Engage '13: Creating a New Interaction

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In this tutorial, we'll explore how to begin a new Articulate Engage interaction.

Starting a New Interaction

Here's how to create a new interaction:

  1. First, do any of the following:

    • On the Engage launch screen, click New interaction.

    • Click the round Articulate button in the upper left corner, and choose New.

    • Press Ctrl+N on your keyboard.

  2. Then choose the type of interaction you want to create and click OK.

To learn more about each interaction type, see the following tutorials:

Bulletin Board
Circle Diagram
Guided Image
Image Zoom
Labeled Graphic
Labeled Panel
Media Panel
Media Tour
Quick Choice
Tabbed Image

Saving a New Interaction

To save a new interaction, do any of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+S.

  • Click the Save icon on the Quick Access Toolbar in the upper left corner of the screen.

  • Click the round Articulate button in the upper left corner, and choose Save or Save As.

Also, if you attempt to close Engage without first saving your interaction, you'll be prompted to save it.

To avoid unexpected behavior, save interactions to your local hard drive (typically your C: drive). For more tips on managing your interaction files, see this tutorial.

When Your Interaction Is Part of an Articulate Presenter Course

If your interaction will be part of a Presenter course, you can also create it from within PowerPoint. See this tutorial for details.

The dimensions for Engage interactions are fixed at 720 pixels wide by 540 pixels high. If your PowerPoint dimensions are anything other than 10 inches wide by 7.5 inches high, embedded interactions will be centered on the slide and, if necessary, scaled down to fit within the slide.

If PowerPoint is using a different size, the slide background color from the Presenter player will show around the interaction. To change this color, do the following:

  1. Open your presentation in PowerPoint.

  2. Go to the Articulate tab on the ribbon, and click Player.

  3. Click Colors & Effects on the ribbon.

  4. Click Show advanced color editing.

  5. From the Edit item drop-down, choose Base >> Slide Background.

  6. Use Top colorBottom color, and Transparency to set your color options.

  7. Click OK.

Also, when embedding an interaction in Presenter, the player colors in Presenter take precedence over the player colors in Engage. Be sure to set your player colors in Presenter.

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Working with the Interaction Title
Tips for Managing Interaction Files
Adding Content
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