Turning Point (zappers) bugs

January 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Posted in software | Leave a comment
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If you originally developed your voting slides in Turning Point 4.0, you may find that they do not work correctly after you reset the slides on a PC that has TP 4.2. The problem only affects slides that include countdown timers and/or correct answer indicators, but doesn’t occur consistently. You may find that in some cases the animation order gets jumbled, so that the correct answer indicator appears before the countdown timer (whoops) or that the countdown timer never appears.

The only solution seems to be to reset the slide and then check (and correct) the animation order in PowerPoint. I’ve produced a short video that shows you how to do this

Other Office 2010 issues

Here’s a nasty bug – Turning Point are aware of this and working on a fix. If you have hyperlinks in your PowerPoint slides and use them to access websites or jump to other slides during your presentation, PowerPoint will always crash on the next voting slide. So, don’t use hyperlinks and voting in the same slideshow – I’ll keep up the pressure on their tech support.

The next bug only affects people who use those cheesy PowerPoint template styles that have animation built-in: they may cause polling to close after a moment, before anyone gets a chance to vote. Use a non-animated template, such these University-branded ones especially for teaching.

In general, don’t add any animated objects or text to voting slides as they will probably mess them up. It’s fine to have all the animation you want on other slides in that presentation. You should also avoid having fancy slide transitions on voting slides.

If you originally developed your voting slides in TP 4.0, you may find that they do not work correctly after you reset the slides on a PC that has TP 4.2. The problem only affects slides that include countdown timers and/or correct answer indicators, but doesn’t occur consistently. You may find that in some cases the animation order gets jumbled, so that the correct answer indicator appears before the countdown timer (whoops) or that the countdown timer never appears.

The only solution seems to be to reset the slide and then check (and correct) the animation order in PowerPoint. I’ve produced a short video that shows you how to do this:
http://www.edshare.soton.ac.uk/6529/1/zapper_issue_fix.html

Other Office 2010 issues

Here’s a nasty bug – Turning Point are aware of this and working on a fix. If you have hyperlinks in your PowerPoint slides and use them to access websites or jump to other slides during your presentation, PowerPoint will always crash on the next voting slide. So, don’t use hyperlinks and voting in the same slideshow – I’ll keep up the pressure on their tech support.

The next bug only affects people who use those cheesy PowerPoint template styles that have animation built-in: they may cause polling to close after a moment, before anyone gets a chance to vote. Use a non-animated template, such these University-branded ones especially for teaching:
http://www.soton.ac.uk/lateu/resources_and_links/PowerPoint/index.html

In general, don’t add any animated objects or text to voting slides as they will probably mess them up. It’s fine to have all the animation you want on other slides in that presentation. You should also avoid having fancy slide transitions on voting slides.

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