Presenter ‘09 gives you an easy way to enrich your courses with interactivity: add an Engage interaction.
There are two ways you can insert an Engage interaction in your Presenter project, depending on how and when you want your users to access the interaction. Let's look at both options.
#1: Insert Your Interaction as a Slide in Your Presentation
One approach is to add your Engage interaction right into your slide deck. When you do this, Presenter creates a placeholder slide in your PowerPoint file to house your interaction. Just like other slides in your presentation, you can move it to a different place in your slide lineup, you can branch to it, and you can hyperlink to it.
When you publish, the interaction gets published as part of your presentation. As users view your published output, they'll encounter your interaction when they reach that slide in your presentation.
Here's an example of how the placeholder slide looks from within your PowerPoint file — as you can see, there are some options at the bottom, which you can use to edit certain interaction properties right from Presenter, any time:
#2: Insert an Interaction as a Tab on Your Player
Another way to incorporate an interaction is to include it as a tab on the upper edge of your player. The tab appears on the upper-right edge of your player, as long as learners are viewing your course in Standard View or No Sidebar View. (Learn more about view modes) Users can click the tab to access your interaction anytime while viewing your presentation.
Here's an example of what an interaction tab looks like once you publish:
Here's How to Insert Your Interaction
The steps for both options are pretty similar. Here's what to do:
- Open your presentation in PowerPoint, and from the Articulate menu, select Engage Interaction from the Insert section.
- To insert your interaction as a slide in your presentation, click the Engage Interactions tab. Or, to insert it as a tab in your player interface, click Player Tabs.
- Now click one of the following, depending on your situation:
- Create New: Click this if you haven't yet built your interaction. Engage opens, and you can build and save your interaction from there. When you're done, click Save & Return to Presenter from the Engage toolbar.
- Add Existing: Click this if you've already built your interaction in Engage. Then navigate to your .intr file and click Open.
- Next, set your Interaction Properties:
- Allow user to leave interaction: This determines whether users can move to a different slide in your presentation without viewing everything in your interaction. For instance, in a Steps interaction you might want to require the user to view everything before they move on. But for something like a Glossary interaction, that would probably be goofy to require users to view the entire thing before leaving the interaction.
- Show 'Next Slide' button: This enables a button at the top of your interaction that allows users to jump out of the interaction and on to the next slide in your presentation. Use the dropdown to tell Presenter if and when you want the button to appear.
- Button Label: Here you can enter whatever custom text you want to appear on the 'Next Slide' button.
- Once you've set your options, just click Close to finish. (If you chose to add your interaction as a slide within your presentation, you can now move it to any spot within your presentation.)
- Now that the Engage interaction is part of your course, you can publish your course from Presenter. The Engage interaction will be published along with the rest of the content in your course. Check out the Publishing tutorials for help with choosing your publishing options.
How Do I Remove an Interaction from My Presentation?
If your plans change and you need to remove an interaction from your presentation, it's easy to do:
- With your presentation open in PowerPoint, click Engage Interaction on the Articulate menu.
- If your interaction was inserted as a slide within your presentation, select Engage Interactions. If it was inserted as a tab, select Player Tabs.
- Select the interaction you want to delete and click Remove.