Captivate: Recommended Settings for Captivate

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This article provides recommended settings for delivering Captivate content on the Skilljar platform. This is specifically targeted for Captivate 8 responsive projects.

Size settings

Let's review the optimal breakpoint and slide size for the Primary (laptop/desktop) layout, and how to update these settings.

Don't know what the Primary layout is? Check out this article from Adobe.
Why does this article focus on the Primary layout? You can leave the defaults for Table and Mobile layouts, as scrolling is enabled when using the Captivate Gestures feature.

  • Recommended max height: 422 px
  • Recommended max width: 1206 px

When complete, Captivate content will display to the student as in the image below. Our recommended size settings are designed to make sure the content fits within the content area so that no content is truncated. The content area will vary slightly by make/model; our recommendation is based on the content area size for the most common screen resolution (1366 x 768 px) when viewed in a browser at full screen.

  • The smallest possible height of the lesson content area is 467 px.
  • The playbar takes up 45 px, which leaves 422 px.

Updating the breakpoint

  • Changing the breakpoint allows you to see how your content will fit within the content area.
  • To update this, first select View Device Height. Then slide the yellow bar at the bottom of the module until the Device Height states 422 px.

  • The default width of 1024 px fits within the content area without modification.

Updating the slide size

In addition to changing the breakpoint, you'll want to update the slide size of the Primary layout to a max height of 422 px.

  • The slide size defines how large your slide is.
  • To update this, go to Properties.
  • Select Unlink from Device Height.
  • Type 422 into the Slide Height field.
  • Select Link to Device Height.

  • The default width of 1024 px fits within the content area without modification.

Design suggestions

We've provided a few suggestions for designing the Primary layout.

  • Remove title headings. If they don't provide much value, this can free up a little more space for content.

  • Use side-by-side layouts rather than top/bottom layouts.


Publishing Settings

You'll want to publish to the SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004 format.

  1. Select Publish.
  2. Choose Publish for Devices.
  3. A Publish for Devices box will pop up with publishing settings.
  4. Confirm that eLearning output states SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004.
  5. If it states "Disabled", select on "Disabled" to see more options.

  6. Be sure to select and enable the “Scalable HTML content” prior to zipping files. This will allow HTML5 browsers to scale the content within the browser window at full size. This is required in lieu of proper Captivate scaling as Flash player will be deprecated after Dec 31, 2020.


  7. Next to Quiz, select Enable reporting for this project. 

  8. Confirm LMS field states "other standard LMSs"
  9. Confirm Standard is "SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004"
  10. Select Ok.
  11. See that eLearning output now states SCORM 1.2, and select Publish. The end result will be a zipped file (with a file extension of .zip).


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