Join Daniel Brigham for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding content to a slide, part of Up and Running with Articulate Studio '13.
Let's build a basic welcome slide so you can see how PowerPoint and Articulate elements work together in a real world task. I'm thinking we should insert an illustrated character with a caption, who will welcome learners to the course. When we're done, we will preview the slide so we can see how it will look in Presenter. I'll start by inserting a character. Question for you, do you think that's a PowerPoint thing or an Articulate thing? It's an Articulate thing so I'll select the Articulate tab, go over to character.
Two types of characters you can insert, illustrated and photographic. I'm going to select illustrated for now and I'll be going over all the particulars. Of working with characters in the next movie. So, in this course, I am looking for female one and male one. I'll select female one now. Expression, select that. Talking is fine. Pose. What's she is doing right here is fine. One hand on hip. And then Orientation. Her looking out front. Works well. Select that. Select Insert. Move her over a bit. She is selected. I am going to go up to Format and crop her. Select crop. Drag these handles up to about her waist. Let go, select outside, so I've cropped her, she's going to live here in the lower left of the slide so her waist aligns with this line. Move her down, select the shift key, make her larger and these are vector based so they look good even when you make them large. Hold down the control key. Just left arrow a little bit, nudge her over. There's our character. Now, I'll insert a speech call-out. Do you think that's a PowerPoint thing? Or, an Articulate thing? This one's a little tricky. A speech call-out is actually a PowerPoint shape. So I'll select the insert tab. And then shape and all our callouts are down here at the very bottom. I'll select the one that I want, click and drag, arrow this over. I'll select the tail of the balloon here.
Move it over towards her, and I've got a lot of green on this slide, so the call-out is selected, I'll go up to Format, let's choose this subtle effect here, second one in from the right. Now, I'll add some text inside the speech call-out. Going to select a different font, here. Segue Print. Font color, a little bit more grey charcoal color, a little softer. See all this extra space at the top and the bottom. Just going to drag this up to get rid of that. And I've got this orphan here, this text orphan all by itself. So let's drag in a little bit to get rid of that. Now let's add an animation.
And when I apply the animation I want it to go to both the character and the text box so what I am going to do is I'm going to select control A, which selects both of them. Then I'm going to group them. They're both selected, I'll right-click. Select Group. And that way, when I go up to Animations and select my Fade animation, they both come in together. Start options, I will select With Previous which just means the animation's going to fire when the slide fires. Duration, I'll do .75 seconds. Now let's preview this slide so we can see how those animations will play in Presenter. Previewing a slide in Presenter is an Articulate thing so we'll go up to the Articulate tab, select Preview > Preview This Slide. Everything is working as it should.
All the tabs and options in presenter may seem overwhelming at first. But, once you've built your first few slides, I think you'll find that the PowerPoint and Articulate elements work pretty well together
- Adding content to slides
- Recording narration
- Adding resource documents
- Building and inserting Engage interactions
- Adding media to quizzes
- Creating free-form questions
- Recording and editing a screencast
- Publishing an Articulate Studio project