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Authorware for Instructors Tutorial 1

Creating a Simple Title Page

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This Tutorial is designed for Macromedia AuthorwareTM, Version 4. In this tutorial you'll create a simple title page which includes the Lesson Title, author credits, and copyright notice. This tutorial is presented in step by step fashion. It is assumed you have a basic familiarity with windows and the use of the mouse. Tutorial #1 is the first in a series of training exercises for Authorware . As you follow the steps, think through what you are doing for further application on your own. At the end of this tutorial you will find several questions which will help you synthesize and extend what you learned in the tutorial. Conventions: · · · · · Text which you are to type in is presented in Italics. Icon titles (after they have been typed) are enclosed in 'single quotes'. Menu titles and commands in the pull down menus or dialogue boxes are indicated in Bold text. To Select means to place the mouse cursor on an image and single click the button. To Open means to place the cursor on an image and quickly double click the button. To execute a command from the menu bar, Click and Hold the button on the menu title, Drag the cursor (which is now a vertical black bar) down to the desired command, and release the button. Key presses will be denoted by capital letters as in "press the RETURN key." SC means a single click of the mouse, DC means a double click of the mouse.

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Enjoy this tutorial.

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Section 1.

Build Instructional Strategy - Selection of Icons

Step 1: Create a new lesson.

Create a new Macromedia Authorware lesson file and name it XX1TITLEPG.A4P (XX are your initials). To do this, select the Save command from the File Menu, enter the title into the Save file as: 1TITLE.PG.A4P. Then choose Save. See Figure 1.

Figure 1

Step 2: Choose the screen size for the machine that will deliver this lesson.

Select the File: Properties command from the Modify menu. Then select the Playback Tab (at the bottom of the screen) and scroll the Size menu to select the delivery machine. Click OK.

Step 3:

. Click and Hold the Display Icon in the palette at the left. Drag it onto the line on the blank screen and release. Notice word untitled is in reverse text. Type in the new name, Title Page.

Add a Display Icon Add icons.

Step 4:

Next add a Wait Icon, another Display Icon, another Wait Icon and an Erase Icon. See FIGURE 2.

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Figure 2 SECTION 2:

Enter Title Page Text Into Display Icons

Step 5: Put the text into the title page.

First, open the 'Title page' Display Icon by placing the mouse pointer on top of it and rapidly Double Clicking.

Step 6: Select the text tool.

You will see a blank screen with a small box with the words 'Title Page' near the top of the box. This is a Toolbox and allows you to select objects (pointer), enter text (A), draw horizontal/vertical lines (+), diagonal lines(\), polygons, rectangles, or round Figures. Select letter A, the text tool.

Step 7: Choose the font characteristics. (If these are not available on your computer, choose alternative font, sizes and styles).

Move the cursor to the Font command in the Text Menu, Click and Hold, drag downward until the Font: Times New Roman command is selected and release the mouse button.. This chooses the Times New Roman font. Now go to the Style command in the Text menu and select in the same fashion, Bold, Outline. Select the Alignment=Center commands from the Text Menu. Finally select the Size command from the Text Menu and choose 36.

Figure 3.

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Step 8:

Resize the text box.

Note that the mouse cursor arrow has changed shape and is now an 'I' beam. Move the cursor to the upper left hand corner of the screen and Single Click. See FIGURE 3. Move the I beam cursor to the right end of the horizontal line at the top of the screen display. When the I beam cursor touches the square, it changes into a pointer. Click and drag the square to the left until the two squares are about the same distance from the left and right sides of the screen, respectively. Check your work Figure 3.

Step 9: Enter the text.

You should see a large vertical blinking line midway between the two black squares. Type MY FIRST AP LESSON , followed by a RETURN [or ENTER] keypress. Next type BY, followed by another press of RETURN, followed by Your Name, a RETURN, Your Institution (company, school) and RETURN. See FIGURE 4 below.

Figure 4.

Step 10: Resize the word `BY'

. Place the I beam cursor on the center of the word BY and rapidly double click the [left] mouse button. Notice the word BY has become reversed in shading (selected). If this did not happen, click anywhere on the screen to de-select and repeat. Now go to the Size command in the Text menu and change the settings to 14 point size. Notice the change in the word BY but not the other words. See Figure 5.

