Category Archives: DevTools

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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Say Goodbye to Adobe Suite

Free alternatives to the Adobe Creative Suite via

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader ==> Sumatra PDF
  • Adobe Acrobat ==> PDFCreator
  • Adobe Photoshop ==> Paint.NET
  • Adobe Dreamweaver ==> Kompozer
  • Adobe Flash ==> Synfig
  • Adobe Illustrator ==> Inkscape
  • Adobe InDesign ==> Scribus
  • Adobe After Effects ==> Jahshaka
  • Adobe Premier Pro ==> VirtualDub
  • Adobe Encore DVD ==> DVD Styler

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Learning Design Summer Camp Concept : Education Technology Services

I really like this idea of “summer camp”. Although I never went I have visions of learning all sorts of fun things just because they seem cool. Not like school when we learn most stuff because we “have to”. I’d love to be able to find enough people near me to do something like this…for the people, by the people. Check it out!

Although not quite the same as summer camp, the program I just finished at SDSU has a few good Saturday Seminars this summer.

Learning Design Summer Camp Concept : Education Technology Services

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How do you know that they know?

A nice article by Frank Nguyen on using Captivate to build assessments. The info here could also be used in other tools. I like this chart he included about which types of questions to use for which types of learning you are trying to achieve.

Adobe – Developer Center : How do you know that they know? Building valid assessments in Adobe Captivate

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I previously posted how to remove a background from an image using Photoshop. That was one of the only things ever did with Photoshop which is very expensive. Now I can do the same thing with and their Smart Scissors tool. Same result for FREE!

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Wikinomics » Blog Archive » Wiki collaboration leads to happiness

I think this picture says a lot and is a simple representation of the differences between using email and a wiki to work collaboratively. Easy to see the benefits isn’t it?

Wikinomics » Blog Archive » Wiki collaboration leads to happiness

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Screencasting vs Slidecasting demo

Via, I found this very nice piece that touches on screencasting vs. slidecasting. The best thing is that it provides a nice, quick look at the tools involved to create both. They’ve even included some of my favorites such as Wink, Camtasia and Audacity. If you’re just getting started with either type of “casting” this is definitely worth a look. » Slidecast demo on

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