Adding Checkmarks upon viewing

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I am using Cap4. I have a

nice interaction page that uses 5 header buttons to that jump to 5 pages.
Since the buttons are in the header they are global. Only the content changes below (for each of the 5 pages).

I want to add a Checkmark over each header button when the user visits each of the 5 pages.

When each Checkmark displays I want it stay visible throughtout the project.

I have tried several ways to make this work with and without variables.

Can anyone share a quick clean way to do this?
Below are some images of my interaction.

mainMenu.jpg

CheckMark01.jpg

Thank you for any and all help and suggestions!

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Adding Checkmarks upon viewing

Explorer ,
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I am using Cap4. I have a

nice interaction page that uses 5 header buttons to that jump to 5 pages.
Since the buttons are in the header they are global. Only the content changes below (for each of the 5 pages).

I want to add a Checkmark over each header button when the user visits each of the 5 pages.

When each Checkmark displays I want it stay visible throughtout the project.

I have tried several ways to make this work with and without variables.

Can anyone share a quick clean way to do this?
Below are some images of my interaction.

mainMenu.jpg

CheckMark01.jpg

Thank you for any and all help and suggestions!

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Hello and welcome to the forum,

Have worked out several use cases like this but for Captivate 5. It is pretty late over here, want first to check if it works all right in CP4 and could be back tomorrow. Could you clarify one thing: are those buttons on one menu page where the user returns to or do they have to be on all pages? That is not clear for me, sorry,

Lilybiri

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@Lilybiri

I'm trying to do a similar thing (either display checkmark or grey out the menu item when it's completed).

Tried standard action 'jump to menu slide' and 'show' for checkmark image, but it keeps displaying all checkmarks vs. just the 1 for the section the user has completed/is jumping from. 😞

Can you add your cases for Cap5 as well please, as I'm on 5?

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Hi Anja,

Just worked out a template in Captivate 5, which can be adapted and with 2 possible advanced conditional actions to be triggered on entering the menu slide:

  1. shows a checkmark after completion of an item, dims the button and disables it; after completion the user is directed to an end slide
  2. shows a checkmark after completion of an item, dims the button but keeps it enabled so that the user could have another view at that item

Do you see more possibilities to script?

I provided 5 possible items. And will try to explain how to adapt the objects without having to change the scripts. Nobody has described so far the possibility to re-use advanced actions by means of a template, which will be the principal subject of this blog post.

What do you think? I plan to offer the template on the blog.

Lilybiri

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Hi Lilybiri,

I'm after the 2nd option, as I want to leave it up to the learner to revisit chapters. The first option may make a lot of sense in other scenarios as well though.

A 3rd option could be to link to individual tests per chapter, ie from menu I would choose pre-test, if passed, the learner jumps back to the menu directly and the chapter would be checked & disabled without the learner actually taking it (although I'd always offer an 'I want to take the chapter nevertheless' button). If test is below 'pass' grade, the chapter would proceed.

But hey, I'm a newbie user, so I'll have to work my way through the basics first, before venturing into such technically more sophisticated learning paths. 😉

If you would pick up the topic of templates with those scripts would be great, as I think I (and many others) would use this workflow in many projects - and it'd be great if there's a way that you don't have to re-create from scratch every time!

Where are you living? If it'd be anywhere closeby, I'd invite you for lunch for your great help!

BR, Anja

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Hi again,

Third option is a lot more complicated. Will try to explain how to use this template first of all because it is pretty simple. If one only wants dimming or only a checkmark the scripts could be easily adapted, or perhaps I could add them as well.

Just tried it out: created two different examples based on the template and changing background and colors for one of them. The changes just took about 2 minutes, so that is acceptable. And it works fine, advanced actions are preserved, labels are there ...

Have been looking for a solution to have re-usable scripts and this seems for the moment a possibility as long as we cannot export/import scripts. If you send me a private message with an e-mail address I could send you the template right away, but the tips to handle changes will be on the blog later on.

Lilybiri

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Hi Lily,

I would love for you to share a CAP 4 version of the this interaction.

I'm attaching a rough example that at least shows you the project structure.

Thanks again for being so supportive and collaborative!

_robert

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Thanks again Lily,

I would love to see the code and possibly adapt for use.

I sent you an source code example of the project CAP 4 v.

