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Freeform Sizing Your Viewlet Fonts

Postby vmarm » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:59 am

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The Viewletin
An Inside ‘Take’ on All Things Viewlet
~by ViewletMarm

Qarbon offers its Viewlet Authors many hidden gems in its ViewletBuilder and ViewletQuiz software. This particular post is about to reveal one of them to you, but first, did you know...

Even though many eLearning content developers rely strongly on voice narration to drive their videos, there are still many design approaches that involve the use of messaging without audio. Why? Well, this could be for a variety of reasons, which might include:

  • No sound available on the viewer's device.
  • Sound is not permissible in the environment the viewer is in when accessing the video.
  • The viewer can't 'hear' the audio portion of the video due to external noise.
  • ...and, I'm sure, many other reasons.

Messaging without audio, or using text messages in a video, may also complement the audio for one or all of the reasons already mentioned. These messages may be in the form of Notes (to provide basic information), Balloons/Callouts (to point to a specific action) and Slide Text/Text Boxes (text contained in a simple rectangular container with/without fill colors/borders). While working with text in these situations, you have various options to select such as font type, size, color, alignment, etc. This is where one of ViewletBuilder and ViewletQuiz hidden gems can be found.

When you create a note, balloon or slide text in your Viewlet project, one of the first things you might after choosing your font is to choose the font point size. The field right next to the font type provides a drop-down list of hard-coded sizes for your use. But, how many times have you used this menu only to be frustrated because the font size you need is not available? Did you know that you are NOT stuck with just those sizes?

You can create a custom font size quickly and easily. Here's how:

  1. Click within a note, balloon or slide text object to be in text edit mode.
  2. Click inside the font size menu (field).
  3. Type in a number for your desired font size.
  4. Press Enter or Tab out of this field to apply this custom font size.

Note: While in text edit mode, you can select text first, then use the steps above to change the font size or set a custom font size right before you start typing.

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Check out the Customizing Font Sizes video to see this 'hidden design gem' in action!

That's it for this blog.


Until next time...
Happy Viewleting!

~ViewletMarm~

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