Introducing Advanced Actions
Have you ever seen someone’s eLearning course and wondered why it looks perfect? ActivePresenter new version now provides you an amazing solution to create an engaging and interesting eLearning project. That’s Advanced Actions.
Advanced Actions helps you save time for executing multiple actions at one time and in building conditions for actions logically. Thus, you don’t need to repeat the same stages for each object. For example, there are many objects and each of them does the same tasks and it’ll be a waste of time setting actions for each object. With Advanced Actions, you’re allowed to solve that problem just by passing parameters to each object correspondingly.
So, let’s dive right in working with Advanced Actions.
Working with Advanced Actions
In fact, the procedure of working with Advanced Actions is basically the same as that of working with Events – Actions. However, there is a new feature of Advanced Actions you need to know: Parameters.
Parameters are like a bridge between the procedure and the actions you create. In other words, if you want to add a value to the action and reuse this value for other objects afterwards, you have to pass it to a parameter.
Creating New Advanced Actions
Initially, you have to select the object that you want to add advanced actions, then do either of the followings:
- In the Interactions tab > Advanced Actions.
- In the Properties pane > Interactivity > Events – Actions > Advanced Actions.
- Action Name: This is the name of Advanced Actions.
- Parameters: Each Advanced Action comes with its default parameters. Therefore, you have to add value to parameters to work with Advanced Actions.
- Actions: These are normal actions in Advanced Actions.
To add parameters, in the Advanced Actions dialog, click the Add button in the Parameters section.
Note: Each added parameter must be in proportion to each created action depending on your aims. After giving each parameter a name, you will have to select its type. ActivePresenter provides you 21 types of parameters for actions.
- Animated Timer: Use this for Start Timer, Pause Timer and Stop Timer action.
- Audio Resource: Use this for Play Audio action.
- Boolean: Use this for Condition of Variables action.
- Clear Control: Use this for Clear User Input action.
- Control State: Use this for Change Object State action and Condition of Shape action.
- Drag Source: Use this for Condition action.
- Feedback: Use this for Show Feedback Layer action and Hide Feedback Layer action.
- Keyboard: Use this for Condition action.
- Mouse: Use this for Condition action.
- Number: Use this for Condition number action and Go to Slide Index action.
- Response: Use this for Show Responses action.
- Shape: Use this for Show Object action, Hide Object action and Highlight Object action.
- Slide: Use this for Go to Slide action, Go backward action and Go Forward action.
- Slide Object: Use this for the actions with Shape action.
- String: Use this for Condition Variable action.
- Submit Control: Use this for Submit action.
- Timeline: Use this for Start Timeline action, Pause Timeline action and Continue Timeline action.
- Variable (Boolean), Variable (Number), Variable (String): These are used for Action Adjust Variable action and Condition of Variable action.
For instance, if you want to add Highlight Object action and Go to slide action, you will add two types of parameters including Shape and Slide, respectively. And don’t forget to set a suitable name for each parameter.
After accomplishing the Parameters section, you need to take the following steps to add actions:
Step 1: Click the Add button in the Action section, then select one action from the gallery. After that, the action you select will appear below the action entry.
Step 2: Click Click to edit to take further steps with your action.
Step 3: Check the Parameter check box and then click the arrow of the spin box to select the Parameter you already set up.
Note: Advanced Actions allows you to group and work with multiple actions. So, repeat the above cycle to add more actions as you want.
Step 4: Click Save, type a name for the advanced action in the Add Advanced Actions dialog. Then, click OK.
Step 5: Click Close in the Advanced Action dialog.
Applying Advanced Actions to Events
You have just known how to create a new advanced action. It’s time for you now to apply a newly created advanced action to events.
Step 1: Go to the Properties pane > Interactivity > Events – Actions > Add Event, then choose one out of 7 available events from the pop-up menu.
Step 2: Click Add Action > Advanced Actions.
Step 3: Click Click to edit and choose the name of Advanced Action. After doing that, Parameters that already added will appear, then click the drop-down arrow to select the suitable values.
Note: It’s easy and quick now to apply the same actions for many objects or slides. To add the created advanced action to other objects, first go to the Properties pane, then add Events and Advanced Actions.
Generally, adding conditions to actions or removing actions in Advanced Actions is similar to Events – Actions. Please take a look at Working with Events – Actions to find more information.
In short, now you can easily create your own actions as you wish and reuse them for multiple objects just with Advanced Action new feature of ActivePresenter. Try it and let us know if you have any problems.