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.
Author Tools 220.127.116.11 8/24/17
Added a config file
Added image watermark
Added image watermark size option
Author Tools 18.104.22.168 8/24/17
Exit from slide search on build presentation when reach end of slide range
Added a step # placeholder on presentation to show step
When step number placeholder used step did not show the subtitle
Added exercise number placeholder
Added Quiz number placeholder
Removed multiple copy from master and slide protect on rebuild master
Added Justification and font options to watermark
Added Position option for captions
Resized image and caption left and right
Added caption column size
Author Tools 22.214.171.124 8/24/17
Added watermark to script and thumbnail formats
Author Tools 126.96.36.199 8/24/17
Fixed Script error when hidden slides were causing picture overwrite
Added a watermark option for pictures on Doc and PowerPoint
Author Tools 188.8.131.52 4/17/17
Added Option to suppress subtitles from showing
Created an Advanced Template
Added a Compose Ribbon
Added new Compose Formats
Added Compose Templates
Compose Test from Advanced Text Blocks
Fixed Copy Text where NULL Font was causing text to be skipped
Added a Compose All Function
Added a Decompose Slide option to create blocks from text
Added a Decompose All option
When creating PowerPoints we pushed the picture to the back so that if there were
overlays they would still show
Added text Compose option for Recipes
Fixed style naming to build style from the format and design
Added an option to build the styles based on the document content
Removed BSP from the style sheet
Added step numbers to PPT Recipe placeholder
Copied Steps to Recipe with formatting
Fixed step numbering in PowerPoint not to over count the steps
Fixed the parent placeholder from always showing article
Added Parents Parent Placeholder and Parents Parents Parents Placeholder
Removed step type subheadings from PowerPoint Recipe
Added a Compose type of Presentation
Added an option to save tables as images
Search subfolders in templates
Author Tools 184.108.40.206 3/22/17
Added a Design Type to the Section Labels
Added defaults for the Retry pause
Fixed the section refresh to only update the slide names if the update flag is set
Added the option to add a frame around images when there is a caption to make sure caption lines up with image when smaller
Fixed index so that it shows Section + . + Article - . missing
Fixed error where heading printed when there is no heading
Fixed example data heading printing to repeat on walkthrough
Fixed error where text was showing as heading when heading was blank.
Author Tools 220.127.116.11 1/21/17
Added a new "Proof" style for reviewing text and proofreading.
Fixed the Article number to show the Article and not the section number.
Added an option to include the Slide number in the document for proofing.
Added a Refresh button on the Publish and Present ribbon bars to allow the defaults to reload.
Added an option to update the language Article prefix
Fixed the counter numbering to count the skipped slides
Added an index document option to add index markers to underlined text.
Added a replace underline function for when indexes are not created.
Added a button to add index marks on selected text
Added a picture glow option to put a subtle border around the images.
Fixed the data headings in the walkthrough
Fixed the script/thumbnail options where sub steps were causing the step count not calculate
Fixed the step counting process - was not resetting the slide counter and over counting.
Created a new Portrait and Letter theme.
Author Tools 18.104.22.168 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 22.214.171.124 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 126.96.36.199 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