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Adobe Presenter 9: The Essentials Workbook

ISBN: 1932733655

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Adobe Presenter 9: The Essentials Workbook

"Adobe Presenter 9: The Essentials" is a self-paced training manual that teaches the core Adobe Presenter skills needed to create interactive eLearning content from your existing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

By following step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to create interactive soft skills eLearning. You'll learn how to add Characters, Scenes, images and videos. You’ll learn how to create voiceover scripts, record voiceover audio, import audio, and edit audio files.

You'll learn how to publish your Presenter projects as SWF, PDF, and  how to prepare and upload your content so that it will integrate with Learning Management Systems.

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Preface

This section of the book delves into what Adobe Presenter can do for you when it comes to the realm of eLearning. You’ll learn some best practices for developing successful eLearning, how to plan your projects and how to create a storyboard. You’ll also learn some design basics including how to avoid the dreaded “death by PowerPoint” and the ideal use of fonts.

You Will Learn About:

  • Adobe Presenter’s Role in eLearning
  • Designing Slides Within PowerPoint
  • Fonts and Learning
  • Planning eLearning Projects
  • eLearning Budgeting Considerations
  • Scripts for Software Demonstrations
  • Storyboarding for Soft Skills

Presenter Basics

Adobe Presenter is a powerful add-on (plug-in) to Microsoft PowerPoint. To begin creating a Presenter eLearning lesson, you create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation as you normally would. When it comes time to add the eLearning component to the PowerPoint presentation, you access the Adobe Presenter tab on the Ribbon.

During the activities in this section, you’ll get an opportunity to get comfortable within the Presenter interface. To do so, you’ll start PowerPoint, open an existing presentation and explore the Presenter features that have been added to the presentation. Then you’ll learn how to add both Characters and Scenes to both new and existing Presentations.

You Will Learn About:

  • The Adobe Presenter Interface
  • Characters
  • Scenes
  • Explore an Existing Presentation
  • Insert a Character
  • Create a Scene

And You Will Learn To:

  • Explore an Existing Presentation
  • Insert a Character
  • Create a Scene

Audio

Adobe Presenter allows you to record voiceover for each slide—or for a series of slides. You can even synchronize your voiceover with animations on the slide to simulate what you would do in a live classroom. If you prefer, you can record the voiceover separately by using a sound-recording program such as Adobe Audition, or hire voiceover talent to do the recording.

You Will Learn About:

  • Voiceover Scripts
  • Recording Voiceover Audio
  • Importing Audio
  • Editing Audio
  • Explore an Existing Presentation
  • Insert a Character
  • Create a Scene

And You Will Learn To:

  • Explore an Existing Presentation
  • Insert a Character
  • Create a Scene

Video and Pictures

Presenter supports several types of video and image formats including Windows media files (afs, wmv, mpg), Quick Time files (mp4, dv, dvi, mov, and 3g), Flash Video (flv), and standard image formats (gif, jpg, etc). If your computer setup includes a video camera, you can also record your own video. When adding videos to a presentation, you can elect to import the video directly to a slide, or have the video appear on the Sidebar. You’ll learn both techniques during this module.

You Will Learn About:

  • Slide Video
  • Sidebar Video
  • Pictures
  • Add a Flash Video to a Slide
  • Edit an Imported Video
  • Import a Sidebar Video
  • Import a Picture Onto a Slide

And You Will Learn To:

  • Add a Flash Video to a Slide
  • Edit an Imported Video
  • Import a Sidebar Video
  • Import a Picture Onto a Slide

Interactive eLearning

Interactions, also referred to as Smart Learning Interactions, are widgets (SWFs) that allow you to quickly insert interactive objects onto a slide. Adobe Presenter ships with a wide range of Interactions, such as Process Cycles and Word Search, and you can download more from the Adobe Presenter website. As you work with Interactions, you’ll find that you can customize not only the content but also the look and feel of the Interaction.

