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AT: Author Tools Series

Writing walkthrough guides is easy.  It’s the formatting of the content that will take you forever to do, especially of you are wanting to repurpose the content into other formats like scripts, blog posts, summaries and even books.  And if you want to make a change to a guide, or correct mistakes then that can take just as much time because you might break some of the formatting, or pagination, or you may miss one of the formats.  And if you wanted to have specific page breaks, formatting requirements or different page sizes for different versions then it just doubles or triples the work.

Some people may have lackeys or interns that they can give this job to, but your probably are not one of them, and don't want to have to spent weekends formatting books and transferring images one by one into Word so that you can publish document or create detailed blog post series.  That's what the Author Tools for PowerPoint are for.

These tools automate a lot of the leg work that you would have to do manually by using PowerPoint as a repository for all of the walkthrough details and then uses pre-defined word templates as a basis which it then transfers all of the images and text automatically and also formats all of the walkthroughs in a number of different ways based on how you are wanting the information to be consumed.  This reduces the time to format a 400+ page book from 8+ hours and tens of thousands of repetitive keystrokes to probably about half an hour and a single click.

Release Notes

Author Tools 12/16/16

  • Fixed the subheading and Subtitle to show no pictures
  • Seperated out the data and exercises to use seperate builds for walkthroughs and recipe options
  • Table Rows Autofit
  • Create presentation hidden images swapped to color before copy and then switched back to gs
  • Stopped tables form breaking over pages
  • When adding pictures on Presentation, it retries until the picture is added.
  • When adding text to a presentation, it retries if the text is not added
  • Table Paste into data placeholder in PPT fixed to paste into placeholder.
  • Fixed the step count issue where it was over counting the steps and creating doublesized tables on script and thumbnails
  • Added parameter to allow you to choose the number of columns for thumbnails
  • Added a parameter that allows you to specify the width of the first column on a script
  • Updated the script to append text from slides with no image to the end of the prior text
  • Removed the extra Lf at the end of the script text paste
  • Updated the thumbnails so that they add text from slides with hidden pictures to the end of the prior text
  • Added an option to specify the number of columns for a recipe
  • Removed the extra section break on the recipe that was causing the heading spacing to be too large
  • Fixed the show hidden image to show hidden pictures on build
    Added script and thumbnail summary options
  • Updated standard templates to include the Articles style

Author Tools 11/1/16

  • Added Progress and Logging into Presentation Build
  • Removed windows error messages and moved them into the log pane to speed up the build
  • Fixed the presentation build to delete the first blank slide
  • Restricted copy names from the master to just the slide range
  • Walkthroughs skip headings when pictures are hidden

Author Tools 10/7/16

  • Added a Recipe Placeholder for Presentations to summarize steps with text
  • Inserted Continuous breaks before Walkthroughs and Scripts to allow for column updates within the step groups
  • Added step text to Presentation recipe placeholders
  • Added a log panel to show the process of the Document and Presentation build
  • Added option to turn on or off the Progress Pane
  • Added an option to show the time elapsed by build step
  • Added a Progress Bar for all Content levels
  • Fixed misc error where there were no shapes on the storyboard slide