Have you, or a Subject Matter Expert, created a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint? Are you moving away from presentations and toward eLearning lessons created with Captivate? And are you bummed because all of that great PowerPoint content is basically going to have to be redone in Captivate? Don't throw those PowerPoint presentations away. You can import PowerPoint presentations into an existing Captivate project, or create a new Captivate project that uses the PowerPoint slides.
Importing a PowerPoint presentation into Captivate couldn't be easier. From the Welcome screen, select From Microsoft PowerPoint, open the PowerPoint presentation and a few clicks later, the presentation will be reborn as a Captivate project.
During a standard PowerPoint import process, PowerPoint pptx presentations are first converted to the ppt format, and then converted to SWF. However, if you have ever used the PowerPoint to Captivate workflow, you are likely aware that some PowerPoint features, such as certain animations, Smart Art, text effects (glow, shadow, 3D, reflection, etc.), and audio bookmarks were not supported within Captivate.
In Captivate 6, if you select the new High Fidelity option, the import process will take native pptx files directly to Captivate SWF (the ppt conversion is skipped). This option, which is only available in Captivate for Windows, will result in content in Captivate that matches the original PowerPoint presentation better than ever before.
If you elect to go with a High Fidelity import, keep the following in mind:
- As mentioned above, High Fidelity is only available for Windows users.
- It will take much longer to complete the import process if you select High Fidelity.
- You should not be actively working with PowerPoint during the High Fidelity import process.
- Do not perform any copy-paste actions until the import is complete.
- Ensure that both PowerPoint and Captivate use the same access privileges (Administrator Mode is recommended).