November 11, 2018
Importing PowerPoint File into Captivate 2019
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November 11, 2018
Importing PowerPoint File into Captivate 2019
Freelance eLearning developer. I currently work as a Learning Experience Designer where I create video courses for both public and private sector clients.
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The last time I tried to import a Microsoft PowerPoint file into to Captivate (CP 7) was for an assignment in my Master’s program. It was a nightmare! Recently, someone in the Captivate Facebook group asked a question about importing PowerPoint files into Captivate. I commented about the lack of functionality once the file is imported. If I remember correctly, with Captivate 7, the animations in the original file did not work. Another group member said the animations and importing files works perfectly in the updated version. I haven’t tried it since CP 7. Today, I decided to give it a try and I encountered my first issue. The background on the slides does not come over when importing. Is there a workaround for this?

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2018-11-12 14:42:13
2018-11-12 14:42:13

Thanks for responding Lieve. I totally agree with you. Importing MS PowerPoint is not a good idea. I generally create from scratch. I was curious and wanted to see if this feature had been upgraded.  As I stated in my original post,  the last time I used the PowerPoint import feature was on a school project. Your workaround is perfect! I will try that. Thank you!

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2018-11-12 15:52:49
2018-11-12 15:52:49
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Alexa Franklin-Burrell
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Thanks so much for agreeing (some are angry when I write this critical note). Hope you can use the unzipping workaround.

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Lieve Weymeis
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2018-11-12 17:42:42
2018-11-12 17:42:42
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Lieve Weymeis
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I accept that as opportunities to learn!

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2018-11-12 18:43:40
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Alexa Franklin-Burrell
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That is the spirit of a great learner! Congratulations, love it when my trainees or students have such an attitude!

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2018-11-13 13:58:52
2018-11-13 13:58:52
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Lieve Weymeis
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Thank you!

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2018-11-12 09:42:37
2018-11-12 09:42:37

Sorry to be critical, but personally I NEVER use PPT to start an eLearning course, because a presentation tool is not meant to create eLearning, and as you were told, once the slides are imported, you cannot add a lot.

I see that you unchecked the option to maintain aspect ratio. That is a very bad idea. Captivate has to convert the print units used for a very unknown but weird reason in PPT to real screen units (pixels) as should be the case for all applications used mostly on screens. If you impose another width/height ratio you get distorted backgrounds.

If you are serious about creating eLearning, start in Captivate from scratch. You can unzip the PPT file which is a zipped folder. Take out all the assets and import them in a Captivate LIbrary. Then set up a good theme in Captivate, which can be partially based on the theme in PPT (but CP’s themes have lot more). Start with a color palette, then the object styles and master slides. That way you’ll have full control over everything and be able to create engaging courses, responsive or not.

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