Demo Builder is the ideal tool for creating professional and fully interactive presentations and tutorials.
Demo Builder is the ideal tool for creating professional and fully interactive presentations and tutorials.
Demo Builder is the experts authoring tool of choice for creating professional and fully interactive application simulations, presentations and tutorials. The best part is that Demo Builder is so easy to use! Unlike some other tools, with Demo Builder there is no complex interface and no previous programming knowledge is required. You'll be up and running and creating superior presentations in no time. Your audience will love it and you'll get the results you deserve.
Demo Builder version 9 further extends and expands on the features available in previous versions to enable you to create audio-visual Flash movies that show how software, systems and processes work. It offers the ability to capture all actions taken in a running application, which can then be edited and annotated to produce interactive demonstrations and simulations.
The full range of functionality and features that we have packed into Demo Builder version 9 are to numerous to list exhaustively, but please click on any topic below to get a brief overview.
Create your first demonstration or tutorial in minutes with Demo Builder's Auto Record and Capture features.
Simply start the recorder and take the actions you want to show in your desired application. Demo Builder captures everything automatically. You can even record your own voice-over narration at the same time as capturing your screenshots and actions. What's more Demo Builder can even automatically add Balloon tooltips and Note annotations to your screen captures - without you having to type a character! Could we make it any easier … ?
Find out more about how easy and quick it is to create professional results with these Demo Builder features by clicking on the links below.
The start-up screen displays three options, Create NewMovie (to open the New Movie Wizard and take you through the steps to create a new movie), Open Movie (to open an existing movie already created) and RecentMovies (to select from the most recently opened movies).
Customize your auto record and capture settings. The FitTo option allows you to automatically fit the screen capture of Demo Builder to any applications open on your desktop or to the full screen size.
Simply click the Preferences button on the Recording Settings Wizard and check the Record narration checkbox to record your voice-over narration at the same time as taking your screen captures.
Choose the objects that you'd like to add automatically when recording your movie (from Notes, Cursors and Balloons) and the Language (from English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish) for the text to automatically fill them with.
Create a movie with blank scenes by selecting Blank from the New Movie Wizard, or if you have already taken and saved your images, use the Import Images Wizard to quickly create your movie by browsing and importing images into your movie.
Choose your frames per second rate, and easily capture smooth recordings of your demonstration. Now capturing drag and drop functions, animations, and Flash websites has never been easier! You can even capture a full-motion movie that is playing on your computer, and play it back in Demo Builder!
Demo Builder didn't become the expert's choice without offering all the tools and flexibility needed to customize your movie's look and behaviour with ease and speed. After you create your movie, you can to add, edit or remove material or completely reorganise your movie if you wish. A full range of customized effects are available and can be applied to your scene (or whole movie) with a single mouse click.
Click on a subject below for more about how you can use Demo Builder to edit and modify movies to suit your specific requirements.
Demo Builder puts you in the directors chair with a full set of tools, options and preferences at your disposal to give you total control over how your story unfolds. Add, Move, Delete scenes (scenes), Preview, Export, Add audio and/or a PlayerBar - the list is endless.
Use the Start-End property to specify the load behaviour of the movie and the actions that should be taken at the end of the movie.
The flexibility of Demo Builder allows you to change the time sequencing for Scenes and Objects within the movie as desired. You decide when, where and how long your objects and scenes display for.
Use the Transition Wizard feature of the TimeLine to get that smooth entry and exit. Choose from multiple fade in/fade out effects for your scenes.
New in Demo Builder version 5, the Localize Wizard allows you to update the language of your movies for international distribution by exporting your movie caption text (Balloon, Note, Text etc.) which you then update with text in the desired language and import back into your movie with the Localize Wizard.
Two additional options for your Balloons, Buttons, Notes and Texts have been introduced in version 5 to make it even easier for you to create great movies and demonstrations. AutoCalculate Size : Size your text area to automatically fit the amount of entered text. AutoCalculate Time : Automatically adjust the object's timing in the Timeline based on the setting of the Reading Speed property in Preferences.
Maintain consistency of 'look and feel' at a single click! For Balloons, Buttons, Notes and Texts you can now apply your chosen font style/formatting to all objects of the same type using the enhanced font properties editor.
You can merge or split scenes that make up your movie as necessary. You can merge multiple scenes into one longer scene, or split one scene into multiple scenes. Whatever makes the editing process easier for you. You may want to split a scene that has become too long in the timline. This will make editing easier. Or perhaps you have many, many short scenes, and want to make the "all scenes" view more compacted. In that case you may want to merge scenes together.
Demo Builder comes fully equipped with advanced features for adding and editing audio to your scenes and movies. Background audio (e.g. a music soundtrack) or voice-over narration or both can be easily added or imported into your scenes and movies to give a truly stunning and professional touch to your demonstrations, presentations and tutorials.
