Presenter '13: Adding Flash Files

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Extend the functionality of your Articulate Presenter courses with interactive SWF files, also known as Flash files.

There are two ways to insert SWF files into a course, and each has its own benefits. How do you know which method to use? It depends on whether you want the SWF file to be synchronized with the slide or if you want it to play independently of the slide. Here's how to decide:

  • If your SWF file is a movie that requires no interaction from learners, insert it as a video. This synchronizes it with the slide's timeline.
  • If your SWF file contains interactive elements, insert it as a Flash file as described below. This plays your SWF file independently of the slide's timeline, so learners can proceed at their own pace.

Adding Flash Files

Here’s how to add interactive SWF files as Flash objects in Presenter:

  1. Go to the Articulate tab on the PowerPoint ribbon, and click the Flash button.
  2. Browse to your SWF file and click Open.
  3. When the Insert Flash window appears, configure the following options:
    • Show Flash: Decide whether you want the Flash object to appear on the slide or in a separate browser window.
    • Play Flash: Choose to play the Flash object automatically or only when learners click it.
    • Start Flash: Decide when you want the Flash object to play. By default, it'll play as soon as learners reach the slide. If you'd prefer to wait a certain number of seconds before playing the Flash object, enter a number in the field provided.
    • Alternate Text: If learners will be using screen readers with your course, enter descriptive text in this field.
  4. To preview your Flash file, use the play/pause and stop buttons below the thumbnail image.
  5. To switch to a different Flash file, click the blue file name below the thumbnail image, and browse to another Flash file.
  6. Click OK when you've finished making selections.

Editing Properties

To edit properties for a Flash file after it has been imported into Presenter:

  1. Select the Flash file placeholder on the slide and go to the Articulate tab on the PowerPoint ribbon.
  2. Click the Flash drop-down arrow and choose Edit Flash Properties.
  3. Make your changes and click OK.

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