Adobe Captivate 5: Master Slides

You’re in the middle of developing a Captivate project and you think to yourself, “Boy, it sure would be nice to have my company logo appear on all of the slides.  And maybe a footer at the bottom of each slide that displays the course title.”   In the old days, the only option you had was to add an image or a text caption and set the Timing properties to display the object for the rest of the project.  Not too shabby. But Captivate 5 users now have an alternative:  Master Slides.  A Master slide is kind of like a slide template.  If you have objects or images that need to be repeated on multiple slides, Master slides will prove to be a great time saver by providing a single location where you can add/edit these common objects.

How does it work?

Click the Window menu and select Master Slide to open the Master Slide Panel.

When the Master Slide panel is active, Captivate goes into Master Slide View. Any slide object that you add in this view will be applied to the Master slide.  Once you’ve added your logo and footer to the Master slide, click on the filmstrip to return to Filmstrip View. 

Now you need to apply the Master slide to the slides in your project.  If you look at the Properties Panel, you’ll see that in the General group, Master Slide is set to None by default.

To apply the Master slide, simply select the Master from the drop-down menu.  Voila!  Master applied! It may go without saying, but if you want to apply the Master slide to multiple slides in your project, use your [Shift] key to select multiple slides in the Filmstrip. 

Now the question on everyone’s mind is, “Can I have multiple Master Slides in a project?”   So glad you asked…the answer is YES!   How many more? Well, to test this out just for kicks, I managed to add an additional fifteen Master slides to a project and still hadn’t received any warning that I had reached my limit. 

If you want to learn more about all the new features available in Captivate 5, check out our course schedule and join us in the classroom!

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