It's the beginning of a new week. Look at you... all rested from a glorious weekend. Now it's time to start Captivate, open that pesky project and continue along your merry way to eLearning glory.
Before moving forward with your Captivate development today, I suggest you back up... or should I say "backup."
As simple as the concept of backing up your work might be, I am constantly surprised when I hear from even veteran Captivate developers that a project has become corrupt (the project, which was fine yesterday, won't open today). The fix? If the project won't open, there's a good chance that the only thing anyone can do is copy a backup project to the local disk and then open the backup. Oh, you don't have a backup? Ouch!
Save yourself a lot of aggravation by copying your project files from your local disk to a backup drive on your network (even a Flash drive is okay). On my computer, I have a folder called Captivate Projects. I drag the entire folder to my off-site network drive before I leave my computer for any length of time. Why offsite? What happens if, God forbid, your office is broken into and your fancy laptop ends up in the wrong hands? What happens if there's a fire? A flood? If your backup was on the same computer that was just stolen, or your network drive is in the same location as the fire, you're asking for trouble.
What's that you say, you can't remember to backup your stuff. I feel your pain... it's not fun to backup your stuff and it takes time. In addition to manually backing up my project folder each day, I purchased a program that automatically backs up my stuff to an off-site drive once a week. The program I use is called PC Backup Pro. At $50 it's inexpensive and well worth a look (if you are looking for a side-by-side review and comparisons of the top 10 backup programs, this site might prove interesting--PC Backup Pro made that list).
BAK, BAK, BAK!
Another way to protect yourself from corrupt files is to allow Captivate to creates a backup file of your project when you save it.
Choose Edit > Preferences. In the Preferences dialog box, select General Settings from the Global menu. Select Generate Project Backup. (Note: The option is enabled by default.)
From now on, when you re-save your Captivate project the changes will be saved to a backup file with a .bak extension.
If your Captivate project file becomes corrupt, and you forgot to backup the project to a network drive, you can use the backup file to recover your project. All you will need to do is rename the backup file using a .cp extension and then open it with Captivate.
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