Office hacks: how to customize the countdown in the slide

In the slideshow to create a countdown effect, generally is to enter a number of text boxes, each text box into a succession of different numbers, set them exactly overlap, and then set to appear and disappear at a certain time, so as to achieve the countdown effect. This method has at least two drawbacks, one is that it is time-consuming and laborious to create, and the other is that the countdown time is fixed and has to be recreated if you want to change it, which is not interactive. If you use Articulate Storyline 3 software to create an interactive countdown effect using variables, it is not only easy to create, but also the countdown time can be entered flexibly and is very interactive (Figure 1). Let’s learn how to create it.

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1. Design the countdown screen

Open Articulate Storyline 3 and create a new project. In the Story View state, double-click “Untitled Slide” to enter the editing window. Right-click on the blank space, select “Set Background Format”, and set the desired background in the pop-up window; select the “Insert” tab, click “Slider” to select the preferred slider style Draw a slider control at the right place on the slide, select it and switch to the “Design” tab, set it to start at 0, end at 90, initial at 0, step at 1, and use the default “Slider 1” for the variables (the above parameters can be adjusted as needed). Select the “Format” tab, set the fill, border effect, etc. of the scrolling block and track as needed. Insert a text box to the right of the slider, enter “123”, set its size, font, color and other styles to display the current value of the slider, that is, the total time of the countdown; use the shape, draw a square circle in the center of the slide, right-click and select “Edit Text Right-click and select “Edit Text”, enter 456, set its size, font, color and other styles to display the current changing countdown time; switch to the “Insert” tab, click “Button”, and select the button style as needed; draw a Slide the appropriate location to draw a button control, also select the style of the button as required; then use the text box in the slide labeled with the required text description (Figure 2).

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Tip: If you do not use the slider, click “Input→Data Entry→Value Entry Field” in the “Insert” tab to insert the controls available for keyboard input in the slide.

2. Add control variables

Click “Manage Project Variables” in the Triggers panel on the right side of the window, and click “+” in the pop-up window to add a new variable with the name set to djs and the type “Number”. The default value is 0, so there are two variables in the project, one is the new djs, and the other is the variable “Slider1” created when creating the slider above.

3. Add a time-controlled animation

Using the Shape tool, draw a rectangle on the outside of the slide. Select this rectangle, select the “Animation” tab, click “Add Action Path→Line”, and set the “Duration” to 1, that is, it takes 1 second to complete the path animation (Figure (Figure 3).

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Tip: This cue time is very important, its setting marks the accuracy of the countdown time.

4. Add variables to the slide

Switch to the “Insert” tab, select 123 in the text box of the slide, click “Reference”, and select the variable “Slider1” in the pop-up window. This way, when the value of the slider changes, the display here also follows the change. Similarly, select 456 in the square circle, click “Reference”, and select the variable djs (Figure 4).

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5. Set the trigger

In the right trigger panel, click “New Trigger”, select “Adjust Variable” in the pop-up window, select “djs” in the variable, “=assign” in the operator, “variable” in the value; select “slider1”, “user click” in the time, and “button1” in the object. Select “Variable” at the value; select “Slider 1”, select “User Click” at the time, and select “Button 1” at the object. “. Thus, when the “Start” button is clicked, the current value of the slider is assigned to the variable djs (Figure 5).

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Create a new trigger, select “Move” at the pop-up window operation, select “Rectangle 1” at the object, select “Linear Action Path 1” at the path, select “User Click” at the time, and select “Button 1” at the object. “user click”, the object to select “button 1”. Thus, when the “Start” button is clicked, the rectangle moves along the linear path and the move time is 1 second. Since the rectangle is placed outside the slide, it is not visible during playback (Figure 6).

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Double-click the trigger under the rectangle in the new trigger, select “Move” in the pop-up window, select “Rectangle 1” at the object, select “Linear Action Path 1” at the path, select “Animation Complete” at the time, select “Rectangle 1” at the object, and select “Linear Action Path 1” at the animation (Figure 7).

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Then add a new trigger, select “Adjust Variable” at the operation of the pop-up window, select djs at the variable, select “-minus” at the operator, select “value” at the value, enter 1, select “Animation Complete” at the time, select “Rectangle 1” at the object, select “Linear Action Path 1” at the animation; click “Show Conditions”, click “+”, select “Variable” at the pop-up window, select djs at the operator, select “> greater than” at the operator, select “Value” at the type, enter 0 at the value (Figure 8).

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6. Publish your work

Finally, click the “Publish” button, select the Web tab in the pop-up window, enter the title, and set the publish folder to publish.

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