Written by Anita Horsley, M.Ed. CEO Calex Learning Consultants, LLC

What the heck is a Fluidic Player?

You might not be the only one that doesn’t know what a fluidic player is, but if you haven’t experienced one before, when you experience it, you won’t forget it!
In Captivate Prime, the fluidic player is how you view all your online content. It is a cohesive playback experience, regardless of the type of content being played. Supported formats are played consistently in this player such as: .mp4, .ppts, docx, .pdf, Adobe Captivate or Adobe Presenter projects, HTLM5, SCORM or AICC packages, and xAPI-compliant content. Captivate Prime supports HLTM5 so your mobile learning projects are good to go.


My favorite top five things I like about the Fluidic player in Adobe Captivate Prime are:
1. Table of Contents

2. Bookmarking

3. The playbar

4. Progress

5. Notes

Check out this video

Let’s take a look at the entire view of the Fluidic Player and then I’ll dive into each of my favorite things

As you can see, in the image below the content is on the right. But it doesn’t have to be. The Table of Contents on the left can be expanded or contracted.  The playbar at the bottom can be visible or not depending on the mouse. But generally, this is how the Prime player will look for all your content uploaded in Prime.


The below image has multiple independent lessons that are uploaded in Prime but combined to make a curriculum; thus there are two differences, 1. The Table of Contents on the left, tells you where you are in the entire curriculum 2. And the next button on the player takes you to the next lesson.  The blue progress bar at the bottom tells you where you are in the current lesson you are viewing but not the entire curriculum.


The playbar has the same icons regardless of the content, but the forward and back button may or may not be active depending on how the content is combined in Prime. For instance, the image of the module above has multiple lessons uploaded in Prime as a curriculum, so the Next button will take you to the next course in the curriculum. But the image below is a single course.


uploaded to Prime so the next button is not active because there is not another lesson to go to. As you can see on the image, you have the ability to toggle (hide/show) the TOC, the Notes panel, and Closed Captions. The blue progress bar shows you where you are in current lesson, in ddition to seeing the actual overall time. The progress bar can be used to navigate forward in that lesson unless you lock down the navigation in your Captivate source file before publishing.


The Table of Contents is clean and organized. Thanks to the Fluidic Player, learners can bookmark any section of the course and return to it later

Additionally, the learner can add explanatory notes at any point in their content, that can then be referenced either during the course (showing a yellow dot on the playbar) or revised and/or downloaded after the course. This assists in learner retention and interaction.


The Fluidic Player gives learners a simple, dependable, interactive, and contemporary navigation platform to consume content.