Captivate comes with several widgets that you can use freely. Some of those widgets are really easy to use and to configure, but I have to confess that sometimes I had to curse quite a while before discovering some functionalities of the Widget Properties dialog box. Because there is no explanation available at all. This small article is meant to offer you some tips and warnings. Some of those tips have already appeared in other postings, where I used widgets.
Multiple widgets on one slide
Master slides and widgets
Widgets with associated user variables
- You have to create those user variables separately, using the Project, Variables dialog box; and like all variables they are case sensitive
- If you have to enter more than one variable in the Properties (ListBox, ComboBox, DropDown,..) they have to be separated by commas but you do not enter a space before/after the comma or only the first variable will be accepted
- If you have to enter more than one value, same rule: no spaces after or before the comma separator
To me this is a misleading name because I expect such an area to be read-only which is not the case: for some widgets you have to edit in this preview area! Some examples, just to push you at exploring that Preview area in case you want to change something that is not available elsewhere in the Properties Dialog box:
ArrowWidget: you can use the preview area to resize the arrow and to move the text
StaticButton: use the Preview area to resize the button, and to make place for more letters in the Text. Be careful with the text resizing: if you resize using the corner handles or the handles on the horizontal borders you'll resize the font as well, just use the handles on the vertical borders.
If you want to use a customized image, it will by default be placed to the right side of the button.