Instead of adding question slides in Adobe Captivate manually, you can choose to directly import question banks from GIFT files. Creating GIFT format files and importing questions from them is useful if you have to add large number of questions in your courses.

GIFT stands for General Import Format Technology using which you can create questions using plain text. These files can be saved as text files and can be imported into Adobe Captivate or Moodle.

A GIFT file saved as a text file
A GIFT file saved as a text file

If you are using Moodle as your LMS, it is most likely that you already have questions in GIFT format. You can export the questions from Moodle and import them into your Adobe Captivate courses. Or, you can directly import the files stored locally on your computer.

If you do not have the questions in GIFT format, you can quickly format your questions in the GIFT format. Then, save the files as simple .txt files, and then import them into Adobe Captivate. Here’s the generic syntax the GIFT format:


::Question title with double colons:: Question goes here {Answers go here}

This article helps you get started with GIFT formatting of your questions. For more information on GIFT format, see this article.

Supported question types

Question type Supported?
Short Answer
Numerical questions

Import questions

  1. Click Quiz > Import GIFT Format File.


  2. Select the text file that contains the questions in the GIFT format and click Open.


    The questions in the file are parsed and imported into Adobe Captivate. If the file contains questions and answers that are not supported in Adobe Captivate, an error message appears with the details.

After the questions are imported, you can specify the properties just like you do for any other Adobe Captivate question slide. For more information on quiz properties, see Quiz properties.


You can also import questions in GIFT format into question pools. See Create question pools.


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