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Adjust the timing of objects

Mouse-Over Text   Object timing

Overview

Every object and slide in an Adobe Captivate project has a 'timeline' associated with it. The timelines of a slide and the objects on the slide are displayed in the Timeline panel (Windows > Timeline).

The unit of time is 'seconds'. The top header in the Timeline panel is calibrated in seconds. The time duration for objects and slides is represented as horizontal 'stacks'. The start and end of a slide is represented by two vertical red lines. For more information on the Timeline panel, see the Adobe Captivate online help.

You can change the start and end time of an object by hovering your mouse over the ends of the horizontal stack and dragging them.

Note: You can change only the end time of a slide and not the start time.

You can adjust the timing of objects on a slide when you want them to appear at a specific point in time when the slide is played. For example, let us consider that you want to explain options A and B on the slide one after the other with the help of text captions T1 and T2. To make T2 appear after T1, you can tweak the timing of T2 so that it starts after T1's duration.

This topic explains how you can time the objects on a slide.

Procedure

  1. In the Timeline, click the horizontal bar that corresponds to the object. (Press the Shift key for multiple selection). The horizontal bar of the object is highlighted.

    Note: If the Timeline panel is not visible, click Windows > Timeline to open the panel.

  2. To modify the start time of the object, hover your mouse over the left edge of the horizontal bar. When a double-headed arrow appears, click and drag the edge to the required position.
  3. To modify the end time of the object, hover your mouse over the right edge of the horizontal bar. When a double-headed arrow appears, click and drag the edge to the required position.


    Timeline panel

Note: The maximum limit for the end time of any object is the end time of the slide. To extend the object duration beyond this limit, first extend the slide’s duration and then increase the duration of the object.

Summary

Adobe Captivate lets you assign different timelines for the objects on a slide. The Timeline panel lays out the timelines of all the objects on the slide on stage. Using this panel, you can tweak the timing of objects simultaneously.

 

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