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Pages vs. Presentations  

A page is the main type of content in a 30hands course. Don't let the name fool you. Pages are very versatile and powerful. They can be used to present and publish all sorts of multi-media content.

The core feature of a page is the Rich Text body field. This is where the power lies. From a basic standpoint, you can just write text or copy it from MS Word, Apple Pages, or any other program with text. At the next level, you can make those pages beautiful with easy-to-use formatting buttons that allow you to click for bold, italics, bullets, tables, font sizes, etc.

If you know HTML and CSS, you can completely customize your pages by clicking the Source button.

Perhaps the most powerful feature is the ability quickly and easily embed videos and other web pages into a 30hands page. Embedding allows videos to play on the page, keeping students within the structure of their 30hands course, instead of launching them from a link out to the Internet where they can get lost and distracted. To embed a video or page, just copy the link and paste it into the popup window that launches when you click on the flimstrip icon.

Presentations are another valuable type of content in 30hands. A presentation can be a Video, a PowerPoint, a Keynote, a PDF or even a Word document. 30hands does a few things to make these types of files perform better on the web and play on any device from iPad to Mac to PC or smartphone.

For ease of understanding, use a Presentation whenever you want to upload a video or a slide-based presentation. For just about everything else, use a Page. If the video resides on the web, such as on YouTube, it may work best to embed it in a Page as described above.

The magic processing that 30hands performs on a video includes the following:
  • optimize the video file
  • convert Flash videos to HTML5 for playback on any device
  • connect the video to streaming services that make playback faster without delay
  • create a quick link to an embed code
  • create a downloadable version of the original
The magic processing the 30hands performs on a slide-based presentation includes the following:
  • optimize the presentation file
  • create a thumbnail of each slide to use for navigation
  • create an embedded presentation that responds to mobile swipe commands
  • create a quick link to an embed code
  • create a downloadable version of the original

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