Quick Tip: PowerPoint in the UPK Player

If you're reading this, I'm sure you know that Oracle UPK allows you to leverage existing content (created in other applications) by attaching the content to the concept pane, bubble hyperlinks, web page hyperlinks, etc. One file type which is often attached to UPK content is Microsoft PowerPoint. Since the UPK Player is launched in a web browser, these PowerPoint attachments are also being launched through the web browser, which can lead to a different user experiences based on the way the user's browser is configured.

Launching Microsoft PowerPoint files in a web browser has inspired a lot of discussions on the internet. These discussions are valuable to those of you who have decided to include Microsoft PowetPoint files in UPK content, so I'd like to share with you a web page which offers a lot of information about this topic:

http://www.pptfaq.com/FAQ00189.htm -- this web page has a good overview of the various challenges with deploying PowerPoint files through the web browser and the options available to address these challenges.

If you cannot find a viable solution for delivering Microsoft PowerPoint files as UPK attachments, you can always save your presentations as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. While PDF files can also behave differently depending on the user's software and configuration, there seem to be less variables to worry about.

What types of content do you attach in UPK? What challenges have you encountered and how have you resolved them? Let us know in the comments.


Best practices to use PowerPoint with the UPK are: Save the Presentation as a webpage. This can be a single file (type: mht, playback in IE only) or multiple webpages. Create a package in the UPK and copy the original presentation, the mht file (or multiple webpages) into the package and save it with the same name as the presentation.You don't link to the original presentation, but because the source is also in the package you can later easily change it and save it again. Create a section in the oultine and link to the mht file or html file in the package and there you go. The same way applies to saving Word, Excel or MS Visio files (these are excellent in webformat). I usually prefer to save Word as PDF and Powerpoint in webformat. Also a great tool if you love PowerPoint: buy Articulate presenter to convert the PowerPoint to Flash and atach this in the concept screen. Articulate and UPK go well together. This will enhance the e-learning content.

Posted by Sjoerd de Vries on September 11, 2009 at 05:00 PM PDT #

Marc - We have experimented with many media types in the Concept panes and found that Microsoft Office documents present some challenges. We have found the most success so far with Flash and PDF formats. PROS for Flash format in Concept panes We like using Adobe Captivate-created Flash files within Concept panes: 1. Adobe Captivate creates nice animated presentations in the compact Flash format, and presents them using a companion HTML file within the Concept pane (HTML controls display and playback controls) 2. Articulate Presenter (as mentioned by Sjoerd above) creates similar Flash files, but more directly from your original PPT. PROS for the PDF format in Concept panes: We have found also found a high degree of control by using Adobe Acrobat PDF files within Concept panes: 1. PDFs can be saved in fullscreen mode, forced to fit into page displayed, and can also be programmed with behaviors (click to pause/resume media, page down to advance, etc) 2. PDFs can hold many media types that might otherwise not work in native format (like Quicktime movies) 3. Those PowerPoint, Excel, Word, or even Visio docs. that we might otherwise display natively are usually saved as PDF to ensure display control. CONS for Microsoft format: 1. PowerPoint, Word, or other MS Office docs. placed in native .doc or .ppt format do not ensure that all users will have the same Player viewing experience (due to behaviors, security, etc. on their workstations, they will open differently) 2. The HTML code created by Microsoft Office products is very 'heavy' with functions and high-level code (uneditable, may not render some transitions or animations properly, etc.) Thank you for starting this discussion - this is a very helpful dialog. --Steve Davis, Taleo

Posted by Steve Davis on October 13, 2009 at 11:37 PM PDT #

Can you program the UPK Know It to only let the user try it for say, 4 times?

Posted by Minnie on November 10, 2009 at 03:04 AM PST #

You can enable or disable three levels of remediation for Know It? mode in the topic properties. By default all three levels are turned on. There is a fourth level of remediation that cannot be turned off. The fourth level is when the system performs the step for the user. The step is always marked incorrect the first time the user performs the wrong action, regardless of which levels of remediation are enabled. I hope that helps!

Posted by marc.santosusso on December 14, 2009 at 12:33 AM PST #

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