One of the cool things about Engage’09 is that you can customize the look of your text to match the tone and content of your interaction. A strong, heavy font like Arial Black might be great for a presentation on mortgage banking. But if you're teaching kids about how to stay active and healthy this summer, you might choose a font that's a little more fun and punchy.
Let's take a look at three ways you can use Engage to stylize your interaction text.
#1: Change the Fonts for Your Player Title and Content
For a clean, consistent look, Engage allows you to standardize the title font and content font across your interaction—so that each part of the interaction has a seamless look and feel.
- The title font is used in the title of your interaction and in the titles of individual tabs, segments, or steps.
- The content font is used in the detail text you enter for each tab, segment, or step within your interaction.
To get an idea of where these are used in your published output, take a look at this screenshot of a Pyramid interaction:
Here's how to choose your fonts for titles and content text:
- Open your interaction in Engage and select Interaction Properties.
- Choose Colors and Effects.
- In the Player Fonts area, use the drop-down menus to choose the fonts you like. (The list of choices here reflects whatever fonts you've already got installed on your PC.)
- Click OK to save your changes. Keep in mind: even though you're choosing a content font here, you can always customize any portion of your content text later. Note: If you change your content font, Engage will ask something like this:
- If you choose Yes, your existing content text will change to the new font.
- If you choose No, your existing content text won't change, but if you add items to your interaction, the content text for those new items will inherit the new font.
#2: Customize Content Text in Your Interaction
There might be times when you want to apply special formatting to certain text within your Engage content. For example, in the interaction below, I've added a bit of formatting to one of my segments:
You can use Engage's rich text editor to apply custom formatting to any content text in your interaction. Here's how:
- Open your interaction in Engage, and go to any part of your interaction where you want to customize text.
- Select the text you want to customize, and then choose from the formatting options in the text editor. You can adjust the font, size, and color. You can also bold, italicize, or underline the text; change its alignment; apply bullets or numbering, or change its indentation.
- To add a hyperlink—either to a different place in your interaction, or to a URL—select any text and click the hyperlink button. (Learn more about hyperlinks.)
- To insert a symbol in your text, click the symbol button and pick one of the common symbols in the list, or choose More Symbols for an even broader selection.
#3 Change Text Colors in Your Interaction
You can edit the color of any content text right in Engage's text editor. But did you know you can also choose different colors for many other text elements too, such as headings and tooltips? You do this through Engage's color scheme editor. Here's how:
- Open your interaction in Engage and click the Colors drop-down.
- You can create a new color scheme by selecting New Color Scheme. Or, you can edit the one you're currently using by right-clicking it and choosing Edit.
- A preview of your interaction appears. At the bottom of the window, use the drop-down to pick the item you want to change. Then choose a color for that item. You'll see the effect in your preview immediately, because Engage changes your view to reflect the new color. Click around on your preview to see how the change affects the rest of your interaction.
Here are the text items for which you can specify a different color, and how to find them in the dropdown:
- Background and Text > Header Text: This is the interaction title that appears at the top.
- Background and Text > Slide Text: This is the title text of each segment or item within your interaction.
- Tooltips > Text: This the message users see in the upper-right of your interaction if they don't click on anything right away. It's just a hint to get them started with moving through your interaction. (To apply the tooltip in your interaction, close the color scheme editor and click Interaction Properties > Playback and mark Show previous/next buttons and Show start tip.)
- Callouts > Text: This is the text used in the callouts that appear in some interactions. For example, in the Timeline interaction, callouts show the names of events within a selected time period.
- Timeline > Period Text or Timeline > Selected Period Text: In Timeline interactions, this is the text used for whatever timeline period the user selects.
- FAQ > FAQ Button Text: In FAQ interactions, this is the text of the titles in your FAQs.