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Have Title Slide be seen when open Captivate project

New Here ,
May 10, 2022 May 10, 2022

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I was abe to add the title slide so that it showed at the beginning of the my project. But, for the life of me, I cannot figure out where I inserted the slide so it showed at the beginning of the project. I am enclosing a picture that has the first slide showing. Thanks for any assistance you can give me.

 

Diane Guiett

 

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Community Expert , May 10, 2022 May 10, 2022

You are probably referring to the Auto Play option in Preferences > Project > Start and End options.  It no longer has any effect due to recent changes in web browser functionality.

 

What you are seeing is the default way that all published Captivate projects begin now.  The user is required to interact with the content in order to have it start playing.  That's why there's a button in the middle of the screen.

 

This has been the case for some years now and Adobe has explained the reasons here

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Community Expert , May 11, 2022 May 11, 2022

You probably added an image of that title slide as poster image. Too bad, you still cannot choose just to add a slide directly as poster image, you need to create the image (an old request, never done). Read more about tweaking the lack of AutoPlay in this older post (including the poster image):

http://blog.lilybiri.com/poster-image-autoplay

 

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You are probably referring to the Auto Play option in Preferences > Project > Start and End options.  It no longer has any effect due to recent changes in web browser functionality.

 

What you are seeing is the default way that all published Captivate projects begin now.  The user is required to interact with the content in order to have it start playing.  That's why there's a button in the middle of the screen.

 

This has been the case for some years now and Adobe has explained the reasons here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/kb/captivate-responsive-courses-not-autoplay-browsers.html

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May 11, 2022 May 11, 2022

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You probably added an image of that title slide as poster image. Too bad, you still cannot choose just to add a slide directly as poster image, you need to create the image (an old request, never done). Read more about tweaking the lack of AutoPlay in this older post (including the poster image):

http://blog.lilybiri.com/poster-image-autoplay

 

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New Here ,
May 13, 2022 May 13, 2022

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Once again you have come to my rescue. One of these days I want to take a class from you.

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May 13, 2022 May 13, 2022

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You're welcome, would love a new trainee...

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May 16, 2022 May 16, 2022

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I disagree that the play button is a result of browser functionality. The browser does not put that up - Adobe does.

While it is true that web browsers will require interaction in order for autoplay of audio to commence, this particular screen is being forced by Adobe. 

I, for one, would appreciate an easy opt-out so that my learners are not forced to click it.

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May 16, 2022 May 16, 2022

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Didn't you misunderstand the question? It was about 'how to add a poster image', although phrased differently. As I wrote I totally agree that it would be appreciated if we were able to choose a slide or a frame as poster image directly. I never wrote that the ugly grey play button was not created by Adobe.

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May 16, 2022 May 16, 2022

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I was referring more to Rod's statement - not yours or that of the original poster.

Sorry for the confusion.

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May 16, 2022 May 16, 2022

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Sorry about that, it didn't appear in the thread, as is the case for this comment. This platform is so frustrating...

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May 16, 2022 May 16, 2022

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Yes the browser does not put that button there, Captivate does.  But it has been the changes introduced by browser manufacturers to require users to interact with the screen before audio would work that forced Adobe into putting that button there on the initial screen.  What Adobe was doing was trying to avoid Captivate getting the blame for the sound not playing for end users if Auto Play was turned on. 

 

Without the user clicking the screen somewhere the browser blocked audio playback by default.  Many users were totally unaware there was even sound available and e-learning developers would be getting complaints about their courseware not working as expected.

 

It might have been a kludgy solutio by Adobe to add that button (perhaps a message on screen would have been better) but in any case I do understand their reasoning.

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Advisor ,
May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022

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I would be more understanding if they simply made that the default but allowed us to bypass it with a checkbox.

Not all eLearning projects have autoplay audio on slide one.

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May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022

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The audio doesn't have to be on slide one for it to be blocked unless the user interacts with the screen.  The audio might not start until slide five or six but the result would be the same if the browser security won't allow the audio to work without user interaction.

 

This whole issue started because web marketers abused their freedoms and started blatantly playing audio messages as soon as users opened web pages.  There was a severe backlash from the user community about THEIR freedoms being bypassed and having their eardrums blasted out because they were not warned the audio was about to come on.  The web browser vendors found themselves under pressure to react and the result was this change that forced users to interact with the screen before audio would work.

 

The e-learning community found itself suffering "collateral damage" in the war for user rights.

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May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022

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You are correct that the audio doesn't have to be on slide one.

By the same token, a learning object doesn't have to have audio at all.

Why should a learner be forced to interact then?

Forcing the interaction assumes we, as developers, are not capable of building in that interaction ourselves.

I am not the only developer who builds courses that are interactive.

If you get to slide 5 or 6 and you have not interacted with the screen yet - I might suggest that is a great deal of passivity. Just make a video.

I don't think it is too much to ask of Adobe to provide a way to turn that off - especially in situations where it isn't needed.

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May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022

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I understand your point and I would also like to see some kind of compromise reached whereby web-based e-learning was considered as a special case that allowed this to happen.

 

But like I said, when the browser vendors (not Adobe) implemented this radical change to their functionality they were NOT considering how it would affect e-learning content.  They were only really interested in general web page functionality and responding to the protests from their own user community.  

 

Now it is well known that there are a number of clever JavaScript hacks out there to circumvent this browser limitation and Adobe might have been able to build those into Captivate for easy implementation. But if you run a software company that is heavily oriented toward creating web content (as Adobe is) I don't really think they wanted to be seen as deliberately working against what the browser vendors were trying to achieve.  Adobe products, especially ones like Captivate, NEEDs web browsers to deliver their content at all.  There's not really any other choice of output except HTML5 and that needs to run in a browser.  I just don't think Adobe wanted to play rough with people like Microsoft, Google and Apple.

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To be clear - I am NOT suggesting that Adobe try to find a way around the browser autoplay limitation and give us that option.

I simply don't want Adobe to force a play button screen at the beginning of my project.

I currently use JS to bypass that screen in my own projects because I don't need it - nor do I want my learners to have to deal with it. Bypassing the play button screen does not satisfy the interaction requirement of the browser for audio anyway so there shouldn't be any sense of working against the browsers.

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