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Creating an Articulate Popup

Submitted by Kingsley on Wed, 01/26/2011 - 14:47

I was recently asked by a client to create a set of buttons that would popup extra info about a slide.
There were four main challenges to this.

  1. Each slide would have unique info. Or maybe none at all.
  2. The buttons should disable if there was no extra info for that slide.
  3. The info contained HTML (links).
  4. The popup needed to cover the slide content.

Here is a screenr of the end product.

New Beginnings!

Submitted by Kingsley on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 16:00

I am pleased to announce that starting January 10th I will be focusing all my efforts on eLearning Enhanced!

I am very passionate about creating effective, engaging, and efficient eLearning. Often this means adding just one truly unique interaction that allows the student to grasp the information in a new way. I understand not everyone has the resources to create that one thing… That is where eLearning Enhanced comes in.

#Articulate Muter and Unlocker

Submitted by Kingsley on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 01:50

This widget lets your students mute the narration of your course while also unlocking the slide so that they may advance.

This will come in handy when you have a lot of narration but the student reads it faster. 

Watch the screenr to learn more.

Play with a demo here.

Buy it for 10 bucks http://elearningenhanced.com/products/muter-and-unlocker

Links to instructions on inserting the files:

Cut-n-Paste as PNG (Add-in for PowerPoint)

Submitted by Kingsley on Mon, 08/23/2010 - 10:27

There are a lot of good reasons to convert your PowerPoint graphics into PNGs... Especially if you are using Articulate.
It can reduce file size and simplify a cluttered slide. You can also do cool stuff like set transparent areas; Tom Kuhlmann has a great screenr on that http://screenr.com/YTC
I despise repetition in my daily life and often create snippets of code to automate stuff I find myself doing over and over. In this case I created a PowerPoint add-in that puts a button on the Ribbon that quickly does the cut-paste for me.

Short ActionScript snippet to count down time

Submitted by Kingsley on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 13:04

Not much to see here...
A friend asked for a snippet of code to count down mins:secs

var interval:Number
var seconds = 90; // one min and 30 secs

function countDown() {
seconds--
mins = Math.floor( seconds / 60 ) //calc mins left
//calc secs left and stick a 0 in if less then 10 (prettier)
secs = seconds % 60 if (seconds == 0) {//stop timer if done
clearInterval(interval)
}
trace( mins + ":" + secs ); //do something with output
}
//call our function every second
interval = setInterval(countDown,1000)

#Articulate Guru Awards Entry

Submitted by Kingsley on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 09:44

This course was created for Dominion Virginia Power (my day job). Read about how/why it was created below or jump to the bottom and click the screenshot to view the course.

How/Why

Our team was tasked to develop online training for our company’s Safety Policy. We decided that since content is static and has a large audience it was a great opportunity for us to create something unique. 

Purpose:

Playing with Articulate Engage Links

Submitted by Kingsley on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 12:42

I got a question about opening links in the same window from Engage.
It is not very easy to it from within Engage itself. But if you are willing to edit the XML after you publish your file it is not too hard to accomplish. And it opens up other possibilities as well.

Here is the code I used in the examples:
(note I converted " to " )
javascript:alert( " test " )
javascript:window.open("http://eLearningEnhanced.com","mywindow" ,"status=0,location=0,resizable=1,width=550,height=450");

#Articulate Printable User Slide Notes

Submitted by Kingsley on Thu, 08/05/2010 - 13:37

This widget allows your user to create and save their own notes on each slide which they can print later.

It remembers the notes between sessions as well so that the user can leave the course and come back later.

You can rename the Tab to what ever you want in the art_plugins.xml

Another use might be to have students describe something on the slides then copy and paste it into an email.

Grab the files from eLearningEnhanced.com