Join Anastasia McCune for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding an interaction, part of Learning Adobe Presenter 10.
- Adobe Presenter provides a number of prebuilt interactions that you can use as a way to present information in efficient and fun ways. To demonstrate, I'm going to go to slide two in this PowerPoint file. It's a blank slide. And then, making sure I'm here on the Adobe Presenter tab, I'm going to go to the interaction drop-down, here in the insert area, and then choose insert interaction. You can see that there are a number of interactions to choose from. So this one right here, accordion, kind of behaves like this.
You can preview how they work, just by playing around with them. There's a circle matrix, where different parts are highlighted. I like the motion on the process circle. I think that's kind of cool, how it spins around. There's also some games as well. There's hangman. There's a jigsaw puzzle. Now the preview for the jigsaw puzzle isn't very good until you have an image in there, but there's also a word search. So I think I'm going to go and choose timeline.
This might be a good interaction for presenting something like the timeline for a pet vaccination schedule. So once you've picked your interaction, you can scroll through the themes area here and try out some of the different color schemes that are available and see if you can find one that matches your presentation and your style guide. Now if you see a theme that is pretty close to what you need but not exactly, you can just go ahead and choose it and then click custom. And then from here you can go through and change your button colors and your text colors and your content colors and so on and so forth and just modify this however you want.
So, I might change my header color to be maybe a slightly different blue color. So it's a brighter blue. Once you're done with that, you can just double-click on any of the areas within the interaction and type in your content. So, for here I would put like Dog Vaccination Schedule and description, you could put some instructions here, like click on the circles to learn more. Now down here in the circles, you mouse over and you get these button labels.
I'll double-click. And let's see, for dogs the first time that they need to get a vaccination is six to eight weeks. You can't see what I'm typing there because it's white text on a white field, but when I click away and then mouse over, here we go, six to eight weeks of age. And now I'm going to double-click here in the button content area, and I'll type in, puppies should get a DHPP vaccine at six to eight weeks.
You can see that you can add in audio. You could add in an image if you wanted as well, and that image could go on the left side or the right side of this little presentation area. And then you can just go through and finish the content for the rest of the areas. So I could say 10 to 12 weeks. And if you need to add another button, you can do that here by clicking the plus sign, and now we've got another button, and you can move it up or down as you want. So I'm going to go ahead and click okay, and the interaction has been added onto my slide.
It covers up the whole slide. If you decide you need to change the size of it, you can just click it. And I'm going to hold down the shift key on my keyboard, and I'm just going to grab this little handle, and holding down the shift key is going to allow me to shrink that without losing the aspect ratio of it. And if you decide that you need to edit your interaction, you can just make sure it's selected and then go back up to that interaction button, choose manage interactions, and pick your interaction from the list and choose edit, and you're on your way, modifying your content.
Previewing the project, you'll see that the interaction works pretty much the same way that it did in the screens where we were setting it up. Now it actually looks a little squished here in this preview, but it's not using the entirety of my screen. Again, this is just a preview, so when you actually publish, the whole presentation is bigger, and it doesn't look quite so squished, and I did kind of shrink this down a little bit as well. So these little prebuilt interactions are an easy way to add some nice presentation elements to your projects.
The only thing to note is that once you publish your project, the way these interactions behave in SWF output might be a little bit different than how they behave in HTML5 output.
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- Adding closed captions and titles with Video Express
- Recording voiceover audio with Presenter
- Adding interactions to presentations
- Creating quizzes
- Customizing your presentation's appearance
- Publishing a Presenter project