Whenever I feature content that includes animated characters, people always say, “Wow! How’d they do that?!”
In a high-tech kind of way, animated characters help to bring your presentations to life. Plus, it’s always fun to hear a computerized voice reading your words.
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There are a number of character animation vendors in the marketplace, but many I’ve come across require you to subscribe to a hosted service that streams the characters from the vendor’s server into your content, and you pay residuals for as long as you want to use the characters.
And guess what? You can bring into your Articulate Presenter content any .SWF characters you create with Character Builder — simply go to Articulate -> Insert Flash Movie. Your animated guide will play just like any other Flash movie.
“Our Character Builder product lets you easily create Flash .SWF files with cartoon or realistic characters that speak and gesture, given a simple transcript,” said Doug Copeland, president of Media Semantics. “I’ve just tested the Character Builder with Articulate’s Insert Flash animation feature, and I’m pleased to report that the integration works VERY well.”
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You build the character. You write the script. You bring greater interaction and personality to your training or marketing content.