Data entry fields - How to make the text appear to be typed

Hi,

I have made a screen recording, and want to have some text to appear to be typed into a field.

I don't want the user to have to type this text.

I want the video to type this text for them - with it to animate to show each letter seperatley.

I inserted the data entry box, and added the trigger to define what the value of the field will be.

Now when I watch the slide, the correct text is appearing - it just appears all at once.

How do I make it look like someone is typing the text?

Thanks!

4 Replies
Brian Batt

Hi Melanie,

I did a quick test and this worked as expected.  Here's what I did:

1.  Started recording a screencast in SL

2.  Opened up a web browser

3.  Entered a URL into the address bar

4.  Hit Enter

5.  I ended the screencast

6.  Inserted the screencast as View Mode slides

When I previewed it, the text showed up just as I typed it.  For more information on screen recordings, see the tutorials in the link below:

http://community.articulate.com/tutorials/products/inserting-or-deleting-screen-recordings.aspx

http://community.articulate.com/tutorials/products/editing-screen-recordings.aspx

Melanie Bunting

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the reply.

I am using step by step - Try mode - to create an interactive screen recording.

I have inserted a data entry text and also numeric box onto the slide. I want it to look like the text is being typed there.

I insert a variable to show what the end result of text should be, and add that as a trigger to the object.

The text box then starts at a certain text, then it just jumps to showing all the text.

I have not been able to find a setting to make it look like the text is being typed.

Any ideas on how to achieve this?

Thanks!

Melanie

Bill Harnage

Here's something I'm working on that you might think about...

Instead of having the "Try" mode as is, use the input field and let the user type whatever it is you want. Set the input field to continue with a key press.  Create a new layer w/ the same text field filled w/ the text the user just typed.  Repeat based on number of text fields needed.

For example, I'm creating a login screen and when the user types their username they're instructed to press Tab to move to the next field.  This trigger just shows a new layer.

The new layer is the password field.  But, i've copied the input field from the previous layer and pasted it onto the new layer and stripped out the trigger.  The username field will keep the previous user entry.  Then they type their password and press Tab again.

This takes them to the next layer which instructs them to click the Login button.  That hotspot goes to a new slide.

This way you can simulate someone filling in text fields and Tabbing through them.  You could of course base the trigger on the mouse clicking in the field - i just prefer Tabbing..

I started down the path of using screen records, but switched to screen shots as I was better able to achieve more realistic user actions.

HTH,

Bill

Brian Batt

Melanie Bunting said:

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the reply.

I am using step by step - Try mode - to create an interactive screen recording.

I have inserted a data entry text and also numeric box onto the slide. I want it to look like the text is being typed there.

I insert a variable to show what the end result of text should be, and add that as a trigger to the object.

The text box then starts at a certain text, then it just jumps to showing all the text.

I have not been able to find a setting to make it look like the text is being typed.

Any ideas on how to achieve this?

Thanks!

Melanie


Hi Melanie,

When you insert the screencast as Try Mode, this means that the end-user will have to input the actions to proceed.  When it's inserted as View Mode, that means that the end-user gets to "watch" the actions being committed.  Here's a quick screencast that shows you the difference:

http://www.articulate.com/support/contact/screencast.php?screencastid=77ce9916ba644756a9b48adf45029d71

Let me know if you have any additional questions.