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Overview

  1. Build and organize a collection of images in the Image Palette.
  2. Then, use these images to create presentation slides, whether using blank slide templates or pre-selected images in the Image Palette. You may also convert pre-existing PowerPoint slides into OIV presentation slides.
  3. Add images to slides in the Slide Editor by dragging thumbnails from the Image Palette into image placeholders.
  4. Enter text into text boxes to create customized slide labels.
  5. Continue to add new elements, whether additional text boxes, images, or shapes.
  6. Change the appearance any element by editing its properties, to apply border or background effects.
  7. Prepare your slides for presentation by:
  8. Finally, present your slides.

Contents

Create new slides

There are three ways to create presentation slides:

Work with images

Using the Slide Editor, you will be able to add and edit images on your slides.

Work with text

Using the Slide Editor, you may add and edit text in your slides.

Work with shapes

Using the Slide Editor, you will be able to add and edit shapes and arrows to your slides.

Work with slide layouts

Layer objects

Each image, text box, or shape represents a separate object. Objects will automatically stack in discrete layers as you add them to a slide. You may place each object into a discrete position on the slide, or overlap them, stacking one on top of the other.

  1. To move objects, click on the "Move" tool image:Icon oiv move.gif in the toolbar at the top of the Slide Editor, and then drag and drop the object into a new location on the slide.
  2. This layering order can be exploited during the Slide Presentation mode, when you may elect to present your slides so that objects appear one by one, rather than all at once.
    • When presenting, objects at the bottom of the stack will appear first. Those layers stacked above will appear in the order that they were arranged, until you reach the top of the stack.
    • For more information about how to present these layered objects during the Slide Presentation, please see: Navigating slide presentations.
  3. Normally, the first object added to a slide will start as the bottom layer, and each subsequent object added to the slide will create an additional layer on top. However, you can change the order the layers on your slide, depending on the order you would like them to appear in the Slide Presentation.
    • Click on a desired object, then right- (or Control-) click with your mouse onto it.
    • Go to the “Order” option in the shortcut menu and follow the arrow to the right to select one of the following options: "Bring forward," "Bring to front," "Send backward," and "Send to back". You can also find these options in the "Format" toolbar menu under the "Order."
    • Repeat these steps, as necessary, until you have arranged the object layers in the desired order.

Slide background colors

  1. The default slide background is black. To change the color of the slide background, right- (or Control-) click on the slide in the Slide Editor and point your mouse to the "Slide background..." option. Other options...
  2. Follow the arrow to the right to select a new color from a set of swatches. You may also click on the "More colors" link to choose from a wider selection of color options.
  3. The chosen color will be automatically applied to your slide background.
  4. To set the slide background to a different color, simply repeat steps #1-3.

Quick Tips

  • You may also add color effects to the backgrounds of individual images, text boxes, or shapes on your slide.

  • You can set a default slide background color (other than black), so that you don't have to adjust the color each time you create a slide.
    1. Go to the "Edit" toolbar menu and select the "Preferences..." option. (In Macs, this option will be listed under the "ARTstor OIV" menu and is also accessible by using the image:Key command.jpg-, keyboard shortcut.)
    2. In the window that opens, click on the "Slide Defaults" or "Defaults" tab. Use the drop-down arrow to the right of "Background" to select a new default slide background color from the set of swatches. You may also click on the "More colors" link to choose from a wider selection of color options.
    3. Click on the "OK" button to apply the new default setting, which will persist for any new slides that you create. You may always go back the "Preferences" menu to re-adjust this default setting.
  • You can change the background color for a set of slides, rather than individually.
    1. Use the Shift or Ctrl (or image:Key command.jpg) key when clicking on slide previews in the Slide Sorter.
      • Consecutive slides...
      • Non-consecutive slides...
    2. Right- (or Control-) click in the Slide Sorter and point your mouse to the "Background..." option in the resulting shortcut menu.
    3. Follow the arrow to the right to select a new color from a set of swatches. You may also click on the "More colors" link to choose from a wider selection of color options.
    4. The chosen color will be automatically applied to the backgrounds for your chosen slides.

Rearrange slides

In the Slide Sorter, use your mouse to drag and drop slide(s) to rearrange their order. You can move individual slides or multiple slides within a presentation. You may also move or copy slides between presentations. If you need to expand the Slide Sorter to work with the slides, click on the "Maximize window" icon (image:Icon oiv pane max.gif) in the upper right corner of the pane. To minimize the Slide Sorter again, click back on the "Restore window" icon (image:Icon oiv pane min.gif). Please note...


Individual slides

  1. Click on a slide preview in the Slide Sorter to select it.
  2. Hold down your mouse button as you drag the slide preview to a new position. As you drag your mouse, a placeholder will appear as a narrow line of color (green), indicating the space between slide previews.
  3. Release the mouse button to drop the slide into the new location, as indicated by the green placeholder.

Multiple slides

  1. Use the Shift or Ctrl (or image:Key command.jpg) key when clicking on slide previews in the Slide Sorter.
    • Consecutive slides...
    • Non-consecutive slides...
  2. Release the Shift or Ctrl (or image:Key command.jpg) key and hold down your mouse button as you drag the slide previews into a new position. As you drag your mouse, a placeholder will appear as a narrow line of color (green), indicating the space between slide previews.
  3. Release the mouse button to drop the slides into the new location, as indicated by the green placeholder.

Move or copy slides between presentations

You can move or copy slides from one OIV presentation into another by dragging and dropping the slide previews in the Slide Sorter.

  1. While you are working within one OIV presentation, open another by going to the "File" toolbar menu and selecting the "New" option. A second instance of the OIV will open, which you can use to open an existing presentation or start a new one.
  2. In the Slide Sorter of the first presentation, select the slides that you wish to copy to the second presentation. To select multiple slides...
  3. You may either move or copy the slide(s) into the second presentation.
    • To move the slide(s)...
    • To copy the slide(s)...
  4. Release the mouse button to drop the slide(s) into the second OIV presentation.

An alternative method of moving and copying slides is to use the copy/cut and paste keyboard shortcuts.

  1. While you are working within one OIV presentation, open another by going to the "File" toolbar menu and selecting the "New" option. A second instance of the OIV will open, which you can use to open an existing presentation or start a new one.
  2. In the Slide Sorter of the first presentation, select the slides that you wish to copy to the second presentation. To select multiple slides...
  3. You may either move or copy the slide(s) into the second presentation.
    • To move the slide(s)...
    • To copy the slide(s)...
  4. Go to the Slide Sorter of the second presentation and then right- (or Control-) click with your mouse to choose the "Paste" option. Other options...

Delete slides

  1. Select the desired slide preview in the Slide Sorter. To delete multiple slides...
  2. Click on the "Remove slide(s)" icon (image:Icon oiv slide delete.gif). Other options...
  3. A new window will open, prompting you to confirm the deletion. Click on the "OK" button to complete the process.
  4. If you need to undo the deletion, use the Ctrl- (or image:Key command.jpg) Z keyboard shortcut. Other options...