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Beginning a project in Cp 2019 (Windows) and wondered if there is any way to flow text content between Fluid Boxes (or any other type text boxes) between slides, similar to reflow between text boxes on linked separate pages in Frame Maker. Some of the text is longer than fits on a single slide and could benefit from responsive flowing to the next slide.

I suspect this is not possible, but new to using Fluid Boxes, thought I'd ask to be sure before creating a work-around to present larger amounts of text.

For example, a work-around for larger amounts of text on a single slide: the overflowed text calls up a scrollbar for scrolling that text.

Any suggestions appreciated.

(BTW new Cp 2019 is impressive!)

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Captivate is an eLearning authoring tool, not a desktop publisher like Framemaker or InDesign.

I will not talk about avoiding long texts in eLearning, but flowing between text frames is not possible in Captivate at all, especially not in fluid boxes. You will have seen that when shrinking the width of the screen there may be an icon appearing when the minimum font size is reached and the test doesn't fit in the caption or shape anymore (fluid box is not a text container, only shapes and captions).

Some ways to have more text on one slide is to use one of the Learning interactions: Tabs, Accordion, Process Circle, Pyramids, Timeline of Circle Matrx. For really long text that you want to have nicely formatted, use a link to a pdf.

Another learning interactions is the Scrolling Text interaction which wiil get a vertical scrollbar when text doesn't fit anymore. But do not expect to style the text.... I only use that interaction as alternative for a Text Entry Box myself.

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Fluid Box Text Flow between slides

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Beginning a project in Cp 2019 (Windows) and wondered if there is any way to flow text content between Fluid Boxes (or any other type text boxes) between slides, similar to reflow between text boxes on linked separate pages in Frame Maker. Some of the text is longer than fits on a single slide and could benefit from responsive flowing to the next slide.

I suspect this is not possible, but new to using Fluid Boxes, thought I'd ask to be sure before creating a work-around to present larger amounts of text.

For example, a work-around for larger amounts of text on a single slide: the overflowed text calls up a scrollbar for scrolling that text.

Any suggestions appreciated.

(BTW new Cp 2019 is impressive!)

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Captivate is an eLearning authoring tool, not a desktop publisher like Framemaker or InDesign.

I will not talk about avoiding long texts in eLearning, but flowing between text frames is not possible in Captivate at all, especially not in fluid boxes. You will have seen that when shrinking the width of the screen there may be an icon appearing when the minimum font size is reached and the test doesn't fit in the caption or shape anymore (fluid box is not a text container, only shapes and captions).

Some ways to have more text on one slide is to use one of the Learning interactions: Tabs, Accordion, Process Circle, Pyramids, Timeline of Circle Matrx. For really long text that you want to have nicely formatted, use a link to a pdf.

Another learning interactions is the Scrolling Text interaction which wiil get a vertical scrollbar when text doesn't fit anymore. But do not expect to style the text.... I only use that interaction as alternative for a Text Entry Box myself.

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Captivate is an eLearning authoring tool, not a desktop publisher like Framemaker or InDesign.

I will not talk about avoiding long texts in eLearning, but flowing between text frames is not possible in Captivate at all, especially not in fluid boxes. You will have seen that when shrinking the width of the screen there may be an icon appearing when the minimum font size is reached and the test doesn't fit in the caption or shape anymore (fluid box is not a text container, only shapes and captions).

Some ways to have more text on one slide is to use one of the Learning interactions: Tabs, Accordion, Process Circle, Pyramids, Timeline of Circle Matrx. For really long text that you want to have nicely formatted, use a link to a pdf.

Another learning interactions is the Scrolling Text interaction which wiil get a vertical scrollbar when text doesn't fit anymore. But do not expect to style the text.... I only use that interaction as alternative for a Text Entry Box myself.

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Thank you, Lilybiri, for these suggestions.

I'll check out the Learning interactions. My alternative will be to use FM or RH instead for this project.

Again, thank you very much for this helpful answer.

Best Wishes,

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You're welcome. All depends on what you expect from this project. I preferred Framemaker over InDesign when I had to create written courses. Not so familiar with RoboHelp but know what it is used for. Captivate (and Photoshop in collaboration with it) is my preferred tool for all eLearning courses, and it has so much flexibility that I never tired or got bored.

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