Summary: Use the Articulate Web Object to integrate Captivate 5 into Articulate Presenter.
One of the unique features of Articulate Presenter is the ability to insert HTML based learning objects into a course. You do that via the Web Object insert feature in the Articulate Presenter menu. It allows you to insert most formats or movie types provided that you can view them in a regular browser.
The latest release of Captivate no longer allows you to use ActionScript 2 which means that if you use Articulate and Captivate 5, you’ll need to stop using the Articulate Flash Movie tool to integrate Captivate content. Articulate Studio is written in ActionScript 2 and Captivate 5 uses ActionScript 3.
So one nice workaround to the issue is to use the Articulate Web Object . It works pretty well as this demo shows:
There are some limitations with this method so be sure to check out the Notes section at the bottom of this article.
How Do You Do It?
Web objects look better if you don’t have scroll bars around the sides and they are centred on the screen. To ensure that Captivate web objects look ok it is a good idea to fix the resolution of the Captivate movie at slightly less than the 720 x 540 pixel resolution of the Articulate slide in Presenter.
My tests showed that you should be aiming for a Captivate resolution of about 700 x 495 pixels.
- If you are creating a new project, set the resolution in the opening dialogue screen. If your project already exists, click on the Modify tab and select Rescale Project. Make sure you uncheck Maintain Aspect Ratio.
- Publish your project in Captivate to Flash using the Output Option Export to HTML. You might want to check the Publish to Folder box too (not checked in image below). It will make life easier later on. (Click image to enlarge)
- Navigate to your published folder and rename the HTML file to index.html
- Open PowerPoint and from the Articulate menu choose Web Object.
- Select the folder with your Captivate files and display in Full Slide. (click image to enlarge)
- Go to Player Templates and choose “Lock presentation at optimal size”.
- Publish your Articulate presentation.
This is to ensure that your Captivate will fill the Articulate slide, even if the user opens up their browser to full screen.
- You will not be able to control the Captivate movie from the Articulate player. So you may want to use the Captivate skin and embed that in the Articulate player.
- Because it is a web object, it will not necessarily fit into the Articulate window as nicely as when you are embedding Flash. Hence the importance of setting the Captivate resolution before importing.
- You will not be able to link directly from the web object to another slide. This means that users could skip the slide without viewing all of the slide content.
- Captivate 5 also makes it impossible to embed Engage ’09 content. This method does work with Captivate 4.