) in the Wall of Fame. In 2017 Adobe Captivate users voted for Lieve as a Top Content Experience Strategist.
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July 30, 2017

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Reusability in Captivate is one of this tool’s most amazing features,  but a lot of the possibilities (often time-saving) are not very well known by (starting) users. When I mention the word  ‘external library’ in a presentation I see a lot of confused eyes among the participants.  Even recently, based on an answer on the forums, someone sent me a message: ‘What are you talking about, never heard about external libraries in Captivate, where can I find them?’. Time for a short blog post, with some efficiency tips about using the Library. Contrary to the Timeline panel which is hidden in the newbie UI (I consider that a great mistake), the Library panel has a big button on the Big Button Bar in the newbie UI. I’ll take you on an overview of that panel.

The Help documentation is very concise about the Library: https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/captivate-library.html It has a good description of the columns in the Library panel. I will not repeat that in this post.

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2018-07-30 18:43:39
2018-07-30 18:43:39

Thank you for this! 🙂 .

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2018-03-23 09:04:27
2018-03-23 09:04:27

Please post this as a question, it is not related to the subject of this article at all. It would be easier to see screenshots when you post this question. Several users are around to help you out, not only me.

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2018-03-22 14:18:18
2018-03-22 14:18:18

Hi Lieve,

I created a conditional advanced action to Play Audio, but when I click on Select Audio File, I cannot get the drop down menu to select the file. How do I get it?

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2017-07-31 16:04:05
2017-07-31 16:04:05

Lieve,

Thanks for such an in-depth discussion of external libraries. Even though I’ve used Captivate since version 3, I always seem to learn a new feature or two from your blog posts. While I knew about External Libraries, I can’t say I’ve used them. I am getting ready to take on a project where three different developers will be creating six similar courses, so I see a use right there.

I did log a feature request for direct linkage from Captivate to the CC. It’s a pain to have to go to Explorer and copy images from CC down to my Captivate project images folder, then import the images from there.

Thank you so much for your help!

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2017-07-31 16:10:30
2017-07-31 16:10:30
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Thank you for logging that request! For some reason I have been using external libraries since many versions, any feature that can save me time needs to be explored and exposed to the community. Like you I do miss the CC libraries in Captivate a lot (but I miss the hand tool as well). Hope you are as stubborn as me, it took me 6 versions with feature request to finally have the rulers and guides. To my astonishment they are not used in any video/webinar to set up effects, fluid boxes in a more accurate way. Strange, my brains must have some weird twists.

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2017-07-31 16:12:03
2017-07-31 16:12:03
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Lieve Weymeis
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Your brain is absolutely fine! Keep those awesome blog posts coming!

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