Articulate Presenter 13 - No Slide Numbers = Big Problem
I would like to better understand the seemingly arbitrary decision to change slide numbering formats in Studio 13. You have driven a barrier between quality control and external review through this simple change.
There is no longer any connection between the original working document and the output. Within Presenter, There is no way to indicate %currentSlide% of %totalSlides% so that reviewers, students and the community might easily inform developers.
- Reviewer: There is a problem on slide #x, #y, #z
- Developer: Opens PPT, scrolls to slides #x, #y, #5 and fixes problems.
- Reviewer: There is a problem on slides 1.2.3, 3.2.1 and 4.3.2
- Developer: Opens/references published output, navigates slide 3.2.1. Takes note of slide design and title. Note: Neither the reviewer nor developer cannot copy and paste the slide title.
- Developer: Opens PPT, searches for slide with a matching design and title. Fixes problem.
- Repeats steps 2 and 3 for every change.
1) Remove slide numbering from the template
2) Manually add slide numbers in the properties pane
Inserting slide numbers in PPT presupposes designs that accommodate it, zero full-slide images, and it creates a great deal of new work for people who have chosen to “upgrade” from Articulate 09, only to find that all of their presentations now require significant template modifications. It also eats up valuable slide real-estate, it adds an additional on-screen variable, and of course these numbers aren’t searchable or indexed unless included in the slide notes.
Why isn’t there an indicator on the output that shows which slide viewers are on? I know this is a feature request, but I want it visible so that others can reflect on how this might change their workflow.
We have taken a step away from a once simple process for what feels like arbitrary reasons. In my (biased) opinion, it’s more difficult to find slides within a presentation – it feels less like a book and more like some frustrating legal document that happens to look nice but is frustrating to navigate.