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In a previous post I introduced readers to the Adobe Captivate template I personally use when creating e-learning projects for my own clients. Hundreds of people downloaded the FREE versions of that template that I made available at that time. (That template is not currently available because it needs some serious updating.)

However, I’ve stumbled over some troubling issues that make using template files in Captivate very problematic.  In fact I would go so far as to say that if you intend to use custom variables and Advanced Actions in your e-learning projects my strong recommendation is that you DO NOT use CPTL template files to create new CPTX files.

If you do, you’re going to discover that Captivate proceeds to duplicate (sometimes multiple times) your variables and advanced actions, creating a huge mess.  Worst of all you have no way to remove the duplicates because the project file thinks they are still somehow linked to the original template.

Watch the YouTube video below, which will explain the issue in more detail.