Combining multiple SWF files with aggregator

You can combine multiple projects published as SWF files using the Aggregator. You can publish the combined files in the Aggregator as SWF output, EXE file, PDF or HTML. The Aggregator creates a table of contents (TOC) using the names of the separate modules (SWF files). TOCs of individual modules are displayed under their module name.

The Aggregator currently supports SWF files that are published using Adobe Captivate and that use the same ActionScript version.

When creating a project with multiple modules that require a consistent appearance and approach, instructional designers can create a design template for use across modules. Individual content creators can use this template when creating their modules.

To ensure uniformity of TOC settings across a movie, you can set a SWF file as the master movie. The TOC settings of the master movie are applied to all the other movies in the Aggregator. Any changes made to the TOC settings by individual content creators can be undone using a master movie.

Create an aggregator file

  1. Select File > New > Aggregator Project.

  2. In the Aggregator dialog box, click New.

  3. In the Create New Project dialog box, select the ActionScript version that was chosen when the movies were published. Ensure that the movies were created using the same ActionScript version.

  4. Click OK.

  5. In the Aggregator dialog box, click Add Module .

  6. In the Open dialog box, select the SWF file that you want to add to the Aggregator.

  7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to add more SWF files to the Aggregator.

  8. To set a SWF file as the master movie, select Set As Master Movie. The TOC settings of the SWF file are applied to the other files in the Aggregator. The project information of the master movie is applied to the Aggregator file.

  9. Optionally, do the following:
    • If you do not want to display the name of the SWF file in the movie, deselect Include SWF Title.

    • To change the position of a SWF file in the menu, select the name of the file. Use the Up and Down Arrow keys to relocate the movie to the desired location in the menu.

    • To delete a movie from the list, select the movie, and click Remove .

    • To override the project information set in the TOC of the master movie, click Info. In the TOC Info dialog box, select Override TOC Info, and change the settings. The TOC information is displayed above the TOC menu of the Aggregator in the published file. For more information, see Display project information in the TOC panel.

  10. Click Save, and save the file as a.aggr file.

Publish the aggregator file

After you have created and saved the aggregator file, you can publish it as a SWF file or as an EXE file.
  1. Select File > New > Aggregator Project.

  2. Do one of the following:
    • Create an aggregator file.

    • Open an existing aggregator file.

  3. Click Publish.

  4. In the Publish dialog box, do the following:

    1. In the File Type section, select Flash (SWF), or Standalone (EXE), to publish the aggregator file as a SWF file or an EXE file.

    2. In the Project Title field, specify a unique name for the published file.

    3. In the Folder field, enter the path to which the files are published. Alternatively, click Browse to specify the path. Select Publish Files To A Folder if you want Adobe Captivate to create a default folder into which the files are published.

  5. Select Zip Files if you want to publish the files as a single ZIP file. This option is especially useful when you want to create a single ZIP file that can be uploaded to a learning management system (LMS) directly.

  6. Select Export HTML if you want to insert the SWF into an HTML file and publish it.

  7. Select Export PDF if you want to insert the SWF file into a PDF file and publish it.