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Figure 5

Step 11: Choose a transition.

Click on the pointer tool (arrow) in the toolbox labeled "Title Page" and click once on the text. Select the Modify Menu and the Icon: Transition command (See FIGURE 6). Choose [internal] from the Categories Scroll Box, Zoom from Point from the Transition Scroll Box and set the Duration to 2, and click Apply. This will draw the text onto the screen using a vertical blind effect. Experiment with different transitions and examine them using the Apply Button. When finished, click OK. Click in the small (go away) box at the upper left corner of the Title Page toolbox to close it.

Figure 6

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Step 12:

Add a copyright notice.

Open the icon "Title Page 2" and type the text ©, YEAR, All Rights Reserved as shown in FIGURE 7. (Make sure you use curly brackets). Use Times New Roman Font, Size 14, Bold, and Centred (from the Text Menu). MAC Users: type OPTION-G to create the © symbol; Windows Users type {char(169)} Highlight the text YEAR by double-clicking on it and select Number Format from the Text menu. In the Number Format dialogue box, (FIGURE 8) change to "Include 0 digits to the Right of Decimal" and Toggle off the "Show Thousands/Millions Separator". OK.

Figure 7

Step 13: Set erase icons.

To erase the two display icons with a special transition, select the Restart command from the Control menu. (Press Continue when so directed). When the Erase Icon dialogue box appears, single click anywhere on the upper text, then single click on the lower text. [The properties: Erase Icon dialogue box will probably cover the text on the screen. Move the box by clicking in the lined area of the title bar and dragging the whole box down]. The names of the icons erased appear in the lower part of the erase icon dialogue box when you click on the Icons Tab (see FIGURE 9).

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Figure 8

Figure 9

Step 14: Add a transition.

With the Erase Tab selected, click on the rounded square in the Transition box (FIGURE 9). In the Erase Transitions box which appears (FIGURE 10), Select Killer Transitions from the Categories Scroll box, The Jaws from the Transitions Scroll Box, and Apply. Experiment with a few other erase effects. When done, select OK, and note the change in the Transition box. OK.

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FIGURE 10 Your tutorial is now complete. To see how it works, select Restart from the Control menu.

HINT:

They keyboard alternative to running the lesson is to press Command-R. To reposition the Continue buttons on the screen, press Command-P (Pause the Lesson) after the continue button appears. Then drag the Continue button to where you want it on the screen. Finally, press Command-P (Proceed with the Lesson) once again. To reposition the text on the screen, immediately after it appears on the screen, drag it to the desired location.

Enrichment Exercise 1

Adding Color to Your Lesson

There are many ways to add color to your lesson. If not used wisely, color, like garlic, can spoil the esthetic effects! In exercise, we will give the whole lesson a light blue background.

Step 1: Choose a background color .

Select Properties: File from the Modify menu and click the rectangle in the Colors: Background area. A color matrix will appear (See FIGURE 11). Select light blue (15 squares across, 5 down). Click OK twice.

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Figure 11

Step 2: Make the text transparent.

Return to the main lesson flowchart (the first Figure in this tutorial). Double Click the first display icon. Note the screen background is blue but there is a white opaque box around the text. With the text selected, choose the Inspectors: Modes command from the Windows pull down menu. Then click the Transparent mode option to select it. Close the Toolbox for that icon. The background of the text should now be transparent and show the blue color background. Repeat this process for the other display icon in this lesson. [Note that until you close the Modes selection box, it will appear each time you open a display icon for editing].

Step 3: Add color to the text.

To impart a color to the text itself, open the display icon and select the text. Then select the Inspectors: Colors command from the Windows pull down menu. In the bottom of the colors dialogue box, click to select the line option, found in the lower left corner. Then choose a color, say dark blue (16 squares across, 15 down). You now have a dark blue text on a lighter blue background.

Step 4: Experiment with different color combinations.

Remember the basic rule--maintain high contrast between the background and the text or objects placed in the foreground.

