When inserting buttons onto a Captivate slide, you can elect to use a Text button (you'll end up with a gray button and you can control the text that appears on the button's face) or an Image button (you can select from several images containing canned text).
The process of inserting a button is simple. Choose Insert > Button, select your button type, select the button action and click OK. Done.
However, since Captivate does not currently offer a "button editor" where you can create buttons on the fly, you might think it's beyond you to create your own buttons. Maybe you think you need to know PhotoShop to create a custom button. Or maybe you think custom buttons are too expensive? Read on...
There are many sites you can find on the Web that allow you to create custom buttons. The site that I use (because it's inexpensive and easy to use) is ButtonGenerator.com. Many of the buttons you create at ButtonGenerator.com are actually free (and you can't beat that).
Using ButtonGenerator.com, I created the following three buttons in about 30 seconds:
I gave the three buttons the following names:
I saved all three buttons as bitmaps (ButtonGenerator lets you save as PNG or BMP... I had better luck with BMPs) to the following location: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Captivate 3\Gallery\Buttons. (Note: The buttons you add to the Buttons folder will not be available for use within Captivate until you exit and restart Captivate.)
After creating the buttons, start Captivate and open a slide. Choose Insert > Button and select Image button as the button Type.
Select your custom button from the button image drop-down menu.
Finally, preview the project to see and test your new button.
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