Free Community Articulate Skin (Update)
Thanks to all great feedback I received from community I have made a few changes and posted a new .artpkg
This update addresses two issues:
- Engage content was not scaled/positioned properly.
- Mysterious green "shadow" under the outline.
Keep the feedback coming!
I am excited to post my first Articulate custom skin for the Community.
I developed most of this skin a few months ago but held of finishing and releasing it until Articulate rolled out their new .artpkg format.
First, some features of the skin.
- It provides more room for the content.
- The outline ‘ticks’ off content your students have visited.
- You can make it any color you want.
- It creates tabs along the top just like the standard skin.
- It’s cool looking (OK I may be biased)
Overall, the experience using the Articulate SDK was straightforward. With no major bumps along the way. I will say that I used several ‘undocumented’ features of the SDK to accomplish all this. In some cases resorted to what I am best at… hacking apart code to make it better. For instance, there is nothing in the SDK to tell you if a slide was already viewed, but Articulate is tracking it, I just had to find out where.
One problem I had in particular was with the Colorizer. It seems that although you package a custom template xml file to go with your skin it might be overwritten (at least parts of it) when the Articulate user alters the colors and then saves the template. I found a way to force what I needed to happen via ActionScript to ensure things looked the way I wanted.
Another small issue I had was simply in the zipping process. When we upload courses to our LMS at the office we have to zip the folder that contains the files. Therefore, that is how I zip by habit. Strange stuff kept happening when I tried to install my .artpkg. Turns out you should select all the files then zip. Again… this probably only happened to me cause of our process at work.
I want to thank @articulatebrain and @dmozealous along with all the folks at @Articulate for helping me with the new format and QAing the final product, they are a pleasure to work with. Now that I got my hands into it, I can see a lot of good stuff to come. I also will be making some feature requests for the next version of the SDK!
I am sure there are limitations to this skin. Right off the bat, I can think of a few… and I am sure some of you have a wish list.
I created a thread in the Articulate Forums to help track any feedback, ideas, or issues.
If you would like some customizations, specific features, or even your own player feel free to contact me. My rates are very reasonable :-)
Download and enjoy: glassyPlayer.artpkg
Click the screen shot to view a working demo:
A quick screenr on how to install the skin and change colors:
Dave Mozealous created a very good screenr explaining the new format: