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PresenterPLUS Quick Start
Version 5.1 | June 2011 | 3725-75201-001/A
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PresenterPLUS
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Overview
The following is a Quick Start for Accordent’s PresenterPLUS presentation
authoring software. This document will guide you through installation of
PresenterPLUS and using PresenterPLUS to: i) create a presentation using a
local media file (residing on your desktop, network drive, or CD); and ii) to
publish the presentation to your desktop.
The PresenterPLUS workflow comprises five easy steps:
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Selecting Media: PresenterPLUS supports several different media
formats, including Expression Encoder, WindowsMedia, MPEG 1, 4,
MP3, .wav, .avi, and more. PresenterPLUS enables a content author to
use audio/video that resides locally or is captured live and published on
demand. For purposes of this Quick Start, we will be focused on using a
media file that has already been created and is available on your local
desktop, network drive, or a CD.
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Selecting An Interface: After a media source or file has been selected,
you will use the Skins page to select and customize a presentation
interface. PresenterPLUS includes several customizable skins and, since
skins are standards-based, you can easily create your own using virtually
any third party graphics program.
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Synchronizing Assets: Use the “Sync” page to synchronize images,
including jpegs, gifs, and PDFs, Flash files, URLs, as well as bookmarks
that will enable the audience to jump to specific parts of the presentation.
PresenterPLUS enables synchronized assets to be targeted to different
regions of the interface.
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Previewing & Editing A Presentation: After you have created a
synchronized presentation, use the preview features to watch the
presentation directly within PresenterPLUS. You can preview a specific
synchronization region, multiple synchronization regions, and even
undock the preview frames to resize them and move them around your
desktop. If you need to make a change, simply drag the asset tags to
different locations on the time bar, delete tags, or add new tags.
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Publishing A Presentation: After you have finished your presentation,
you can publish it locally, to CD, or to a web and streaming server – all
automatically. For purposes of this Quick Start, we will focus on
publishing it locally to your desktop.
This Quick Start is not a complete manual and does not address many
PresenterPLUS features that may be useful for future presentations. For
additional instructions, please see the PresenterPLUS User Manual.
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Installing PresenterPLUS
Download & Installation of PresenterPLUS
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If you are installing PresenterPLUS from a CD skip to step 3.
2
When PresenterPLUS is downloaded it will be delivered as a
self-extracting .exe file.
3
Click Setup (setup.exe).
4
When the Welcome screen appears, click Next.
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On the Destination Location screen, either select a location for
PresenterPLUS using the Browse button or use the default setting and
click Next.
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On the Start Installation screen, click Next. PresenterPLUS will begin
installing.
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As soon as PresenterPLUS is done installing, the Successful Installation
screen will appear. Click Finish.
Launching PresenterPLUS
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To launch PresenterPLUS, first click the desktop Start menu.
2
Next, click Programs, then Accordent, and then PresenterPLUS.
3
If PresenterPLUS is being launched for the first time, the Accordent
end-user license agreement will appear. Click I Agree.
4
After clicking I Agree, the product registration page will appear.
Complete the registration page and click Register.
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Immediately after clicking Register, the “Select Media Source” screen will
appear.
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Getting Started and Creating A Presentation
Getting Started: Selecting a Local Media File
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Launch PresenterPLUS. Immediately after launching PresenterPLUS, the
“Select Media Source” screen will appear.
2
On the “Select Media Source” screen, select Local Media File and click
Next. Immediately after clicking Next, the “Browse” screen will appear.
3
On the “Browse” screen, click Browse. In the Browse window, select a
media file and click OK
4
After clicking OK, the Local Media file will appear in the “File” field. If
this is the media file that you want to incorporate into your presentation,
click Begin.
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Immediately after clicking Begin, PresenterPLUS will appear. The local
media file will be accessible in the audio/video window in the upper
left-hand corner of PresenterPLUS.
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Selecting an Interface
Once you have selected a media file, it is next necessary to select the interface
(or “Skin”) in which the presentation will be displayed. Only Skins that are
compatible with the selected media format will be available. If you select a
media file encoded to a different format, different Skins will be available.
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By default the Skins page should be displayed. If it is not displayed, click
the Skins tab.
2
On the Skins page, select a skin by clicking on one of the skin thumbnails
displayed in the “Skin Preview” window.
You can preview a skin by double-clicking on a skin in the “Skin Preview” window.
3
After selecting a skin, a thumbnail of the interface will appear directly
beneath the media player. The thumbnail will indicate where the skin
target regions are and should be used when targeting synchronized
content to different regions of the skin.
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After selecting a skin, click the Custom tab. Immediately after clicking
Custom, the Custom page will appear. The fields displayed on the
Custom page are used to customize the text that is displayed in the skin,
for example, Presenter Name and Date.
Synchronizing Images
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After selecting and customizing a skin, click Sync. Immediately after
clicking Sync, the Sync page will appear. The sync page contains the
Images, URLs, and Bookmarks tabs. (If you are not interested in
synchronizing images, skip to “Synchronizing URLs ” on page 5).
