One of the new additions in Adobe Captivate 5 is the Master Slide concept. This has long been known and used in Microsoft PowerPoint, but now the same feature is available in Adobe Captivate 5. This is a welcome addition and will give you a range of different benefits in your development.
What are Master Slides?
Well a Master Slide is a slide where you can put your background / template and also common objects that are used throughout your project. These objects could be logos and headers, text captions containing variables, static images and widgets.
The benefit for the developer by using Master Slides are that it will be easier to work with since you just place the elements on one slide and thereby guarantee a uniform look throughout your project. In Adobe Captivate 4 you could set an object to “Display for rest of project” (you can still do that in Adobe Captivate 5) but I still like the Master Slide approach better.
How do Master Slides work?
Master Slides in Adobe Captivate 5 is a static slide where you can insert your common objects. There is no timeline on the Master Slide so you cannot define when an object should appear / disappear. You still have the option to set Transition Effects for your objects though.
Using multiple Master Slides in a project
One of the really great features is that you can create multiple Master Slides in your project. This means that you can create one template/Master Slide for your content and one Master Slide for your quiz slides.
Which objects can I use on a Master Slide?
These are the objects that you can use on a Master Slide in Adobe Captivate 5.
I’m not really sure why you can add a FLV/F4V file since you would have that video play on all your slides. Perhaps someone will find it useful but I can’t really see where I could use that ;o)
You can’t add buttons, which I think is a shame. It would have been nice to be able to drop your own Navigation Buttons on the Master Slide and then have them appear on all other slides. For example if you create a large course with a main menu you could have created a Main Menu button that performed a “Jump to Slide XX” action. This can still be achieved but now you just have to create the button as a widget instead and insert it on the Master Slide.