Monthly Archives: July 2008

Image quality in Articulate

If you’re having issues with the graphics being distorted after publishing, you can refer to the Word of Mouth blog below:…wser-settings/

This issue is related to how Flash handles non-vector images and small text (we don’t recommend including small text in images; you’ll see much better results if you type your text in PowerPoint).

You can learn more here: View Document.

To work around this issue you could try several things.

1) Go to Articulate -> Player Template Builder -> Other -> Browser Window Settings -> Presentation size and select “Lock presentation at optimal size.”

2) When you create your image make sure you are creating the image at the exact scale you want it to be. So if you want an image that is 340 pixels wide by 240 pixels deep then this is the size at which you should create the image. Resizing images in PowerPoint will have a direct impact on the quality of the image in your published output.

3) Try using a different file type such as emf, jpg, or png.

4) Try converting the screenshot to SWF. This will produce the best results. An inexpensive tool that can do this is Image2SWF: Vertical Moon | Convert Images to Flash


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How to convert PDF to Word DOC for free: a comparative test – review & download link |

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How to convert PDF to Word DOC for free: a comparative test – review & download link |

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Go Big Always – Here’s my crap, please talk about it

Go Big Always – Here’s my crap, please talk about it.

I think this is right on money and I”ve also seen this happen a number of times. Garbage in..garbage out. No technology will ever fix that.

Here’ the crux of it:

We have a ton of (documents, marketing materials, assets, whatever) and we want to get that stuff out there so that other people can talk about it and make it better.

I get why this is attractive but it never ceases to amaze me. The strategy of moving the same old stuff into a community is a failing strategy. Have you ever been to a community filled with documentation and marketing materials and loved it? No. We can get that same stuff in a million other places, we don’t need another one.

Companies need to spend a lot more time thinking through why they’re doing the community to begin with. The problem is, it’s much easier to justify hanging your laundry out for other people to clean than it is to get people to think differently.

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20 Useful Bookmarklets – Stepcase Lifehack

I’ve been looking for this and it’s right under my nose. I’ve been using the Windows Live Writer add-on for Firefox but since it doesn’t work with FF3 I’ve been sort of at a loss for a quick and easy way to directly post from the site I want to reference. Alas, from this article below, “Press This” does the trick. And it’s been hidden in plain site all along!

20 Useful Bookmarklets – Stepcase Lifehack.

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We need more of us

Link 1:  Clive Shepherd’s Presentation on “Why We Need More Instructional Designers”

Link 2:  The “60 Minute Masters” Course (audio enabled; registration required)

Link3:  The “60 Minute Masters” Course (no audio; no registration required)

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I’ve been looking for something like this since the Firefox LiveWriter plugin doesn’t work with FF 3.0. I hope this works as well as it looks…we’ll see.

WriteToMyBlog is a free web based word processor for your Blog. Create Post Entries for your Blog from right here, completely free, no membership required, can Post to multiple Blogs simultaneously, manage your Posts, works with all major Blog programs, and is easy-peasy!

Anyone else using this who can comment on its usefulness?

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