RE: Anyone here use Captivate?

Subject: RE: Anyone here use Captivate?
From: "Potdar, Deepali" <deepali -at- bf -dot- umich -dot- edu>
To: "Rick Stone" <rstone75 -at- kc -dot- rr -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 08:03:25 -0400

Thanks, All. This was VERY helpful. I really appreciate it. It's so nice
to hear what works for others.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Stone [mailto:rstone75 -at- kc -dot- rr -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2006 11:39 PM
To: Potdar, Deepali; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Anyone here use Captivate?

Hi Deepali

With Captivate, the smaller the better (within reason). While I'm sure
are certain times when full screen is required, these seem to be few and
between. Certainly not recommended, nor is it best practice. I think I
stick with the 800 X 600 size if I were you.

Indeed there is a way to force a simulation to play in a window that
the browser. Just publish as standalone in .EXE format. When you do
you see a Flash Player window. The Flash Player is embedded inside the
These are normally intended to be used where the Flash Player isn't
installed on the viewer's PC. Or offered up as an alternative in case
movies can't be viewed in the normal .SWF/.HTM way.

Indeed resizing the movie will cause a degradation in quality just as it

does with a screen capture. The reason is because when it is all said
done at the day's end with Captivate, you are manipulating bitmapped

Hopefully some of this was useful to you... Rick :)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Potdar, Deepali" <deepali -at- bf -dot- umich -dot- edu>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2006 5:32 PM
Subject: RE: Anyone here use Captivate?

Hi Everyone,

You all are very helpful. I solved my first big question. Now I have a
couple more, if you don't mind.

So our general policy is to design for 1024x768. But, if I RECORD in
that resolution, setting my browser to full screen (f11), then publish
to SWF file, and play back, I get a horizontal scroll bar because all
the IE browser "stuff" takes up space (the grey frame, the status bar,
etc.). I don't want to tell users to adjust to full screen (f11) before
they play my sim.

What I mean in short, is that the user doesn't automatically "see" the
recorded vertical scrollbar (which I need them to click on occasion).
They'd first have to click their browser's horizontal scrollbar to even
see the recorded one, then they can use it.

I don't like using the RESIZE MOVIE feature because it makes things
blurry. Are there any other options for me?

My thought right now is to record in 800x600- which plays back nicely in
1024-x768- what the users will have. My only hesitation is that there's
a bunch of extra white space that could be used somehow.

Is there a different way to get around this- while recording in
1024x768. For example, is there a way to get the simulation to play NOT
inside a browser window?

Thank you very much for reading this and any tips.



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