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Make dull, boring slideshows a thing of the past! Jazz up your demonstrations and presentations and keep your audience interested (and awake!) by incorporating sound into your Demo Builder movies - almost effortlessly! Choose to record your voice-over narration and/or import your *.wav or *.mp3 files for individual scenes or the whole movie. Demo Builder even comes with a built-in Audio Collection of sound clips to get you started. Of course, Demo Builder also gives you the option to set your audio preferences just how you like them. For example, Use the Loop effect to have your audio clip(s) repeat continuously throughout your movie.
Demo Builder is jam-packed full of tools, objects, effects and visual aids that you can use to highlight your important concepts and produce highly polished demonstrations, tutorials and presentations.
The following objects can be added to your scenes and movies to enhance your users' viewing and learning experience. Click on an object heading below for more details.
Wizard-driven import of your existing screenshots and graphics files into your movie scenes as background images.
Use Balloon tooltips to describe the actions being (or needing to be) taken and provide additional explanatory text to your users. Choose from either elliptical or rectangular shapes in a number of styles - including the new style, "peel" that has been added in version 9 and provides a very smooth and professional looking Balloon for your tooltips.
Much as for Balloons, use these objects to display comments, captions and other information to your users. Again many styles, sub-styles, colors, transitions and other options are available to meet your exact need.
Use shapes in your scenes to bound and draw your users' attention to the important areas of your application's screen. Set shapes, styles, borders, color and transparency as desired.
Quickly add images and other graphics to your scenes. Either Import graphics files from your computer or network drive, use Demo Builder's Screen Capture Wizard to take screenshots or select Clipart from Demo Builder's built-in collection
Clearly demonstrate the actions, entries and clicks required to your users by either auto-capturing or adding Curson motion objects to your scenes
Highlight the actions and areas of real importance by adding striking animations to your scenes. For version 5, Animations have been redesigned and even more functionality added! More animation categories (with subcategories), choose from more colors and set the direction of motion for your animations.
The Keystroke object is visible in Timeline and represents any keyboard actions taken during movie recording. Keystrokes (and their sound) can be auto-captured at the time of taking your screenshots and edited later as desired.
Add full two-way interactivity between your movie and your users with Demo Builder's Interactive Objects. Use the Event functionality offered by Buttons, Click Zones and Edit Zones to interact with your users and control the behaviour of your movie based on user responses and actions.
Please see the User Interactivity topic for more information on these interactive objects and the event functionality that they offer to allow your users full two-way interaction with your demonstrations and tutorials.
Flash Video files add realism and depth to your movies. You can insert FLV files so that they play from any scene in your movie.
Cursor motions in your presentations can be straight line, convex, concave, or custom. With custom motion, you can define abnormal cursor movements and have them display in your presenations. Perhaps you want to simulate your cursor circling an area in your application? No problem. With custom cursor movements, any cursor motion you can imagine can be capture and replicated.
You can now 'lock' objects in a scene so they cannot be edited or moved accidentally. You can also set an object's visibility in a scene to either ON or OFF, so for example you can have an object not display, without actually deleting it. Both of these features can be set in the new Objects and Marks window on the right side of the canvas.
Demo Builder offers Events for all the interactive objects which you can use to determine the next action (or path) taken by the movie, based on your users' entries, responses and actions. Each individual Event has its own TimeLine to define the separate and specific sequencing of display and behaviours for that event.
Click on an object below to find out more about its events and the functionality they provide.
Use the Button Events to interact with the users of your demonstration or tutorial and totally control the behaviour of your movie in response to their actions. The Button object offers the following events that can be used to achieve this.
As for the other interactive objects, use the Click Zone Events to interact with the users of your demonstration or tutorial and totally control the behaviour of your movie based on actions taken by your users. The Click Zone object offers the following 3 events to achieve this.
The Edit Zone object offers the following 3 events to interact with the users of your demonstration or tutorial.
To support this interactive question and answer functionality, the Edit Zone object offers an additional property - the Correct Entries property. Specify the list of correct responses expected from your users and when your user enters text and presses the defined Shortcut key (either Enter or Tab), Demo Builder checks the user response with this list of entries and takes the action for the On Pass event or the On Error event as appropriate.
From the Correct Entries properties panel, you can choose whether user responses must be 'Case Sensitive' in order to match. Likewise, by checking the 'Password' box, you can choose for user responses to be displayed hidden as asterisks (*). You can also set Demo Builder to check your user's responses character-by-character if desired.
For each of the above events, you can assign the desired behaviour of your movie by adding an Action to take and/or Audio to be played. The following options are available to be added or edited for the events of Interactive Objects.
In addition to the above actions and audio, you can also add short Animation Effects to be applied to the Click Zone when the specified event occurs. Effects can also be 'looped' to continue for a set length of time.
You can now set Marks through your movies (in fact, several within any given scene). Marks allow you to identify certain points within your movie where you can then add actions. You can have as many marks in your movie/scenes as you need. They do not display in the movie... they are merely identifiers that help in the editing process. For example, let's say you want your movie to pause at mark 2 in scene 3, or at mark 3 you want your movie to jump back to mark 4 in scene 1 (just some examples).