Use a PowerPoint slide master as the image in an Engage '09 Labeled Graphic interaction

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By using background transparency in an Engage '09 Labeled Graphic interaction, you can effectively use a PowerPoint slide master as the image in your Labeled Graphic interaction and hide the Engage '09 player in your presentation.  Here's how:

Create your Labeled Graphic interaction:

  1. Create an Engage '09 Labeled Graphic interaction with the image you wish to use.
  2. Add the appropriate labels.

Modify and publish your Labeled Graphic interaction:

  1. After adding labels to your interaction, replace the image in your Labeled Graphic interaction with a 1 pixel by 1 pixel image.  This will essentially remove or hide the image in your interaction, but your labels will remain intact.
  2. Then click the Interaction Properties button on the toolbar.
  3. Select the Colors and Effects tab.
  4. From the Animation Style drop-down list, select Appear.
  5. From the Media Borders drop-down list, select None.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Set the background transparency to 100% in the Color Scheme Editor:
    • Click the Colors drop-down list on the Engage '09 toolbar.
    • Right-click the desired color scheme, and select Edit.
    • From the Choose an item to edit drop-down list, ensure that Background and Text > Background is selected.
    • Set the Transparency percentage to 100%.
    • Click OK.
  8. Publish your Labeled Graphic interaction into a Presenter '09 presentation.

Modify your Presenter '09 presentation:

  1. Create a slide master in PowerPoint with the image you wish to use in your Labeled Graphic interaction.  (To learn more about PowerPoint slide masters, see Microsoft > Create and customize a slide master.)
  2. Assign the slide master to your interaction slide:
    • Right-click the Engage interaction slide in PowerPoint.
    • From the shortcut menu that appears, scroll to Layout, and select the layout (slide master) you wish to apply to the interaction slide.
  3. Allow the slide master to appear behind your interaction:
    • In PowerPoint, go to Articulate > Presentation Options.
    • Select the Publish tab.
    • Select the check box Include slide master behind quizzes and interactions.
    • Click OK.
  4. Publish your Presenter '09 presentation.

Here is a screencast regarding this process:

Note:  Because the background image in PowerPoint may be larger than the same image used in an Engage '09 Labeled Graphic interaction, you may need to adjust the placement of the labels in your interaction.