I can see from my site statistics that quite a lot of people are searching for how to pause slides in Adobe Captivate so therefore I have create this quick tip to show you how.
The default behaviour in Adobe Captivate is that it will play all slides from start to beginning without pausing at all. While this might be desireable in some projects I would venture a guess that 90% of projects do not use this behaviour.
In general there are three different things you can do to pause a slide in Adobe Captivate.
- Use a click box to pause slides in Adobe Captivate.
- Use a button to pause slides in Adobe Captivate.
- Use an Adobe Captivate Widget to pause your slides.
Using a Click Box to pause a slide in Adobe Captivate:
This approach is usually used when you use one of the stock Adobe Captivate Playbars in your project. The click box is a way to place a pause on a Captivate slide by using the functionality that a click box provides.
Basically you insert a click box on your slide - disable the captions (success, failure and hint) – disable the “hand over cursor” and make sure that “Pause project until user clicks” is enabled. The final thing you need to do is to resize the click box and make it as small as possible and place it in an area of your slide where your user doesn’t click.
A couple of things to keep in mind with this approach.
1. You will need to place a click box on every slide. However you can copy / paste the click box from one slide to another.
2. Make sure that you have at least 0.5 seconds from the pause point until the slide ends. If not then you risk that your assets (slide objects) or the slide itself starts fading out when the slide is paused.
3. Depending on your preference you might want to change the click box “On Success” action from “Continue” to “Go to next slide”.
Using a buttons to pause a slide in Adobe Captivate:
This approach is typically used if you don’t use the stock Adobe Captivate Playbars. In that case you would want to build your own navigation using buttons in Adobe Captivate. The buttons can be the stock buttons provided by Adobe or your own custom made buttons.
The procedure is basically the same as with the click box. Insert a button on your slide – modify the properties of the button to suit your needs and that’s all there is to it.
Using an Adobe Captivate Widget to pause your slides:
If you are using Adobe Captivate 5 or Adobe Captivate 5.5 you can use the PauseMeNow Widget from James. http://wheatblog.com/2010/08/pausemenow-version-3/ to pause your slides. Visit James’ page to find out more about the functionality of the widget.
If you are using Adobe Captivate 4 (AS2) then you can use this free Pause Widget from my site to automatically pause your slides 1.5 seconds before the timeline runs out.