PowerPoint Conversion Slide Advancement Issue

Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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I converted a PowerPoint training presentation I made to Captivate.

I am trying to advance the slide ONLY after clicking the Next Slide button. The problem is that if the user clicks the slide background the slide starts it's default timing and advances after 3 seconds.

How can I remove this? I only want to use the next button!

Aside from setting the slide timing to 3000 seconds, I cannot seem to get it to work.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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I cannot seem to edit my post.

Playing with the slide background, it seems to be tied to the .swf project background slide. When I switched to master slide (simply white), everything works as it should (clicking the background did nothing).

So, is there a way around this?

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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Set the On Exit slide event to Pause. Not the most beautiful solution, but neither is eLearning created from PPT import.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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Thanks for the comment. Definetly tried this already. Unfortunetly it does not work. I should say I am using Captivate 2019.

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Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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Flash support has been discontinued by most browsers as of 1/1/21 so that .swf background could be the issue.

Check your timeline and see if there is anything there that stops it progressing? 

 

Hope that helps.


Dave

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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The ONLY way I can seem to fix this issue is to create new slides (blank slide via Slide Master), and create a new Captivate slide that mimics the PowerPoint slide.

 

This is fine, but defeats the whole purpose (in my eyes) of having the ability to convert it.

 

I have been reading (closed the windows so I cannot provide links) that buttons and PowerPoint conversions do not work.

 

Hmmmm. . .

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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I'm sorry, should have kept to my decision never to answer questions about PPT import anymore. It is not linked with the death of Flash player IMO. It is just too limiting, plugins for PPT do a much better job. I always recommend to unzip the PPT (which is a zipped folder, sames as Captivate's cptx files). Extract the useful assets, import them to the Library of a new Captivate projects, and create from scratch. You will not have any limits, and it will be possible to create a real eLearning course instead of a presentation. Personally I don't even use PPT for presentations, I use Captivate because find it less limiting.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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Captivate doesn't actually 'convert' PPT slides into Captivate slides.  Most other authoring apps that allow you to start with PPT will actually convert PPT slides and objects into native objects in the final app.  But with Captivate the entire process is different because it retains the objects in PPT format and editing is only possible by returning to PPT each time.  

Adobe's thinking here was probably that SMEs would then be able to retain their beloved PPTs and just use 'round-tripping' of the original PPT file to update and sync the content in Captivate.

It was an idea worth trying, and it certainly differentiated Captivate from the other authoring apps where content starting out as PPT had a one-way trip with no way back to PPT again.  However, I think most experienced Captivate users now would agree that best results come from starting your e-learning content in Captivate and building it from the ground up.  Starting with PPT ties your hands in too many ways.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 12, 2021 Mar 12, 2021

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I hear you. I have resorted to simply remaking the content from scratch in Captivate. Not too cumbersome, as the slides are developed, it's just a matter of copy and pasting images and text etc.

 

In any case, thanks everyone. Glad I am not crazy.

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