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Promo2day Review ActivePresenter 9 Pro
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ActivePresenter is all-in-one screencasting, video editing, and eLearning authoring software for Microsoft Windows and macOS, which is developed by Atomi Systems, Inc. ActivePresenter 9 offers you all the tools you need for multiple eLearning purposes. It has built-in easy-to-use powerful eLearning authoring tools, screen recorder, and video editor. The integration of these useful functions in ActivePresenter make it easy for you to create multiple eLearning purposes, interactive slide-based courses, software simulations, assessments, capture your screen, edit recorded videos with just simple steps., educational games, and training videos. It offers a wide range of features and an intuitive interface which makes it suitable for all skill levels

Create interactive courses in any scenario with a feature-rich editor
Thanks to the built-in the user-friendly editor and many tools and features, you can easily create professional-looking eLearning content with with minimum effort.

Convert existing PowerPoint presentations to courses at blazing speed
Without additional software, PowerPoint presentations can be straightly converted to HTML5 or eLearning packages (SCORM & xAPI). Unlike many other tools, you can do it on both PC & MAC.

Build a software simulation in minutes with smart screen capture technology
When recording software simulation, all steps you performed on screen are recorded as slides. Mouse clicks, keystrokes and their appropriate actions and values are generated automatically. You can create software tutorials or assessments with minimum time and effort.
Develop interactive assessments & educational games
Support 13 question types, slide pools, slide randomization, and flexible branching with events, actions, and conditions, you can easily create assessments and unique educational games without coding skills.

Create or record videos with screencasting and editing tools
Select multiple recording sources at once like screen, microphone, system audio, and webcam. Enhance further with common editing tools, effects, shapes, animations & transitions. HTML5 output enables you to add quizzes and make branched scenarios.

High-level responsive support
Perfect on any device

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Application information:

Current version:  9.0.6
OS requirements:  Windows 11, 10, 8.1 (64-bit only)
Released:  January 18, 2023


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User Interface

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ActivePresenter Feature Comparison

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Basic audio & video editing features:
Cut/Copy/Delete/Crop Range, Insert Time, Split & Join Audio/Videos, Change Speed, Adjust Volume, Insert Closed Caption.

Advanced audio & video editing features:
Blur Videos, Green-screen Effect, Reduce Audio Noise, Fade Audio In/Out, Normalize Audio.

eLearning editing features:
Interaction Objects, 13 Interactive Questions, Responsive Design, Multiple Timelines, Object States, Variables, Events – Actions, and Conditions.

The Standard and Pro editions are used for commercial purposes. Meanwhile, the Free edition is used for trial and non-commercial purposes only. Using the Free edition, publishing to YouTube or other social media platforms is allowed for non-commercial use

Comparison with Microsoft PowerPoint

ActivePresenter offers much more features and tools to the standard PowerPoint program. If you are in need to create elearning or lectures and you are usually using PowerPoint, then you are in the right place. Just download the free trial of ActivePresenter and see the difference. Training to start using the program is easy and you can import PowerPoint files to be edited according to your needs

Comparison with Prezi

This is a subscription-based application with much higher price, paid customer support, delay in response from customer support, cause audience to feel dizzy from movement slides, It can distract people for what the person is saying, need internet to be working specially free plan, need experience to be used, It has a lot of tools that you can get confused. On the other hand, ActivePresenter is one time payment with one year free updates, easy to learn and use, can be used offline with good customer support

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ActivePresenter Full Features and Use:

Create Interactive eLearning Content

Create New Blank Projects
Creating a new blank project from scratch is the first step in interactive eLearning content creation. Simply, click Blank Project, then the application will automatically open a new project with a blank slide. The new project will be non-responsive, if you need to create responsive to make your content display perfectly on any device with different screen sizes, you can easily do thanks to the responsive design and flexbox features of the program. In addition, you can capture the screen and use it in eLearning projects if needed.

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Import PowerPoint Presentations:
This is very useful feature which lets you easily import any PowerPoint presentation into the application for further editing. You can do this even if you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint installed on your system.

