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Trouble ascertaining system variables

Explorer ,
Sep 16, 2022 Sep 16, 2022

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Does anyone know how to query my captivate 2017 file to ascertain certain system and/or user values of variables?  For instance, I'd like to determine the cpInfoCurrentFrame of a certain frame in my course.  Is it measured from the beginning of the course or the beginning of the slide?

I used to be able to use Put and Trace commands in Director/Flash to get a variable's value.  I could attach this as a script in a certain frame, but in Captivate I guess I need to click a button to which an action would reveal the variable, but where can I view it?  Create a text field to store it in? Are there any such ways to determine both system and user variables?

Thanks to all in advance, much appreciated!

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Sep 16, 2022 Sep 16, 2022

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You may have a look at some of my blog posts about variables:

https://blog.lilybiri.com/discover-slash-use-captivates-system-variables-part-1

https://blog.lilybiri.com/discover-slash-use-system-variables-part-2

 

cpInfoCurrentFrame: Frames are numbered during the full project timeline, not per slide. I am using this particular variable along with Frame variables from the Movie Control category for micro-navigation. Have multiple use cases on my blog, but here is an introduction:

https://blog.lilybiri.com/micro-navigation-introduction

 

If you take time to read the blogs you'll learn a lot more.. All system variables, except from the Movie Control category, can be viewed by inserting them in a text container (caption or shape), using the X button in the Character part of the text container:

Xbutton.png

 

Variables are case sensitive, as you may know already.

 

To avoid having to create user variables for each new project, I use one shared action imported into the Project Library to create them immediately. 

 

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Sep 16, 2022 Sep 16, 2022

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Many thanks for your prompt and thorough responses!  

I'll start digging into it now.  Thanks again.

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Sep 17, 2022 Sep 17, 2022

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You're welcome, happy to be able to help a former Director user (so long ago...). Although Captivate originally was Macromedia like Flash, it is quite different from both Director and Flash (now Animate). Fire away your questions!

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