Summary: Add code to a hyperlink in Engage to link the interaction to a slide in PowerPoint.
It is not every day that you come across a new “hack” that you know is somehow bound to make it into the annals of Articulate development. Well, we are going to look at one which lets you link from any step in an Engage interaction embedded in your PowerPoint presentation to any other slide in the same PowerPoint presentation.
First, have a look at an example I put together showing how a labeled graphic can link to different slides in a presentation and be then linked back to the Engage interaction.
I didn’t do the whole map – just the orange markers link to other slides, plus the Exit link.
As you can see, the Engage interaction is used as a menu to other pages. You can therefore use any Engage interaction as a menu or sub-menu to your presentation. You can also link directly from one Engage interaction to another and back again.
How Do You Do It?
First some history.
A post on our forums caught the eye of one our developers. It was a plea to be able to link from Engage to a particular slide in PowerPoint.
Well, as easy as that might sound, this had not been possible without going into some considerable effort to create specially prepared SWF files containing Actionscript code. The code told the Articulate player to go to one slide or another. Here is an example I did some eighteen months ago. There was an easier solution, but the drawback was that the player had to restart before the slide was loaded as you can see in this example. This looked messy.
With this “hack”, we can now link to whatever slide we like from Engage without the player restarting and without having to write Flash. Here’s what you need to do:
Step By Step
- 1. Create your Engage interaction and add a hyperlink on a word. You’ll need to select some text and press the Hyperlink button:
- 2. Add this code as an http hyperlink with the last number indicating which slide in PowerPoint you want to link to:
- 3. Publish your interaction to PowerPoint.
- 4. Allow the user to leave the interaction at any time:
- 5. Now publish your PowerPoint presentation with Articulate Presenter and the hyperlinks in Engage will link to slides in your presentation (in this example to slide 5).
This hyperlink is linking to slide 5. If you want the link to go to slide 4, then replace the 5 at the end with a 4. Note too that the http:// we have at the beginning of a regular link is not used here. Then click OK.