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Articulate Color Swapping Idea (suggestions pls)

Submitted by Kingsley on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 09:56

Sometimes I get ideas but dont really have a good use for them...
I would love to hear your suggestions on what this might be useful for (or if it is).
Play around with demo here:
There are only three slides... try going to slide 2 then go to any other slide and come back to 2.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 10:07


Maybe it could be used as feedback for questions/interactions.
Get it wrong and see red!

Submitted by Andy (not verified) on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 10:19


Yeah I think it's useful, even without the toggle...
(1) At a basic level, being able to change the template/controller color within a course can help visually differentiate sections of a course, or different "subcourses" wrapped up in the same Articulate package, or types of activities (ex. "Oh, I'm in a new section of the course now" or "Oh, I'm in a quiz now"). Changing slide colors/design can help accomplish this too, but this effect of changing the whole controller template color is much more impactful.
(2) This could be used as a visual indicator of "how you're doing", such as in a scenario...ex. if you get on a "bad" path it could become red, or darker, etc...or indicating time of day as you go through a scenario would be neat too!
(3) At a very superficial level, maybe you could let the user choose/change their template color.

Cheers =)

Submitted by James (pharmakon) (not verified) on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 10:43


I was thinking this could work iconically, kinda like those icons in the dummy books, which I've never read >.>

For example, if you reach a "stop and think" point of a presentation/lecture (I work in the academic world, so this is common), the skin could change from its default to red to really emphasize the 'stop' part. Or perhaps have a yellow skin before a quiz or other type of interaction.

I like #2 from above, especially if you combine it with branching scenarios!

Submitted by Brian (not verified) on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 10:58


Hi James,

I'm not sure what you're doing to accomplish this. I assume that it's a change to the XML file. However, I see a lot of requests in the Articulate forum regarding the ability to change from a "free" navigation to a "restricted" navigation depending on the slide. My initial thought would be that you would need to change which player template is being loaded for which slide. I think that loading a different player template depending upon the slide would be a powerful feature.

Anywho, thanks for posting this & good luck!

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