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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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Setting up your Storyboards for best results when Generating Test Cases

When using PowerStory to generate test cases it is important how you use “keywords” within your steps to indicate if the step is a user action or an expected result.  

When you first try to generate test cases from your storyboard the default keywords are <user> and <system>.

If a storyboard step has the keyword <user> within it,  then it will be translated to a “user action” within the test case step generated.

if a storyboard step has the keyword <system>  within it, then that step will be translated to an “expected result” within the test cases step.

For example if you have a storyboard such as this…

  1. <user> types a url into the browser
  2. <system> loads the page associated with the url into the browser window
  3. <user> clicks on the login button
  4. <system> presents the login dialog
  5. <user> provides valid credentials and clicks on the login button
  6. <system> logs the user in and presents the home page

Then the resulting test cases would be as follows

User Action  -> Expected Result

1. types a url into the browser

-> Loads the page associated with the url into the browser

2. clicks on the login dialog

-> presents the login dialog

3. provides valid credentials an clicks on the login button

-> logs the user in and presents the home page

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Moving Steps

Moving steps can be accomplished by selecting the step so that it is not in edit mode and then dragging it to its desired location.  Alternatively you can use the arrow keys in the steps editor panel menu to move the step up and down or convert to/from an alternate flow. 

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Deleting Steps

To delete the selected step, simply hit the DEL key on your keyboard or click on the “X” in the steps editor panel menu.

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Deleting an Entire Alternate Flow

If you want to delete an entire alternate flow select the alternate flow condition step, which is the step defining the condition that causes the alternate flow and hit the DEL key or the “X” key in the steps editor panel menu.  NOTE: THIS WILL DELETE THE ENTIRE ALTERNATE FLOW SO USE WITH CAUTION.

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Copying and Pasting Steps

To copy and paste a step, you can use the context menu by right clicking or use the keyboard shortcut of CTL+C to copy and CTL+V to paste

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Quick Editing Tips for Storyboard Steps Editor

PowerStoryboard  has some built in features that will make it very easy for you to add your steps within the Steps Editor.  These features were built with quick data entry in mind.

Use the ENTER key  to quickly add a new step:

When you are editing an existing step, if you hit the ENTER key this will create a new step below the current step.

If the current step is an alternate flow condition then the step will be added as the first step of the alternate flow.

Use the TAB key to quickly make an alternate flow:

Hitting the TAB key will make the currenlty selected step an alternate flow to the step just before the currenlty selected step.

Use the SHIFT + TAB to move an alternate flow to it’s parent flow.

Hitting the SHIFT+TAB key combination will change the currently selected step from being an alternate flow (if it is an alternate flow) to become a sibling of the stp just before it.

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How to Hide or Show the Steps Navigation Panel when in Presentation Mode

Objective:

To be able to hide or show the steps navigation panel when in presentation mode.  The steps navigation panel is the same as the steps editor panel, except it can also be visable when you are in presentation mode.  By default the steps navigation panel is visible if you have the PowerStory steps editor panel open when in edit mode..

How to Hide the Steps Navigation Panel when in presentation mode:

There are two ways to do this.

  1. The first way is to close the steps editor panel when you are in PowerPoint’s normal editing mode.  To do this just click on the “Close Steps Editor” button on the PowerStory Ribbon.
  2. The second way to do this allows you to keep the steps editor panel visible when you are in PowerPoint’s normal editing mode.
    1. Click on the View Options button in the PowerStory ribbon
    2. The system will open up the view options dialog
    3. Ensure the first option is un-checked.

How to Show the Steps Navigation Panel when in presentation mode:

There are two ways to do this.

  1. The first way is to open the steps editor panel when you are in PowerPoint’s normal editing mode.  To do this just click on the “Open Steps Editor” button on the PowerStory Ribbon.
  2. The second way to do this allows you to keep the steps editor panel visible when you are in PowerPoint’s normal editing mode.
    1. Click on the View Options button in the PowerStory ribbon
    2. The system will open up the view options dialog
    3. Ensure the first option is checked.

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