7 Replies Latest reply on Mar 3, 2017 11:26 AM by michellew52859110

    Images as Buttons in a Collage Slide Layout

    michellew52859110 Level 1

      Hello,

       

      Here is what I am trying to accomplish:

       

      Step 1: Insert approximately 5-6 images on the same slide and arrange them in a collage layout, but all of the images will occupy the left side of the slide.

       

      Step 2: Convert the images into buttons.

       

      Step 3: Have different pieces of text appear on the right side of the slide when learner clicks each image/button.

       

      I figured out how to accomplish steps 1 & 2, however I need help from this point forward.

       

      From the "Properties" panel, I used the "Actions" tab to show the text after the button is clicked, however what I want to happen is that each time the learner clicks a different button on the slide, the text associated with the last button clicked will automatically disappear and be replaced by the text associated with the button that the learner just clicked.

       

      Someone accomplished what I'm trying to do in Captivate with Articulate SL.  If it would be easier, I can send a link to the SL project.  Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Images as Buttons in a Collage Slide Layout
          Lilybiri MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          You want all texts to remain visible on the slide. That should be very easy. This is my work flow for such a situation:

          • Group all text objects (CTRL-G)
          • Create a shared action with two commands:
            • Hide Gr_Text
            • Show TextX
          • Define both Gr_Text and TextX as parameters
          • Apply that shared action to each of the shape button (think you used shape buttons that were filled with the images). The first parameter will always be Gr_Text, the second will change with each button, pointing to the correct text object.

          Some articles about shared actions:

          Dare to Share - part 1 - Captivate blog

          Dare to Share - part 2 - Captivate blog

           

          The advantage of shared actions is that you can reuse them over and over again, also in other projects. They appear, with their usage, in the Library

          • 2. Re: Images as Buttons in a Collage Slide Layout
            michellew52859110 Level 1

            Hello and thank you for help.  I learned about Single Actions and how to create one about ten minutes before I posted my question to this forum.  I see that you included links to two of your articles on shared actions, which I also appreciate.  I am going to give it my best shot and follow your steps.  I will provide an update after I follow your steps.  Thanks again.

            • 3. Re: Images as Buttons in a Collage Slide Layout
              michellew52859110 Level 1

              It could be that the pressure of meeting my deadline is interfering with my understanding of your instructions, or perhaps I didn't do a good job of explaining what I'm trying to achieve, but I wasn't able to make it work.  Instead, I'm going to use rollover captions.  As I continue to build my skill level, I hope to take advantage of your instructions in the future.  Thanks again for your help.

              • 4. Re: Images as Buttons in a Collage Slide Layout
                Lilybiri MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                Be careful: rollovers are not supported for HTML5 output.

                 

                What was the problem?

                • 5. Re: Images as Buttons in a Collage Slide Layout
                  michellew52859110 Level 1

                  Thanks for the warning about rollovers.  A different piece of text will be associated with each button; for example, let's say I am going to insert four different shapes onto the same slide: a circle, square, rectangle, and triangle.  Each shape will function as a button.

                  Let's say when I click on the circle-shaped button, the following text displays "This is a circle".  When the learner clicks on a different button (shape), such as the square, the text associated with circle needs to disappear and the text associated with the square needs to display, such as "This is a square".  If I group all of the text together, then all the text displays at the same time, which I don't want to happen.  Thanks again.

                  • 6. Re: Images as Buttons in a Collage Slide Layout
                    Lilybiri MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                    You always need two commands: you first hide the group, then you show the item that has to be shown.

                     

                    Since a single or simple command cannot do both, you need an 'advanced' or 'shared' action. Both are created in tha Advanced Actions dialog box (under Project menu). I proposed a shared action, but you could do it with duplicates of advanced actions as well.  I created a quick example. Here is the Timeline:

                    TimelineAA.png

                    You see 3 shape buttons on top, with Pausing point at the same moment (1,5secs) above a group with 3 texts which are all hidden in Output to start with (use the Eye button in the Properties panel, it has to be barred).

                    Open the Advanced Actions dialog box from Project menu:

                    CIrcleAA.png

                    Type in Action name (CircleAct) and double click in the Second column,  first line, you get a dropdown list with actions (like the simple actions in the Properties panel). Choose the command Hide. Double-click in the third column, first line and choose the Group as object. Similar for the second command line. Then save the action.

                    You can duplicate the action with the indicated button. Change its name, and the second command line, the first remains the same.

                    rectangleAA.png

                    Repeat this as many times as you need the two-command action.

                     

                    To attach to the shape buttons, go in their Properties panel, Actions tab, open the dropdown list and choose

                    Execute Advanced Action.

                    Choose the appropriate action.

                     

                    Later on you can study the Shared actions articles, because it would be better with shared actions but this will work as well.

                    • 7. Re: Images as Buttons in a Collage Slide Layout
                      michellew52859110 Level 1

                      WOW, this is fantastic!  I really appreciate you taking time to provide screenshots!  Thank you!!!!