If you're a PowerPoint user, you've long appreciated the ability to draw just about any kind of shape you need on your slides using AutoShapes. In Captivate 6, you now have nearly the same ability via the Smart Shapes feature. You'll find plenty of shapes from which to choose, including Callouts, Banners and other wacky shapes.
To insert a Smart Shape, choose Insert > Standard Objects > Smart Shape. From the Smart Shape window, you'll find that the shapes are segregated into groups. In the image below, I've selected Cloud Callout from the Basic group.
In the image below, I've drawn the callout to the left of one of my slide images. Notice, however, that the cloud is pointing in the wrong direction.
Similar to PowerPoint's AutoShapes, all I needed to do was drag the yellow handle on the bottom of the callout left to change the direction of the callout.
And I love the fact that you can add text to a Smart Shape just like you can with a Text Caption. Since you can also assign an Object Style to Smart Shapes, I see Smart Shapes as a possible replacement for Text Captions in some of my new projects.
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