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Saving a page as template

SmartBuilder v3 or v4?

Please note that this is the help site for SmartBuilder version 3.

The SmartBuilder version 4 Documentation and Video Tutorials can be found in the Help menu in the tool, or view the v4 Help site.

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.

Tips:

  • 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.