Engage ’09 enables you to easily publish an interaction as web-ready Flash content. In this tutorial we'll walk through how to do it. Publishing for the web is a good option if all of the following are true:
- You want users to be able to access your interaction via the Internet or an intranet.
- Your interaction is going to be used standalone—meaning it won't be baked into an e-learning course you've created in Presenter. (If you are incorporating your interaction into Presenter, find out how to publish it here.)
- You don't need to track users' completion or progress. (If you do need tracking capability, check out publishing to Articulate Online or publishing to an LMS.)
It only takes a few clicks to use Engage's web publishing option to create your web-ready interaction.
Publish for the Web
- From the Engage menu, select Publish.
- Select Web 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 Engage to generate your published output. You can click the ellipsis button (...) to browse to a specific location. Engage will create a new folder in the spot you choose, with all the files needed to play your interaction.
- Important! Always publish to a local drive on your computer (not to a network or shared drive). Publishing to a network can cause problems with your published output. After you publish your interaction to your computer, you can move it to a web server and test it.
- Check the publishing Properties and adjust anything that needs changing:
- Items: This just displays the number of items in your interaction (for example, in my example above, it shows the number of terms in my glossary). You can't change the info here; if you need to add or remove items, just click Cancel to go back and edit your interaction.
- Quality: Since you're publishing for the web, you can leave this as Optimize for Web delivery.
- Color Scheme: This is the color scheme you've applied to your interaction. Click the link if you want to switch to a different color scheme or make any other last-minute adjustments to the colors and effects used in your interaction. (More about color schemes.)
- Playback Mode: This indicates how users will be able to move through your interaction. To change the playback mode, just click the link. (More about playback modes.)
- Click Publish.
That's all there is to it! Engage creates your published output in the folder you specified. When publishing is complete, you'll see this pop-up, and you can choose whichever option suits you:
- View Interaction: This launches your interaction in your web browser 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 interaction with an SME or other reviewer. If your audience is larger than just a few, though, it's usually better to move your files to a server instead, and send your audience the link. This way, you're less likely to logjam your email system with attachments, your recipients won't need to fuss with saving and unzipping your file, and you won't have to resend if you update.
- FTP: This pops up a window where you can enter your FTP credentials and transfer your output to your website.
- 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 Engage just created. The file called engage.html is the one that launches your interaction. When you move your files to a web server, you'll need to send your users a link to engage.html so they can access your interaction.
One note about viewing your published content: Since your files have been prepared for deployment over the web, in some situations you might encounter funny behavior, especially with hyperlinks, if you try to view the interaction from a local drive (such as your computer's hard drive). Be sure to upload your published output to its final destination and test it there.
What Do I Do with My Published Files?
Now that you've published, it's time to move your web-ready interaction to your website or server, give it a test run, and then send your users a link to the engage.html file so they can access it.