Using Raptivity in Articulate Presenter

Summary: Adding Raptivity interactivies to Articulate Presenter is relatively easy and straightforward provided you follow some basic guidelines.
Difficulty: Easy

Adding another tool to Articulate Presenter

Well we have already looked at other E Learning tools which we can incorporate with Articulate software. This article looks at a relative newcomer to the E learning scene, Raptivity . Essentially an interaction builder, or in Raptivity terms, an interactivity builder, Articulate Presenter allows you to incorporate it with relative ease and with sometimes great effect, again showing us how great Presenter can be as a way of pulling all our learning resources together. Let’s look at a few examples first of what we can do:

Demo


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How do you do it?

There are a few things that are worth noting when using Raptivity with Articulate Presenter:

  • Size and position of the interactivity in the slide

    First the Raptivity interactivity is made to fit into the slide. In fact, the default size for interactivities is 715 x 500 pixels which is pretty much ideal for importing into Articulate Presenter. (Originally Raptivity interactivities were a different size and fitted badly.)

    Default size

    • Unlike Quizmaker quizzes, or Engage interactions or indeed Articulate Presenter Learning Games, it is NOT possible to link direct from Raptivity interactivities to other parts of your PowerPoint project.
    • However, because the movie does not fill the complete slide, it is possible to add navigation on the slide or a title beside the interactivity.
    • The user will either click on the navigation controls you have added to the slide (like in the demo) or they will click on the Articulate controls. Just move the slide up or down in the slide in PowerPoint.

      Move the movie up or down

  • Blending Raptivity with the rest of your project

    Second, as you can see from the demo above, it is possible to blend your Raptivity interactivities with the rest of your PowerPoint project, by hiding the background image given in Raptivity.

    • By making the background image blank in Raptivity, it essentially becomes transparent, allowing you to place the interactivities on top of your existing slide backgrounds.
    • This makes for a much more consistent look to your presentation.
    • To do this, look for the “Input parameters” and then the “Background image” and clear the value that is already there:

      Background image

  • Publishing parameters in Articulate Presenter

      When it comes to publishing your interactivity in Raptivity, make sure that you choose to publish in a single SWF. Doing that vastly simplifies the importing of the movie into Articulate Presenter.

      Publish as SWF

      Once you have published your Raptivity interactivity into a single SWF file, then it is dead easy to import it into Articulate Presenter.

    • Simply import it as a Flash Movie (Articulate -> Insert Flash Movie..) and choose to insert in the slide.
    • Make sure in step 3 of the wizard you set the movie to begin AFTER the slide has begun, or your Raptivity interactivity WILL NOT work.

      Insert SWF movie

    • Finally publish as normal.

    TIPS

    Extra points to note when using Raptivity with Articulate Presenter

  • The audio recorder in Raptivity is NOT good, or at least I have not yet found how to change the settings to make it acceptable. When I click the settings button, nothing happens. So you might want to consider recording your audio externally (using Wavepad or Audacity or any other audio tool you may have) and then importing that, which you can do no problem.
  • Not all interactivites can be made transparent, so far as I can see (although it would seem that most can) . For example, the Wheel of Fortune interactivity game will not go transparent when you remove the background image.
  • As stated above, unlike with Quizmaker or Engage or the Learning Games, it is not possible to link from the interactivity itself to another slide. You need to place the necessary links on the slide (in the space remaining) or have your user use the Articulate player.
  • If you want your navigation panel thumbnails to show the Raptivity interactivities, then view your presentation in PowerPoint (the Raptivity slides will work) before publishing. You won’t have exactly the same images as on your slides if you chose transparent backgrounds, but it will be close. If you didn’t make your movies transparent, then you should have exactly the right images in your thumbnails. Look at the thumbnails in the example above.
  • If you are using a Crossword interactivity, or indeed any interactivity which requires the student to use the keyboard letters, be sure to turn off the Keyboard shortcuts in Articulate Presenter or you will get some interference. To turn off the shortcuts in Articulate Presenter, go to Articulate -> Player Template Builder -> Navigation and scroll to the bottom. Uncheck “Enable keyboard shortcuts”.
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    How To Add A Captivate Movie To Articulate Presenter

    Summary: You can include Captivate movies into Articulate Presenter. This may involve manually copying the Captivate files into the Articulate published files.

