Presenter ‘09 includes an easy way to publish your e-learning content for local use—such as if you need to deploy your course from a CD or a standalone computer.
Here’s how to do it:
- It's a good idea to first check the compression settings that Presenter will use when creating your published course. To do that, select Presentation Options from the Articulate menu.
- Click the Quality tab at the left edge of the window, and choose Optimize for CD-ROM Delivery. Then click OK.
- Now you're ready to publish. From the Articulate menu, select Publish.
- Select CD from the publish options on the left edge of the window.
- Under Publish Location, use the Folder field to indicate the place on your computer where you want Presenter to generate your published output. You can click the ellipsis button (...) to browse to a specific location. Presenter will create a new folder in that spot, with all the files you need to play your presentation.
- Important! Always publish to a local drive on your computer. Publishing to a network can cause problems with your published output. After you publish your presentation on your computer, you can burn it to CD or move it to some other local destination.
- Check the following Properties and adjust anything that needs changing:
- Published Title: The title defaults to the name of your PowerPoint file, but you can change it by typing something else here. Presenter uses this for the title bar of your player and the title bar of the window that holds your launched presentation. Presenter also uses this title for the name of the folder it creates on your hard drive for your published output.
- Player template: This is the template Presenter uses when publishing. The player template determines the look and functionality of your presentation player. If the template you want to use isn't selected here, use the drop-down to pick a different one. You can also make any last-minute adjustments to your template by clicking the ellipsis (...) button. (More about templates)
- Logo: This is the logo that'll appear in the sidebar of your player. You can select from the logos in the drop-down (or choose None selected if you don't want a logo). If the logo you want isn't in the drop-down, it just means you haven't added it to the logo library yet — you can do that by clicking the ellipsis (...) button. Keep in mind that if you choose a logo here, it'll only appear in your output if you've turned on the logo panel in your template and enabled Standard View. (More about logos and More about view modes)
- Presenter: This is the person whose info appears in the presenter panel of your sidebar. You can pick a presenter from the list, or you can choose None selected if you don't want to feature a presenter. Choose Use slide-level presenters if you specified multiple presenters in your Slide Properties when you built your presentation. If the presenter you want isn't in the list, click the ellipsis button (...) to add them. Note that your player's presenter panel (like the logo panel), is part of the sidebar, so it'll appear only if it's enabled on your template and you've enabled Standard View. (More about presenters and More about view modes)
- Click Publish.
That's all there is to it! Presenter creates your published presentation in the folder you specified. When publishing is complete, you'll see this pop-up, and you can choose whichever option suits you:
- View Presentation: This launches your presentation so you can take a look at your output.
- Email: This opens up a new email message with a zipped file of your published output attached. This might be helpful if you need to share your presentation with an SME or other reviewer, or if you need to send it to someone who will place it in the location from which it’ll be deployed.
- FTP: This pops up a window where you can enter your FTP credentials and transfer your output to your website. This probably isn’t something you’d need or want to do, though, since your output has been optimized for local deployment instead of online deployment.
- ZIP: This creates a zipped file of your output in the folder you specified on the Publish window.
- Open Folder: This opens a file viewer where you can see the files Presenter just created. There will be several folders and files (all of which are necessary for your course to play). The file that launches your course is called launch_presentation.exe. There’s also an autorun file, which causes your presentation to launch automatically if learners insert a CD containing your published output.
What Do I Do with My Published Files?
Now that you've published, you can burn the files to CD or copy them to whatever local destination from which you plan to deploy your course.