Hyperlinking buttons on master slides not working...

Working on a course with locked slides, so all navigation will be done by clicking home-made buttons on the screen. On master slides, I put buttons programmed to "go to next slide" and "go to previous slide." These buttons work just fine when the slide show is played in PPT. However, when I publish the course, it's as if they're just another graphic...

So, can Presenter recognize buttons on the master slides? Or do I have to put next and previous buttons on each slide?

Thanks for any help/advice...

5 Replies
Judy Nollet

Thanks for responding, Blair, and especially for the link to the previous thread. FYI: I was testing a published version, not just a preview. My no-fill/no-line shapes that were hyperlinked to specific slides did work (though after reading that thread, I'll likely change them to 99%-transparency fills). And the triangle shapes hyperlinked to Next Slide or Previous Slide also worked -- when they were on the slide level. They just didn't work when they were on the master-slide level. And, no, there was no other object on top of them.

Interesting that a link in the thread goes to Articulate's list of supported hyperlinks -- which says that Previous Slide is NOT supported in Studio '09. Really!?! I find it very frustrating that something that basic isn't supported in a product that costs so much. I'm glad it has been working for me on the slide level, but it's scary to think the program isn't designed for that.

BTW, I also found out the hard way that interactions won't update after doing a Save As, and Articulate told me that for version control, I should create a package of the course, and then rename the .pptx and .ppta files. Again, it seems they didn't care about programming to cover standard procedures. . .

Justin Wilcox

Hi Judy.

The hyperlink support KB article was a typo on our part which I just corrected. Previous slide does work. Regarding multiple versions, that's not the actual process we outline here. You can actually do Save as and a new PPTA file will be created but that is a really messy way of handling versions because you wind up with a folder with a ton of assets which may have no relevancy on your current project. When you create a Presenter package file you can simply extract the contents of that zip file to a new location on your computer.

Regarding your hyperlinks not working, I would suggest sending us your project files so we can help you out.

Judy Nollet

Hi, Justin:

Thanks for the offer to look at the files. However, I've already revised the PPT and got it to work. I deleted the hyperlinks from the triangle shapes, and put a hyperlinked, 99%-transparency-filled rectangle over each triangle instead. Don't know why, but those publish just fine. . .