To Animate or Not to Animate (in Presenter)
I was working on an Articulate Presenter module the other day and putting an animation together where a number changes from 1 to 2 to 3. Now, since it was fading in and out I put it all on one slide. Then I thought maybe it would be easier to just make three slides and have the number increase on each slide. I'm not really sure which is "easier." It's probably more a matter of preference in how you wish to do it. Plus, each has a distinct look as the fade seems more graceful IMO. But, it got me thinking and wondering if there would be other more important differences, like load time and file size.
I built out the same scenario, one with three slides and different numbers on each slide, and the other all on one side fading in and out with animations. I was kind of hoping for a radical difference in load time or file size. Alas, there was no marked difference in either of the files. I compared the PowerPoint files and the published Articulate files. Below is the comparison chart.
Now, granted, this is only one small example and there might be a difference in a more complicated animation sequence. But, I really doubt it. Mainly because whatever extra time/space taken up by using an animation in the one scenario is offset by adding slides in the other scenario.
Nothing groundbreaking here. Just thought I would share my little experiment. Anyone else experimented with this or have info. to the contrary? Would love to hear.