Deep dive into Adobe Captivate with Shared & Advanced Actions
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Deep dive into Adobe Captivate with Shared & Advanced Actions
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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To create engaging interactions you will need to use Shared/Advanced actions, maybe in combination with JavaScript.
Before diving, preparing and climbing is necessary. What are you diving for? Is your equipment ready? Will you dive with a team, with a guide or alone?

From projects you’ll discover the main differences between Shared and Advanced actions. Examples like games, click/reveal interactions, toggle buttons, forced first navigation, and also updating legacy courses for HTML5 output. This will enable you to choose the most appropriate tool. Is conversion from an advanced action to a shared action and vice versa possible? Important question which will be answered in the session.

Do you need to be an advanced Captivate user to attend this session? Not really, if you are passionate about exploring new ‘territories’ you’re most welcome. Are you an experienced user of Advanced actions? Discovering new horizons is easier with a guide, you will be in for some surprises.

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2020-11-25 00:50:43
2020-11-25 00:50:43

Thank you!

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2020-08-03 14:40:41
2020-08-03 14:40:41

More advanced users wanting to learn more about the different approach used for the Advanced and the Shared actions used in the enhanced FlipCard slides, read this blog:

http://blog.lilybiri.com/tips-and-tricks-advanced-to-shared-action-intermediate

Managing the number of parameters in a Shared action is very important. Looks contradictory, but by adding one more variable the shared actions became much more flexible. In real life I always use that approach, even for advanced actions. It is a win-win situation: by exploring the limits of shared actions, think I learned to create better advanced actions.

I apologize that the short Deep Dive privileged new users. The entrance poll taught me that there were a big majority of new users in the attendees crowd. I had different scenarios in mind if that would not have been the case.

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2020-06-24 19:30:56
2020-06-24 19:30:56

Great information on advanced and shared actions.   I have a couple of things I want to apply to my next e-learning project.  The downloads provided are also helpful.

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2020-06-24 19:33:20
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Glad you learned something. Feel free to ask questions. I am always around in the Adobe forums, the eLearning community and more…

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2020-06-24 17:15:51
2020-06-24 17:15:51

Good point.  I was referring to the on-demand MP4 presentation.  I could not see the Advanced and Shared Action text as you were moving through your examples.  But still, I found your primary ideas very helpful.

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2020-06-24 17:19:07
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I proposed to lower the resolution of my screen to 1280, because that would have increased the size of the text panels like the Advanced Actions dialog box. But was told that everything was readable…stuck with HD. I’m sorry about that inconvenience. You have some of the example files, and can have a closer look at the actions in those.

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2020-06-24 16:10:59
2020-06-24 16:10:59

The content of your presentation is so valuable.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

For the future, please increase the resolution of your visuals a bit more.  I had a difficult time reading the text in your examples.  But nevertheless, I still found the session worthwhile.

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2020-06-24 16:33:19
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Thanks for the comment. Resolution choice is a difficult topic, followed the given instructions, which was HD.  You didn’t specify about which text you are talking? In the example projects, in the presentation, or during editing in Captivate. I suspect the latest?

You watched the On Demand, which is a MP4, always compressed with loss of quality. Hope that the live session is better readable.

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2020-06-24 18:40:41
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I’m watching live and I can’t read the demo window text very easily.  It needs to be HD – I don’t think it is now.

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2020-06-24 19:09:41
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Mike: Unless I’m confused about what you mean, there is a button at the top right that will allow you to zoom in and see the text clearly. Lieve: I would like to see the cursor.  It was a bit of a mystery where you were clicking sometimes. Thanks again!

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2020-06-24 19:11:00
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It was HD, really 1920×1080. During the test I proposed to lower the resolution for the small texts in Captivate, that would have been readable. It is because the text is so tiny that you have problems. Not a higher resolution needed, but a lower one for the Captivate demos.

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2020-06-27 15:14:58
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One of the problems with a live demo, especially at that required HD resolution, in an application where there are a lot of tiny indicators. I am so sorry about that… Please feel free to ask for more info if necessary. You’ll find lot of use cases for shared and advanced actions on my blog.  I had two scenarios in mind for the presentation. The start polls told me that the majority of the attendees were not really acquainted with advanced actions, and certainly not with shared actions. I had asked the Q&A moderators to warn me if there was such an issue, but that never happened. Will probably post more info in blogs meant for intermediate users.

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2020-06-24 14:49:29
2020-06-24 14:49:29

If you have any further questions, you can live chat with Adobe Captivate Product team at https://elearning.adobe.com/2020/06/live-chat-with-adobe-captivate-team/

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2020-06-24 12:36:54
2020-06-24 12:36:54

@adelinew76716230

The downloadable cptx-files were created in the most recent version of Captivate, 11.5. If you are unable to open them, you probably are using an older version.  As you may know, it is impossible to open a more recent file in an older version. Please update to 11.5.

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2020-06-24 12:24:36
2020-06-24 12:24:36

Hello Lily !…

Big thanks for sharing your bright lights on advanced and shared actions !…

(And for the files !…)

I try the challenge in Library_SA.cptx.

I had a problem with your shared action… But it works like a charm if I copy the code in an advanced action…

I don’t tell too much here… for the purpose of your challenge !…

Happy Captivating !

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2020-06-24 12:39:16
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Merci Ludovic.

Which problem wit which shared action?

It is a tremendous challenge to offer some information about two topics (Advanced and Shared actions need a different mindset as I often told) in less than 45 minutes, without knowing anything about the level of the participants. That is why I choose to offer an overview, and focus on using both type of actions and their differences. Hope you  learned something?

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2020-06-24 13:02:53
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How could I not learn something from you ?… I’m one of your your virtual student since 2 years now and I still learn from your expertise !… Your idea of stocking the shared action in a single project, like a bibrary, is brilliant !… 😉

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2020-06-24 11:29:10
2020-06-24 11:29:10

I am unable to open the Captivate files listed in ‘Download sample project files’. I receive an error.

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2020-08-03 14:35:31
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They were created with version 11.5.1.499… do you use that version? You cannot open in an older version.

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