February 11, 2021
New to captivate with a question about responsive or non-responsive
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February 11, 2021
New to captivate with a question about responsive or non-responsive
Currently learning Captivate for future use in creating e-learning instructional modules.
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Hello and thanks for your time.  I am relatively new to Captivate but recently completed the Captivate Certified Professional training as well as the Adobe Captivate 2019 Beyond the Essentials from Kevin Siegel.

After this training I am encountering quite a bit of frustration converting non-responsive projects to responsive projects with the addition of fluid boxes.  I was hoping that after saving project as responsive that the suggested fluid boxes would make the conversion easy.  I find that the suggested fluid boxes are significantly altering the sizes and positions of most of the objects on my slides.

My question is, do you find yourself most often working with responsive projects or unresponsive?  If responsive, then do you find yourself using breakpoint mode more often than fluid boxes?

It seems as though working exclusively with responsive projects would be the most efficient in limiting the need for future conversion but not sure if that is the experience of most designers.  Most of the training I listed above was in non-responsive projects thus begging my question.  I am genuinely curious because converting existing projects to the responsive format, and working in the responsive project format with fluid boxes seems to be another hill to climb for my proficiency in Captivate.  I am beginning to understand why Kevin Siegel included more info about breakpoint mode than fluid boxes.

Thanks,

Joe

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2021-02-12 13:41:34
2021-02-12 13:41:34

Personally I do not often have clients requiring responsive projects (yet). There are several possible reasons. Security reasons in companies. Another reason which is often overlooked: it is an illusion to think that any eLearning course can be taken on any device. The approach for creating efficient learning assets on a smartphone is completely different from desktop/laptop and even tablets. I am not even talking about the technical limitations of mobile devices, both hardware and software.

The possibility of having non-responsive projects published to Scalable HTML is often overlooked in the discussion about Breakpoints vs Fluid Boxes. It has the limitation to landscape mode as most appropriate but it makes any course accessible from a tablet (leave smartphone out) if you forget about rollovers of course.

I like your honesty that you are a newbie, although you have taken several courses. Indeed, it takes some time before you get comfortable with creating Captivate projects, no course can replace experience and exploring. I will be honest as well. Although I have many years of experience with most features of Captivate (answering questions since 12 years everywhere) it took me about 3 months before I could really feel at easy with the Fluid Boxes workflow. That has never happened to me before with a new feature.

Conversion from a non-responsive project may be presented as being ‘easy’ but that is only the case for very simple projects. I always start from scratch if that request arises, by creating a solid custom responsive theme, and using the storyboard and the assets from the non-responsive project using it as External Library.

Maybe this older post (for CP2017) give you some ideas about the comparison between making projects accessible from all devices, concerning the workload, developing time and limitations of each workflow:

http://blog.lilybiri.com/fluid-boxes-or-breakpoint-views

 

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Lieve Weymeis
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2021-02-12 16:53:30
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Lieve Weymeis
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Lieve,

Thank you for such a great and encouraging response.  I truly appreciate you taking the time to provide such a great reply!  I now feel better about my current skillset and confident in building my fluid box proficiency with more experience.

Thanks!

Joe

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2021-02-12 17:17:06
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Joe Marcoux
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You’re welcome! Feel free to ask any question, I am around daily 🙂

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