You may know that ActivePresenter now supports themes and templates. These features give you a lot of benefits. But they also offer another advantage that you probably don’t know.
Here it is: you can change default object settings and save them as a theme or template. Then, create new projects from that theme/template to reuse object settings you’ve changed. Sound interesting? Let’s find out this technique in today’s tutorial.
Change Default Settings for Objects in a Project
To change the default settings for any object in a project, do the following:
Step 1: Create a new blank project.
Step 2: Insert an object that you want to reuse the settings (also properties).
Step 3: Change default object settings. Do this the same way as you normally edit an object. For example, edit its color, size, animation effects, events and actions, etc.
Step 4: Right-click the object > Set as Default <object type>. For example, if you’ve just edited a Shape object, you see the Set as Default Shape option in the context menu.
That way, the current formatting will be set as default, and used each time you insert a new shape in the project.
Save and Reuse Object Settings across Projects
To reuse object settings, you need to take further steps. Do as follows:
Step 1: Perform one of these tasks:
- Press CTRL+S.
- Click ActivePresenter > Save or Save As….
Then, select ActivePresenter Slide Template (*.apslide) or ActivePresenter Theme (*.aptheme) in the Save as type list.
Step 2: Navigate to the location where you want to save the file and click Save. Save file in C:\Users\<username>\Documents\ActivePresenter Templates (for Windows) or /Users/<username>/Documents/ActivePresenter Templates (for macOS).
After that, your theme/template will appear on the Start Page. For example, if you save the project as MyTheme.aptheme, it’s shown on the Start Page like this.
Step 3: In the Template tab of the Start Page, find MyTheme. Then, click it to open the Preview dialog.
As you can see, there are four options to create a new project from the selected theme: Blank Project, Record Video, Record Software Simulation, and Responsive Project. Their names say it all, so just select any of them which serves your needs.
Create a project as you normally do. When you’re done this process, you’ll see object settings you’ve changed in that newly created project.