Presenter 360: Previewing and Publishing a Course

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You can preview how your course will look and behave on different devices and orientations with Presenter 360’s new responsive preview options. And you can publish courses to HTML5, Flash, and the Articulate Mobile Player for a variety of platforms, including web servers and learning management systems.

Watch this video introduction to learn how, then follow the activities below to practice.


Practice Activities:

  1. Preview Your Course
  2. Choose a Publish Option
  3. Adjust the Publish Settings
  4. Publish and Distribute Your Course

Practice Activity: Preview Your Course

Presenter 360 uses responsive preview to show you how your course will look and behave on any device and orientation just by clicking a button.

  1. Open the PowerPoint folder in your practice files, then open the Presenter_Practice1.pptx file in PowerPoint.
  2. Go to the Articulate tab on the PowerPoint ribbon and click Preview. (This previews just the selected slide. Use the Preview drop-down arrow to preview a range of slides.)
  3. Then click each device icon in the upper right corner of the preview window to see how your slide looks and behaves on each device and orientation.
  4. Click Close Preview when you’re done.

To learn more about responsive preview, see this user guide. To learn more about restricting which device orientations learners can use when viewing your course, see this user guide.

Practice Activity: Choose a Publish Option

Presenter 360 supports several publish options, described below. For this tutorial, let’s publish to Articulate 360 where you can collaborate with stakeholders and subject matter experts in Articulate Review.

  1. Open the PowerPoint folder in your practice files, then open the Presenter_Practice1.pptx file in PowerPoint.
  2. Go to the Articulate tab on the PowerPoint ribbon and click Publish to launch the publishing wizard.
  3. Click the Articulate 360 tab on the left side of the window.

Before we continue, here’s some quick info on each publish option:

Articulate 360

Publish courses to Articulate 360 to test how they look on various devices and to collect feedback from stakeholders with an easy-to-use web interface in Articulate Review.

To learn more about publishing courses to Articulate 360, see this user guide.

Web

If you want learners to access courses over the internet or a private intranet, and if you don’t need to track their progress, then publish for web distribution.

To learn more about publishing courses for web servers, see this user guide.

Articulate Online

Articulate Online is our hosted tracking and reporting system for e-learning content.

Publish courses to Articulate Online when you need an efficient, cost-effective way to track learners’ progress and results.

To learn more about publishing courses to Articulate Online, see this user guide.

LMS

Choose the LMS publish option if you're using a learning management system (LMS) to track learners' progress and results.

To learn more about publishing courses for AICC, SCORM, and Tin Can API LMSs, see this user guide.

CD

Choose the CD publish option when you need to distribute courses via CD, DVD, USB drive, network drive, kiosk, or email.

To learn more about publishing courses for CD or other local media, see this user guide.

Word

Publish for Microsoft Word when you need a printable version of your course. It’s a convenient way to distribute handouts or provide a transcript for accessibility purposes.

To learn more about publishing courses to Microsoft Word, see this user guide.

Practice Activity: Adjust the Publish Settings

After choosing a publish option, adjust the settings, such as title, description, publish location, mobile options, quality, tracking options, and LMS specification. For details, see the user guide for each publish option listed above.

Since we’re publishing for Articulate 360 in this tutorial, configure these settings:

  1. Select Create a new item and enter a title for your course in the corresponding text field.
  2. Click the Formats property, use the slider to choose one of the following formats, then click OK:
    • HTML5: This publishes your course as HTML5 output only.
    • HTML5/Flash: This publishes your course as HTML5 first with Flash fallback. Learners will see HTML5 output if they’re using a supported HTML5 browser. If not, they’ll see Flash output.
    • Flash/HTML5: This publishes your course as Flash first with HTML5 fallback. Learners will see Flash output if they’re using a Flash-enabled browser. If not, they’ll see HTML5 output.
    • Flash: This publishes your course as Flash output only.
  3. If you’d like to make any last-minute changes to the player, quality settings, or presenter bios before publishing, click these properties and make your adjustments.

Practice Activity: Publish and Distribute Your Course

Now you’re ready to complete the publishing process. Click the Publish button at the bottom of the publishing wizard.

When the process is complete, you’ll see a Publish Successful window with one or more follow-up options, depending on the publish option you selected. Since we published for Articulate 360 in this tutorial, you’ll see an option to view the published course in your Articulate 360 account in your default web browser.

To learn more about the follow-up options and distribution instructions for each publish option, see these user guides:

Summary

In this tutorial, you learned how to use Presenter 360’s stunning responsive preview features to see how your mobile-ready course looks and behaves on computers, tablets, and smartphones. And you published a course to Articulate 360 where you can collect feedback from stakeholders with Articulate Review.

For answers to common questions about publishing courses for mobile devices, see this user guide.