Editing Images from the Captivate Library Using Gimp

I’m a big fan of Pixlr.com it’s a great free alternative to Photoshop which requires a licenses. However, when I’m working with images that already existing in a Captivate course, my preferred weapon of choice is the free editor GIMP.

Using Gimp makes editing images in from a Captivate library really simple.  Some might find the image in the library, export the image then import it back into Captivate. The problem with this method is that you then need to make sure that when replace the image that you don’t lose any syncing, animations or placement in the timeline that was already


Let me walk you through the steps of editing an image from a Captivate library using Gimp.

Step1 –  Download and install Gimp

Step 2 – Open your Captivate file

Step 3 – Right-click on the image you would like to edit then, click <Find in Library>

Step 4 – The image will appear highlighted in the library on the right-hand side. Now right-click on the image then, click <Edit with…>


Step 5 – A windows displays. Look for the location where you installed Gimp and click on the Application file to associated as the editor that you will use.


Step 6 – Gimp launches and opens the image to be edited.  Gimp tools are similar to the tools used in Photoshop and Pixlr.com. You can hover over a tool to view its name and view additional tools in in a specific tool family.

Step 7 – Once your edit is done, all you need to do is click File > Export Filename (where file name is the name of the image file you have open by default).


That’s it, the file you just edited with be save to your Captivate library overwriting the older unedited file.  Any animations, timeline placement will remain the same.

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