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Articulate Engage

Read the Indezine review of Articulate Engage.


Product/Version: PowerPoint

About Articulate Engage
Download and Installation
Using Articulate Engage
Publishing from within Articulate Presenter
Pricing and Support


If you want to create a brochure-like site using Adobe Flash, you'll soon discover that this sort of work requires a learning curve. Plus, you'll have to be well-versed with scripting and graphic technologies, and then you may want these small brochure-type movies to be included in an e-learning platform. You'll soon discover that's something easier told than done!

So, it has to be quite an amazing product that will walk the balancing rope for all these possibilities. That's what Articulate's new Engage tries to be. Does it succeed? Read more to find out.


About Articulate Engage

New York based Articulate creates Engage. You can learn more about their products and download free trial versions from their site.

Articulate Engage creates small brochure-like Flash movies with rich-media interactivity that can be embedded within presentations, e-learning content, and web sites. It also works seamlessly with Articulate Presenter. Engage provides default interaction types such as process, timeline, pyramid diagram, labeled graphic, interactive FAQ, etc.

My contact at Articulate for this review was Mark Schwartz. Thank you, Mark.


Download and Installation

You can download the installer for the full or trial version. Run the setup routine and follow instructions.

When Engage is launched for the first time, you will be asked to activate the product.


Using Articulate Engage

Follow these steps to get started with Articulate Engage:

  1. From the Windows Start menu, choose Start | All Programs | Articulate | Articulate Engage.
  2. Doing so launches Articulate Engage, as shown in Figure 1, below. Opt to create a new interaction by choosing the Create a new Interaction option.
  3. Articulate Engage
    Figure 1: Articulate Engage
  4. You will now see the New Interaction dialog box shown in Figure 2, below, where you can choose from ten different types of interactions. For this tutorial, we chose the Media Tour interaction, and clicked OK.
  5. New Interaction
    Figure 2: New Interactions
  6. Note: Each interaction has different interface
  7. Now, you will see the Media Tour interaction's interface, as shown in Figure 3, below.
  8. Media Tour
    Figure 3: Media Tour interaction's interface
  9. The Articulate Engage Media Tour interaction's interface is explained below:
  10. 1. Interaction Properties

  11. Interaction Properties provides properties for the selected interaction that can be customized as required.
  12. 2. Items

  13. This area provides options to import or add media, delete, move, export media, and to preview the current item.
  14. 3. Properties

  15. The Properties area allows to provide a name to the interaction and choose a color scheme.
  16. 4. Media

  17. The Media area shows list of media items added with a preview.
  18. 5. Caption

  19. The Caption area allows you to add captions to individual images, and there are text parameters like font, font size, style and hyperlink that you can tweak.
  20. 6. Audio

  21. The Audio area allows you to import any audio file, and record your own voice or narration.
  22. Once you are done, save the interaction and click the Publish button, shown in Figure 3, previously on this page. Doing so opens the Publish dialog box, as shown in Figure 4, below.
  23. Publish
    Figure 4: Publish
  24. The Publish window enables you to choose different options for various output formats. Choose as required, and then click the Publish button.

In the example above, we used the Media Tour interaction. Engage provides several other interaction types that may suit your requirements better.


Publishing from within Articulate Presenter

You can also access the Engage application from within the Articulate menu in PowerPoint. This only works if you also have Articulate Presenter 5.1 or higher installed.

  1. Open any presentation in PowerPoint, and then choose Articulate | Articulate Engage Interactions, as shown in Figure 5 below.
  2. Articulate Presenter menu in PowerPoint
    Figure 5: Articulate Presenter menu in PowerPoint.
  3. Doing so opens the Engage Interaction dialog box, as shown in Figure 6, below. Next, click the Create New as shown in Figure 6. This step adds an interactive slide within PowerPoint.
  4. Engage Interaction
    Figure 6: Engage Interaction
  5. Clicking the Create New button opens the same Articulate Engage interface with the options explained in the preceding section of this page. However, in this case when you are done, and click the Save and Publish option, you'll add the interactivity on the PowerPoint slide itself, as shown in Figure 7, below.
  6. Articulate Engage Interactivity slide in PowerPoint
    Figure 7: Articulate Engage Interactivity slide in PowerPoint
  7. The inserted interactivity on the PowerPoint slide can be edited anytime by clicking the Edit in Engage option.
  8. Viewing Engage content in PowerPoint

  9. Such inserted interactivity cannot be viewed within PowerPoint. To view, you must publish using the output options in Articulate Presenter. Read more in our separate Articulate Presenter review.

Pricing and Support

Articulate Engage is priced at $399. It's also part of the Articulate Studio Pro collection of e-learning products.

Support options include e-mail, knowledge base, community forums and documentation. Articulate also provides a premium support level.



At $399, Engage does provide a good price:performance ratio.

At this price point, Engage is a great product for end users who want to incorporate Engage content in an e-learning platform, and also for simple web designing needs.


Jigsaw Graphics for PowerPoint

Here are 10 jigsaw graphics containing different shapes. These graphics are available in both black and white and are contained within separate sample presentations that you download. Additionally, these jigsaw graphics are vector shapes, so you can easily edit them within your Microsoft Office program by changing fills, lines, and effects or even applying Shape Styles.

Download and use these Jigsaw Graphics in your slides for just $4.99+

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