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                            University of Brighton
                             School of Languages
                          Introduction to Mediator 5




Mediator is a powerful multimedia authoring program enabling the users to make
multimedia courseware and presentations in a relatively easy way. It is an object
oriented programming tool. That is to say the program is a combination of separate
objects; sound and video files, text buttons, lines, pictures, and animations are all
treated as separate objects.

1.           Opening mediator in Falmer Library Computer rooms

            Double click on Applications folder and then on Mediator icon.
               Click on blank presentations icon

At any given moment of time you can either be in Design Mode or in Test Mode. You
can toggle (switch) between the two by using f5 (to go to test mode) and Escape (to
go back to design mode) In design mode you design a page, create new pages, and
create links between them. In test mode you test the result of your work.( Look at it
from the user's point of view).
The following table shows the tools you need to use to do the three tsaks mentioned
above:

                                 Design Mode                Tool
                                 Page design                Tool box
                                 Create new pages           Page list
                                 Links                      Events dialog box

         2. The toolbox
         The toolbox consists of twelve different tools each used to create a different
         object.

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       As in all windows application when you point to each tool a box the function
       of the tool is displayed in a rectangle shaped box.

       The tools are from top to bottom for:
       Pointing
       Creating rectangle shaped objects
       Creating picture objects
       Creating sound objects
       Creating text objects
       Creating buttons
       Creating videos
       Creating input objects
       Creating polygons
       Creating animation curves
       Creating animations

       To move between the slides you create
        Click on View menu and then on page list,
        In the page list dialog box, click on the slide you wish to go to.

The standard tool bar on the left hand side of the window is also very useful and
allows you to do various tasks very easily. Please note when referring to one of these
tools below it is referred to as standard tool bar as opposed the tool box.

       Exercise 1 In this exercise you learn how to open Mediator and create a slide
       with picture on it.

          Double click on mediator in Application menu
          When you see the Welcome window click on Create a New document icon
      Click on OK
      Click on the                     picture icon
      With the pointer draw a large rectangle (As large as the area of the window)
      In open picture dialog box open the Examples folder and then the Slides folder
       and click on ovel-smooth30.PNG file and click on open.
      Make the photo as large as the entire area of the window.


Exercise 2 In this exercise you learn how to create a button that is linked to the next
page.

      Click on the button tool in the tool box
      Draw a rectangle with the pointer
      In the rectangle type Continue
      Right click in the button and in the context menu choose Events.


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Figure 1 the Events
dialog box




       In the Events dialog box, drag the Mouse Click icon into the action area
       Drag the Go to page icon into the action area
       In the Go to page dialog box click on page and then on Next, click on OK
       Click on Close in Events dialog box
       Save the file.


    Exercise 3 In this exercise you learn how to make a new slide with different
    colour background

   Click on Page menu and then on New
   In the new slide click on the background icon in the standard tool bar and click on
    a colour of your choice and then click on OK.

Exercise 4 In this exercise you learn how to make a text object.
    Click on the text tool in the toolbox and draw a rectangle.
    Type:
    Welcome to my first Mediator presentation.
    Click outside the text area and then click on it to get the selection handles.
    Right click on the text area
    In the context menu click on properties
    The properties dialog box show you how to change attributes related to the
       text area.(like scrolling text area)
    If you wish to edit the text, or make it bold, etc, double click on the text area
       and change this in the area by using the icons in the text editing tool bar.

Exercise 5 In this exercise you learn how to create a video object.
Click on the Video tool in the tool box
Draw a rectangle on the left of the slide
In the open video dialog box click on Videos and then on Fountain1
Click on OK.



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Exercise 6 In this exercise you learn how to test your slides
Click on the test slide stool in the standard tool bar
Click on OK
When you have tested all the buttons press Esc to go back to the design mode.

Tasks
1.    Go to the second slide and create a button that goes to a third slide.
2.       Create a third slide with a different background colour.
3.       In the third slide create an Exit button
4.       In the third slide create two rectangular shapes one red and one blue
5.       Create two text objects, type red in one of them and blue in the other
6.       Using the context menu in each text object make them invisible

Exercise 7 In this exercise you learn how to make the invisible text appear when
users slide the mouse in the blue and white rectangles.
Click on the blue rectangle to get the handles
Right click on the blue rectangle and in the context menu choose Events
In the Events dialog box drag the Mouse in icon into the action area.
In the Events dialog box drag the Show icon into the action area
In the object dialog box click next to the object and select text02 which should be the
text box you typed blue in.
Click on OK
In the Events dialog box drag the Mouse out icon into the action area
Drag the hide icon into the action area
In the object dialog box click next to the object and select text02 agin. (This action
will make the text disappear when the user takes the mouse out of the box)
Close the Events dialog box
Do the stages above for the red rectangle and in the text object box choose text 03
which should refer to the text box in which you typed red.
Now test your page by click in the test page icon on the standard tool bar.
If you have done the above stages correctly you can see that when you slide
the mouse in the red box the text say red appears and when you move the mouse out
the text disappears.

Tasks
1.    Make a 4th slide and make a button in the third slide that will link it to the
      fourth slide
2.    In the fourth slide put two pictures of the objects you wish your students learn
      the names for. (athlete, tennis racket, kettle, you can look up for these pictures
      on the Internet)
3.    Create text objects that relate to these pictures and make them invisible
4.    Make the text objects appear when the user moves the pointer over the picture
      and make the labels disappear when the user moves the pointer out of the area
      of the picture.
5.    How would you make multiple choice questions using mediator?


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