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Enrichment Exercise 2

Creating a Title Page Model

As you create other lessons, each one will have a title page. Rather than creating each from scratch, there is a simpler way. This method can also be extended to large sections of lessons, thereby lessening the work load. This method consists of creating a model and re-using it. (A model is simply a collection of Authorware icons which perform a function you would like to use again, such as creating a title page). To try this now, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Return to the main lesson flowchart.

(Figure 2 in this tutorial) by selecting the Command-J if you are viewing the lesson in student mode.

Step 2: Copy the icons.

A quick way to do this is to draw a dotted rectangle around the Icons using the mouse. Locate one corner of the box, Click and Hold, and drag to the opposite corner. When you release, the Icons selected will turn dark. Alternatively, Command-A selects all icons.

Step 3: Group the icons.

Pull down the Modify menu and choose the Group command. This groups the selected icons and stores them in a map icon. Name it Title Page Model. [To reverse this procedure, select the map icon and Ungroup from the Modify menu].

Step 4: Create a model.

With Title Page Model selected, choose the Create Model command from the Insert menu. Then type in the model name in the Model Description box: Generic title page as shown below, then select OK.

Step 5:

Save the model.

A dialogue box that will save this model will appear (See below). Name it My title page and Save. [You can also specify where the model is to be saved on your system. Consider storing this and all future models in one particular folder or subdirectory].

Step 6: Paste the model.

This model can now be easily accessed from your copy of the Authorware application. To use this model, open a new Authorware file, click on the flowline where you want to insert the model, select Paste model from the

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Insert menu and the name of your model (s) will appear. Select the model name and release the mouse--the model will be added to your new lesson. Then edit the text of the model to reflect the new title of the new lesson you might create. If your copy of Authorware is running on a network, contact your network administrator for instructions.

Review Questions

What Did You Learn?

What did you learn from this experience? Try answering these questions. 1. How many options are there under the Text menu? 2. How do you specify which display icon an erase icon is to erase? 3. Can you use special effects to draw an object on the screen and erase it? 4. What steps must I follow to copy text from one display to another? 5. What key presses can be used to cut, copy, and paste objects? 6. When you run a lesson and it encounters a display icon which has nothing in it, what happens? 7. What good are models? 8. Which tool from the toolbox must you use to select an object in a display? to add text? 9. What do the different tools in the toolbox do? Review Questions

Suggested Answers-Tutorial 1

If your answers do not include most of the following points, you may want to review this section before proceeding to the next Tutorial. 1. How many options are there under the Text menu? Basic option types are font type, style, size and alignment. The exact number and type of choices available under each option vary with different microcomputers. 2. How do you specify which display icon an erase icon is to erase? Two options. First, run the lesson until the toolbox for the erase icon opens, then click on each object on the screen to be erased. The second

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option is to open the display icon that is to be erased, close its toolbox, then open the erase icon and click on the object to be erased. 3. Can you use special effects to draw an object on the screen and erase it? Yes 4. What steps must I follow to copy text from one display icon to another? Open the icon containing the text (or objects) to be copied. Select the text or object and copy it (COMMAND-C on Mac, CNTRL-C on Windows). Close the icon and open the target icon and paste (COMMAND-V on Mac, CNTRL-V on Windows). 5. What key presses can be used to cut, copy, and paste objects? In addition to the above, the cut command is (COMMAND-X on Mac, CNTRL-X on Windows). 6. When you run a lesson and it encounters a display icon which has nothing in it, what happens? The lesson pauses (switches into edit mode) and the toolbox of the empty display icon opens to allow you to enter the text) 7. What good are models? Models permit you to easily capture and edit groups of Authorware icons which you may be used repeatedly within a lesson or across lessons. When stored within Authorware itself, access to models is highly simplified. 8. Which tool from the toolbox must you use to select an object in a display? to add text? The arrow tool. The letter A tool. 9. What do the different tools in the toolbox do? Arrow is used to select one or more objects or to import objects Letter A is used to add text Rectangle allows drawing of rectangles or squares Ellipse allows drawing of ellipses or circles Plus allows drawing of horizontal, vertical or 45 degree lines Line allows drawing of lines in a rubber-band fashion Polygon allows drawing of irregular, closed shapes Box with rounded edges allows drawing of boxes with rounded edges Trademarks Authorware is a registered trademark of Macromedia, Inc. Apple is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Corp. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.

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