Advancing one paragraph at a time with spacebar

Dec 19, 2017

My text is supposed to appear paragraph by paragraph, but i would like to decide when the next paragraph appears by pressing Spacebar (or Enter). I would prefer a mechanism that applies to the entire course not to individual text boxes 

Has anyone done that ? Can you teach me ? 


8 Replies
Christine Hounsham

Hi Philippe, Interesting challenge.  Attached is a possible solution to the first part of the problem - ie have text appear on the spacebar press.  The second challenge on how to apply across the whole course might require some more thought.  

In case it helps anyone in proposing a whole course solution, attached is my by slide workings. 

Philippe JEANTY

Well thanks... that does work, but i have some 2000 slides and that would not be practical ! Besides mostly the text is in a single box, with different paragraphs. I think this is how Powerpoint or Aldus Persuasion used to work.

In this untitled story, there is a single text box, and my preference would be for it to open, show the first paragraph and wait for SPACEBAR to be pressed before showing the second paragraph. I realize i could use some kludgy methods of hiding the bottom of the text and progressively uncovering it, but there must be a more elegant way to do that.

Philippe JEANTY

I don't know about how others works but typically when I develop a lecture I present it myself a couple dozen times to feel the flow and the reaction of the audience. Thus for several month there is no written or spoken narration, i just make it as i go, and develop or reduce some aspects. I find it annoying to have all the text just appear as i know the audience instinct is to read what arrives then pay attention to the narration. 

Therefore i like to control the appearance of each element on the slide. In Director this was very easy< simply add a pause at any level and a "clicker" (a tiny function that moved the slide forward in the timeline) and i had full control.

I am trying to replicate that type of functionality in SL3 with not too much pain. Are there "pauses" that could be put on the timeline and released by the presenter ?

Philippe JEANTY

Haa... this sounds a lot more promising !

So define the text as arriving by first paragraph, expend the  small triangle in the timeline, shift each piece of text and put a cue point right before each one, then create a trigger that says something like When timelines reaches cue point, wait for user to press space bar ?

Then when the lecture is recorded the cue points can be adjusted to the recording...

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