The all new Intelligent Print Widget for Adobe Captivate offers you a lot of possibilities to modify and customize your print-out from Adobe Captivate 5, Adobe Captivate 5.5, Adobe Captivate 6.x and Adobe Captivate 7.
What does it do?
This print widget will print any slide from Adobe Captivate and force the print to landscape mode without the user having to select it in the print dialog. The widget will also automatically rescale the printed slide so it will fit on the paper selected in the print dialog box. The rescaling is done dynamically and will keep the original proportions and adjust to whatever paper size the user selects (or the default size if the user justs clicks ok) in the print dialog prompt.
The old version (which is no longer available for sale) was plug and play and didn’t give you many opportunities to modify the print-out or use your own button in Adobe Captivate. This new version of the widget will allow to use your own button / asset in Adobe Captivate as a Print Button and also allows you to have the widget automatically pause the project when the users prints. Finally you can add your own Continue button from Adobe Captivate to allow the user to continue with your project once printing is completed.
The Widget Parameters and options:
Print Captivate Playbar (default): If you have a check mark here then the Playbar in Captivate will also be printed. If you do not use a playbar or do not wish to have it show up on the print‐out then deselect this option.
Hide print button from print‐out (default): This will automatically hide the print button on the print‐out. This applies for both the widgets default print button and any custom button you choose to use. If for some reason you would like to have the print button appear on the print‐pout then deselect this option
Pause project when user clicks print (default): This will pause your project when the user clicks on the print button. If this is not selected then your project will continue to play in the background while the print dialog box is open. The project will remain paused after printing is completed so the user will need to click play on your playbar or you will need to use your own continue button as described below.
Use own button in Captivate to handle continue after printing: This allows you to use any asset in Captivate as a “continue” button. The asset you select will automatically be set as invisible by the widget while entering the slide and when printing and will be made visible after the print job is completed. Therefore the asset you use as a Continue button will not show up on the print‐out. Selecting this option requires you to enter an Item Name in the “Continue button name”.
Continue button name: Here you need to enter the Item Name of the object in Captivate. This will be explained in more detail later in this documentation.
Use own Print button in Captivate: Similar to using your own continue button. This lets you exchange the widgets default Print Button with any asset on your slide. Selecting this option requires you to enter an Item Name in the “Print button name”.
Print button name: Here you need to enter the Item Name of the object in Captivate. This will be explained in more detail later in this documentation.
I’m using a Static/Separate TOC in my project: In case you are using a TOC that is not in overlay mode in your project you need to select this option. This is required so the widget can properly calculate the dimensions of the print‐out. You also need to define the width of your TOC in the “Width of TOC”.
Width of TOC: If you selected the “I’m using a Static/Separate TOC in my project” you will need to enter the width of the TOC you are using here. The default value is 250 pixels so if you have not actively changed the TOC yourself you can just leave it at the default value.
Hide static TOC from Print‐out: If you are using a Static TOC you can select this option to hide this from the print‐out. In that case it will only be the contents of the slide that will appear on the print. Note that this option requires that you have deselected the “Print Captivate Playbar” option. It is not possible to hide the TOC and still print the Adobe Captivate Playbar.
Note the the version for Adobe Captivate 6 will automatically remove the playbar and static TOC for you, so the Widget Properties in Adobe Captivate 6 does not contain all the options to remove playbar and TOC.
This version of the Intelligent Print Widget for Adobe Captivate requires that you have Adobe Captivate 5, Adobe Captivate 5.5, Adobe Captivate 6.x and Adobe Captivate 7.
The widget is not compatible with Adobe Captivate 4. The old version of the Intelligent Print Widget is supplied in the package when you purchase the widget so you are able to print from Adobe Captivate 4 (AS3) projects as well, but you do not have access to all the above mentioned options and features.
The widget will not work in content published to HTML5 from Adobe Captivate.
Printing from Adobe Captivate can be tricky business – especially if you are delivering content locally (by CD‐ROM, USB etc.). Most computers will allow you to print content played locally but some may have higher security settings that disallow printing from Flash content played locally on your machine. In other cases your Flash Player Security Settings will disallow printing on your machine. To counteract this you can define “Trusted Locations” on your machine from where your content will play and work well. To do that you can go to this link: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager04.html
I highly recommend that you download the fully functional demo version of the widget found below to ensure that the widget works as you expect before purchasing the widget.
Buy the widget:
The widget is $20 which gives you the right to use it for one Adobe Captivate Developer in your company. If you have multiple developers who will be using the Widget then simply update the number of widgets in the Cart to match the number of of developers you have.
Frequently asked questions:
Question: When I insert the component in Adobe Captivate all I see is a blank box. Is that normal?
Answer: Yes that is perfectly normal if you opted to use your own Print Button in the widget settings.
Question: Can I use this component in a course delivered through an LMS?
Question: I cannot see the Widget Parameters tab when I have inserted the widget in Captivate.
Answer: Chances are that you imported it as an “Animation” by mistake. Try and import the widget again as a widget.
Question: What if I buy it and it doesn’t work. Can I get a refund?
Answer: No if you purchase the product you can’t get a refund since it’s a digital delivery. The widget has been tested extensively on all types of systems, browsers etc. without any issues. If you are unsure if the widget will work for you or not then download the demo widget first to try it out.
Question: I would like to have some modifications done to the widget – is that possible?
Answer: Sure thing – just send me an email throught the contact section here on my site.
March 2013 – The Print Widget has been updated to version 2.5 adding support for Adobe Captivate 6.1 and implementing a new better way to handle custom buttons.