Progress bar for Adobe Captivate


The Progress Bar for Adobe Captivate is an easy and simple way to illustrate a users progression in your project or course.

The component works with Adobe Captivate 3 and Adobe Captivate 4. It’s coded with ActionScript 2.0 so you cannot use this with Adobe Captivate 4 and AS3 projects.

What does it do?
The progress bar is a flash based component which you can load into your Adobe Captivate projects to show the user his/her current progress in the course/project. It is fully automatic and gives your users/learners a great indication of when the chapter/course they are doing is finished.

How does it work?
The progress bar works by using the Adobe Captivate system variables and retrieving data for current slide and total number of slides. The progress is illustrated graphically with a bar.

What can be customized?
The progress bar component can be customized in an external XML file. That means you don’t need Adobe Flash in order to edit it or for example change the colors. You also get the source fla file so if you have Adobe Flash and knowledge on how to use this program you can change every aspect of the file.

The progress bar works for projects with and without skins and borders but you need to define whether your project has a skin or not in the XML file.

In the XML file you can define the following things:

– Starting coordinates of the Progress bar
– Length of the Progress bar
– Thickness of the Progress bar
– Stroke color
– Progress bar color
– Whether or not you want the Progress bar to drop a shadow
– Starting coordinates for the two textboxes
– Font for the text
– Font size
– Font color
– Whether or not your Captivate project uses the Captivate skin/playback control

Two different Progress Bars are included. One is zero based and the other is not. You can see the difference in the preview above.

All actionscript in the flash files are commented in case you want to edit/change something. An exhaustive Help file is also included, which explains the XML parameters in detail as well as gives answers to the most common questions/problems.

The Progress Bar works in standalone projects published on the web or your company intranet as well in LMS environments.

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  1. Richard Porter on

    Good Morning mate,

    (Well its 8:30am here!)

    Does the Progress bar wok on Captivate 8?

    Can you asssign multiple progress bars throughout the chapters of a particular project?

    Is there a guide on how to modify the XML file? Or is that pretty simple? I’ll be honest with you im not too familiar with XML or indeed have any idea what to do with it! Ha!

    Hope you have had or will have a good day!


    • Hi Richard,

      No this won’t work on Captivate 8 unfortunately. It was originally built for Adobe Captivate 3 and 4 and is only compatible with those particular versions.

      I haven’t seen a similar solution for Captivate 8 so I think you need to take a different approach to achieve your goal – maybe just display different images of a progress bar on different slides? It won’t be as fancy but it might just be enough 😉


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