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After clicking Sync, the Images screen should be displayed. If it is not
displayed, click the Images tab.
3
On the Images screen, there are four import buttons that are used to
import images, PowerPoint slides, PDF documents, and Flash files. Click
on the button that indicates the type of assets that you want to import.
Once you have imported images, they will appear in the Preview
window. You can preview thumbnails or the images or zoom in on a
specific image.
You can import as many times and as many file types as you want.
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To begin synchronizing images, click Play directly below the Media
window. As soon as the media starts playing, highlight the first image
that you want to synchronize.
If you select the “auto-generate” field, a bookmark will be automatically generated
every time you synchronize an image. Creating custom chapters is addressed in
“Synchronizing Bookmarks ” on page 6.
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Next, use the “Target to Region” fields to select where the synchronized
image will be targeted. You can use the interface thumbnail as a
reference.
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When you want to synchronize the image, click Sync. A hash-mark will
appear on the Time Bar indicating that you have synchronized an image
and the time at which it was synchronized.
If you have the timings for the synchronized assets, you do not have to watch the
media to synchronize. You can highlight the image, enter the time in the TimeBar
Timer, and click Sync.
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Use this process to synchronize as many images as desired.
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To access the URLs screen, click the URLs tab. Immediately after clicking
URLs, the URLs screen should appear.
2
To synchronize a URL, first enter the desired URL in the URL field.
3
If you would like to prepare several URLs before synchronizing, click
Add to List and enter additional URLs in the URL field. If you want to
synchronize the URL, first click Play directly beneath the media.
4
As soon as the media starts playing, highlight the first URL that you want
to synchronize.
5
Next, use the “Target to Region” fields to select where the synchronized
URL will be targeted. You can use the interface thumbnail as a reference.
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When you want to synchronize the URL, click Sync. An orange
hash-mark will appear on the Time Bar indicating that you have
synchronized an image and the time at which it was synchronized.
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Use this process to synchronize as many URLs as desired.
Synchronizing URLs
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Synchronizing Bookmarks
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To access the Bookmarks screen, click the Bookmarks tab. Immediately
after clicking Bookmarks, the Bookmarks screen should appear.
2
To synchronize a Bookmark, first enter the bookmark title in the
“Bookmark Title” field.
3
Next, click Play directly beneath the media.
4
As soon as the media starts playing, click Sync Bookmark.
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Use this process to synchronize as many bookmarks as desired.
Once you have synchronized all of the desired assets, click Preview.
Immediately after clicking Preview, the Preview page will appear.
Previewing A Presentation
After synchronizing assets around your media file, you may want to preview
the presentation to ensure that you have synchronized all of the necessary
assets and that the synchronization timings are accurate. The preview features
described below will enable you to preview and edit the presentation.
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After synchronizing a presentation, click Preview.
2
On the Preview page, use the buttons located directly above the
“Preview” window to select the preview layout. You can use this feature
to view an individual target region or multiple target region.
In the same row of buttons is the “Un-Dock” button. The “Un-Dock” button is used
to release the view windows from PresenterPLUS so that they can be reshaped and
placed anywhere on the desktop.
3
After you have selected a view, click Play directly below the media
player. As soon as the media starts playing, the timer will start moving.
As soon as the timer reaches a synchronized asset, that asset will appear
in the appropriate preview frame.
4
As you are previewing a presentation, you can edit asset timings and
delete synchronized assets.
— Deleting Assets: Right-click on the asset hash-mark on the timeline
and click Delete.
— Edit Asset Timings: Click on the asset hash-mark and drag it to the
correct time on the timeline.
If you have automatically generated chapters, these chapter may be locked to
synchronized images. If you want to move or delete one without moving or deleting
the other, right-click on the image and click Undock.
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Publishing A Presentation Locally
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After previewing and editing a presentation, click Publish. Immediately
after clicking Publish, the Publish page will appear.
2
On the publish page, enter a Project name in the Project Folder field.
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Next, under Publishing Options, select Publish Locally.
4
Next, highlight the “Resize Images” if you would like PresenterPLUS to
resize the images to fit the interface specifications.
5
Next, use the Conversion Format fields to select whether images will be
converted to jpegs or gifs. If you select jpegs, you can use the “Image
Compression Quality” bar to specify the image conversion quality.
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After selecting an image conversion format, click Publish. Immediately
after clicking Publish, presentation content will be generated.
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After PresenterPLUS has completed generating the presentation content,
you can view the final presentation by clicking Launch Presentation.
Viewing the Locally Stored Presentation
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PresenterPLUS automatically created a project directory containing the
presentation assets. The project directory will be located in the
PresenterPLUS folder which, by default, is located in your program files
(unless you chose to install it elsewhere).
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After the project directory has been located, double-click on the project
directory.
3
In the project directory, double-click project/cd/index.html. Immediately
after clicking project/cds/links.htm, a browser will appear with one or
more links.
4
Click on the link to view the archived presentation.
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