What's that you say, you're still using Adobe Captivate 4? Sorry, but the SlideNumbering widget uses AS3 and is only for use Adobe Captivate 5. Bummed out? Read on and I'll explain how to use the SlideNumbering widget in Captivate 5, and how Captivate 4 developers can join in on the fun.
For Captivate 5 developers, the process is simple. Choose Insert > Widget and open the SlideNumbering widget. Fill out the Widget's Properties to your liking.
For instance, if you selected Page X of Y from the Formatting Style drop-down menu, and typed This is page into the X field and of a total count of into the Y field, the results would read This is page 4 of a total count of 27 when you previewed. Nice!
Now for Captivate 4 developers... believe it or not, your solution is not too painful considering there isn't a widget. All you have to do is use a couple of variables! (You can type them or insert them.)
Insert a text caption on a slide and type the following:
Slide $$cpInfoCurrentSlide$$ of $$rdinfoSlideCount$$
That's it! Customize the text any way you like such as:
This is page $$cpInfoCurrentSlide$$ of a total count of $$rdinfoSlideCount$$.
For either Captivate 4 or Captivate 5 developers, place the slide counting object on Slide 1. Set the Properties of the object to Show for Rest of Project. This way, the slide count will appear on every slide.
Note: Ensure you name your slide objects. Anyone who has taken my Advanced Actions class knows what a stickler I am about object naming. Use an informative name such as SlideCountWidget or SlideCountTCaption so you can easily find the objects when looking for them in a list.
One last thing: If you don't want the slide count on a particular slide (such as a quiz slide), you can simply hide/show the object on a slide entrance. Good thing you named them using common sense names!
About the Author: Lori Smith is IconLogic's lead programmer and Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Adobe Captivate. Lori has a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from MIT as well as a Master's in electrical engineering from George Mason University. She has been working in the field of software engineering for more than 20 years. Lori will be teaching our Adobe Captivate 4: Advanced Actions online, instructor-led class. Click here for details.
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