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B1020 - How do I make sure my Authorware presentation will work on different size monitors?
by - Joseph Ganci
My company will be accessing training courses over the intranet. When developing material, how do I accommodate for different monitor screen sizes throughout my company? Some employees have 15", 17" and even smaller. I am creating material using a 15" monitor so the completed piece fills up my monitor but is too small/large for other monitors. Help!
The first thing you should know is that the monitor size does not matter
really - it's in reality the screen resolution setting that is the key
issue. There are three settings that you will usually find:
640 horizontal pixels by 480 vertical pixels
800 horizontal pixels by 600 vertical pixels
1024 horizontal pixels by 768 vertical pixels
This is dependent only partly on your monitor. It's really the video board
in your machine that controls this. The more memory on the board, the higher
the resolution can be and the more colors you can have on the screen at the
same time. Some machines can go to higher resolutions. On mine, for
instance, I usually have it set to
1280 by 1024 pixels
But I can also set my resolution settings to:
1600 by 900 (weird)
1600 by 1024
1600 by 1200
1600 by 1280
For instance, a monitor can be 19" and be set to any of several resolution
levels. So, if you were creating your application at 640 by 480 pixels and
the 19" monitor is set to the same resolution, then your application will
fill up the whole screen (and will appear a lot bigger than on your 15"
screen). If the monitor is set to 800 by 600 pixels, however, your
application now will fill up only part of the screen. It will still be all
there, but the application will appear smaller. All the pixels are still
there, but they are smaller, and more of them will fit on the screen.
There is no way to have your application automatically resize itself to fill
up the monitor no matter the resolution. Most opt to center the application
on the screen (Modify -> File -> Properties) and to use an external function
called Cover() which fills up the area around your app (if there is any)
with black. The Cover function is on the Authorware CD-ROM in the
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