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Inconsistent Animation Timing in All New Captivate 12.3

New Here ,
May 30, 2024 May 30, 2024

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When multiple pieces of content are timed with the narration, and have entrance animations applied, often only the first will appear as intended and any others are significantly delayed. Frustratingly, the timing proceeds normally when playing the slide in Captivate, but is delayed in Preview and Publish. It seems to be an animation problem as the timing is more consistent when those are removed. Overall, it makes for less "polished" learning, but is satisfactory. 

 

This is an important issue if the goal is to make engaging learning, and in my opinion it needs attention ASAP. Our team has tried to address this through trial-and-error by making INCORRECT timing in Captivate so that the Preview and Publish are timed reasonably well.

 

Has anyone else experienced this and possibly found a solution that they can share?

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May 30, 2024 May 30, 2024

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Timeline has a lot of quirks, compared with the older versions of Captivate. You are not the first to complain, and there are already several bug reports in the uservoice forum. I wonder if you tried already to use bookmarks to trigger the animations, instead of using the previous workflows? 

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Thanks, I've tried to contribute and upvote the relevant uservoice suggestions. I've also tried using bookmarks as a trigger but maybe you can help me find a method that is more intuitive than the approach I've used.

 

For bookmarks to work it seems like they would need to reveal slide items (or blocks or sections) that were hidden from publish. The combination of Show item plus playing their entrance animations still isn't smooth. Often it feels like the animations need to "buffer" and don't end up playing before the item appears. I've tried offsetting timing for the Show action and animation with little success. Is there a better way?

 

This is compounded for content blocks and again for content sections. Even if this did work, it's hard to justify the investment needed for setting bookmarks and defining interactions vs. snapping an object to the playhead. Anyhow, thanks for the input.

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Honestly, I am unable to use the new version for any of my consultancy jobs. I have dabbled a little bit with the bookmarks, but they often failed for me as well. It looked like an improvement over the previous versions (there are not many), reason why I tested it out. I started with their use for navigation and already bumped on limitations which didn't occur when using micro-navigation in previous versions. Dynamic bookmarks are impossible. You can have a look:

Bookmarking in Captivate (Classic and New) - Introduction - Captivate blog (lilybiri.com)

Static Bookmarks in New Captivate - Captivate blog (lilybiri.com)

 

I planned to post some more blogs about using bookmarks as triggers in the New Captivate, but am so frustrated with this new version. It takes so much more time than in any previous version to develop a rather simple course, and complicated actions (I love shared and advanced actions) are completely impossible.

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