File Menu

From the File menu you can do the following things:

Saving a lesson

To save a lesson from the Authoring Stage:

  1. Click File.
  2. Select Save.
  3. Click the Save icon.
  4. If you close a lesson without saving it, you will be prompted to save it.
  5. Click Yes to save the lesson.

SmartBuilder will Autosave your lesson based on the system settings (default 30 minutes).  When opening a lesson, if an autosave is the latest saved version, you will be prompted which version you want to open.


Saving a copy of a lesson

To save a lesson as a copy from the Authoring Stage:

  1. Click File.
  2. Select Save As.
  3. Enter the name of the new lesson and any Meta-data.
  4. Click OK.

The current lesson becomes the newly created copy, and the original is left as the last saved version.

You must open a Work In Progress lesson in order to save a copy.

You can create copies of published lessons without opening them, by clicking Manage and choosing Save As.

Saving a page as template

Saving as a template will save the current page as a template in your Work In Progress > Template folder.

  1. On the Authoring Stage, prepare the contents of your page to be exactly as you want the template to be.
  2. Click File.
  3. Select Save As Template.
  4. Enter the meta-data for the template as necessary.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Close your lesson.
  7. Find the Template in your Work in Progress > Templates folder.
  8. Open the template and clean it out (see tips below).
  9. File > Save and Publish your template.  It will now move to your Published > Templates folder.
  10. Apply the template following these directions.


  • Templates can only be one page in size, so if you want to templatize a multi-page lesson, consider making a template for each page within the lesson, and using a naming scheme to suggest using them together (for example, Multiple choice quiz page 1 of 3, Multiple choice quiz page 2 of 3, etc).
  • It is highly recommended that you take the extra time before creating a template to rename all objects logically so that someone less familiar with the interaction can make sense of the objects present.
  • Be explicit with your objects on the page. (For instance, rather than leaving a text object saying "Text object 6" edit the text to be "Caption for intro picture text" so that way the guess work is taken out of what you intended to do with your objects on the page.
  • Always check your Variables panel.  All Global Variables will come with your lesson, even if they are not currently being used on the page.  It's a good idea to clean out (delete) any extra Global Variables so they do not pollute the lesson you are going to apply the Tempalte to.

Previewing a lesson from the Authoring Stage

  1. Click File.
  2. Select Preview.
    Click the Preview icon.
  3. When finished previewing, click the X button or the Close button to close the Preview window.

You can also take a Snapshot of your lesson for use in the Details Pane.

Publishing a lesson

To publish a lesson from the Authoring Stage:

  1. Click File.
  2. Select Publish.
  3. Enter any version comments.
  4. Click OK.

This will create a new published version of the lesson in the Published > Lessons folder.


Open the Translate window

To open the translate page from the Authoring Stage:

  1. Click File.
  2. Choose Translate.

This will open the Translate window.  Read more about Translation here.

Close a lesson

You can close the lesson that is currently open by:

  1. Clicking File.
  2. Choosing Close.
  3. Clicking on the X button located on the lesson tab.

If you haven't saved your lesson, you will be prompted to do so.