Captivate users unite!

Actually, that should probably be: “Online library tutorial creators unite!” Because I’m not really tied to Captivate per se; it’s just the tool of the moment for what I happen to be doing right now, which is screencasting. But somehow “Online library tutorial creators unite!” doesn’t quite have that ring.

At my presentation on using Captivate for library tutorials last month, I asked audience members to sign up for an informal email list to share tips and questions about the software. Quite a few people did so, and I sent out the first email today. Here’s what it said…

Hello all,

If you’re getting this email, you gave me your address at the Online Northwest 2007 session <http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/2007/presentations/munro.ppt>Creating Online Library Tutorials with Macromedia Captivate: Process and Product.

This informal email list is intended to bring together people working on online library tutorials, especially those of us using Adobe Captivate. We can use this list to ask general questions, troubleshoot specific problems, share tips, and show examples of ours and others’ work.

To start things off, I’ll share a couple of tips I’ve picked up recently for using Captivate:

1.) Captivate 2 (most recent upgrade) now includes a Table of Contents feature! This was a significant omission from the first version of the software. To insert a table of contents in your tutorial, open an existing Captivate project and go to “Project,” then “Skin…” Choose the “Menu” tab, click “Show Menu,” and give your menu a name. You can then add submenu items: for instance, chapter headings that, when clicked, skip the user ahead to a given slide in the presentation. To see a quick-and-dirty version of a table of contents, check out this (beta) tutorial: http://lib.berkeley.edu/~kmunro/captivate/LCSH.swf

2.) Courtesy of Anna Johnson at Mt Hood Community College, a neat piece of freeware to help level your audio files: The Levelator. http://www.gigavox.com/levelator). Quick to download and easy to use, this software evens out sound levels in and across your audio files. To use it, download it and then export your recorded audio file(s) from Captivate. (I export mine to the desktop so I can find them easily.) Just drag them onto the Levalator window to level the audio levels, then re-import them to Captivate. Easy and neat!

3.) Last but not least, a great tutorial created by Steve Bailey (CU-Boulder) for the Firefox extension Zotero. This tutorial has great audio and very clean production values. View it here: http://www.zotero.org/documentation/screencasts/intro

Enjoy!

If you’d like to be removed from this list, please reply to me at [kmunro at library dot berkeley dot edu].

If you’d like to share this email with a colleague, please do. I’ll add anyone’s email address to the list on request.

Best wishes to all!

Karen

If you’d like to be added to this email list, and get periodic emails like this from me and a bunch of other library tutorial creators, drop me a line at kmunro at library dot berkeley dot edu, and I’ll add you.

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