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Displaying the Slide Label on the Screen in Captivate 4

Posted on 11. Mar, 2010 by captivatehero.


Time for some system variables in Captivate 4! Who’s ready?

You are going to use the System variable – cpInfoCurrentSlideLabel - to display the name of the Slide Label on each slide. This will save you a tremendous amount of time if you need to put a custom title on each screen.

  1. Create a blank .CP file
  2. In the Filmstrip – navigate to slide 1
  3. Double click slide 1 and add the Slide Label: Main Menu
  4. Click OK in the Slide Properties dialog box
  5. Create a new Text Caption in slide 1
  6. Double click the caption to edit it
  7. From the Text Edit toolbar above the work area – click on the Insert Variable button
  8. In the Variable Type drop down menu choose System
  9. In the View By menu select – MovieInformation
  10. From the Variables menu select the cpInfoCurrenSlideLabel variable
  11. Set the Maximum Length to 50. This will allow for really long slide titles
  12. Click the OK Button

You now see the Variable displayed in the Text Caption. To display the title on every screen you will need to change the properties of the Text Caption

  1. Right click the text caption
  2. Select Properties… in the contextual menu
  3. In the New Text Caption dialog box – select the Options Tab
  4. Set the Following:

  • Display for Rest of Project
  • Appear after 0.0 seconds
  • Effect – Fade In only

  1. Click the OK Button to set your text
  2. Test you work by Previewing the Project

You will now see the title “Main Menu” appear in you slide. Try duplicating this slide a few times and change each slide label. When you preview your project - the variable will now update with each slide’s label information.

The Captain loves these variables!

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Useful Captivate 4 Variables

Posted on 15. May, 2009 by captivatehero.


The Captain noticed a great post today on the Adobe Captivate blog that lists all the Captivate 4 system variables, their default values, and a description. This is a great supplement to the Captivate 4 Help file - which only lists the older RoboDemo variables that begin with the prefix “rd”.  I think one of the challenges of using the variables is the time it takes to test them out to validate functionality. This list is going to help decipher what these variables are used for.

Here’s a list of some of the variables that I find interesting, and that will most likely be used in my Captivate 4 projects:




cpCmndCC Enable/disable closed captioning (CC). Set value to 1 to display closed captions. Change the value to 0 to turn them off. This will really come in handy when you are trying to hide the Closed Caption area. For instance, when there are text captions that match the audio track. Having a closed caption would be redundant at that point.

cpCmndGotoSlide Assigns the slide number that the movie should move to before pausing. This is a little tricky - the Index begins with 0. What makes this different than just a plain old “Jump to Slide”? When you are building conditional statements, or trying to evaluate a slide number - you will take advantage of this VAR in your Captivate Actions.

cpCmndMute This will mute the audio. Set  the value to 1 to mute and 0 to un-mute the audio. This is going to be great to turn off any background audio that you may have playing through the course. Keep in mind that this will mute ALL the audio.

cpCmndShowPlaybar This will turn the visibility of the playbar on or off. The default value is 1 if the Playbar is turned on in the skin. Set the value to 0 to turn the playbar off. This variable is going pay off big time when you are trying to incorporate a Captivate skin and a demonstration/simulation.

cpLockTOC Enables/disables user interaction on TOC. If you want to lock the Table of Contents in place - set the value to 1. If your users need to go through all the slides - this will force the TOC to stay open so they can see their progress.

cpCmndVolume Control the movie’s volume. Values can range from 0 to 100. This will allow you to control the volume of your audio tracks in the course. This will come in handy if you have a section of your course where the audio levels don’t match.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many more variables that allow you to:

  • Control the Captivate movie
  • Pull Captivate movie information
  • Grab Captivate movie metadata
  • Grab System information
  • Display Quiz information

In my next few posts, the Captain will be diving in deep with examples on how you can use Captivate 4 variables to extend the capabilites of your next course.

Until then - happy Captivating!

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