Last Updated On: August 31, 2023

In this article, we will explore the various available ActivePresenter 9 output formats, empowering you to choose the perfect format for your specific needs.

ActivePresenter is a leading eLearning authoring tool, screen recorder, and video editor in the market. For different purposes, it provides you with sufficient output formats. For example, the video is a format for video demonstrations while HTML5 is perfect for interactive software simulations. This article will give you a complete overview of ActivePresenter 9 output formats:

ActivePresenter 9 Output Formats Overview

One simple yet important step before you export a project to a suitable output format is shrinking your project. This process will remove all unused resources to reduce the project file size. Make sure that you already saved your project. Then, click the ActivePresenter button > Project > Shrink… > check Delete All Unused Resources then click Shrink.

How to Export an ActivePresenter Project? 

Before exporting your project, let’s think about the purpose you create it. That will decide the most suitable ActivePresenter 9 output formats you should use. After that, open the Export tab and click any format you want.  

ActivePresenter 9 Output Formats

As can be seen, ActivePresenter supports you to export your project to Media, Documents, and eLearning formats. Detailed information about each format will be discussed in the next parts.

Media Category

There are two ActivePresenter 9 output formats in this category, namely image, and video. 


Exporting to images means exporting each slide of the project to an image (either PNG or JPEG). The output can have many properties such as closed caption, cursor path, etc., tailoring to your settings. This output type is great for creating brochures, handouts, and posters for the training.



Video is suitable when your audiences don’t have to interact with the output content in a self-paced manner. It is the perfect output for:

  • Video demonstrations (webcam recording comes in handy in ActivePresenter 9, allowing for recording webcam while recording screen).
  • Product/software introducing videos.
  • Personal entertainment videos (images, music, and effects included).

eLearning Category


This output uses the HTML5 standard. When you export a project to HTML5, users can view and interact with the content on the World Wide Web. So, this is the best suitable format for exporting content that requires user interactions such as eLearning courses, quizzes, tests, etc. HTML5 is the ultimate output format for:

  • Interactive and non-interactive software simulations.
  • eLearning games or quizzes.
  • Online training courses.
  • Online tests or exams.

Visit the Demos page to see various HTML5 content exported by ActivePresenter 9 in many categories, for example, Academic Courses, eLearning Games, Interactions, etc.

Furthermore, before actually exporting your project, you are able to preview or customize the project player with the HTML5 Preview and Player Settings features. They may help you make any changes if needed to level up your exported project. 

SCORM Package

SCORM package is helpful when you want to share eLearning content and track learners’ results. ActivePresenter allows exporting the content to SCORM packages (SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004), then you can easily upload this package to any LMS that supports the SCORM standard.

Experience API Package

Besides SCORM, xAPI is another wisely used eLearning standard that can help deliver the content and track learners’ results. Fortunately, ActivePresenter 9 supports both standards so you can export to your desired one with just a few clicks.

Publish LMS

From ActivePresenter version 8.1, you can publish your course directly to ActivePresenter Online or other LMS sites that support SCORM standards. ActivePresenter Online ( is a learning management system (LMS) that allows educators to publish and share online courses with a focus on interaction and the ability to track the quiz takers’ results. Besides ActivePresenter Online, you can also publish your course to other LMS sites. However, please note that ActivePresenter can integrate with LMS using Moodle and you need to contact us for integration.

Publish LMS dialog

Document Category

Microsoft PowerPoint

Slide-based projects in ActivePresenter will be exported to PowerPoint presentations when you export your projects to PowerPoint. This exporting method comes in handy if Microsoft PowerPoint is the required means of presentation. Or you need to edit the exported content with some functions in PowerPoint.


After exporting, all of the objects (including placeholders) and their properties remain unchanged and you can edit them as normal. 

Note: After exporting to Microsoft PowerPoint, you cannot edit objects that are inserted by using Slide Master in ActivePresenter. In other words, any object inserted into the Slide Master will be merged into the background image of the PowerPoint slide. 

Microsoft Word

When exporting projects to Microsoft Word, all the shapes, text, images, etc., will be exported and inserted in a .doc/.docx file. After that, you can edit objects just like you are editing them in Microsoft Word. More interestingly, you can even create and use a template in the exported Word file.


The Microsoft Word format is suitable for:

  • Software training manuals
  • User manuals
  • Product Documentation

Microsoft Excel

Similar to exported objects in Microsoft Word, objects such as text, shape, image, etc., in the Microsoft Excel file (.xls/.xlsx) are editable. Slide name and description along with all of the content are exported in one Excel sheet.


If there is any auto-generated annotation, you can change its position and inline text if you want. Normally, you use the Microsoft Excel output format for creating products or software documents that need some content from Excel (e.g. smart charts, tables).

PDF Document

With this exporting method, ActivePresenter slides along with objects will be exported to images and embedded in PDF format. Remember that you cannot edit the objects in the output, so make sure the content is at its best before exporting. Alternatively, you can export projects to Microsoft Word and convert them to PDF afterward.


The layout (page orientation, number of slides per page, etc.) of the document is critical since it increases the viewing experience. So ActivePresenter offers you options to define these values.

Final Words

You’ve gone through an overview of the ActivePresenter 9 output formats which can fulfill your requirements. With any specific purpose, you can always choose a suitable one. Note that output types may be different in different editions (Free, Standard, and Pro). See the feature comparison here. Feel free to download ActivePresenter and contact us if you have any questions.
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