April 15, 2009

Get ready to wear that creative hat while using Adobe Captivate – start with Rollover Slidelets! continued….

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In my last post, you saw what how to
view content on mouse rollover and simultaneously have an action performed on mouse click, both on single object. After going through my last post I am sure you are still wondering as to “How do I get a context menu appear  on mouse rollover over any object in Adobe Captivate?” Well your wait is over now. This post shows the simulation of context menu which appears on mouse rollover over any object.

Have a look at this project:

 

Objective: To show a context sensitive menu on mouse rollover on any object. Then exit the context menu on mouse rollout on that object.

How the objective is achieved:

I have used rollover slidelet again to achieve the objective of this project. You do not need the slidelet here so I have hidden the slidelet( you could do it by minimizing it to minimum dimension and putting a highlight box/image over it). Now for the rollover area, you could have an ‘On rollover’ action. You can set this under the ‘Advance’ tab on the properties dialog of the rollover area. Here, I have associated “Goto next slide” action on rollover. Now for the rollout action, you need rollover areas around the context menu and the rollover area. I have associated “Goto last visited slide” action on rollover over these rollover areas. How to use rollover slidelets in Adobe Captivate?

Finally, did you know:

You could redraw the rollover area and shape it like any polygon..

    •  Select the rollover area of the rollover slidelet and do a right click.
    • Select Redraw shape.

You could edit points of the rollover area.

    • Select the rollover area of the rollover slidelet and do a right click.
    • Select “Edit Points”.

These two projects show what I had in my mind. Now since you have the basics it’s high time you put that creative hat ON! Happy authoring!!

Download the source file of above project

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try {
var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-7747520-1”);
pageTracker._trackPageview();
} catch(err) {}

Posted by Manish Anand4:32 PM
  • Aref

    Hello…I have one most important question about adobe captivate:How I can disable right-click when I get compiled swf file…my intent is disable right-click in flash player.Please help me about this…I very need it.Thanks a lot

  • Aref

    Hello…I have one most important question about adobe captivate:How I can disable right-click when I get compiled swf file…my intent is disable right-click in flash player.Please help me about this…I very need it.Thanks a lot

  • you want to disable the native right-click menu(which has menu-items: settings, About Flash Player 10).1. Insert a click box(Shift+ctrl+K).2. In the properties dialog, under the options tab, check the “Right mouse click” checkbox.3. Before publishing, goto the preference dialog(press Shift + F8). At Publish Settings, uncheck the “Enable Accessibility” check box.Now publish your project.Now when you do a right click on the swf file you would not get the native flash player context menu.Do try this and let us kno whether this works for your scenario.

  • Lieve Weymeis

    When inserting a SWF, created in CP4 (training simulation) with right click actions (click boxes), in a Adobe Presenter 7 presentation, those right click boxes do not function any more, the user gets the Flash contextual menu. Is there a possibility to circumvent this?

  • Wendi Tatum

    There is a direction above about adding an action in the Advanced Properties dialog box for the rollover object. Can someone please send me directions on how to find the Advanced Properties dialog box. I looked in Properties, but I am not seeing it.

  • Hal

    Thank you for the tips on Captivate slidelets. Here’s a related question: Can I create my own custom graphic look for a slidelet and put it in a gallery, such as I can do with custom buttons or caption styles? This way, every time I roll over a slidelet hot spot, I’d be able to open a recognizable box that contained a “tip” or “did you know?” piece of content.thanks!

  • Manish Anand

    Hi Hal,For slidelets, the answer is NO.However, if your objective is to JUST rollover on a hotspot to open a box then there are other objects in captivate to help you.They are rollover captions and rollover images. I think rest I would leave to you to explore :-). Do drop me a line if you cannot figure out how to do it.Manish

  • Helen

    The sample file on this blog is doing exactly what I need to do – however I can’t download the file – does not seem to be there – please can you tell me where I can get the source file – thanks!

  • Sarah

    When I insert a mouse object the first time in a project I can control both ends of the mouse path, every time after that it inserts the mouse path with the ability to only control where the mouse ends up. Why is this happening? I would like to control both ends of every mouse path I insert on every slide. This is a cptx file.

    • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Hi Sarah, this is an expected behavior. The mouse start point of the second slide is the mouse end point of the first slide to maintain continuity of the mouse pointer across slides.

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