Tips to consider before starting:


System Requirements:

Once installed, you will find a folder like this on your computer's hard drive. Make sure all the contents are there.




What is HyperStudio?

HyperStudio is anything you want it to be ... it is a presentation program, a portfolio maker, a game board ... and much more. With HyperStudio you will be creating a "stack", each stack is composed of a series of "cards".

STACK METAPHOR: NOTECARDS

HYPERSTUDIO MENU BAR:


CARDS:

To add new card, choose New Card in the Eduit menu (Command N)

The Edit menu lets you delete, copy, cut, paste, etc.. cards like in word processing.

Ready-Made Cards: four ways to begin a new card:


Card features:

From the Objects menu,
you can add many things or
learn about your card and
the stack.

from objects  menu, choose about this card this lets you find out:

  • card id and name
    id # automatically assigned to card by HyperStudio based on initial positioning in the stack
    name is one you give to the card

Card information:

GETTING STARTED:

To start a new stack, go under File and select New Stack. This dialog box will then appear.


Make sure you understand the different tools located on the File menu under Tools. Make sure to recognize the difference between browse and edit modes.

Selecting a background for you stack or card:

Under the File menu, select Import Background. Import background loads the background, sharing backgrounds cuts down file size - this can be done by using group cards.


If you select Disk file, you can choose a background which you created or one that HyperStudio has created.


Moving among your cards:

To move from card to card, use the MOVE commands
located under Move on the File menu bar.

BUTTONS:

Another way to move from card to card is to create "buttons." Buttons are your hotspots on the card which are key to navigation through your stack this is why creating a storyboard is so important. It is helpful to know where the links will be before you create all your cards.

Buttons are the basic way the user assumes control of his/her movement through the stack.

There are two ways to create a button:

1) from the Tool menu, select  B  , or
2) from the Objects menu, select Add a Button

Once you selected Add a Button, a button appearance dialogue box appears with the follow features:


Button options:

NOTE: if you clicked, "I'm an experienced user" at the beginning, you will be able to click the button, "Features ..." , this will give you information about the card and let you check one or more of five boxes: locked, group, hidden, drop off only, no click .

The second dialogue box you will encounter is:

NOTE: Consistency in button placement will help the user navigate your stack.

Once on the card, you can set an action for the button.

Button actions:

Note: You can also use Hyperlogo to script action for you buttons. See the manual for more information.

Testing Function:

One of the actions you can select is the Testing Function. If you choose this, you need to set some parameters for testing:

HyperStudio can be used for testing by setting buttons to be either correct, incorrect, ask the user name or have no testing function - if you choose correct or incorrect, the stack is automatically considered a testing stack - it will scan the stack to see what buttons were pressed and then write a text file in the same directory as the stack. File is HS.Test results.

GRAPHICS:

HyperStudio permits you to add graphics. Graphics include: background, clip art, paint tools & graphic objects.

You can get file from:

NOTE: Special effects are done on graphics in the background, NOT on graphic objects.

If you select from disk, you can use your own image or clip art. HyperStudio comes with its own clip art. The following dialogue box lets you select what clip art you want. You MUST use the marquee or lasso tools to select the image you want.

Graphic objects:

Floating objects in the foreground, use the edit tool (g in a rectangle) to edit object - copy, delete, etc..

TEXT:

SOUND:

When inserting sound, you will get the tape dialog box:

NOTE: sound stored in: "the stack" - embeds the sound into the stack
sound stored in: "a separate file" makes it a separate file, that can't be shared within a stack

You can either use your own sound or sound the has been pre-recorded by HyperStudio.

Using sound resources from the Internet:

ANIMATION:

QT MOVIES:

INTERNET

HYPERSTUDIO PLAYER: is a run-time version of HyperStudio - it only allows read-only. This is what you give people to view your stack who do not own HyperStudio. It is "free-ware". It is located in the directory called "MYSTACKS" .

HOW TO LOCK A STACK:

REMEMBER: Have fun. Be creative. Be Patient. AND when in doubt, check the manual!