Articulate 101: Getting Started with Presenter

Written by Gabe Anderson — Posted in Articulate 101, Articulate Presenter

This is the 1st in a series of 29 posts in the 29 days of February 2008 — the Articulate 29×29 — that will introduce you to the key features of Articulate products and how to get the most out of your investment in our software.

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Welcome to the Articulate 29×29! In honor of leap year 2008, Tom and I are teaming up with a number of our colleagues — including Justin, Dave, David, and Sarah — and our most excellent customer MVPs, to bring you 29 quick tips during each of the 29 days of February.

So let’s get started.

You’ve seen our daily demo, you’ve spent 15 days with the trial, and now you’re an official Articulate user. So how do you get started?

Publishing your first Articulate presentation is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Don’t believe me? Take a look at this 4-minute demo. It gives you a good overview of how to get started with Articulate Presenter.

View Getting Started with Articulate Presenter Overview

That should help you get started. But it’s only the beginning. Be sure to take advantage of all of our other resources. Browse the online help documentation and our Presenter support site. Our universal search is a great place to find answers to specific questions.

Next, to spark ideas, it’s always helpful to see what others are doing with our software, so here are 5 great examples of content created with Articulate Presenter:

Also be sure to check out our most popular Community Forums thread, Examples of Articulate in Action, where you can post a link to your own work and get feedback from other Articulate customers.

Get ready for lots more tips this month — many of which will be inspired from tips found in our forums — to help you become an Articulate pro in no time!

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12 responses to “Articulate 101: Getting Started with Presenter”


Thank you for some great ideas.

One observation on the use of text and narration. When the narration is too different from the text the learner has a difficult time deciding whether to listen or read. Good insructional design should provide for easy comprehension by matching the text to the narration.

Jerry Woodrow // Posted at 10:36 am on February 1st, 2008

Wow! This is a great idea, and one that I wish would have been thought of when I got started. I especially like the examples that you provide. One request that might make things easier for our new community members – could you break down one of the examples into a step-by-step process to create?
You guys are awesome, and I am continuously delighted by your focus to make the customers experience and ROI better!

Rick // Posted at 1:38 pm on February 1st, 2008

I have to agree with Rick. Your products and support are outstanding, but I really appreciate the way you are committed to our success with excellent blogs posts here and in the Rapid E-Learning Blog. My only disappointment is that you did not offer this series in January or March – when we would have gotten 31 days of tips. Ah, but I shouldn’t complain, at least this month is a leap year month.

Mike Hendrickson // Posted at 4:34 pm on February 1st, 2008

@Jerry: Actually there is research that shows duplicating an audio narration with matching on-screen text DECREASES learning. Check out and this great book which covers this and other related elearning principles.

Clark, R.C., and Mayer, R.E. (2003) e-Learning and the science of instruction. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.

Mike Taylor // Posted at 9:58 am on February 2nd, 2008

I have to agree with Mike, we have all the narration repeated in the notes area but only put reduced text or bullet points on the main presentation area.

We find that gives the best of both worlds. People don’t get bored with reading but also they can refer to the narration if needed.

But remember, as Mark Twain wrote “..and knew more than one way to skin a cat”

Glyn Chadwick // Posted at 11:25 pm on February 2nd, 2008

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Are you going to leave these 29 posts somewhere they can be found permanently on your site or should we all be busy down-loading each and every one of them. They are truly terrific!

John McConchie // Posted at 5:35 pm on February 15th, 2008

Thanks for the kind words, John, and glad you’re finding the series helpful!

Don’t worry – the posts aren’t going anywhere and are all accessible via the Articulate 101 category of this blog.

gabe // Posted at 5:52 pm on February 15th, 2008

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