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When Do You Use the Captivate Skin for Navigation or to Create Your Own Navigation

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Jun 05, 2020 Jun 05, 2020

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When is it best to use the Captivate Skin for navigation or create your own?

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Jun 05, 2020 Jun 05, 2020

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Just my personal opinion, others can have a different view. I never use a default playbar (except sometimes in developing stage) for these reasons:

  • Because I mostly have branching in projects, they are not linear. That means that the behavior of the progress bar is very confusing to learners.
  • The Next/Back buttons on the playbar override any custom navigation which you have when using branching, remediation, conditional actions. With custtom buttons you can have custom navigation.
  • I often have On Enter actions for slides (for resetting or preparing situations on revisit); when a learner uses the progress bar in a playbar to end up in a random frame, those On Enter actions often will be skipped and that leads to strange situations.
  • If you have attached scores to interactive objects and the learner prefers using only the buttons on the playbar, he may miss scoring and results will be falsified.
  • Custom buttons can have a better design by editing the InBuilt states and adding custom states (lToggle buttons).

Conclusion: use the default playbar only for simple, linear, PPT-like projects. If you want to add quick navigation, using a TOC with navigation turned on is a better choice IMO.

 

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THANK YOU!

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You're welcome. Maybe other users will offer more ideas?

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