Presenter '13: Attaching Resources to the Player

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Articulate Presenter lets you bake additional content into your course via the Resources tab on the player. It's a great way to give learners access to reference materials, job aids, websites, and other helpful information. Another common use for this feature is to give learners a printable copy of the course slides or transcript. (In order for the Resources tab to show in your course, it needs to be enabled in your player. Learn more about that here.)

To add resources to your course, go to the Articulate tab on the PowerPoint ribbon, and click Player:

When the Player Properties window appears, click the Resources button:

Entering a Description for the Resources Tab

In the Description field, type the text you want learners to see at the top of your list of resources:

Adding Resources

Here's how to add resources to your player:

  1. Click the Add button (the icon that looks like a blank piece of paper) at the bottom of the Resources window.
  2. When the Add Resource window appears, enter a Title for the resource you're adding. This is the text learners will see when they browse your list of resources.
  3. Next, select either URL or File, depending on the kind of resource you're adding. Then do the following:
    • If you're adding a URL, enter the web address in the field provided. You can also click the Test button to make sure it opens in your browser as you expect. Later, when you publish the course, learners will be able to click the resource name to access the web content. (They'll need to be connected to the Internet for it to work.)
    • If you're adding a File, click Browse and select the file you want to attach. Then click Save. Later, when you publish, Presenter will bundle a copy of the file along with your course content. (It'll be located in the presentation_content folder of your published output.) Learners will need to have the appropriate software to view the file. For example, if the resource is a Word document, they'll need Microsoft Word to open it.
  4. Click Save.

Presenter adds the item to your resource list. There will be an icon next to the title to indicate the type of resource.

Editing, Rearranging, or Deleting Resources

The buttons at the bottom of the Resources window let you AddEditDelete, and rearrange resources.

Reusing the Same Resources in Other Projects

When you add resources to a course, they get saved in the project file, not in the player. In other words, if you save the player and apply it to another project, the resources won't carry over to the new project.

The easiest way to reuse resources is to manually add them to each course where you need them. However, if you have an extensive list of resources that you want to reuse, you can make a copy of the entire course, then edit it as necessary. Here's how:

  1. First, create an Articulate Package of your presentation. An Articulate Package is a special zip file that contains all the resources for a course, including the PowerPoint file, the Articulate file, quiz files, and interaction files. Click here to learn more about creating Articulate Packages.
  2. When you're ready to begin a new presentation, extract the Articulate Package (zip file) on your local hard drive.
  3. Then rename the PowerPoint file and the corresponding Articulate file to whatever text you want to use for the new course. Important: Make sure the PowerPoint file and the Articulate file have exactly the same file name. They must match.
  4. Open the PowerPoint presentation, and edit it as needed to complete the new course.

If you later add, delete, or change any resources, those changes won't carry over to other projects that use the same resources. You'll need to make the same changes in each project separately.

Displaying Resources Only for Certain Slides

By default, built-in player tabs—like Resources—display for all slides in a course. If you want to hide them for certain slides, you can do that. To learn how, see this tutorial.

Changing the Name of the Resources Tab

Want to change the title of the Resources tab? Easy! The name comes from your player's text labels. If you need help editing text labels, see this tutorial.