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Insert Objects to Project
ActivePresenter 9 offers many beautiful themes and templates which will help you to create consistent professional visual experiences. You can make your courses more informative through insertion of a variety of visualization objects. For example, 3D Models, Charts, Tables, Images, Videos, Audio, YouTube videos, and so on. These are easily accessible in the insert button

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Adding interaction objects to your project is a great idea. Those objects were designed to respond to users’ actions in a predefined manner. Users can interact with these objects by using the mouse button (to click on an area, select checkboxes or radio buttons, and so on), or using keyboards (to press a key or a combination of keys). Applying these objects in your interactive quizzes or courses helps stimulate learners’ interaction. Also, interaction objects help keep track of learners’ activities by assessing their performance.

Add Interactivity

Now, you can start to add interactivity to your project. As you know, adding interactivity to the courses will transform learners from passive to active participants and is considered very effective method to motivate learners. The program has many built-in flexible events, actions, conditional and advanced actions, variables, JavaScripts,  to help create highly interactive quizzes, courses, and games. In addition, you will be able to create 13 interactive question types with a few clicks, these are easily accessible using the Questions tab. You can also import hundreds of questions from GIFT files and CSV files into your course at once. Just access the Questions tab and click From File to access all these tools.

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Features of ActivePresenter Interactive eLearning:

 Import PowerPoint Presentations: charts, tables, 3D models, and animations started on click.
Responsive Design: Design fully-responsive, mobile-ready eLearning contents.

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Flex Box: Automatically align and distribute space for a group of objects.
Themes & Templates: Use well-designed themes and templates to quickly create a new project.

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Slide Templates: Save existing projects as slide templates to reuse later as basis for other projects.
Style (Color & Effect): Make polished and high-quality screencast videos and training simulations with various line/fill/text styles and shadow effects.
Bullet and Numbering Styles: More new bullet and numbering style options are ready for your choice.
Shapes & Freeform: Choose from dozens of shapes. Draw custom vector shapes and paths using the freeform Shape and Scribble tools.
Equation:  Write pixel-perfect equations and formulas for presentations or quizzes on math or any science. Copying equations from Microsoft Office is also possible.
Icons: Add visuals to your presentation using dozens of non-pixelated icons.
Chart : Visually illustrate numerical and statistical data through symbols such as columns, lines, bars.
Table: Store and display data in rows and columns.
3D Model: Portray real-world and conceptual visuals for your projects using three-dimensional objects.
Transitions & Animations: Attract viewers/learners by applying effects to slides and objects.
Text Animations: Create various fun animations for text in all objects containing text.
Object Templates: Create object templates from objects and object groups that can be reused
Object Settings View: Allow customizing default styles for several types of objects such as Cursor Path, Shapes, Questions, and more.
Object Grouping: Group objects on a slide into one single object to move, resize, rotate or change their other properties simultaneously.
Multiple States for Objects: Convert any object into a multi-state object.
Grid & Guides: Allow adjusting the precision of objects’ alignment in the slide.
Format Painter: Quickly apply the formatting style of an object to one or more objects
Object Flipping & Rotating: vertically or horizontally, rotate objects using inbuilt commands.
Image Editing: using built-in image editor with transparency support
Embed HTML Packages into your courses without any active URL or a line of code.
Slider: Allow learners to select a particular value or drag to define a range along the bar.
Dropdown: Contain a dropdown menu with a hidden list of options for learners to select from.
Animated Timer: Use visually customizable digital timers and progress bars to count up or down at run time and trigger an action when the time is up.
Quizzes: Create virtually any kind of assessments or surveys using thirteen types of questions.
Dropdown Question: dropdown menus with hidden lists of answer options.
Fill-in-Blanks Question: Convert any word into blank text boxes and require learners to fill in.
Hotspot Question: image-based question. Allow setting the points in an image as correct answers
Import Questions from Files Import format-compatible questions from GIFT and CSV files.
Feedback Master Offer a consistent look and feel across feedback layers throughout your course.
Slide Pool & Randomization Design professional random quizzes with colored slide pools & random slides to prevent viewers from remembering and predicting answers.
Multiple Timelines created for a single slide to contain different animations of the same object
Click Sequence Timeline Control and animate objects the way you want.
Conditional Actions & Advanced Interactions Add interactivity for your advanced interactions
HTML5 Player Settings: Thoroughly customize the player with skins, presets, and handy features.
Table of Contents for HTML5
Author Video: Integrate presentation slides with a talking head or an explainer video.
Attach Resources to Project: give learners relevant information, websites or printable copy of slides
Customizable Preloader that shows when your document preloads resources to your liking.
Show-in-Mode Property for Slide: Choose operation modes for a slide to appear in the output.
HTML5 Preview: Preview the whole project or the currently selected slide
Course Review: Allow users to enter the review mode from the report slide to review their answers
Web Fonts for HTML5: Use any font to create elegant contents which are consistent on any device.
Spell Checker: Ensure the quality of content by using spell checking feature for text.
Configurable Hotkeys: vital to make a complete recording session.

