Click boxes



Click boxes are areas on the slide where the user must click before the next action can take place. You can use click boxes to demonstrate an application's functionality, for example, by placing them on menus or buttons where the user must click. You can determine what happens after the user performs a successful click. For example, the project can advance to the next slide, open a URL, or send an e-mail message.

You can insert the following types of click boxes in Adobe Captivate:
  • Right-click box 

  • Left-click box 

  • Double-click box 

Unless specified as a double-click or right-click box in the Properties dialog box, click boxes act as left-click boxes. You can recognize the different kinds of click boxes by their associated icons.

Right-click boxes are not supported in the following cases and act as left-click boxes after you publish the Adobe Captivate project.
  • Publishing a project for Flash Player versions earlier than 8.0.

  • Publishing a project using ActionScript 3.0.

  • Publishing a project with 508 compliance enabled.

  • Publishing a project to a PDF file.

  • In Adobe Captivate projects published as EXE files, right-click works only if the project is published as AS2.

After you have added a click box to your project, you can view and edit its properties using the Advanced Interaction dialog box. Select Project > Advanced Interaction. This dialog box displays the properties of all interactive objects in your project.

Properties of click boxes

The Properties dialog box for click boxes has the following tabs:

  • Click Box

  • Options

  • Audio

  • Size And Position

  • Reporting

Click Box tab

This tab lets you determine how the project responds to user interaction. The options are divided into two basic categories: what happens when the user clicks inside the click box and what happens when the user clicks outside the click box.

The following options are in the If The User Clicks Inside The Click Box area:

On Success
Specifies the event that occurs when a user clicks inside the box. For more information, see Defining project navigation.

Disable Click Sound
Disables the click sound that is played when users click inside the click box area.

The following options are available in the If The User Clicks Outside The Click Box area:

Allow User [#] Attempts
Specifies the number of times the user can attempt the question before the specified action takes place. The Infinite Attempts option is selected by default. To enter a specific number of attempts, first clear the Infinite Attempts option.

Infinite Attempts
Allows users an unlimited number of attempts.

After Last Attempt
Specifies the event that should take place after the last attempt. For more information, see Defining project navigation.
  • If you select Open URL Or File or Open Other Project, click the pop-up menu to select the window in which the URL, file, or project appears. Select from Current, New, Parent, and Top. (If you choose New, Parent, or Top, you also have the option to continue playing the original project when the URL, file, or project opens.)

  • If you select Send E-mail To, you have the option to continue playing the project while the e-mail message is prepared and sent.

  • If you select the Open URL Or File option and specify a URL, the URL is visible when you edit the slide in Adobe Captivate. However, it is not visible to the user. To show the URL, create a simple image with the URL text on the image. Then add the image to your slide, and place a click box over the image.

Select Keys
You can specify a keyboard shortcut for the mouse-click. Users can use the keyboard shortcut instead of the mouse. For example, suppose you select Control+Shift+Enter as the keyboard shortcut for the mouse-click. The click is treated as correct (a click within the box) when users press this combination. If they press the wrong combination, it is treated as a click outside the box.
Note: If your Adobe Captivate project is displayed in a browser, set keyboard shortcuts that do not conflict with common browser shortcuts. For example, F1 is frequently used as a keyboard shortcut to display Help. The Control, Alt, and Shift keys map to the Control, Option, and Shift keys on Macintosh® computers, respectively.

Options tab

Click the Options tab. This tab lets you design how the click box looks. Select from the following options:

Item Name
Enter a unique name for the object. You can use this name when defining the visibility conditions for the object.
Visible
Deselect this option if you want the object to be invisible on the slide. The object can be made visible using the Show option. For more information, see Controlling the visibility of objects.

Display For [Time]
Specifies the time for which the click box appears on the slide.

Appear After [#] Seconds
The time after which the click-box appears on the slide after the slide starts playing.

Success Caption
The caption displayed when the user clicks inside the click box.

Failure Caption
The caption displayed when the user clicks outside the click box.

Hint Caption
The caption providing a hint to the user. The hint is displayed when the user moves the mouse over the click box.

Show Hand Cursor Over Hit Area
Changes the pointer to a pointing hand when the user moves the pointer over the click box.

Stop Slide Audio When Clicked
Audio stops playing when the user clicks the click box. This option stops only the slide audio, not the background audio. Also, only a mouse click stops the audio; using a keyboard shortcut does not stop the audio.

Pause Project Until User Clicks
Project starts playing only after the user clicks the click box.

Double Mouse Click
Users must double-click the click box.

Right Mouse Click
Users must right-click on the click box.

Pause For Success/Failure Captions
Pauses the project until all success and failure captions are displayed.

Audio tab

Record New Audio 
Opens the Record Audio dialog box. (Recording audio requires some basic equipment.)

Stop Audio 
Stops playing the audio file.

Play Audio 
Plays the audio file.

Import
Displays the Import Audio dialog box. This dialog box lets you browse to an audio file and import it.

Library
Opens the Library. The Library lists all audio files that are already part of the currently open Adobe Captivate project.

Edit
Displays the Edit Audio dialog box. This dialog box lets you insert silent periods and adjust the volume.

Delete
Removes the audio file associated with the click box.

Fade In [#] Seconds
Specifies the time for the audio to fade in to full volume.

Fade Out [#] Seconds
Specifies the time for the audio to fade out to silence.

Settings
Opens the Audio Settings dialog box. You can change audio settings such as input source, quality level, and calibration. Click the Settings button to make your selections.

Stop Slide Audio When Clicked
Stops playing the audio file associated with the slide when you click inside the click box area. This option stops only the slide audio, not the background audio. Also, using a keyboard shortcut does not stop the audio.

Stop Slide Audio When Paused
Stops playing the audio file associated with the slide when the project is paused. For example, if you have used the Options tab to enable the Pause Project Until User Clicks option, the slide audio stops until the user clicks inside the click-box area.

Reporting tab

You can assign a score to every correct mouse-click and coordinate the score with a learning management system.

Include In Quiz
Considers the click box as a question in the current quiz. The points assigned to this click box are added to the score results of the current quiz.

Report Answers
Sends the quiz score to the learning management system (LMS).

Objective ID
This parameter is an optional. If the click box question is related to an objective set in your learning management system, enter the objective here.

Interaction ID
Sends tracking information to your learning management system. Use the interaction ID specified by your learning management system.

Points
The score that you want to assign to the question. The maximum is 100 points, the minimum is 0. The points assigned to this click box are added to the score results of the current quiz.

Add To Total
Includes the points for the correct click in the total score.

Size And Position tab

You can specify the exact size or location of the click box in terms of pixels in the Size And Position tab.

Left
Position of the left border of the object.

Top
Position of the top of the object.

Width
Width of the object.

Height
Height of the object.

Constrain Proportions
Maintains the height-to-width ratio of the click box when you resize it.

Add a click box

  1. In an open project, select the slide to which you want to add a click box.

  2. Select Insert > Standard Objects > Click Box.

  3. Specify the settings for the click box using the options in the dialog box.

  4. Use the Settings menu to select how to apply property changes in the project. To apply all your changes, select Apply Only Changed Properties. To apply all the click box settings, select Apply All Properties. You can apply the click box settings to the current slide only or to all slides.

    Note: If you change the settings in this dialog box, they become the default settings and new click boxes that you create use the new settings.
  5. Select Apply To All to apply settings specified in the Settings menu to all slides.

  6. Click OK.

    The click box appears on the slide.

  7. Size and drag the click box as desired.

  8. If you selected the Success, Failure, or Hint caption options, double-click the text boxes to edit the text.