Adobe Captivate (v. 7 or later) has these things called “Widgets”, they are similar to learning interactions created using Articulate Engage.Widgets can contain images, audio, video, and other media. I’m currently working on a gig where I’m editing existing course files. Some of the courses were developed in Captivate and have widgets on some slides. I’m working with a team of other instructional designers who spent some time scratching their heads trying to figure out how to swap out the audio and images within a widget. Luckily, this is one thing I do know how to do.
If you are working on a course that has existing widgets follow these steps to edit the content within the widget:
- Double-click on the widget on the slide itself and not the timeline. This opens the Widget Properties“window.
- Double-click on the widget element you want to edit. For example, if it’s a tabbed interaction, click the tab you want to edit to display the information in the tab, then double-click on the text or image that is within that specific tab. A pop-up editor will appear.
- Copy and paster or type in the new text. The existing text will be highlighted in blue.
- To edit the audio or image, a small icon menu appears on the left. You will first remove the existing audio or image by clicking either the audio or image icon (a minus (-) will appear over the icon).
- Once the media is removed a plus (+) icon appear over the audio or image icon, click the icon and search for the new media to be added.
- Once you have completed your edits, click OK to save the changes.
Captivate can be a quirky, if the changes you just made don’t save properly you may want to complete steps 1 – 4, then save changes by clicking OK. Then reopen the Widget Properties window complete steps 1 – 6 (skipping step 4).