Adding Annotations

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Presenter ’09 makes it simple to add annotations with the Consolidated Recording window, which is also used to Record Narration and Sync Animations.

To Add Annotations:

  1. Select Articulate --> Add Annotations to launch the Consolidated Recording window dialog.
  2. Use the following options to add annotations via the Control Panel:
    • Start Annotation: Press this button to begin annotating your current slide.
    • Stop Annotation: Press this button if you want to stop annotating the current slide before all audio has finished playing. Note that annotation will stop automatically once the end of your audio is reached.
    • Play: Press this button to playback any audio, animations, and annotations for the selected slide.
    • Pause: Press this button to pause annotating or audio playback.
    • Resume: Press this button to resume annotating for the current slide.
    • Slide Selector: Use either the forward/backward arrows or click the slide number to show the Slide Selector drop-down menu, which shows slide thumbnails, slide titles, duration, and  icons that indicate if the slide has any recorded audio, animations, or annotations.

To toggle record mode:
In the Consolidated Recording window, use the Record Mode panel to display other options:

  • Show Annotation Tools: In the Add Annotations record mode, this option is selected by default and cannot be unchecked. The following annotation panels are available:
    • Annotation: Select from the drop-down menu to Annotate or Re-annotate as you record narration. If you select to annotate your slide, click either the single arrow icon to show only one annotation at a time, or the multiple arrow icon to show all annotations as you record narration. While you annotate, click the Clear All button to clear all annotations you’ve added.
    • Shapes: Click the button corresponding to one of five available annotation types you’d like to add during your recording. Available choices include the following:
      • Arrow (click down arrow to select from 32 types of arrows)
      • Check
      • Cross
      • Rectangle
      • Spotlight
    • Style: Use the available options to specify the style for your selected annotation shape:
      • Fill (Arrow, Check, Cross): Select from Stylish Colors, Standard Colors, Semitransparent Fill, or More Fill Colors, where you can specify HSL or RGB color values, or select a color from a color gradient and Add to Custom Colors.
      • Outline (all annotation types): Select from the same color options as Fill (see above). Additionally, set Width options (Thin, Normal, or Thick) for Rectangle and Spotlight annotations only.
      • Effects (Arrow, Check, Cross): Specify Animation (None, Fade, Fade 3x, Fade Loop, Bounce, Bounce 3x, or Bounce Loop) and Size (50% to 300%) settings.
      • Effects (Spotlight): Specify Animation (None or Animate) and Corners (Straight or Rounded) settings.
      • Animation (Rectangle only): Specify Animation type (None, Fade, Fade 3x, Fade Loop, Stretch, Stretch 3x, or Stretch Loop).
      • Corners (Rectangle only): Specify type of corners (Straight or Rounded).
      • Spotlight (Spotlight only): Select from Stylish Colors, Standard Colors, or More Fill Colors, where you can specify HSL or RGB color values, or select a color from a color gradient and Add to Custom Colors.
  • Record Mode drop-down menu: Select from the following options to toggle record mode:
    • Record Narration: Select this record mode to record narration and add annotations to your slides. Learn more about Recording Narration.
    • Sync Animations: Select this record mode to synchronize animations in your slides to your recorded or imported audio. Learn more about Syncing Animations.
    • Add Annotations: The current view, which allows you to add annotations to your slides.
  • Slide Notes: The Slide Notes window displays any slide notes you’ve added to your slide in PowerPoint. You can also edit existing or create new text while adding annotations for each slide.
  • Save & Close: Click the Save & Close button to save your work and close the Consolidated Recording window.