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Open .cptl file

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May 13, 2021 May 13, 2021

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How to open .cptl file.

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May 13, 2021 May 13, 2021

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  1. Open Adobe Captivate
  2. Click on File > New Project > Project from Template
  3. Navigate to where the .cptl file is located on your computer and select it
  4. Click Open

 

Keep in mind that this will create a new .cptx file based on the template file so any changes you make will be saved as a regular project file.

 

To create a new template file, which I wouldn't recommend,...

  1. Click on File > New Project > Project Template

Instead of creating new templates, create a Captivate Theme. While building your first of possibly many projects, modify the Master Slides, Object Styles, Table of Contents and Skin (playbar). These are the elements that make up a theme and you can easily apply newly created themes to just about any project made in Adobe Captivate. Themes are much easier to work with than Templates.

Paul Wilson, CTDP

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Do NOT use a cptl file, because the workflow has become very buggy. Especially if the cptl-file uses variables and advanced actions you'll get a lot of issues with projects derived from a cptl-file.

For design consistency use a Theme, not a cptl-file.  

 

This is not only my recommendation, and I have used those template files in the past, but never since several versions when I have seen all the problems. Ask othe Captivate experts and you'll often get the same tips.

http://blog.lilybiri.com/whats-in-a-theme-a-template

 

An atlernative for a cptl file is to create a normal cptx file and block the file for editing. You can use a duplicate of the project to create new files. Much safer and without the issues of cptl files. That cptx project should have a solid custom theme with theme fonts, theme colors, object styles, master slides, skin and eventually Recording defaults.

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