An Observation Made While Publishing a Tutorial in Articulate

Let me share some creepy observation, which I happened to notice, while publishing a tutorial. When you publish something in Articulate, it is almost like your system has some hysteria or fever. I was publishing a module in Articulate. I opened a web page, copied a text, and tried to paste it in a Microsoft Outlook e-mail, while Articulate was publishing a PowerPoint file with more than some sixty slides. What got pasted was an image, (it was actually an object in one of the slides, which I came to notice later).

I scrutinized everything with care. I found that the pasted images are objects or images in the tutorial itself. Discussing this impish thing with my colleague, he suggested that it could be because the file was getting published.

I tried some more experiments. Without copying anything, I just tried the usual short cut CTRL + V. Each time I tried it, I got different images pasted, (obviously, everything was from the tutorial ).


I assume that, this is because, when publishing a PowerPoint object in Articulate, each object is undergoing a copying and pasting activity automatically. So, if you just try CTRL + V, that is like manually pasting the object, which is recently copied and collected to the clipboard by Articulate.

Inviting your suggestions and explanations

You may read about it in detail here

http://instructionaldesigning.blogspot.com/2011/10/imps-in-e-learning-tool-articulate.html

5 Replies
Brian Batt

As Phil noted, Presenter uses the Windows Clipboard during the publish process. It is not recommended you copy and paste while Presenter is publishing. 

http://www.articulate.com/support/presenter09/kb/?p=459

If you need to use the clipboard while publishing a long presentation, you can pause publishing temporarily by hitting the Cancel button on the window where Presenter displays the publishing progress. You'll then see a confirmation window that says: ""Are you sure you want to exit publishing?" Don't click Yes - just leave the window up on your screen while you do whatever you need to do with your clipboard. Then when you're done and want to finish publishing, hit the NO button on the confirmation screen and Presenter will pick up where it left off.

Brian Griffin

This is the first software that does publishing in this incredibly inconvenient way. Probably somewhere on the "Articulate Price" page, you should mention that my whole computer will be unavailable during publishing, so I can add the cost of an extra PC. 

Also, it seems from these forums that everyone has to find out about this the hard way, typically by copying something in an unrelated business email only find it quoted in the published course. Care to mention this in the "Publish" dialogue?

Phil Mayor

Brian Griffin said:

This is the first software that does publishing in this incredibly inconvenient way. Probably somewhere on the "Articulate Price" page, you should mention that my whole computer will be unavailable during publishing, so I can add the cost of an extra PC. 

Also, it seems from these forums that everyone has to find out about this the hard way, typically by copying something in an unrelated business email only find it quoted in the published course. Care to mention this in the "Publish" dialogue?

Most ppt to flash products use the cut and paste buffer to publish, its a bit disingenuous to say your machine is unavailable, as I happily use my machine whilst publishing.  It is also documented in the knowledge base, does it really need to be spelt out prior to purchasing