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Add slide background image in Captivate lessons

In your Captivate elearning lessons, you can import external image files as slide backgrounds or repurpose an image already in the library. Slide background images do not count as slide objects, have no timeline bars, and have the same durations as their assigned slides.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 09 Jan 2021 under Tools

Captivate logo on a backdrop of stars.

Stargazing sessions with Stellarium Mobile

Stellarium is also available in Android and Ios for mobile devices. Even though not all functions found in Stellarium for personal computer is available, it is sufficient for stargazing sessions anywhere since it’s easier to carry tablets and mobile phones.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 02 Jan 2021 under Tools

Whole sky projected as circular area by Stellarium

Stargazing sessions with Stellarium

One of the most intellectually stimulating activities in science lessons is the stargazing. Aside from telescope, the other important tool in a stargazing session is the starmap or star chart. Today, starmaps are mostly software programs and I would personally recommend the use of one particular program: Stellarium, a free and open source software star chart.

[ 2 Comments ] Posted by Greten on 12 Dec 2020 under Tools

Stellarium screenshot showing the position of stars and the constellations

Formatting cell data in spreadsheet part VII: currency

Part VII of serial post about formatting cell data in spreadsheet applications: LibreOffice Calc, Google Sheets, and Microsoft Excel. This entry is about formatting currency or money. Different accounting conventions for negative numbers are also discussed in this post.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 05 Dec 2020 under Tools

coins and bills

Formatting cell data in spreadsheet part VI: scientific notation

You can format numbers as scientific notation in Calc, Sheets, and Excel. The appearance of scientific notation is constant across the three aforementioned spreadsheet applications: they use E notation, single-digit exponents have leading zeroes, and the coefficients have two-digit decimal places. All three spreadsheet applications also provide ways to change this appearance.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 12 Oct 2020 under Tools

Spreadsheet exponent icon: decoration only

How to do basic audio editing in Captivate?

Adobe Captivate has audio editing functions for audio files within the Captivate file’s library: insert silence; cut, copy, paste, or delete an audio segment; and adjust the volume of an audio segment or the entire audio file.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 29 Aug 2020 under Tools

Captivate edit audio topic icon: a speaker emitting wave with CP inside.

Formatting cell data in spreadsheet part V: fractions

You can format numbers in Calc, Sheets, and Excel as a fraction but it’s usually not the default. In most cases, you need to enter a decimal number, and then format it as a fraction using a Format code made of hashes and a slash.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 22 Aug 2020 under Tools

a sliced cake representing fraction

Formatting cell data in spreadsheet part IV: percentage

Calc, Sheets, and Excel accepts a percentage value as numerical cell data. They are displayed as percentages in both the cell and the Formula bar, and mathematically processed like a decimal number where 100% is equal to one.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 19 Aug 2020 under Tools

Large green icon with percent sign

Point-and-click interaction in Captivate using shapes

In Adobe Captivate, a checkbox allows you to transform a shape into a button. This shape can function in exactly the same manner as buttons and click boxes, while you can still customize its appearance like any other shape.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 09 Jul 2020 under Tools

A circular button with Captivate CP logo on it. A mouse pointer hovers near but outside the circle on the upper right.

Point-and-click interaction in Captivate using click boxes

Click boxes provide a button-like interaction between the learners and the learning module without it being visible. You can overlay it on top of a static image to make it appear that the learner is clicking a part of that image.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 21 Jun 2020 under Tools

Logo of Adobe Captivate on gradient green background, with a white hand/glove similar to mouse pointer superimposed on it.

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