(Last Updated: March 25, 2020)

Are you looking for an easy way to make objects change their appearance in response to user interaction? If you are looking for this feature in ActivePresenter, this tutorial is definitely for you. In this tutorial, you will get to know a very practical feature – Object States.

We will walk through 5 steps to work with Object States in ActivePresenter, including:

However, firstly, let’s have an overview of this feature.

Overview of Object States

A state is a collection of visual elements (such as color, size, image, etc.) that define the look of an object. In ActivePresenter 8, you can add many states to different types of objects such as shapes, text captions, images, or buttons.

By adding and customizing states, you can make objects change their appearance according to learner interaction. 

Let’s take a look at the following example: 

Using Object States Feature to Make Objects Change their Apperance.

This is a Memory Game created in ActivePresenter. Each card in this game has two states: the initial (default) state is an image of a card while its second state is an image of an animal. When learners interact with a card by clicking on it, the card (the initial state) will be flipped and changed to an animal (the second state).

That’s how this feature will be extremely useful when you need to create interactive courses or e-Learning games. 

For more information about built-in states of objects, take a look at page 101 of the User Manual or this article.

Now, let’s learn how to work with this feature in ActivePresenter 8.

Open the Object States Pane

To add new states, manage or edit states, firstly, you need to open the Object States pane by one of the following ways:

  • Open the View tab > click Object States:
Open the Object States Pane
  • Select an object, then in the Properties pane > Interactivity tab > General > Click State View:
Click the State View button
  • Right-click the object > select Object States.

Then, the Object States pane will appear as follows:

Enter the Editing Mode

You need to click the Edit States button (1) to enter the editing mode, which allows you to add new states, manage or edit states in the way you want.

Add New States

Normally, an object in ActivePresenter has one or more default states. For example, a Button has four default states, including Normal (Default), Hover, Pressed, and Disabled:

4 Default States of Button

Besides those defaut ones, ActivePresenter allows you to add more states. To do that, simply click the Add State button (the green plus button) (2):

Add New

Or, you can right-click the Object States pane and select Add State

After that, the Add New State dialog appears. Rename the new state and click OK:

Add New State Dialog

Manage States

Except for the command to add new states (2), ActivePresenter also offers you some other commands to manage states conveniently. 

You can see these commands in the toolbar of the Object States pane. Or, you can right-click a state in the pane, then these commands appear in the context menu: 

Command to Manage State
  • (3) Rename the selected state. 
  • (4) Delete the selected state.
  • (5) Reset the selected state to its original appearance.
  • (6) Create a copy of the selected state. 
  • (7) Set the selected state as the default state.

Note: These commands are not applicable to the Normal state. 

Edit States

You can edit any state by changing its appearances. For example, you can fill a state with an image. Besides, you can also change its size, position, shape type, text, color, border, etc.

To do that, follow these steps:

Step 1: In the Object States pane, select a state.

Step 2: Use one or more of the following options to edit states as you wish:

  • Fill a state with an image: Open the Properties pane > Style and Effects tab > Fill > Image Fill > import an image from your project or from your computer:
Image Fill
  •  If your object is an image, you can change the state of the image by using another image (like the Memory Game example). To do that, open the Properties pane > Size & Properties tab > Image > import an image from your project or from your computer:
Change Image
  • Change size and position: Open the Properties pane > Size & Properties tab > Transform > edit properties in this section.
  • Customize Fill, Line, and Shadow: Open the Properties pane > Style and Effects tab > edit properties in this tab.
  • Edit text: Open the Home tab to edit font name, font size, etc. Or, open the Format tab and select one from Quick Styles section.
  • Change shape type: Open the Format tab > Change Shape > choose a shape from the list.

Use Actions to Trigger States

Normally, you will add Change Object State action to an event to trigger a state. This action will help to change the appearance of an object based on user interaction with the content:

Change Object State Action

For more details about how to add an action to an event, see Work with Events – Actions

After adding new states, managing or customizing them as you want, click the exit button (8) to exit the editing mode:

Exit the Editing Mode

Now, you’ve known all techniques to change states of an object. Download ActivePresenter right now and test this amazing feature.