Fonts and annotations off center when I publish my file

Jan 12, 2012

My fonts and annotations appear fine and work fine in my PPT. However, when I go to Preview mode, the fonts, if they're centered, go off to the right a bit, and they extend beyond bordered areas when they don't appear to in the PPT file. The annotations appear when they should in Preview mode, but in Preview or Publish mode, they show up to the left and down of where they should be. I checked decimal in the Language option, and this is not the problem.

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Peter Anderson

Welcome to Heroes, Lisa!

You may find that text in PowerPoint shifts position ever so slightly when published with Articulate Presenter.  This is because vector information (such as that which comes from PowerPoint) cannot be translated exactly when converted to raster format during the Flash publishing process.

In most cases, the shift is not noticeable or is inconsequential.  However, if you need to maintain exact positioning in the published presentation, you may want to consider one of the following workarounds:


Justify the text (rather than using Left, Center, or Right alignment).  Justified text maintains positional data better during conversion than does Left, Center, or Right aligned text.

Note:  If your justified text includes underlined characters, you may find that the underline gets broken between words when published.  This is because text justification is designed to stretch characters to fill the width of a text box, but underlined characters do not get stretched to fill the extra spacing.  If this occurs, replace the extra spaces with underscore characters and republish.  (In PowerPoint, the underscores may appear thicker than the underlined characters, but they will publish correctly in Presenter.)


Export the text as a PNG image (right-click the text box, and select "Save as Picture").  Then delete the text box, and import the saved image in its place.

Please let us know if that does the trick. Thanks!

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