A couple of weeks ago I blogged 'Curious about variables in Captivate 4&5', pointing to an introductory article on variables.
Was a little bit wondering why no one blamed me yet for not keeping my promise to publish a second part, explaining how to extend this power by using (simple) advanced actions. I always try to keep promises, but had a lot of deadlines to meet.
The promised article is just published. As the previous one it is meant for those users who want to start using variables and advanced actions, not for experienced programmers. You will see how to realize this video, where system variables and user variables are used. The Advanced actions are explained elaborately, you will create four Advanced Standard Actions and one really simple Advanced Conditional Action. You will learn about the need for initializing. In this article the statements for the actions that you will use are:
Show to make an invisible object visible
Hide to make a visible object invisible
Assign to change the content of a variable
Expression to create a formula to be stored in a variable
Apply Effect to apply an effect to an object whenever the Advanced Action is played
Jump to to branch to a slide
You can play with this SWF. There are different ways to show a date, p.e. today will be indicated as:
10/6/2010 in the USA
6/10/2010 in Europe
2010/10/6 according to ISO rules
Make your choice, you can change your mind as often as you want. If you are getting curious about the workflow for this movie, check the link to the article:
Just hope that you will be as captivated as me by the way you can control your movies using those actions!