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Tip: Integrating FMR slides to publish a single .SWF

Here is a simple workaround to integrate external full motion recording (FMR) .SWF files and publish a single .SWF:

  1. Publish your project to FlashPlayer 7 and call it, let's say, FMR
  2. In Edit mode, replace the full motion slide with a blank slide:
    1. insert a blank slide before or after the full motion slide
    2. match the slide time of the blank slide with the full motion slide
    3. delete the full motion slide
  3. Your published folder contains a file called FMR_Fullmotion1.swf. Insert this file in your blank slide
  4. Remove fade in/out effects
  5. Complete steps 2-4 for all other full motion slides
  6. Republish

It's a workaround for now. The team is aware and we are looking into better options for Adobe Captivate 4.

 

PS: I try to avoid FMR altogether. Instead of scrolling, simply click on the scroll bar or use the page down key. Editing becomes much easier and your file size is smaller.

 

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Comments

Thanks for the tip this makes it a lot easier when generating questions for Questionmark Perception.

Thanks this is a great tip. On your comment about avoiding scrolling, can you elaborate on what you meant by "simply click on the scroll bar or use the page down key". Did you mean to click on the scroll bar and then use page down to simulate scrolling?

SF: Instead of dragging the scroll bar, simply click with your mouse below the scroll bar - is has pretty much the same effect as using the page down button. Instead, you could also use the page down button. Hope this helps :)

@bob moon: Let’s say you are making a simulation of a service providers sign-up form.

Like most forms online, this one asks you for everything short of submitting a blood test and you have to scroll down the page as you fill out each section.

In Captivate when you create this experience using recording mode, you could 1) Click and drag the scrollbar or press the page down key and you will create a FMR of the windows contents scrolling as you move down the page.
Or you could 2) Pause recording when you get to the scrolling sections and do manual captures of the webpage before and after you scroll down, then resume recording until you need to scroll again.

When you edit the project, insert an invisible click box over the scrollbar and configure it to move forward (next slide) on a mouse click or the PageDown key, the next slide contains second manual capture of the window after scrolling (no FMR of the window contents scrolling down).

You save bandwidth and lower waiting time this way too. The savings add-up quickly if you can remove multiple FMR’s from all of your Sims. Especially in low bandwidth environments.

-G

EDIT to clarify my last my post: @bob moon: Let’s say you are making a simulation of a service providers sign-up form.

Like most forms online, this one asks you for everything short of submitting a blood test. In the simulation (for whatever reason) you want to control exactly where the scrolling stops.