3.13 Webinar video and follow-up questions answered

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3.13 Webinar video and follow-up questions answered

Postby Leif » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:05 pm

Here is the recording of our 3.13 update Webinar for download. If you have any trouble viewing it, please let us know. http://share.suddenlysmart.com/~leif/Sm ... erview.wmv

There were several questions during today’s session that we did not get until after the session, so we are going to summarize those questions and answers here…

“Can you have different skins?” [We assume this is regarding video.] The video object does have a variety of different skins. You can also use custom buttons to fire video events like play and pause, so you can choose to not use the video’s controller and instead create your own player controls.

“Does the video object also support MP4 files, or just FLV?” MP4 video file types are allowed when using the URL property of the existing videoobject.

“Is the cue point functionality only for the new RTMP video object, or does it work for the existing internal video objects as well?” It works for all video types: uploaded to SB and used via media property of existing video object, streamed via URL property into existing video object, and streamed using RTMP streaming server video object.

“Are you planning different skins for the controller?” Not currently, but we welcome your feedback if you have specific requests.

“Do cue points need to be exported (embedded) with the video?” No. That’s the genius of the new cue points property… you can specify those cue points in SB without any access to how the video was originally encoded.

“If time permits, could you speak briefly to features for creating accessible output (eg. For screen readers.)” You can find more information on making SB content accessible here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=264&p=824 If you need further assistance, please feel free to reach out via our support chat or post to our forum.

“With the large number of enhanced templates, is there a way to favorite my top 8-10 so that they are easier to find?” You would do this by applying your favorite template and then re-saving it as your own template. You would then have your favorite templates in your My Templates folder. You could also create a sub folder in your Templates folder and put your templates there to share with your team. If you do not have folder creation rights, you can speak to your SB admin about getting that right, or you can reach out to us and we’ll see what we can do about getting that right extended to your user account.

“Is there a special place we should save lesson shells we create?” You should create a Shared Library folder under your organizations folder. If you do not have folder creation rights, you can speak to your SB admin about getting that right, or you can reach out to us and we’ll see what we can do about getting that right extended to your user account.

“If we submit something, do we just tell you where it is in our structure?” If you’re submitting a template idea, you may only have a textual description and a graphic. If you already have an interaction you’d like to submit, and you’re a hosted client, then yes; you can just tell us the name of the lesson or template and we can track it down (email us at templates@smartbuilder.com). If you’re an installed client, then you’ll likely need to send us an .sb3 source package.

“Is there a way to get the .png of the background of the button states to build additional buttons?” You want source files? We have source files! Just tell us what you’re looking for and we’re happy to share. However, you don’t need to use the standard styles as a starting point. You can upload any supported graphic (PNG, GIF, SWF, JPG) for you Normal, On Rollover and On Press states. Just make sure they’re all the same size.

“What are your plans to support HTML 5?” We are working on HTML 5 with our version 4 release. However, in the meantime, the photon browser on the iPlatform does enable you to view Flash on iPads or iPhones. Newer Android tablets support Flash. For a full explanation on this topic, please see: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=727&p=2044

“What are your plans to better support PowerPoint conversions?” As you know, SB converts only some aspects of PPT presentations because we actually convert those items to Flash and allow you to continue editing those items as Flash objects in SB (as opposed to other platforms which publish to Flash, but require edits be made in the source PPT and then re-published.) While it’s working as well as it will for the remainder of the life of version 3, we have made a more seamless conversion from PPT a priority for version 4 of SB. However, it’s a still a bit of a catch-22… While PPT is a favorite format for SME’s to hand-off content, it also makes it easy to turn out information-centric, page-turner (read that “boring”) courses – in fact it encourages this by starting with an information-centric perspective (is the content complete, ordered correctly, etc.) See this blog post by Cathy Moore for a good explanation on why this approach is less effective: http://blog.cathy-moore.com/2010/05/the ... elearning/ If you really want to convert PPT’s (which can be best for performance support aids, or when very quick turn-around-times are required) then we suggest using a tool like Articulate or iSpring. We’d still recommend going through a process like action mapping and learning to build engaging exercises where people can practice applying concepts because that’s where you’ll get the greatest return on your time. You can learn more about action mapping at Cathy’s blog (http://blog.cathy-moore.com) or the elearning blueprint (http://www.elearningblueprint.com)

“Please remind us of the email addy for the template ideas/suggestions…” templates@suddenlysmart.com
“When can I sign up for the certification program?” We’ll let you know via email as soon as it is available.

“Do we have to go through training in order to take the certification course?” Nope. If you think you’re ready, then you can request the test at any time.

“Will you be able to subscribe to the blog and thus get email updates?” Most definitely.

“Can you be the subject of a case study but not have it posted to the website? (We have proprietary info we wouldn’t be able to share.)” Sounds like you’re willing to present and share the recording with the attendees but not post the recording on the blog for general web consumption? We’d prefer if you could hide or generalize some of the sensitive content, but if that isn’t possible, we probably could make an exception to the normal format and not post the recording on the blog.

“Will we get emails inviting us to these webinars? (Like we did for this one?)” Yes.

“If we have an installed SB system, do we still get the RTMP video object?” Yes. You can download the widget package from our help system here: http://help.smartbuilder.com/node/544

“Is the lesson shell you demonstrated already on the system?” Yes. You’ll find it under the SmartBuilder lesson shells folder in the Shared Library

“Is the full functionality of the SB authoring tool available via the community license?” Yes and No. The authoring portion is fully functional, and you can share what you’ve built online. However, you cannot download your content (to deliver it via an LMS for instance.) For a full comparison list of the community version versus pro version, please visit: http://www.suddenlysmart.com/pricing.htm
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