How to extend Character collection

iSpring Suite 8 comes with Character collection for the various learning cases and techniques. There are 12 instantly available characters; but you can also get an extended subscription for our Content Library, which includes 30 characters, more than 30 course templates, 230 backgrounds and 135 objects.

It’s easy to add your own character to the collection by using our free tool called “iSpring Character wizard”. To do that, you’d need one or several images. It can be set of man portraits standing in different positions and showing different emotions. Images without background will work best. For example, here’re the photos we are going to use for creation of our new character.

You may use any common image format: jpg, png, bmp, tif, gif.

Tip: It’s recommended to use PNG images because it’s a lossless format which provides the best quality and also can contain a transparency mask. Such a mask will preserve a character’s silhouette and naturally show the background behind the character.

How to add a new character

Step 1. Create a character

Follow these simple steps to add a character to the iSpring Character Library:

  1. 1

    Run the iSpring Character Wizard, proceed with the Create a New Character option and then click Next.

  2. 2

    Enter the character’s name and add some keywords. They will be used to locate the character later. Click Next.

  3. 3

    Add images by clicking the Add button making a short description of each pose. Descriptions are necessary for a better search experience. Proceed to the Next step.

  4. 4

    At this step you may keep the original size and quality of the images or optimize them. If you use the option Fit into dimensions e.g. 1000 X 1600, larger images will be scaled down to this size (proportions constrained). Smaller images will not be enlarged to this size.

    JPEG Quality will determine the compression of the poses’ images in the collection. Recommended quality value is 75-95%. Click Next when you’ve made your selection.

  5. 5

    Enter the Name of the Package and choose the Destination Folder. Go Next.

  6. 6

    That’s it. The Character file has been created. Click Finish.

  7. 7

    The iSpring Character Wizard creates a file with an .ischaracter extension that contains all necessary information to deploy a character.

Step 2. Add a character to the collection

Applies to iSpring Suite 8.5 and previous versions

Go to the destination folder and double-click the file.

After the character is added, it will be available in the Characters Library. Open iSpring Suite and click the Character button to check this out.

Applies to iSpring Suite 8.7

  1. 1

    Download and install our iSpring Custom Character Tool.

  2. 2

    Open the folder with the created character file and double-click it.

  3. 3

    The character will be installed and available within the iSpring Custom Character Tool collection.

  4. 4

    Select the image, hit where it says “Insert” and choose a PowerPoint presentation, to which you want to add the character. You can create a new presentation or choose one from already running PowerPoints.

How to remove a character

If you want to remove your character, go to the folder C:\ProgramData\iSpring Solutions\Characters. This folder is hidden by default, so you may want to copy and paste this path in the address bar of your Windows Explorer window.

This folder contains a list of characters. Default characters’ folders have normal names while folders of characters that you have added have weird code names. Check what’s inside these folders and delete the folder of the specific character you’ve added before. Thus, the corresponding character will be removed from the library.

Edit a character package

If you want to change a description or add new poses to your character, you can easily do that. This procedure involves the same steps as adding a new character.

  1. 1 Use the option Edit existing character package after launching the iSpring Character Wizard.
  2. 2

    Choose the .ischaracter package you want to edit.

  3. 3

    Modify description, add/remove images and optimize image quality if needed.

  4. 4 Replace this file or save it as a new version of the character file.
  5. 5 Double click on the file to import it to iSpring Character Wizard.
  6. 6 If the modified character has the same name, the iSpring Character installer will ask if you want to replace it. Click Yes.

Add a character using description file

This is a geeky way of adding a character. Used well, it will make character creation faster and may be useful if you need to automate this process. Nevertheless, it follows the same basic principles as adding it via the Wizard. First, let’s figure out what’s inside the character package file.

An iSpring character package file with the extension .ischaracter is a regular zip archive that may be unpacked with any archiver, e.g. 7-Zip. After you unpack it, you will see the folder that contains a description text file and images.

In this example description.txt contains the following text:

[Character]
Name=Andrew
Avatar=Andrew Avatar.jpg
Keywords=male, white shirt, afro hair, curly, brown
Id={A07C769C-37BD-46EC-9F27-A8682D7BA8A3}

[Poses]
Andrew 1.png=Thumbs up
Andrew 2.png=Thinking
Andrew 3.png=Pointing with one hand
Andrew 4.png=Sitting on a chair and talking

It defines the character’s name, keywords, and avatar, and has a list of poses with their descriptions. The file names in this document match the names of the respective images that are located in the same folder.

Now you can modify the description.txt file, pick up different photos and import a character after arranging everything in text format.

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