How to Upgrade a Course to Articulate Presenter 360

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We made it super easy to upgrade a Presenter ‘09 or Presenter ‘13 course to Presenter 360. Just open the presentation in PowerPoint, then go to the Articulate tab on the PowerPoint ribbon and click any button—for example, Slide Properties. Click Upgrade when prompted to upgrade the project.

Open your course in PowerPoint, click any button on the Articulate tab, then click Upgrade.

Your course will be upgraded automatically, and a backup copy of the original project files will be created in case you need to go back to them later. (Presenter 360 projects can't be edited or published with previous versions of Presenter.)

A backup copy of your original project files will be created.

Embedded quizzes and interactions will automatically be upgraded at the same time. However, if Presenter can’t find a quiz or interaction file, you’ll be prompted to locate or remove it.

Presenter 360 will let you know if it can't find a quiz or interaction during the upgrade process.

For the most part, your upgraded course will look and behave as it did previously. However, there will be some differences due to software improvements. This table defines the changes you may see:

 

Presenter '09

Presenter '13

Presenter 360

Preview

The preview feature displays Flash content.

The preview feature displays Flash content.

The preview feature displays HTML5 content.

You can also preview how your course will look and behave on different devices and orientations with the new responsive preview options.

Published Output

Published output is only supported in Flash-enabled browsers.

Presenter ‘09 Tech Specs

Published output is supported in Flash-enabled browsers, HTML5 browsers, and the Articulate Mobile Player.

Presenter ‘13 Tech Specs

Published output is supported in Flash-enabled browsers, HTML5 browsers, and the Articulate Mobile Player.

Presenter 360 Tech Specs

Computers and Mobile Devices

Published output is supported on desktop and laptop computers.

Published output is supported on desktop and laptop computers as well as tablets and smartphones.

Published output is supported on desktop and laptop computers as well as tablets and smartphones.

Responsive Player

Not applicable.

Not applicable.

The all-new responsive player will automatically display when viewing HTML5 output on a tablet or smartphone.

The responsive player adapts to the screen size and orientation of any mobile device for the best viewing experience.

To learn more about the responsive player, see these FAQs.

Standard Player

Presenter ‘09 always uses the standard player.

Presenter ‘13 always uses the standard player.

We rebuilt and streamlined the standard player for Presenter ‘13. As a result, you’ll need to reconfigure your player settings after upgrading courses.

Presenter 360 uses the standard player on desktop and laptop computers.

If you’re upgrading from Presenter ‘09, you’ll need to reconfigure your player settings in upgraded courses.

Right-to-Left Player Elements

Not applicable.

Previous and next buttons switch positions to give learners a more intuitive experience, but other player elements remain the same.

All player elements switch positions for right-to-left languages to give learners the best experience.

HTML5 Gestures

Not applicable.

Not applicable.

New HTML5 gestures for touchscreen devices are enabled by default.

Learn more about gestures.

Player View Modes

Presenter ‘09 supports standard, no-sidebar, and slide-only view modes.

Presenter ‘13 lets you choose which player features appear on each slide. Details here.

Presenter 360 lets you choose which player features appear on each slide. Details here.

Bookmark and Send-Link Player Tabs

Presenter ‘09 supports optional Bookmark and Send-Link player tabs.

Bookmark and Send-Link player tabs are no longer supported and will be removed from upgraded courses.

Bookmark and Send-Link player tabs are no longer supported and will be removed from upgraded courses.

Slide Notes

Slide notes can be displayed in the sidebar or at the bottom of the player.

Slide notes can be displayed in the sidebar or a topbar player tab. Details here.

Slide notes can be displayed in the sidebar or a topbar player tab. Details here.

Consolidated Narration Window with Timeline

Not applicable.

Not applicable.

The consolidated narration window in Presenter 360 with its new timeline feature streamlines your workflow for recording narration, syncing animations, and managing annotations.

Slide Transitions

Not applicable.

Support for PowerPoint slide transitions was added with Presenter ‘13.

If your upgraded presentation includes slide transitions, they’ll automatically publish with Presenter ‘13.

See this article for supported transitions.

Presenter 360 supports PowerPoint slide transitions.

If your upgraded presentation includes slide transitions, they’ll automatically publish with Presenter 360.

See this article for supported transitions.

YouTube Videos

Not applicable.

Originally, Presenter ‘13 supported two methods for embedding YouTube videos: website videos and web objects.

In May 2015, Google made a change to the YouTube API that now prevents YouTube videos from being added to Presenter ‘13 as website videos. However, YouTube website videos added before May 2015 continue to work and will upgrade to Presenter 360—with a few changes in behavior. Details here.

YouTube web objects will upgrade to Presenter 360 without changes.

Presenter 360 supports two methods for embedding YouTube videos: website videos and web objects.

We no longer use Google’s YouTube API for website videos, so you’ll notice some changes in behavior when upgrading from Presenter ‘13. Details here.

YouTube web objects will upgrade from Presenter ‘13 without changes.

Sidebar Videos

In Presenter ‘09, sidebar videos are represented by a Flash icon on the PowerPoint slide. The icon won’t show in your published output. It’s just a visual indicator in PowerPoint.

In Presenter ‘13, sidebar videos are represented by a Flash icon on the PowerPoint slide. The icon won’t show in your published output. It’s just a visual indicator in PowerPoint.

In Presenter 360, sidebar videos are represented by a thumbnail image to the left of the PowerPoint slide. The image won’t show in your published output. It’s just a visual indicator in PowerPoint.

Note: Sidebar videos aren’t currently supported in HTML5 output with the new responsive player on tablets and smartphones.

Quizzes and Interactions

You can embed Quizmaker ‘09 quizzes and Engage ‘09 interactions in a Presenter ‘09 course.

You may notice some differences after upgrading a course with embedded quizzes and interactions. Details here:

You may notice some differences after upgrading a course with embedded quizzes and interactions. Details here:

Community Interactions

Community interactions were custom interactions built by members of the Articulate community.

Community interactions are supported in Studio ‘09.

Community interactions are no longer supported and will be converted to process interactions when upgrading to Studio ‘13. Details here.

Community interactions are no longer supported and will be converted to process interactions when upgrading to Studio 360. Details here.

Learning Games

Flash-based learning games are supported in Presenter ‘09.

Flash-based learning games have been retired in favor of HTML5-compatible, form-based interactions in Engage ‘13 and freeform interactions in Quizmaker ‘13.

Learning games will be removed when you upgrade a course to Presenter ‘13.

Flash-based learning games have been retired in favor of HTML5-compatible, form-based interactions in Engage 360 and freeform interactions in Quizmaker 360.

Learning games will be removed when you upgrade a course to Presenter 360.

Published Frame Rate

The published frame rate in Presenter ‘09 defaults to 30 frames per second, but you can change this value.

The published frame rate in Presenter ‘13 is always 30 frames per second.

The published frame rate in Presenter 360 is always 30 frames per second.

Publishing as an Audio Podcast

You can publish a Presenter ‘09 course as an audio podcast.

You can now export all course audio to a single MP3 file and play it on any MP3 player, smartphone, tablet, or computer.

You can now export all course audio to a single MP3 file and play it on any MP3 player, smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Click here to see all the new and enhanced features in Presenter 360 compared to previous versions.