PowerPoint, Meters, and States – Oh My!

PowerPoint sometimes gets a bad rap but I truly believe in the ‘power’ that PowerPoint has available.

In this post, I wanted to share with you one of the ways I use PowerPoint to supplement what I want to accomplish in Adobe Captivate.


I love using meters in my activities. Whether that is a progress meter or some sort of indication of success, meters can be a great way to inform the learner of how they are doing. There are tons of possibilities with your creative touch – nothing is off the table at this point.

I use PowerPoint regularly as my graphics editor and making meters is a task I do often. I find it to be very simple to create and manipulate the shapes to get the outcome I need. In this example, I will make a simple meter that tracks time in 5 minute increments. These increment images become image states in Captivate which display based on your variable values and logic. This post will address the methodology of creating the images rather than working out the logic.

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