Quizmaker file updating in Temp folder & not project folder

Jun 04, 2014

We are wrapping up edits on a project created in Presenter 13. This morning I edited one of the Quizmaker 13 files linked from the main Presenter project file. To edit, I clicked the Edit in Quizmaker button, and then completed edits. When I clicked Save and Return to Presenter, the preview image is updated and the Last Modified date and time stamp is updated. Good!

However, when I look at my project file on the C: drive (C:\Users\Simulation\Desktop\Module) the file has NOT been updated. It carries an older date and time stamp and preview image. By searching, I was able to find my newly updated Quizmaker file with a location of C:\Users\Simulation\AppData\Local\Temp\bM6FRthE

This forum post recommended using this support topic. However, the instructions for marking the box to update Quizmaker quizzes and Engage interactions before publishing does not appear to be available in Presenter 13.

Why are my Quizmaker files being updated in a Temp folder?

Any insight is greatly appreciated!

15 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

Hi Angie!

When you insert an Articulate Quizmaker quiz or Articulate Engage interaction into your Articulate Presenter course, a copy of the original *.quiz or *.intr file is stored within the course's *.ppta file. This means that if you ever lose the original quiz or interaction file, you'll still be able to edit and publish it in Presenter. Please review this article for more information.

Doug Thom

I have read the article linked above. I keep my Quizmaker files in the same folder with the .pptx and .ppta files. When I update/edit the quiz in quizmaker it doesn't update the original Quizmaker quiz but rather updates the file in the .ppta embedded content folder.  Now that I know where to find the updated quiz i feel a bit better but I still find it strange that the original Quizmaker file is not the file that is updated and carries forward my changes. Now I have to overwrite my original Quizmaker file if I want the update carried forward.  Will I run into any problems if I overwrite my original Quizmaker file?

Doug Thom

Considering how often the .ppta file seems to lose all of its data I think it would be much easier if the updates to Quizmaker files that I do in Presenter were just saved back to the original Quizmaker file. As it is updates to my Quizmaker files are lost and have to be redone. This has happened multiple times, cost me hours of work and frankly I am sick of it. Why not just update the original file so it is always up to date. I have taken to updating the Quizmaker files as standalone, deleting the Quizmaker file in the Presenter project an reinserting the updated file. What a waste of time.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Doug,

I'm sorry to hear that you're still running into issues with this - did you look to confirm that you're working on local project files as indicated? If you're still seeing issues with this, we'd be happy to take a look at your Presenter package and see if we can identify anything else within the file that could be impacting this. 

Additionally if you'd like to see a change in this behavior, you are also welcome to share your thoughts in the form of a feature request as those go directly to our product development team. 

Doug Thom

Hi Ashley,
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I always work on local files but they are all in my Dropbox folder. It seems this breaks down when the .ppta file loses the audio files. Then I have to delete the current .ppta and rename the -old.ppta back to the current oneb but now the Quizmaker edits are gone. I will reply to the feature request as I don't see any reason to not make the
quizmaker edits directly to the quizmaker file, not to an alternate in the
.ppta I want to have my my updates/revisions to Quizmaker files carried
forward to the original files and I can't foresee any reason why I would
not want the orignal files updated. If I want to save an old quizmaker file
in its original condition, I can do a 'save as' before I edit.
Kind regards,

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Doug,

Missing audio is an issue detailed here, and one of the known causes is moving or renaming the file, which could also be impacting the connection between your Presenter and Quizmaker file. Are you always moving them from Dropbox to your local drive using the Presenter package or moving the individual files? 

Doug Thom

I don't usually move them but rather work on them in the Dropbox local
folder. If I change the name I always change the .ppta file at the same
I will read the reference. I posted the request for software change. I was
discussing this with an associate and he had already come to the same
conclusion, easiest to edit the original Quizmaker file, delete the
embedded Quizmaker file in Presenter 13 and reinsert the new updated file.
It seems the most logical and carries forward the edits in the Quizmaker
file in the folder which is what I want to happen anyway.

Laura Middlesworth

I encountered the same issue as the author of the original post and Doug.  Unfortunately, I didn't think to consult the community threads until encountering the issue myself.  Yes, I am working locally and we do use the Presenter Package approach.  Doug - thank you for the tip on the *best* order of operations - edit the Quizmaker file directly (and first) and then re-insert into the Presenter file.

This issue needs to be addressed!  The 7-zip workaround is not helpful for someone in my position as I do not have admin rights on my work computer.

Is there any chance that encountering this problem depends on whether the Quizmaker file was created first and then inserted into a Presenter file vs. originating a Quizmaker file from within a Presenter file?

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Brian!

There is instruction in the link in my post above on how to get the individual file from the ppta file. 

The 'Send' button you are referring to is to e-mail and is also dependent on having a server e-mail system to utilize properly. This should be the up-to-date version, but until you've published, it may not be fully updated as the documentation I shared above states.

I've not tested this behavior to verify and would encourage you to utilize 7zip, for example, as I previously shared.

Perhaps others in the community have experience with this functionality that they would be able to share.

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