_robert

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Hello Robert,

You cannot attach files, only insert screenshots using the small camera icon.

As I mentioned to Anja, I have a template ready in CP5. Will try to convert it to CP4 ASAP.

Lilybiri

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Is it possible to get a copy of the file you created.  I haven't been able to get this to work for myself in Captivate 5 but really need to be able to do this

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Yes I will be happy to send you a working file.

Contact me with you email at rpbuchinski@gmail.com.

Thanks

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Hi Robert,

Think this is a misunderstanding, he wants me to send him the template because he is on CP5. Or did you get your file to function? If yes, please post your solution. Just a tip: it is not a good idea to post your mail-address publicly to avoid spammers.

Lilybiri

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Hi Anja,

I just published on my blog this subject:

Template for reusing scripts?

Lilybiri

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Nicely done Lily,

I think I understand how this is done but I am still having trouble writing

the

correct action-script When a button on the Menu slide is clicked, a simple

standard action is executed that changes the value of the user variable and

jumps to the proper slide.

Can you please provide an example of the action-script syntax?

Thank you very much,

_RobertB

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Hi Robert,

Can you send me your e-mail address and I will send you the link to the template. You will be able to check the advanced actions then. Perhaps you could use a private message in this forum, if you do not want to show your address publicly.

Sorry, my bad, forgot that you are on Captivate 4. I just fired it up on my (old) desktop and it will look like this:

     v_item1 := 1

     Jump to Slide  Slide_item1

where v_item1 is the user variable to change, and Slide_item1 is the slide to jump to. The first statement is in the category Assignment, the second in the category Standard actions.

If I find some time I will try to work out something similar for your use case. It will be more work because you do want the menu on each slide if I understood well.

Lilybiri

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Hi Lily,

I understand in CAP 4 how to create variables and incement them.

But I dont' undertand the syntax for showing them. (see image below).

My email is
rpbuchinski@gmail.com

Thank you again for your continuing support!

-RobB

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Hi Robert,

It is indeed the conditional action that gives most problems, and they are less easy to script in CP4 than in CP5. That is the reason why I first want to try everything out in CP4. A couple of questions:

About the checkmark check01: have it initially hidden on the slide so you will only to program the show action.

About your condition: why do you try 'greater or equal to'? I suspect that you are incrementing the value of the user variable every time, it is much better to set it to the value=1 as I showed in my previous answer.

How do you trigger this action? Any advanced action needs an event to be attached to: a button/click box click, submitting an entry in TEB, entering or exiting the slide (but show will not work on exiting a slide), rolling over a rollover slidelet.

For the moment I'm in college, only laptop available, no CP4. I can only try your usecase on my desktop later on at home.

BTW: I did send you the template, but you will have to open it in CP5 (trial version?).

Lilybiri

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Template for reusing script is a great blog post- will be checking in again. Would love to have a look at the template thx mark@markwaterfield.com

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Hello,

Done! Hoping to get some comments on the blog or here in the forums.

Lilybiri

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Hi Lilybiri - good stuff as usual. Your posts are always helpful.  I'd like the template too please.  ssrktucker@yahoo.com

Thanks!

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Hello Lily,

I am tiggering the action (on enter slide)!

I could just try (equal to)

I downloaded the template - thanks for you all your help!

Let me see what I can do with it now!

I'll let you know!

Thank you very much!

_RobertB

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Lillybiri...

This is exactly what I was looking for! Please send me the link to the templates (especially the one allowing the user to go back and revisit sections after completing that section) to my email: kstagg at gmail dot com

You. Rock.

Kevin

DFW eLearning Adobe User Group

@dallaselearnaug

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Will do Kevin, but have two versions: one for CP5.0 and one for 5.5.

Which do you want?

Lilybiri

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Captivate 5.5 - thanks again!

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Do you have a sample/example of what the advanced action would look like? I keep trying to set it up, but I can only get the first check mark to appear. I think I may be doing too much... but want to clarify.

thanks!

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Need an email address if you want me to send the template, it has advanced actions in it to show checkmarks

Lilybiri

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Hi Lilybiri, could you please forward the template C5 - wallensteinpatricia@praintl.com Thanks - this is exactly what I am looking for.

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Which version please?

