Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hiding the Click Here Bubble in a Tutorial

Sometimes, when you are building tutorials where you have inserted graphics or slide content from PowerPoint, you may find it helpful to “Hide” the “Click Here” bubble on certain screens, so it doesn’t interfere with your nice-looking graphics. To do this, simply delete the placeholder text from the Click Instruction box before publishing your tutorial. When you publish and view your tutorial, the Click Here bubble will not be displayed for the steps where there is no Click Instruction text.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

DemoMate Enhancements – March 2009

We’re happy to announce the March 2009 release of DemoMate! In this release (Build 660) we're proud to announce a powerful new feature – requested by the DemoMate community - that makes it easier than ever to present perfect demos to an audience: Dual-Screen Presentation mode.
From Dual-Screen Presentation mode, you can view all your click instructions and presenter script text on your primary display, while your audience sees only the demo on the secondary display or projector.
Here’s an example of what you see on each screen when presenting with two displays:
Primary Display
Secondary Display
To enable Dual-Screen Presentation mode, simply press the ‘HOME’ key while presenting or previewing a demo, which will activate Training Mode. From Training Mode, click the Dual-Screen button in the right pane to begin presenting your demo on both screens.
To make sure your computer is set up properly for use of a secondary display, check out our blog entry on the subject here.

Configuring a Secondary Display in Windows

In order to take advantage of the dual-screen output mode in DemoMate, you first need to ensure that your Microsoft Windows computer is configured correctly.
For Windows Vista, follow these steps:
  1. Connect the secondary display (projector, flat-screen TV, monitor, etc.) to your computer.
  2. The following dialog box should appear once the display is connected:

  3. Select the second option, to extend your desktop, and click OK. You’re done!

For Windows XP, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select Properties.
  2. Switch to the Settings tab. You should see two monitors displayed here, labeled “1” and “2”.
  3. Right-click on the monitor labeled “2” and ensure there is a check next to the Attached option.
  4. In the main Display Settings pane, place a check in the box labeled “Extend the desktop onto this monitor”.

  5. Click OK.

Now you’re ready to present your demos in dual-screen mode. To enable dual-screen presentation mode in DemoMate, simply press the ‘HOME’ key while presenting or previewing a demo. This will switch the demo to training mode. Here, click the Dual-Screen button in the right pane to begin presenting your demo on both screens.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Come See Us at the Convergence 2009 Conference in New Orleans

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at Convergence 2009, the premier conference for Microsoft Dynamics Partners and Customers, from March 9th through the 12th. You can find us at Booth #22 in the Microsoft Pavilion in the EXPO area. We’re looking forward to the meetings we have scheduled to discuss how the DemoMate platform is helping organizations reduce training costs, improve productivity, and increase customer satisfaction. We also have some great events planned on Monday and Tuesday evening, to enjoy New Orleans’ world-famous cuisine … come join us! If you do not already have a DemoMate meeting on your calendar, search for “DemoMate” in the Convergence Connect system to schedule a meeting, or send e-mail to contact@demomate.com and you’ll be put in touch with our representatives at the conference. See you there!