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Adobe Presenter Accessibility

This page covers techniques that can be used to make accessible Adobe Presenter presentations. Steps may vary depending on the version of Adobe Presenter that you are using. The version used on this page is Adobe Presenter 10 for PC.


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Create an Accessible PowerPoint

Because Adobe Presenter is based on Microsoft PowerPoint, accessibility starts with first creating an accessible PowerPoint presentation. Refer to the PowerPoint accessibility page to get started with creating an accessible PowerPoint presentation.


Narration and Transcripts

When adding narration or audio with spoken words to your presentation, it is important to add transcripts so that users with hearing impairments can understand what is being spoken. Transcripts should be a word-for-word representation of the spoken narration.

Type or copy and paste the word-for-word transcript into the Notes panel. The Notes panel is part of PowerPoint, located directly underneath each slide. Once the presentation has been published, the text that was input into the Notes panel will appear on the Adobe Presenter player as a tab titled "Notes."

text entered into PowerPoint's notes panel appears in the notes tab of the published presentation


Auto Play

By default, Adobe Presenter presentations will begin playing as soon as a user opens it. If there is narration on the first slide of the presentation, and the user is using a screen reader, two voices will be heard (one from the presentation narration and one from the screen reader) resulting in a frustrating experience. This issue can be resolved by preventing the presentation from immediately playing the narration.

click on settings and then uncheck the box for Auto play on start and check the box for Pause after each animation.

Disabling auto play:

  1. On the Adobe Presenter tab, click on Settings.
  2. Choose Playback from the menu on the left.
  3. Uncheck the box for Auto play on start.
  4. Click OK.

Pause After Animations

Adobe Presenter presentations display PowerPoint animations the same as they would appear on slideshow mode in PowerPoint. By default, Adobe Presenter presentations play the animations automatically. If a presentation contains exit animations, such as when a bullet point disappears at the same time that the next bullet point appears, playing animations automatically can cause major problems for screen readers. Automatically playing items with exit animations result in items disappearing from the slide, making them inaccessible to those using a screen reader. Enable pausing after animations if the presentation contains exit animations.

Enabling pause after animation:

  1. On the Adobe Presenter tab, click on Settings.
  2. Choose Playback from the menu on the left.
  3. Check the box for Pause after each animation.
  4. Click OK.

More Help

For more help with creating accessible Adobe Presenter presentations, please contact Studio 6.

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