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asked Jun 4 in Support Questions by Kris
I want to make presentations which just demonstrate to the user how some software works.  I want to display a screen capture, then perhaps some animation demonstrating some user entry / actions - the mouse moves and some form fields are filled in, and some CallOuts (or voice narrative) explain what is required, and THEN I want to wait until the user presses a "Next frame/slide" button.

It would be helpful if I could also have a BACK button (so a function something like "Go back to Slide Number X" or "Go back one slide")

In case relevant I've come from DebugMode's Wink, and my users, and I :), particularly like this style of computer-based-training.  We don't need any "User actually has to perform the steps" type training. Most of our Training Videos are "This Screen has changed / new functionality has been added, watch this for guidance on how you can use it"

In Wink I can create a pair of buttons, e.g. Next/Back, place them, say, at the bottom right corner of the frame, and then Copy & Paste them to all the slides where I want the "action" to be "Wait for button to be pressed", so if I could easily duplicate the Next/Back buttons on multiple slides that would also be helpful.

I read this similar question which seemed to imply that what I want is not possible

https://atomisystems.com/community/6966/next-and-previous-buttons

Thanks

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answered Jun 5 by phuongdv (39,310 points)
Hi,

You just need to insert a button (INTERACTION > Button) and set its action to Go Forward: 1 slide or Go Backward: 1 slide. If you want to go an arbitrary slide in your content, you can use the Go To Slide Index action. The old question is about going to the previous visited slide so it is a little bit complicated.

Regards,
commented Jun 5 by Kris
Thanks very much, that's good to hear, but I must still be making a Newbie Error

I had done something (almost!) like that.

I added a button, and labelled it NEXT, and then pressed EVENT and on the ON CLICK tab pressed [+] and chose "Continue Presentation" (only option offered).  I have now gone back and see that that is actually a drop down, so I have now changed that to "Go Forward 1 slide"

When I press PLAY (Preview All) I see the timeline moving along Slide 1, and all the mouse / callout /etc. actions happening, but when it gets to the end of Slide 1 it straight-away switches to Slide 2. I get the same thing if I export as HTML5 Simulation and use the DEMO button (the other buttons require me to do the actual data-entry actions, but if I do that they too don't stop for my NEXT button)

Do I need to do something else to force Slide 1 to stop-and-wait for the button press?

On Event Properties for my NEXT button:

On [Settings] TAB I have "Attempts" set to 1 and "Infinite" set, "Pause presentation to wait for user input" set, "Enable time limit" NOT set, "Just before hiding object" set.

On Timeout, On Rollover and On Rollout have no actions.

(On Click set to Action = "Go forward: 1 slide")
commented Jun 5 by phuongdv (39,310 points)
Hi Kris,

The Preview function is not applicable for interactive content in the current version of ActivePresenter. You should also use Tutorial, Practice, or Test mode since content in the Demo mode runs continuously as a video.

Regards,

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