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Tutorials (Interactive): Add, edit, and reorder slides in an interactive tutorial

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In an interactive tutorial, your content is organized into slides—just like a PowerPoint presentation (to a degree). Each slide has two main parts:

  • The slide canvas allows you to display an image (from the Image Manager, an uploaded image, an image hosted elsewhere, or a solid background color) that is used as the background image that the tutorial's interactions are overlayed onto. You can also display a video (YouTube, Vimeo, and direct video links are supported) as a slide, although interactions can not be shown on video slides.
    • Note: You can also embed videos on Image slides using a Widget interaction.
  • Interactions, which can contain annotations/callouts, hotspots, questions, and widgets. Think of these as your narrative for the interactive tutorial—allowing you to highlight specific areas of the image being shown, ask questions to your user as they work through the tutorial, and embed content in the tutorial.

For example, if you were creating a tutorial to help patrons learn how to use your catalog, you could display a screenshot of your catalog in the tutorial. Then, you could add interactions to the slide to highlight areas to click on to initiate the search, add questions to be completed after the user attempts a search (searching the live catalog in a different browser window), and a video slide providing a recap of the overview. You can even add graded questions to assess their search skills!

example interactive tutorial slide
An example interactive tutorial slide with callout, hotspot, and question interactions added.

Add an image slide

When creating interactive tutorials, Image slides will be the slide type you use most often. Image slides will be used to show screenshots, infographics, or other helpful images to be used as the background for the interactions that you set up. Image slides can display an image from the Image Manager, by uploading an image, by entering the URL for an image from the web, or to display a solid background color (with no actual image shown). 

Springy Tip: Before adding your first image slide, you may want to consider setting up the Image Slide Template if you plan on using the same image multiple times throughout the tutorial's slides.

  1. While editing your tutorial, from the Slide Content Types section, click and drag the Image option into the Slide Area.
    1. Alternatively, you can click the + Add Slide button.
Dragging the Image content type into the Slide Area.
  1. In the Add Slide window, give your new slide a title.
  2. Confirm that the An Image option is selected as the Slide Content.
  3. From the Image Selector, select your method for adding the image to the slide—choosing from Image Manager, Upload image, or Enter the URL of an image on the web.
    • See below for details on each selector.
  4. Optionally enter a Width (in pixels or as a percentage) to scale the image to specific dimensions.
    • Leave blank to use the default behavior that will display a responsive image.
  5. Optionally enter a Height (in pixels or as a percentage) to scale the image to specific dimensions.
    • Leave blank to use the default behavior that will display a responsive image.
  6. Optionally, toggle the Stretch image to fit slide canvas to active to override the width and height values and force the image to cover the entire width of the tutorial's slide canvas.
    • Leave this option off to use the image's width and height values, and to have the image centered on the slide canvas.
  7. To ensure that your image is accessible to screen readers, enter descriptive text in the Alt Text field
    • This is optional but strongly recommended for accessibility.
  8. Click the Save button.
Adding an image as a slide's content

Image selector options

Image Manager
  1. Click the Select from the Image Manager button.
selecting the image manager button
  1. Click the Reuse Image () icon to select the image for the slide
    1. Click the Upload New Image to load a new image into the Image Manager for reuse.
    2. Toggle between your Personal Library and the Shared Library to find the correct image.
    3. Navigate the folder within the library to locate the image.
selecting the image from the image manager
Upload image
  1. To upload an image from your computer, either click on the gray upload area or drag & drop a file on it.
uploading an image for a slide
Supported file types: png, jpg, jpeg, ico, bmp, and gif
Enter the URL of an image on the web
  1. Enter the Image URL for the image to display in the slide.
uploading an image for a slide
Supported file types: png, jpg, jpeg, ico, bmp, and gif
Set a background color for the slide (with no image)

If you would prefer to not have any image used as the background for the slide, you can choose to set the slide's background color. When this option is selected, no image will be displayed—the entire slide canvas will use the selected color.

  1. Click into the hex code area for the Background Color and enter the hex code of the color to use or use the color picker to select a color manually.
setting a background color instead of an image for a slide

Set the slide template

Each interactive tutorial includes an optional Image Slide Template that can be activated to allow for the same image file, and the accompanying image properties, to be reused quickly for each new Image slide added to the tutorial. When active an Override Image Slide Template toggle will be present on the Add Slide modal that can be used to override the template for any image slide—and a reminder that the template is not used at all for Video slides.

  1. While editing your tutorial, click the Image Slide Template button.
clicking the Image Slide Template button
  1. On the Image Slide Template modal, toggle the radio button to activate the tutorial's template.
  2. Use the Image Selector radio to select the image type to set up as the template.
    • After making the selection, you can follow the same instructions for setting up an Image slide that are outlined above.
  3. Configure the Image Properties.
  4. Click the Save button.
configuring the Image Slide Template

Overriding the Image Slide Template

  1. When adding a new Image slide, click the Override Image Slide Template toggle to add a new, non-template image slide.
    • After overriding the template, the new slide can be set up as normal.
overriding the image template

Add a video slide

There may be times that you want to display a video for the user to view as they work their way through the tutorial. Video slides support the embedding of YouTube, Vimeo, and direct links to video files and will play the video in the full width/aspect ratio that the tutorial is using. 

Reminder: Video slides will not display interactions—only the video will be shown.

  1. While editing your tutorial, from the Slide Content Types section, click and drag the Video option into the Slide Area.
    1. Alternatively, you can click the + Add Slide button.
Dragging the Video content type into the Slide Area.
  1. In the Add Slide window, give your new slide a title.
  2. Confirm that the Video option is selected as the Slide Content.
  3. In the Video URL field enter the URL for the video (not its embed code).
    • YouTube, Vimeo, and direct video links are supported.
  4. Click the Save button.
Adding a video as a slide's content

Reorder, edit, and delete slides

Reorder slides

Via drag-and-drop
  1. Click on the field's Move Slide () icon and drag the field up or down the slide area.
  2. Drop the field into the new position.
  3. Save your changes.
Reordering a slide using drag and drop
Via each slide's position menu

You can also reorder a slide by using its position dropdown menu.

  1. Click the slide's position dropdown menu.
  2. Select a new position from the list. The slide area will update automatically.
Reordering a slide using the position dropdown

Edit & delete slides

  1. To edit a slide, click on its Edit () icon in the Slide Area (or just double-click on the slide itself).
  2. To delete a slide, click on its Delete () icon in the Slide Area.
    • Note: Deleting a slide will also delete its questions, including their submission data, so be careful! This cannot be undone!
The Edit and Delete icons in the Slide Area

Add and configure interactions on your slides

After you have set up your slides, the next and most important step in the construction of an interactive tutorial is to set up the interactions that will be displayed on each slide. Interactions allow you to overlay the interactive components on your slides that your users will engage with as they complete the tutorial.