Presenter ‘09’s web objects are a great way to bring online content into your course—and you can also use the same feature to bring local browser-based content into your course. In other words, any content that you’ve created as a web page, even if it’s not hosted online somewhere, can be leveraged as a web object in Presenter. Local web-based content from your hard drive can be inserted as a web object just as easily as online content.

Here’s how:

  1. Create a folder on your hard drive for the local web content you want to add to your course. Make sure that:
    • The files needed for the html content are all within the same folder, and
    • The folder contains a file called index.htm or index.html.
  2. Open your presentation in PowerPoint and go to the slide where you want to add the web object.
  3. Choose Web Object from the Insert part of the Articulate menu. 
  4. Click the icon to the right of the Address field, and browser to the folder on your hard drive that contains your web content. Once you've chosen a folder, you can click Test Link to make sure things open up the way you expect.
  5. Choose Display in slide if you want the web object to appear right on the current slide of your presentation. Or choose Display in a new browser window if you'd rather have the web object launch separately from your player window when users arrive at this slide.
  6. If you chose Display in slide, you'll also need to set your options for a couple other items:
    • Advance to the next slide: Choose When user clicks next if you want to require the user to advance the slide themselves. Or, choose Automatically if you want the presentation to advance by itself when the all of the slide's narration, animations, etc. are done playing.
    • Window Size:  Choose Full Slide (which makes the web object fill your entire slide space) or Custom. If you opt for a custom size, you'll also need to enter the width and height in pixels. If you want, you can choose Full Slide now and then just resize the web object once it’s inserted.
  7. If you chose Display in a new browser window, here are some options you'll need to set:
    • Browser controls: Choose whichever suits you: All browser controls causes the new window to have all the browser controls the user normally has when they launch their browser. No address bar means the new window will have the usual browser controls, but the user won't be able to change the URL in the address bar. No browser controls means the new window won't have any browser controls at all, and the user won't be able to change the URL in the address bar.
    • Window Size: Choose the user's Default browser size, Full Screen, or a Custom Size that you specify (in pixels).
  8. If you'd like to delay the launch of the web object till a particular point in the duration of your slide, use the Show after ____ seconds to enter a number.
  9. Click OK when you're done.

If you chose to display the web object in your slide, Presenter inserts a placeholder that looks like the one below. If you chose to have the web object open in a new browser window, Presenter inserts a little browser icon in the lower-right corner of your slide, to show that there's a web object associated with the slide.

That's it! Next time you publish, the web object will appear whenever users arrive at the slide where you inserted it.

A couple things to keep in mind:

  • When you insert a local web object and then publish your presentation, the web content is contained within the /data folder of your published output. Wherever you place your published output, you don’t have to worry about the web object breaking, because it’s part of the files within your course.
  • Web objects that you've inserted on a slide will always display on top of anything else in your presentation, with just one exception:  annotations. So you won't be able to insert shapes or text over them in PowerPoint, nor will your user be able to view any dropdown items from the tabs on your player's toolbar menu (such as attachments, bookmarks, the exit tab, quiz tabs, interaction tabs, etc). You might want to use Slide Only view for any slides that contain a web object, so that these items aren't visible and won't be clicked by your users. (Learn more about view modes.)

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