PowerStory Supports Humanitas Solutions and their Humanitarian Efforts

Humanitas Solutions is specialized into bringing the best of information technology to the humanitarian world. With a social entrepreneurship perspective, we try to enhance humanitarian response by providing real time automatic data acquisition and data representation for enhanced decision making. Bringing innovative technology is not an easy task, but with the help of powerStory tools, which is actively supporting our efforts, we hope to bring innovative tools at the service of humanitarians.

For more information about humanitas check out them out at http://www.humanitas.io/

We are Proud to support Humanitas in their Humanitarian Efforts.

Cheers,
Martin Crisp
CEO, PowerStory

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Installation Issues when you use Office 365 and Windows 8+

We have noticed that you can run into installation issues when using Office 365 on Windows 8.1

Problem 1: The Prerequisite “Microsoft Primary Interop Assembly” fails to Install.

The key issue is that one of the Microsoft Pre-Requisites (the Microsoft Office Primary Interop Assembly) that we normally install during our setup process fails to install. It seems that Office 365 is including a newer version of the “Microsoft Office Primary Interop Assembly” with the installation of office 365. Our installer is not able to detect the existence of this newer “Microsoft Office Primary Interop Assembly and therefore tries to install “Microsoft Office Primary Interop Assembly 2010”.

This is an problem you will run into with both PowerWIREFRAME and PowerSTORYBOARD installations.

Solution:

Uncheck the box that is asking you to install the “Office 2010 Primary Interop Assemblies” as shown below

 

 

Problem 2: The Prerequisite “Microsoft TFS Client Object Library” Fails to install (PowerSTORYBOARD only)

When you try to install PowerSTORYBOARD you will see an error message indicating that the “Microsoft TFS client object library” failed to install. This is because that Library depends on .NET 3.5 which is not by default installed on Windows 8+.

Solution:

It is very easy to resolve this issue. You first need to open up the “Windows Control Panel”. Switch to the Windows start window and select search. Type in “control panel” and you should see the “control panel” application show up. Select it to run the control panel. On Windows 8.1 you can stay in the desktop mode and just right click on the windows icon in the lower left hand corner of the window and select “control panel”.

You should now see the Windows Control Panel like the image below. Now click on the “Uninstall a program” button

 

You should now see the Programs and Features Dialog. Click on the “Turn Windows features on or off

You will now see a “Windows Features” dialog show up. Make sure the “.NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)” is checked off as shown in the image below. By Default when windows 8+ is installed this is not checked. Now click on the OK button and follow the prompts to install the .NET 3.5 libraries. This may ask you to reboot your system afterwards for the installation to be properly setup. If it does, then reboot your system.

Now re-run the installer for PowerSTORYBOARD. When you see the “Prerequisites” dialog make sure “office 2010 Primary interop Assembliesis NOT checked and the “TFS Client Object ModelIS checked. Then click next and follow the installation prompts.

 

 

If you have any issues please contact us at support@power-story.com

Cheers,

Martin Crisp
CEO, PowerStory

mcrisp@power-story.com

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Simulating different Device types – phones, tablets, desktop, webpages, using PowerWireframe

Often you will want to change the slide size to accommodate a different device such as a mobile device, tablet, browser based app, desktop based app etc.

You can do this by setting the slide master size, using normal PowerPoint functionality or you can click on the “Device Type” menu in the PowerWireframe ribbon and select one of the available options which are currently as follows.

  • Phone
  • Tablet
  • Webpage
  • Desktop

We have pre-set the page sizes to be appropriate for those device types, but you can override those page sizes  by changing the page size of the PowerPoint Master Slide.

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How To Sync Step content with Slide Title

Objective :

To sync the content typed into a step with the slide title.

How to accomplish:

  1. Click on the PowerStoryboard Ribbon
  2. Click on the “View Options” button near the left side of the ribbon
  3. The system will open up a view options dialog
  4. Ensure that the “sync slide title with step text” option is selected.

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How to add Storyboard Navigation Links to Slides

Objective :

To have PowerStoryboard automatically insert Hyperlinks onto slides that allow the viewer to navigate to alternate flows and also following links to specific slides, based on what was defined in the Steps Editor.

How to accomplish:

  1. Click on the PowerStoryboard Ribbon
  2. Click on the “View Options” button near the left side of the ribbon
  3. The system will open up a view options dialog
  4. Ensure that the “Add Alternate flow hyperlink onto branching step slide” option is selected.
    1. Note: this will create links from the branching step to the alternate flow step as well as a return link.
    2. In addition if you have setup direct links between slides using the “link to step”  option in the step context menu or the steps editor panel menu, then these links will also be added to the slide that is the source of the link.
 

 

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If you cannot connect to MS TFS Service…install this patch from MS

Because the “TFS Object Model” library available from Microsoft is only for TFS2010, when our install installs it, it will only allow you to connect to TFS 2010.  However we found that Microsoft had to release a patch for Visual Studio 2010 in or for it to communicate with TFS 2012.  That patch updates the “TFS Object model” so that it can communicate with TFS 2012. 

Here is a link to that VS patch, which will fix the issue.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29082

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