Record Screen

When you first launch the app, the start page shows two recording features to choose from, record screen as video and record interactive simulation. Select Record Screen as Video. The Record Screen as Video function enables you to get a full-motion video if you want to create a video demonstration. Record Interactive Simulation allows you to capture all actions on the screen and is suitable for creating an interactive software simulation, then, convert them into a slide-based training material ( image or video).

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Features of ActivePresenter Screen Recording

Record Screen as Video: Record screen as full-motion video and embed it in slide for further editing
Record Interactive Simulation: Capture screen when mouse clicked or key pressed. Each action is captured as a slide which explains in detail what the viewer should follow to master the lesson.

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Webcam Recording: Record screen and webcam at the same time or webcam videos separately
Microphone/Speakers Recording: Record system audio and audio from microphone simultaneously while recording screen
Smart Annotation: Automatically generate the description from the action and target application and insert into slide properly. Make contents almost ready to publish for a quick tutorial.
Lossless Quality: Record with the lossless video codec to ensure the highest quality  in the overall editing process. H.264 lossy codec is also available.

Edit Video/Audio

After you complete your recording, your work will be transferred into the workspace. The program has good editing timeline with many features available. It contains the most powerful video/audio editing tools. For example, Cut/Copy/Delete/Crop to Range, add background music, Speed up and Slow down the video/audio, and so on. You can apply commands to the whole objects or specific range. ActivePresenter 9 displays video frames directly in the timeline pane to enhance video display and users experiences.

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Features of Advanced Editing for Audio/Video

User Interface: Dark Mode: Choose either the light theme or the dark theme to customize your look

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Multiple Media Layers: Insert multiple videos, audios into a slide.
Audio & Video Editing: without quality loss.
Advanced Audio Effects: Fade In/Out, Noise Reduction, Audio Normalization
Blur: Hide sensitive information in videos or images
Spotlight: Draw viewer attention to a specific region with Spotlight.
Zoom-n-Pan: Guide the viewer to different parts of the screen with smoother transition
Green Screen Effect for Video: Integrate live-action footage to enhance video presentations
Video Frames: Allow showing or hiding video frames on the timeline and support frame snapping.
Image & Video Cropping: Crop and remove unwanted parts of images or videos directly on Canvas.
Closed Caption: provide more information, make audio transcriptions, and support the deaf
Multiple Languages for Closed Caption
Text To Speech: Convert text in any shape/object or closed caption to speech and add more voices
Cursor Path: Emulate cursor movement with flexible cursor path. Add more visual with highlight and click sound.

Export Projects

After completing your project,  you can click HTML5 Preview or press F5 to see how it works. The latest version lets users preview a specific slide instead of the whole project in the browser, then, choose any appropriate output format that meets your requirements using Export tab. In addition, app allows you to save the selected slide as an image or video.

Multiple Output Formats

Export to Video: Export to popular video formats including MP4, AVI, WMV, WebM, and MKV.
Export to HTML5: Export to HTML5 which run on any modern web browsers and devices
Export to SCORM & Xapi: popular eLearning specifications, widely supported by many LMS.
Export to Office Documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Further editing with Microsoft Office. Custom layout with Microsoft Word.
Report & Tracking: without using LMS, the learner result can be tracked by using HTTP method.
Backup: Prevent data loss when a power failure or a system crash occurs with backup capabilities.

Program Settings:

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Conclusion :

ActivePresnter is the world-class authoring tool for eLearning design. It includes all the tools you need for multiple eLearning purposes. It has built-in easy-to-use powerful eLearning authoring tools, screen recorder, and video editor. Using ActivePresenter, you will be able to create multiple eLearning purposes, interactive slide-based courses, software simulations, assessments, capture your screen, training videos and edit recorded videos with just simple steps. The program is compatible with Windows and Mac. The program offers high level responsive support to be used on any device with different screen sizes. Now, let’s download and try this app!

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