You Will Learn About:

  • Interactions
  • Scenario Interactions
  • Insert a Word Search Interaction
  • Manage a Slide
  • Create a Scenario Interaction
  • Create a Hyperlink

And You Will Learn To:

  • Insert a Word Search Interaction
  • Manage a Slide
  • Create a Scenario Interaction
  • Create a Hyperlink

Quizzing

Presenter includes a wonderful array of Question Types including Multiple Choice, True/False, Matching, Fill-in-the-blank, Hot Spot and even Drag Drop. During the activities in this module, you’ll get a chance to add a quiz and a few questions to a Presentation.

You Will Learn About:

  • Creating Quizzes
  • Add a Quiz
  • Insert a Graded Question
  • Add a Survey

And You Will Learn To:

  • Add a Quiz
  • Insert a Graded Question
  • Add a Survey

Reporting Data

If you need to track learner progress through your eLearning course, the most common way to go is to use a Learning Management System (LMS). During this module, you’ll learn about SCORM, AICC, TinCan and how to create a content package from within Presenter. You’ll learn how to upload the content package into a typical LMS.

You Will Learn About:

  • Preparing a Lesson for an LMS
  • Uploading to an LMS
  • Set Quiz Reporting Options
  • Create a Manifest File
  • Publish a Content Package
  • Create an Inquisiq LMS Account
  • Create an LMS Course
  • Attach a Lesson to a Course
  • Create an LMS Catalog
  • Attach a Course to a Catalog
  • Test an eLearning Course

And You Will Learn To:

  • Set Quiz Reporting Options
  • Create a Manifest File
  • Publish a Content Package
  • Create an Inquisiq LMS Account
  • Create an LMS Course
  • Attach a Lesson to a Course
  • Create an LMS Catalog
  • Attach a Course to a Catalog
  • Test an eLearning Course

Finishing Touches

Put the finishing touches on your Presenter project by learning to work with Themes, Sidebars, add Presenters and control each slide via the Slide Manager. You’ll also learn how you can share your Presenter project with fellow developers via Presenter’s Package feature.

You Will Learn About:

  • Themes
  • Settings
  • Managing Slides
  • Packaging
  • Apply a Theme
  • Customize a Theme
  • Edit the Presentation Settings
  • Add a Presenter
  • Modify Sidebar Presenter Info
  • Assign a Presenter to Slides
  • Create a Package

And You Will Learn To:

  • Apply a Theme
  • Customize a Theme
  • Edit the Presentation Settings
  • Add a Presenter
  • Modify Sidebar Presenter Info
  • Assign a Presenter to Slides
  • Create a Package

Kevin Siegel

Kevin Siegel is the founder and president of IconLogic, Inc. He has written more than 100 step-by-step computer training books, including Essentials of Adobe Captivate 7, Essentials of Adobe Captivate 6, Adobe Captivate 6: Beyond the Essentials, Essentials of Adobe Captivate 5, Adobe Captivate 5: Beyond the Essentials, Essentials of Adobe Captivate 4, Adobe Captivate 4: Beyond the Essentials, Essentials of Adobe Captivate 3, Essentials of Adobe Captivate 2, Essentials of Macromedia Captivate, Essentials of RoboDemo 5, Essentials of Adobe RoboHelp 10, Essentials of Adobe RoboHelp 9, Essentials of Adobe RoboHelp 8, Essentials of Adobe RoboHelp 7, Essentials of Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, QuarkXPress 8: The Basics, Essentials of Adobe InDesign CS3, Camtasia Studio 7: The Essentials and Camtasia Studio 6: The Essentials.

Kevin spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an award-winning photojournalist and has more than two decades experience as a print publisher, technical writer, instructional designer and eLearning developer. He is a certified technical trainer, has been a classroom instructor for more than 20 years and is a frequent speaker at trade shows and conventions. Kevin holds multiple certifications from companies such as Adobe and the CompTIA. 

Jennie Ruby

Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author of Effective Writing for Curriculum Development, Microsoft Access, An Introduction, Editing with Word 2003 and Adobe Acrobat, Editing with Word 2007, Editing with Word 2010, Introduction to Copyediting, Professional Proofreading, Writing for the Web, Advanced Grammar, Substantive Editing, Editing with Acrobat, Mastering Track Changes in Word, and Managing the Review Process with Acrobat.

Jennie has an M.A. from George Washington University and is a Certified Technical Trainer (CompTIA). She is a training professional with nearly 20 years of experience in classroom and online training as well as eLearning script development.

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