We had an amazing eSeminar last week as Tristan Ward (with a little back up from Rod Ward) taught me how to create Adobe Captivate 5 Widgets using the Widget Factory. A group of nearly 80 Advanced Adobe Captivate users looked on for vicarious instruction as Tristan taught me one step at a time how to download and install Widget Factory. We walked through associating the custom library with Flash Professional CS5, and learned how to reference the library using AS3 script in Flash.
I was amazed at how very rapidly I was able to create a widget, and grasp the fundamental concepts behind widget development. I can’t thank Tristan enough for the introductory lesson and I’m looking forward to continuing my learning about widgets.
In the short time allocated I was able to create a custom widget, including the ability to gather input from a user and pass that text input from the properties, to the stage preview, and the actual display of the widget, and back and forth between each. Tristan helped clarify the different ‘states’ of widgets, how widgets are NOT the same as plain flash animations, and explain why and how there are three different ‘types’ of widgets (static, interactive & question).
Want to watch the session? No problem. We recorded the whole thing here;http://bit.ly/aYnFah