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 6.x and Adobe Captivate 7.
From version 3.0 the Intelligent Print Widget for Adobe Captivate now features a PDF generation functionality.
Note (07FEB16): For some reason printing is not working in the latest version of Google Chrome (It works perfectly well in all other browsers and earlier versions of Chrome). I can’t find any reason for why this is happening, but I found an Knowledge Base article from Adobe here: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/cant-print-flash-content-google.html. Their recommendation is to use a different browser, but that is of course not a viable option for everyone. I think that this is an error in Chrome and hopefully it will be corrected in the next version. In order to circumvent this problem you can set the widget to produce a PDF instead of a direct print. The PDF option works fine in Chrome and will allow your users to print their page.
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.
In March 2014 the widget was updated to version 3.0 adding a feature that has been requested by a lot of developers. Now you have the option to generate the print as a PDF file. The widget handles the PDF generation so there are no requirements on the users computer or on your server. It is completely self-contained.
The Widget Parameters and options:
The Intelligent Print Widget for Adobe Captivate Properties Panel allows you to make several adjustments to the print functionality.
You can use the widget on a Master Slide in Captivate and choose to use your own button on a slide to initiate the Print. Simply enable this in the Widget Properties and add the suffix _print to your button name in Captivate. The widget will handle the rest.
If you choose to generate the print out as a PDF instead of a regular print you must define the “paper size”. You can choose between A4, Letter and Legal. When the PDF is generated it will either open in a new browser window or prompt the user to save the PDF on their computer depending on what you selected in the Widget Properties. If you choose to open the PDF in a new browser window this requires a PHP script. I have provided a PHP script on my server, which you are welcome to use, but I highly recommend you upload the script to your own server.
Version 3.0 of the Intelligent Print Widget requires that you use Adobe Captivate 6 or above. It is compatible with Adobe Captivate 9.
Older versions of the Print Widget are supplied for Adobe Captivate 4, 5 and 5.5, but these versions do not feature the PDF generation functionality.
The widget will not work with 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. Content printed from an internetbased location (website, server, LMS etc.) will typically not cause any problems.
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.