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Print button should dynamically pull course content into a readable PDF

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I have a new requirement in Captivate 2017, where I want the user to be able to generate a printable PDF file of the entire responsive HTML 5 course that he is currently viewing (by clicking on a customized Print Button).

i.e A Print button should dynamically pull course content into a readable PDF.

Is there any inbuilt tool / functionality through which we can achieve this?

I have seen tutorials where we can print a single slide by assigning javascript code to a button in advanced actions.

But is there any way to do so for an entire course?

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Correct answer by RodWard | Adobe Community Professional

As Lieve has told you, Captivate does not offer this specific functionality, and I don't believe it ever will.

It does give you the option to generate a handout document that can show a screenshot of each slide with voiceover text below.  You might find that if you published such a document and cleaned it up somewhat, then converted it to PDF, you could then offer this as a downloadable file at some point in the course.  But it's certainly not going to be "dynamically pulling content from the course" and generating a PDF on-the-fly at run-time for the user.

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Print button should dynamically pull course content into a readable PDF

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I have a new requirement in Captivate 2017, where I want the user to be able to generate a printable PDF file of the entire responsive HTML 5 course that he is currently viewing (by clicking on a customized Print Button).

i.e A Print button should dynamically pull course content into a readable PDF.

Is there any inbuilt tool / functionality through which we can achieve this?

I have seen tutorials where we can print a single slide by assigning javascript code to a button in advanced actions.

But is there any way to do so for an entire course?

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Correct answer by RodWard | Adobe Community Professional

As Lieve has told you, Captivate does not offer this specific functionality, and I don't believe it ever will.

It does give you the option to generate a handout document that can show a screenshot of each slide with voiceover text below.  You might find that if you published such a document and cleaned it up somewhat, then converted it to PDF, you could then offer this as a downloadable file at some point in the course.  But it's certainly not going to be "dynamically pulling content from the course" and generating a PDF on-the-fly at run-time for the user.

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Certainly not an Inbuilt functionality of Captivate.  Depending of course on the kind of project you are creating, this will not that simple. How will you cope with slides where a lot of interaction is present, giving control to the learner? What about branching, knowledge check slides, quiz slides, video and audio on slides? Maybe my mind is bit distorted but where I can understand the need for handouts for a simple PPT I never am able to translate a good engaging and interactive eLearning course into static prints. I understand that you don't want an interactive pdf, but a pure digital print.

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As Lieve has told you, Captivate does not offer this specific functionality, and I don't believe it ever will.

It does give you the option to generate a handout document that can show a screenshot of each slide with voiceover text below.  You might find that if you published such a document and cleaned it up somewhat, then converted it to PDF, you could then offer this as a downloadable file at some point in the course.  But it's certainly not going to be "dynamically pulling content from the course" and generating a PDF on-the-fly at run-time for the user.

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Thanks RodWard! This indeed is the original approach which we had suggested. Thank you!

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Thank you Lilybiri! This helps.

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