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Control Time! Well in #Articulate Quizmaker

A friend mentioned to me that it would be cool if someone could pause the timer in an Articulate Quiz on certian questions. Turns out its not that hard to do!
For my fellow ActionScript geeks here is the code that matters:
_level0.g_mcFrame.mcClock.m_bStopped //Boolean indicating if the timer is currently stopped
_level0.g_mcFrame.mcClock.StartTimer() //Starts the timer
_level0.g_mcFrame.mcClock.StopTimer(); //Stops the timer

For my non-Flash developer friends you may download the swfs used in this demo from my sister site: http://elearningenhanced.com/products/articulate-quiz-timer-pauser

Watch the demo below to see how it works:

Comments

Is there a way to read the timer's current value? I think this is different than the Time reported to an LMS via SCORM as that seems to be the total time spent in the activity. I'm using your tip here on pausing and starting the timer to pause the timer on feedback slides (I want the user to be able to spend as much time on those slides as they want), but want to use their time remaining at the end of the quiz as a condition to do something...Maybe give different feedback depending on how quickly they completed the quiz, or use their time remaining as a score multiplier, etc. So if I could read the current timer value as a variable that'd be a huge help! Thanks...

Thanks for this - Useful timer hack! GREAT site, btw...I love these kinds of tips and tricks that don't even require the Articulate API since my organization hasn't purchased that. Cheers!

I would think this would be easy to find by Googleing it, but can't seem to find a simple Flash actionscript for a 15 second countdown timeer. I just need it to count down from 15, 14, 13, and so on and then disappear. It does not need to link to some url after the 15 seconds is over, just countdown. Do not need date, day, minutes, or any of that, just a simple countbackwards in seconds and disappear. Would like the second images to be about half an inch vertically and horizontally. Preferrably in red.

Anyway you could help me with this... Will pay.

Larry

Can you make it possible to pay for all the gadgets at once rather than in (what I hope) will seem like an endless succession. Maybe collect all we want into a basket then pay for all at once. Make it easier may encourage sales making you richer than any 40 year old can ever expect to see from social security!!!

Love your stuff.

Good idea! I'll work on it.
I don't see myself getting rich off anything on this site. Its mainly for fun and sharing. But I find that many people equate free with worthless... hence the low low price :-)

Can you make it possible to pay for all the gadgets at once rather than in (what I hope) will seem like an endless succession. Maybe collect all we want into a basket then pay for all at once. Make it easier may encourage sales making you richer than any 40 year old can ever expect to see from social security!!!

Love your stuff.

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