    Difficulty: Medium

    NOTE: THE PROCEDURE FOR INSERTING CAPTIVATE MOVIES IN PRESENTER ’09 IS THE SAME AS DESCRIBED BELOW FOR PRESENTER 5. ONLY THE INTERFACE FOR ADDING FLASH MOVIES IN PRESENTER HAS CHANGED.

    Articulate Presenter brings everything together

    Many course designers don’t like to put all their eggs in one basket and use different tools to get what they are after. One of the great things about Articulate Presenter is that it allows you to put the vast majority of those productions into one shell whether they be created with Camtasia, Flash, Raptivity, Captivate or any other tool out there and this is indeed a unique feature of Presenter.

    This post looks at Captivate and basically copies and expands on one of the posts I made on the Articulate forums recently. The demo from this post on the forums shows how you can add Captivate to Presenter and Engage.

    Forum Demo

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    It is hosted on Articulate Online showing that you can have embedded Captivate movies in Presenter and still send them to your LMS.

    I am not a big user of Captivate but I do know that there are different versions and that most people are using Captivate 2 or Captivate 3. I also know that Captivate can create single SWF movies (ie. the whole movie is contained in a single SWF file) or multiple-file movies (the movie is composed of a player shell, a main SWF file and other files which are important for the interactivity of the movie). Captivate 3 often creates multiple-file movies, for example if you include FLV video in your presentation.

    SINGLE-FILE SWF CAPTIVATE MOVIE

    If you use a single-file SWF movie, then the process for adding it to Presenter is much the same as you would follow to add any Flash movie to Articulate Presenter: via the Import Flash Movie tool in the Articulate menu.

    Depending on the nature of the movie, you may need to set it to play After the slide has begun. Another issue concerns the inbuilt buffer that you may have in your Captivate movie which might conflict with the default buffer settings in Presenter. You may need to change the buffer to 0 in Presenter via the Insert Flash Movie wizard, for the conflict to disappear.

    MULTIPLE-FILE CAPTIVATE MOVIES

    The ‘fun’ starts when you have a multiple-file Captivate movie on your hands. Actually the process is quite simple, but you do need to do some manual shifting of files.

    Let us assume you have your Captivate movie. Here is our Captivate movie as it stands by itself. It is a simple movie containing an FLV video (slideshow).

    Captivate Standalone

    View movie

    And here are the multiple files that make up our Captivate movie:

    Captivate Files

    The movie is being launched by the file hip.html in our browser.

    Now we want to insert this movie into Presenter. How do we do it?

    • 1 Go to PowerPoint and then Articulate -> Insert Flash Movie

      Insert Flash Movie

      Display in Slide, and choose to open the skin SWF file, in the case above hip_skin.swf. It should always contain the word skin in the title.

      Select skin movie

    • 2 Keep the synchronization as default (Play Flash movie and slide in sync) but select Move to next slide when user clicks next. To avoid conflicts, set the buffer to 0 although this should not be an issue with the shell. Click Next and Finish and your Captivate shell is inserted into Presenter.

      Flash wizard settings

    • 3 Now we just need to finish our Articulate Presenter presentation in PowerPoint and publish, either to the WEB or to an LMS or to Articulate Online as normal.
    • 4 When you have published you need to go to the published files and locate the data folder. This image shows published files for loading on a regular web site:

      Open Data folder

      Then open the SWF folder:

      Open SWF folder

      You’ll find files like those below.

      Published files in the SWF folder of Presenter

      This is where your remaining Captivate files need to go (with the exception of the skin file which has already been inserted and which we can see above called fm_hip_skin.swf and the hip.html file which was solely used to launch the Captivate movie directly in the browser and the standard.js file which is also superfluous).

    • 5 Copy the appropriate Captivate files.

      Copy Captivate files

    • 6 Paste the above files into the SWF folder in the Presenter published files. You’ll have something like this:

      Captivate files in Presenter SWF folder

    • 7 You are now ready to launch your Articulate presentation by double-clicking on the player.html file. DO NOT REPUBLISH.

      Launch Articulate presentation

    Here is the same Captivate movie inserted into Presenter:

    Final version

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    If you are publishing to Articulate Online or an LMS, please see this article on how best to manually move your files.

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