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Reverse engineering a .CPTX file out of a .ZIP file

New Here ,
Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

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We have some old Captivate courses running on our LMS that are in a zipped format. Unfortunately, we are unable to locate the source .CPTX files that were used to create them due to the loss of a server. Is there a way to reverse-engineer CPTX files out of a zipped files? Even if it isn't 100% effective if it saves us having to recreate the courses from scratch, that would be great. Thank you.

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Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

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Those zipped files probably have only the published output files. There is no way to recover the raw cptx files from them. Depending on the amount of interactivities you could capture parts of with Video Demo but that will only be passive.

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Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

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Thank you for your response. This is helpful.

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Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

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Been there, done that.
These days Everything gets backed up!

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Community Expert ,
Oct 24, 2020 Oct 24, 2020

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Not very helpful for the user... Those may be very old projects and even if they still find the old cptx- (or cp-) projects they probably would better recreate them from scratch using the Library as external Library than trying to upgrade and fix all incompatibilities with HTML output.

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Oct 24, 2020 Oct 24, 2020

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No, it's not helpful. I guess I'm trying to say that I've made that mistake myself before and now (hopefully) am not going to make it again.

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Oct 25, 2020 Oct 25, 2020

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Understood your answer, but just wanted to point out that the OP maybe couldn't understand. Remember: everyone learns most by making mistakes and learning from them.

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