How to Create an Interactive Software Simulation in PowerPoint

How to Create an Interactive Software Simulation in PowerPoint


Hi, it’s Brian from iSpring, and today, we’re gonna find out how to create an interactive
software simulation in PowerPoint. Here’s a preview of the software
simulation. It basically just consists of screenshots
of the software, with tooltips and hyperlinks to guide
you through all the features of the program. Let’s go through those steps one by one. I’ll start here by showing you how to take
a screenshot of a software window, in this case, the iSpring Converter
quick start window. One handy tool you can use in Windows is the
Snipping Tool. Just press the Start button on the keyboard
and start typing “snip”, and there it is. Here in the New dropdown, select Window Snip, and click on the window you wanna snip. Right now it’s in the clipboard, so you
can paste it in PowerPoint, but you can also create a catalogue of snips
by using the Save feature. But let’s close out of here and check out
a faster way. First, make sure your application window is
selected, then just hold the Alt key on your keyboard, and press Print Screen. That will take a screenshot of the currently
selected window. On some laptops, you may also have to hold
the Function key to access the Print Screen function. Now that it’s in the clipboard, switch over
to PowerPoint, and paste it right on the slide with Ctrl + V. This way, you can switch back and forth from
your software to PowerPoint, and create a whole catalogue of
slides for whatever screens you want to show. You’ll also want to resize the image to
fit the slide as closely as possible, and then go to the Design tab. From here, select a custom slide size that
fits your application window perfectly. Right now, I’m using a custom slide size
that fits Kaspersky Antivirus, so I’ll just proceed with that. Alright, so now we have a screenshot of Kaspersky,
and we want to make it interactive So, we’ll just go to the Insert tab, and insert a square right over this button. Now, up here in the Shape Styles, we’ll
pick Transparent. Finally, we’ll right-click it, and create
a hyperlink that goes to the slide containing the Cloud Protection screenshot. OK, now we want to indicate that this is the
right button to push, so we’re gonna go back to Insert, and add a
little callout. Drag this little guy over here so it’s pointing
to the button, then pick a theme that matches nicely with
the software color scheme, but still stands out. Now type in your instruction, and you can
also add a Fade animation to draw attention to it. You also might wanna set a delay of about
a second. Alright, now you can insert a text box that
describes this screen, and choose a Quick Style that makes it stand out. Again, you can make it fade in to draw attention. Let’s go over here to this completed slide. As you can see, the design is a little different, but you can see what I’m talking about. Now, over here on the Cloud Protection slide,
we prompt them to go back to the main screen, and that actually takes them over to this
different slide, which now has labels for all these buttons. This all works exactly the same way: just
keep adding transparent rectangles with hyperlinks to all the right
slides, and just like that, you have a fully-functional software simulation
with pop-up tooltips! Let me just get rid of these first two slides, and now that I’m done, I’ll just go over
to the iSpring Converter Pro tab, and click Publish. Change the title and destination if you like,
then pick a format, and go ahead and publish. After just a few seconds, the preview window
will open up, and then you can check out
how it looks on different devices, and share it right away with iSpring Cloud
or email, or upload it right to your website via FTP. Thanks for watching! Now you’re ready to create an interactive
software simulation right in PowerPoint.

5 thoughts to “How to Create an Interactive Software Simulation in PowerPoint”

  1. Very nice , it will be good to have a software that could host an app in a server and do this interactive guide on a live version of the program.

  2. I have recently watched too much anime and wanted to create some sort of simulator game of my favorite character. I'm not sure if that's possible to do so but I think it's worth it to give it a try. 😊

  3. Most days I have to just shake my head. Here is an extremely useful and well-done presentation with about 10,000 views. Thanks for your video. It is very much appreciated.

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