Engage ’09 gives you lots of room to customize the behavior of your interactions. A big gateway for all that customization is through the interaction properties.

There are two places where you can adjust interaction properties: one is within Engage. And, if you decide to insert your Engage interaction into a Presenter project, you'll also have some additional interaction properties to customize within Presenter.

Here we'll look at how to do both.

Interaction Properties in Engage

  1. Open your interaction in Engage and click Interaction Properties.
  2. Click the Playback tab on the left edge of your window, and you'll see this:
    • You can change the Playback Mode of your interaction by clicking Interactive, Linear, or Presentation. (Learn more about playback modes.)
    • If your interaction is a Circle Diagram or a Pyramid Diagram, you'll also see a Segment Order section on this window. You can use the dropdowns here to change the order in which users move through your interaction. (For Circle Diagrams, the order defaults to starting at the center and moving outwards in a clockwise direction. For Pyramid Diagrams, the default start location is at the top, and navigation is left to right.)
  3. The second tab on the Interaction Properties window is specific to the type of interaction you're working with. Click it to see the options available for your interaction. A window similar to this one will appear:
  4. The Player Features options on the top half of the window are the same for any interaction type. Here's what you can choose:
    • Introduction and Summary: These determine whether your interaction includes an intro or summary. If you opt to include them, you can use the Edit Introduction and Edit Summary buttons on the Engage toolbar to customize them with whatever text, media, and sound you want. If you decide not to include an intro or summary, just uncheck either box on this window. (Learn more about introductions and summaries.)
    • Volume control: If you check this box, a little button with a speaker icon will show up in the corner of your published output. Users can click it to change the volume. If your interaction doesn't include sound, or if you don't want users to have a volume control, just uncheck the box.
    • Allow resume: If this is checked, any user who leaves your presentation and comes back will get a prompt asking if they want to pick up where they left off.
  5. Click the Colors and Effects tab to see this window:
    • Color Scheme: This controls the colors of your interaction's background, buttons, and other elements. You can use the dropdown to switch to a different color scheme. (Learn more about color schemes.)
    • Animation Style: This dropdown lets you change how your interaction screens "build" when users transition from one part of your interaction to another.
    • Media Borders: If your interaction includes video or images, you can use this to choose how their edges appear.
    • Sound Effects: Mark the box if you want users to hear sound effects when they mouse over or click on elements in your interaction.
    • Player Fonts: Use these dropdowns to choose a different title font or content font:
  6. Click the Quality tab to see this window:
    • Optimize for Web delivery: Choose this if you plan to deploy your interaction over the Web (that is, on the internet or an intranet).
    • Optimize for CD-ROM delivery: Choose this if you're going to deploy your interaction on CD or some other local source (such as a shared drive).
    • Custom (Advanced): Choose this if you're in the know about the effects of manipulating compression settings, and then adjust the JPG compression and audio bitrate as you please.
  7. When you're done exploring or adjusting your interaction's properties, click OK.

Additional Interaction Properties You Can Adjust in Presenter

If you've inserted your interaction on a slide within a presentation you plan to publish from Presenter, you'll have some additional properties to consider—and they're accessed via Presenter, not Engage. Note: If you inserted the interaction as a tab on your player instead of on a slide, there won't be any additional interaction properties for you to configure.

You can set these properties at the time you publish your your interaction to your presentation and you can adjust them anytime afterward. (For help with how to add your interaction to your presentation, see either of the links at the end of this tutorial.)

Here's how to see and change the properties on an inserted interaction:

  1. Open your presentation in PowerPoint.
  2. Go to the placeholder slide where your Engage interaction appears and click the Properties area at the bottom.
  3. The interaction properties are in the bottom half of the window:
    • Allow user to leave interaction: This determines whether users can move to a different slide in your presentation without viewing everything in your interaction.
    • Show 'Next Slide' button: This enables a button at the top of your interaction that allows users to jump out of the interaction and on to the next slide in your presentation. Use the dropdown to tell Presenter if and when you want the button to appear.
    • Button Label: Here you can enter whatever custom text you like for the 'Next Slide' button.
  4. When you're done viewing or adjusting the interaction properties, click Close.

You Might Also Want to Explore:

Managing Interaction Properties
Adding an Engage Interaction to Your Course
Publishing an Interaction to a Course You've Built in Presenter