March 28, 2019
Fluid boxes challenge
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March 28, 2019
Fluid boxes challenge
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Hi Everyone,

I’ve been thinking a lot about fluid boxes recently. In conferring with more than a few regular Captivate users, the response has been “they’re nice in theory, but I don’t use them”. Let’s change that. Let’s figure out how to really make these things work for us.

I propose a template showcase where we make fluid box templates that we share with each other. So, if you’re thinking you want to use fluid boxes for something, but you can’t figure out how, post it on this thread and I’ll see if I can come up with an answer that might help you.

Or, if you’re already using fluid boxes and willing to share your templates with the rest of us, explain the template you made and how it can help and post it.

Let’s help each other out!

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2019-04-01 12:45:21
2019-04-01 12:45:21

I would like to know how do I add a smart shape to a fluid box and be able to change the size of the smart shape without having to unlock it from the fluid box. For an example, if you look at the slide titled “Conclusion” in the Pearl built in theme, it has bullet points which are smart shapes and can be resized even though they are not unlocked from the fluid box. I have tried unlocking and re-locking a smart shape to the fluid box, but that does not work.

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charles nailen
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2019-04-02 08:09:32
2019-04-02 08:09:32
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charles nailen
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You should post this as a question.

Did you look at the setup of those fluid boxes? The size of the circular shapes depends on the padding. If you decrease the padding, the size increases, because it is set to stretch both horizontally and vertically. A weird way to set size, but it works.

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Lieve Weymeis
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2019-04-02 11:44:48
2019-04-02 11:44:48
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Lieve Weymeis
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Thanks for the response. After I posted this, I did some more digging and discovered exactly what you told me.

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charles nailen
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2019-04-02 12:22:55
2019-04-02 12:22:55
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charles nailen
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Fine, always better to discover than to learn from other users.

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2019-03-28 11:05:20
2019-03-28 11:05:20

Please, use the correct terminology. A template in Captivate is a cptl-file, and they are pretty buggy since several versions.

What you want is either a showcase file (cptx) or a theme (cptm) file. Can you specify?

I totally disagree with your ‘regular users’ opinion. As is mostly the case, there is some learning time needed to master the Fluid Boxes workflow and find workarounds for its limitations but it IS a really useful workflow, saving lot of time compared with  Breakpoints.

Just FYI: after the release of CP2017 with the first version of FB’s, it took me 3 months to feel at ease with this feature, started blogging about them. You have to know that I am using Capitvate since version 1, so have quite a lot of expertise with the app.

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