Archive for the ‘Animations’ Category

My File Automatically Opens instead of Saving with Chrome

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Occasionally, we have folks write to us with a unique problem.  They are downloading animations and clip art images, but instead of the items downloading, they are automatically opening, and they’re opening in programs that either ignore transparency, remove animation, or other tricky problems.  If you happen to be using Google Chrome as your internet browser and notice this phenomenon, don’t worry, we can help!

 

When you click “Download” on one of our items (in Chrome) you’ll have this icon show up in the lower left corner of your computer screen:

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So, if you click the dropdown arrow (right next to the word “gif” in the image above) you get 3 options:

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Note that at this point, the file is already downloaded to your Downloads folder on your computer, clicking the dropdown menu only gives you additional options.

  • Open – this will open the file in the default program for this file type (for GIF it is typically Internet Explorer, PNG / JPEG is usually Paint, WMV is usually Windows Media Player, and PPTX is PowerPoint)
  • Always open files of this type – this changes the default setting so instead of saving the file, it will open it in the default program and let you choose whether or not to save the file.  This is where it gets very tricky and can easily wreck havoc later.
  • Show in folder – this opens the folder (usually downloads folder) containing the file, so you can then move it, open it etc. at your discretion.

So, if you click “Always open files of this type – … what happens is that the file will automatically open instead of downloading to the folder, and will open in whatever the default program is for the file type.

To change this setting, start by clicking the “Tools” icon on your Chrome browser

Settings

When you click on the three small lines (tools icon), you’ll see a dropdown box appear.

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Click on “Settings” and you’ll see a new page pop up in your Chrome browser window.  Scroll down to Advanced Settings, find the Downloads group, and clear your Auto Open options.  Next time you download an item, it will be saved instead of opened automatically.

Webinar Recordings from PresenterMedia Advanced! October 15 & 16

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Firstly, thank you all so much who were able to make it to this month’s webinar!  We had some great questions.  Below are the links to the recordings from the webinars:

October 15, 2013 1:00 PM CST

October 16, 2013 9:00 AM CST

Also, here is a completed tutorial creating a Camtasia Video using PresenterMedia Content (31 minutes long)

Of course, we had tons of excellent questions as well, we didn’t forget about anyone!  Here are the questions and our answers from Tuesday and Wednesday’s Webinar:

I tried to record my screen and then add clipart, my text was fine when I recorded the screen, but when I edited it in Camtasia the words were so small I couldn’t read it.  How do I fix it to apply the clipart?

When you record a screen and then upload it to Camtasia, make sure you tell the project to be the Recording Dimensions or something relatively large if you want to be able to see the text images.  If you want to add clipart separately, you can do so by using Import Media.

How do you save a PPT presentation as a Windows Media File in PowerPoint 2007?

Unfortunately there’s not a way to simply “Save as WMV” in PowerPoint 2007 (great reason to upgrade to 2010 or 2013 or purchase Camtasia though!)  You can also use freebie screen capture softwares, but beware many are limited as far as the length , dimensions and file type that it can save as.

Can you post the URL for “Studio Cutz” audio library?

You can still purchase Studio Cutz from sounddogs.com if you purchase all the CDs, but the music is not available to download online.  For online options, remember to search “Royalty Free Music” and make sure you abide by all rules stated regarding using any artist’s music.

 

 

Happy Halloween from PresenterMedia!

Friday, October 11th, 2013

graveyard_moon_md_wmMy favorite holiday is just around the corner.  In two weeks, our sidewalks will be taken over by munchkins and minions, our schools will be filled with everything from pirates to princesses, and candy will overflow from festive colored bowls.

Monster by the Tree

Monster by the Tree

Our artists have created a variety of Halloween themed content over the years, and today I’d like to take a moment just to go through a few of their most popular Halloween themed items.

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Scarecrow Figure

 

Ghost creepy walk

Ghost creepy walk

Monster Walk

Monster Walk

Skeleton Walking

Skeleton Walking

 

If you have any suggestions regarding some fun ideas for Halloween, or anything for that matter, let us know.  Simply click on the Contact link at the top of our website.

 

 

August Webinar

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Did you miss this month’s webinar?  Never fear, you can view the highlights here!

Each month we host a webinar which is unique in its approach.  Rather than simply being another tutorial (which we also create every month), our webinar focuses on audience input in a live digital environment.  We do have a few tips we are planning on discussing during the webinar, but the program is driven by questions from our audience.  Questions range in complexity to something as simple as how to use our add-in all the way to how to insert content into various programs or combine elements of PowerPoint.

If you’d like to register for our webinar next month, we will be having two dates and times available, simply click whichever date and time works best for you below:

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September 17th, 1:00 – 1:30 PM CST

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September 18th, 9:00-9:30 AM CST

 

 

 

 

 

Please leave your questions in the comments field below, we’d love to answer any questions you may have in our webinar!

Custom Animations with PresenterMedia

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Last month we created a selection of animations with custom text fields for our subscribers. Below is a video showing how to create one of these unique pieces.  Please note, in the beginning of our video we are working in PowerPoint with the PresenterMedia Add-In, available for download here.

To view our collection of custom animations, click here.