Object rotation – in Adobe Captivate 5.5


One of the new and very useful features in Adobe Captivate 5.5 is that you can now rotate objects natively in Captivate directly on the workspace. In Adobe Captivate 5 you could accomplish a similar effect by using the Effects interface and the Rotate option but it took longer time and you had to preview your project quite a few times to see if you got the rotation just right.

All objects in Adobe Captivate 5.5 now feature a “Rotate” icon on top of the object. My manipulating this icon you can quickly and easily change the rotation of an object.

Rotating Image in Adobe Captivate 5.5

Rotating Image in Adobe Captivate 5.5

Every object in Captivate can be rotated directly on the stage, which gives you some great possibilities. For example – I was working on a project with some videos that had been recorded in with the camera rotated 90 degrees due to space constraints. However, when displaying these videos I had to turn them around. Now I could have reformatted the videos through Adobe Premier Pro or similar, but this would take quite a long time and could also have an effect on the quality of the video. I created the project in Adobe Captivate 5 to begin with and constructed a simple widget that loaded my video and rotated it 90 degrees. When I got my hands on Adobe Captivate 5.5 I was able to simple insert the video on the stage and rotate it 90 degrees direct from there. Simple and effective.

Rotating Text Caption in Adobe Captivate 5.5

Rotating text caption in Adobe Captivate 5.5

The new Object rotation feature gives you – the developer – more freedom of how you want to arrange your assets on the stage. It gives you freedom to create unique graphical compositions directly in Adobe Captivate 5.5 and generally saves you time. I often use rotated objects in my projects, but I have always created them in Adobe PhotoShop and then imported them into Captivate – Now I can skip a step, which allows me to work faster and smarter.

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