In the previous posts, you’ve learnt how to use ActivePresenter to create many interactive content such as games, e-flashcards, questions, etc. And in today’s article, you will find that creating interactive images has never been so easy with ActivePresenter.
Basically, an interactive image is a photo whenever you hover the mouse over or click it, it can show information, change state, hide itself, or even more. Therefore, turning normal images into interactive images will make your course become lively, engaging and inspire learners as well.
For example, I want to provide learners with information about our solar system by creating an interactive image. So, to get it done, I will use Multiple Timelines, Events-Actions and Advanced Actions from ActivePresenter. Now, let’s practice step-by-step with me in this post.
Preparing for Creating Interactive Images
In fact, a clear plan will help you speed up your process. Thus, let’s make a plan before starting. By this way, you can create interactive images with ActivePresenter quickly and effectively.
First of all, make sure to install our tool and run it on your computer.
Secondly, define the tasks you have to do to create interactive images. For example, I have to complete 3 tasks respectively:
(1). Make 8 planets orbit around the sun.
(2).Make a planet stop moving and show its information when moving the mouse over it.
(3). Make the information disappear and the planet continue moving when moving the mouse out of it.
Thirdly, prepare a universal background image and 8 separate planet images.
Then, open a Blank Project of ActivePresenter > Annotations tab > Image to add those prepared images.
As you can see, all the planets are placed respectively on their orbit. Now, adjust each image’s size to match its planets’ size.
After having a well-prepared plan, let’s start creating interactive images with our tool.
Making Eight Planets Orbit Around the Sun
To begin with, creating the planets’ orbits and making them orbit around the sun are the first task. Multiple Timelines feature from ActivePresenter comes in handy to help you complete this work. Initially, we need to create a new timeline for each planet so that each planet will work independently if I move the mouse pointer over or out of.
Now, do the following steps:
Step 1: Click Add Timeline > Rename Timeline… > type the timeline name > OK.
For more information, please refer to Using Multiple Timelines.
Tip: Name each timeline after its planet’s name. This helps you identify and edit easily.
Step 2: Create planet’s orbit by adding motion path to it in each planet’s timeline. Open the Animations tab > Add Animation > choose one type of Motion Path.
Step 3: Adjust the motion path as you want by dragging the anchor points and control points. To curve the motion paths, right-click the black points and select Smooth Point.
Note: The anchor point is used to define the position of the motion path, the control point is used to define level curve.
Tip: You can create many anchor points to adjust easily by clicking anywhere on the motion path.
Step 4: Make the planets orbit around the sun continuously.
In the timeline, you can double-click the effect time bar to open the dialog which allows you to modify the effect. Here, you can adjust Start Time and Duration to fit planet moving speed. Especially, select Repeat Until end of Slide to loop the planet’s motion path. Then, click OK to apply.
Remember to repeat 4 steps above for all planet objects.
Step 5: Add Start Timeline action of all the planets on On Load event of the Slide. This makes the planets orbit around the sun when the project starts.
Providing Information for the Planets
When exploring the universe, learners may want to get more knowledge. So, insert objects to provide information for learners is a good choice. Here’s how:
Step 1: Open the Annotations tab > Shapes > select one shape from the built-in list and type information.
Tip: You can insert links, images, videos, etc. as you wish.
Step 2: Open the Format tab to adjust shape style, color, etc.
Step 3: Go to the Properties pane > Size & Properties > Timing > check the Initially Hidden box to hide the information objects when the project starts.
You can repeat the above steps with each planet.
Creating Interactivity for the Planets
Creating Advanced Actions
After creating the planets’ orbits and giving information to the planets, it’s time to add interactivity to them. In fact, the actions of making the planet stop moving, showing the information, hiding the information, and making the planet continue moving will be applied to all planets. So, we need the help of Advanced Actions to create interactive images quickly.
Step 1: Click Advanced Actions in the Interactions tab or the Properties pane. The Advanced Actions dialog will appear.
Step 2: Create advanced actions to make the planets stop moving and show information when moving the mouse pointer over them, do as follows:
- Name it is “Stop_Show”.
- Add two parameters with their corresponding types.
- Add Pause Timeline action for Planet parameter.
- Add Show Object action for Information parameter.
Then, click Save to keep what you did.
Step 3: Create advanced actions to make the information disappear and the planet continue moving when moving the mouse out of them, do as follows:
- Add advanced actions “Disappear_Move”.
- Add two parameters similar to step 2.
- Add Continue Timeline action for Planet parameter.
- Add Hide Object action for Information parameter.
- Click Save.
After that, click Close the Advanced Actions dialog. Now, we move to the next part.
Applying Advanced Actions to Events
Let’s take the last steps to complete creating this interactive image:
Step 1: Select a planet image > in the Properties pane > Interactivity > Events – Actions.
Step 2: Add On Rollover event > Add Action > Advanced Actions.
- Click Click to edit.
- Select advanced actions “Stop_Show”.
- Select suitable value for Planet, Information parameters.
Step 3: Add On Rollout event > Add Action > Advanced Actions.
- Click Click to edit.
- Select advanced actions “Disappear_Move”.
- Select suitable value for Information parameter.
Repeat the above steps for all the planet images. And then, click HTML5 Preview to see your result. Believe me! You may be surprised by what you created.