Have an image or screenshot with lots of good, linkable real estate that you want to use in your content? I had exactly that challenge over the weekend while building a presentation to promote an upcoming event for a non-profit organization I work with.
So what did I do? I leveraged a series of invisible text boxes to overlay a bunch of links on a single object in PowerPoint. I published and sure enough, it worked exactly as I expected it would. All the links were recognized without a problem by Ariculate Presenter when I published to Flash.
Here’s how the little trick works:
- Fire up PowerPoint and add a new slide to your deck.
- Get your image or screenshot ready and in PowerPoint go to Insert -> Picture -> From File to bring your graphic on in.
- Determine the areas you want to make linkable.
- Go to Insert -> Text Box -> Horizontal and draw your text box around the first linkable area.
- If necessary, click in your text box and add some carriage returns to expand the height.
- Press Escape on your keyboard to bring the focus out of editing the text box and onto the object itself.
- Press Control-K (or Insert -> Hyperlink) and select the option to Link to: Existing File or Web Page.
- Type or paste your URL into the Address field and click OK.
- Repeat steps 4 through 8 for all your other linkable areas.
Here’s a simple example of this method in action:
View Image Map Example