Happy new year everyone!
I recently upgraded my Flash Player to version 10 and it wasn’t until I had to preview a project in Captivate that I discovered something was wrong.
Whenever I hit F4 or F8 the project displayed, but I couldn’t see any of the Flash animations I had added but I could see the text and static images. At first I thought it was a bug in Captivate because this particular project had a lot of added flash animations, flash interactivity and flash components with external XML file support.
If I published the project and viewed the output files then everything worked fine. It wasn’t until I started on another project and added a simple flash animation that I figured out what was wrong. That project wouldn’t preview correctly either so I started trying various things to fix the issue. By chance I used another computer and loaded up the same project. It previewed just fine there and that computer had Flash Player 9 installed.
Therefore if you have upgraded your Flash Player to version 10 then you will not be able to preview projects with interactive content. The published projects work just fine, but it’s a pain in the neck that you have to re-publish the project everytime you made a small change just to see the result.
I found this post on the Adobe Forums, which explains what the problem is:
What you’ve noticed is an issue we are tracking in Captivate 3. If your projects contain an FMR or an inserted FLV or animations- these might not show up in your preview; but your final project (when published) will not be affected.Thanks,
The reason is that- before previewing we look for the Active-X version on your machine, and if it is between version 6 and 9, we preview for the version found. If an Active-X between 6 and 9 is not found, we default to the SWF-6 format. This format doesn’t support SWF’s which are greater than 7 or FLVs. This explains why the assets don’t show up at preview.
We will be putting up a tech-note on this.