Lilybiri

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Yes hello Lily,

The design of this interaction is a 5-button horizontal "header" that is a global menu for the project.

When user clicks a button the new content is placed below.

Each button goes to a different page. But the header stays the same.

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Hi Lilybiri!

I would love to have this template please!  I'm hoping that will help me construct the Advanced Actions.

Thank You!

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Please, send me a private message with your e-mail address. Better not post it on the forum to avoid spam,


Lilybiri

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This is indeed a very nice approach, but what happens if the module has been closed and on a later time be relaunched, will these status indicator (which signifies that topic(s) has been viewed) be restored?Or will you be having as if it's a fresh module.

-Miguel

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Lilybiri,

Adding checkmarks (or visited marks) works great, even on an LMS. However, when a user closes out midway through the course to resume back where he left off, all the visited marks are gone. Is there a way for CP5 to remember the user actions?

Thanks,

edlearner

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Can you please send it to me also please... l-d-davis  at hotmail?

Thanks.

Lisa

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Which version please?

Lilybiri

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The question above has not been answered yet, what happens if the user exits midway the project, how will this behave?

May I request a copy of the template too, Cp5.5

Will send you my email on private.

Thank you.

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Variables are reset when restarting the module, that is the issue. I think you'll need some external scripting to keep the situation stored on the PC (with cookies - way the TOC bookmarking is working).

I did not try that work flow.


Lilybiri

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It seems I am trying to figure this out too.  I sent my email in a private message. 

I have a project where the user enters a hallway with 5 doors.  The user needs to click on each door to learn the info behind the door.  Once in a room the user reads some stuff and exits back into the hallway to choose another door.

In the hallway I have click boxes to jump to the appropriate slide and in the rooms I have a "exit back to the hallway" button.  When the user exits back into the hallway, I would like there to be a checkbox over the door(s) they have entered.  Once the user has enter all 5 doors, I would like there to be a continue button in the hallway to continue to the end of the project.

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Lilybiri - I am using 5.5, Thank you

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Has anyone figured out to show the checkmarks (visited marks) when a user returns to a course? I have a long course and users often leave the course midway to return and finish at another time. However, the checkmarks are reset (disappears) when the user returns to pick up where they last left off.

Thanks.

edlearner

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my understanding is captivate has no native way to do this.  If you're using an LMS you may have the option to use the reporting function to save progress. (Preferences > Quiz > Reporting > LMS Customization Settings > uncheck 'Never Send Resume Data')

I believe CPGuru also has a widget that will save/access a shared object which might work for you.

There may be other, more technical, solutions as well.

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HI Lilibiri,

Are you able to please send me a copy of the Template.  I am on CS5.5.  my email address:alison.mcleavy@mater.org.au

Thankyou kindly

ali

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Would recommend indeed the use of the Load and Save Data Widget from Michael: http://www.cpguru.com/2011/10/04/save-and-load-data-widgets-for-adobe-captivate-updated/

Perhaps you'll have to check if you have a resetting advanced action for the moment, you have to be sure that this doesn't interfere with the widget


Lilybiri

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Hi Lilybiri,

I would like to have a copy of the Template too. Could you please send my email?

naomi.okeefe@gmail.com

I'm using Captivate 5.

Thank you so much.

Naomi

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Hello,


Sorry, didn't read all right, sent you the CP5.5 template, will send the 5.0 one.

Lilybiri

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Just what I was looking for, can I get a copy of the 5.5 template as well?

Thanks!

(edit - thanks for sending!)

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Hi, Lilybiri -

I'm new to this group - wondering if you have your template for Cap6 version. If not, can you please send me your latest version? Many thanks for your great help. Email is mary at prepsimple dot com.

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No template for CP6 yet, had to transfer my blog, Posterous is closing down. I'll send you the 5.5 template.

Lilybiri

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I would like to have a copy of the Template too. Could you please send on my email?

neeraj.bohra@gmail.com

I'm using Captivate 6 and also 5.5

Thank you so much.

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I would like to have a copy of the Template too. Could you please send on my email?

neeraj.bohra@gmail.com

I'm using Captivate 6 and also 5.5

Thank you so much.

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Hi, @lilybiri, I just sent you a PM, I would love to have both these templates. I have been giving myself a headache all week trying to do this!!!

Thanks!

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