You can add slide notes and convert them into an audio file using the text-to-speech converter in Adobe Captivate. You can also convert slide notes to closed captioned text. Unlike slide notes, closed captioned text appears on the slide during runtime.
You can also use slide notes to communicate with users who do not have any audio equipment or are hearing impaired. Slide notes are also a good location for adding extra information about a slide, such as numerical details, supporting materials, or footnote text.
Use slide notes as instructions for developers or as reminders for unfinished items. Notes are not displayed when the movie is played.
Slide notes are automatically imported when you import slides from Microsoft PowerPoint.
If you export your project to Microsoft Word to create handouts, you can choose to include slide notes in the document. This feature is useful when you want to add extra information for reviewers when you publish the project as a Microsoft Word document.
Install using the Adobe Captivate installation CD. Rerun the installation CD and do one of the following:
(Windows only)Click Install Text To Speech Voices in the autoplay options.
Run the .exe (Windows) or the .app (Mac) file in the Add-ons/NeoSpeech Text To Speech Voices folder on the installation CD.
Download the installer from one of the following appropriate locations:
You can convert text in the slide notes into an audio file using text-to-speech software from NeoSpeech™. The following voices from NeoSpeech are supported in Adobe Captivate:
Kate: English female voice
Paul: English male voice
Bridget: British English female voice
Julie: US English female voice
Chloe: Canadian French female voice
You can install NeoSpeech using the Adobe Captivate installation CD or download it from the Adobe website. For detailed instructions on how to install NeoSpeech, see Install text to speech converters.
You can also use third-party voices or the voices installed with your operating system. See Using third-party voices for speech text.
When you use NeoSpeech voices, you can modify different aspects of the narration using the native NeoSpeech tags. See www.adobe.com/go/learn_neospeechtags_en to know how you can tweak the speed, pitch, and volume of NeoSpeech voices.
When you convert text to speech, the audio file is inserted into the corresponding slide. Multiple slide notes are merged into a single audio file and appear on the Timeline as a single object. You can also convert slide notes in the panel to closed captions in a single click.
The audio file pauses at locations where you have inserted commas or periods in the slide notes.
When you play the movie:
The slide notes are read aloud to the user.
The closed caption text on the slide is displayed to the user.
Select the check boxes in the closed captions column that correspond to the notes you want to convert to closed captions.
The closed captioning check boxes are dimmed if the slide does not contain audio. If a slide contains video closed captions and then you add audio closed captions, the latter takes precedence.
Ensure that these voices comply with your operating system’s speech APIs.
Install the voices on your computers using the installers provided by the vendors. The new installed voices get listed in the Speech Agent list of the Audio > Speech Management dialog box.
You can add speech text to multiple slides using the Speech Management dialog box. To add variety to the movie, you can choose different speech agents for different slides. For example, you can use a male voice and a female voice for alternate slides.
You can prevent closed captions from appearing when the movie is played. Clear the check boxes in the closed captions column corresponding to the notes in the Slide Notes panel.
To delete slide notes, click next to the arrow that corresponds to the slide notes and then click the ‘-’ icon.
This error may occur when you use Adobe Captivate on Windows Vista.
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