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Creating a Two Person Event Template with Adobe Connect

Alistair Lee, Adobe Systems

Expertise Level: Intermediate

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Adobe Connect 9 introduced incredible improvements to the Events module - enabling customers to create beautiful microsites for their events. Although the event entry page hasn't changed significantly, the resulting landing page and registration pages have been vastly improved. A speaker information page has also been introduced as part of the microsite.

When creating an event in Adobe Connect, an event manager can add a speaker name, description, detailed description and image. A thumbnail version of the image as well as the shorter description appear on the main event landing page, while the detailed description appears on the speaker info page with a much larger version of the image. Some events however, might feature more than a single speaker. The event creation process does not allow for multiple speakers, however there is an easy way to add multiple speakers to your event.

This tutorial will illustrate how to quickly create a custom event template for your event that incorporates multiple speakers.

  1. To create a new event template, click on the 'Event Templates' link under Event Management. Choose to edit an existing template, then click on the 'My Templates' link. Near the top of the 'My Templates' list, you'll see a button to create a new template. New templates are based on existing templates - in this tutorial, we'll use the Default Template as our base.

  2. Once the new template opens up, you can begin editing it. If you'd like mimic the look and feel of the default template, double-click some of the Adobe Connect event objects (speaker image, overview, etc...) and make a note of the different font sizes, sytles, and image sizes being used. You can keep the existing speaker information content and hard-code in a second speaker, or you can delete it and hard-code in both speakers In this tutorial, we'll delete the existing objects and add both speakers manually to ensure consistency. Click on the speaker image, speaker name, and speaker description and delete each one in turn (note: you cannot select multiple objects). From the CQ Sidekick, drag an image control to the left column, and two text controls to the right column. Double-click each control to edit it and enter the appropriate information for the first speaker. Don't forget to adjust the font size and image size.

    Add a new 2-column control from the CQ Sidekick underneath the first speaker. Edit the columns by double-clicking the control, and select a 40%/60% split. Now you can repeat the step above by dragging an image control and two text controls to the new columns. Once again, double-click each control to edit it and enter in the information for the second speaker.

    Drag the 'Know More' button down below both speakers. You may also want to rename the title from 'Speaker' to 'Speakers'.

  3. Click on the 'Speaker Info' link to edit the speaker page. You don't need to worry about saving your changes since Adobe Connect will automatically save your work. We'll want to add two speakers to this page as well. While you can use the same design, in this tutorial we'll choose to design the page a little differently. Delete the existing speaker controls (image, name, detailed information) and choose to edit the remaining column control. Chnage the layout to a 50%/50% split.

    In the first column, drag a text control and a 'text ∧ image' control. Edit the text control to add the first speakers name, then edit the 'text & image' control to upload the photo and add the detailed speaker description. Repeat this for the second speaker dragging the controls to the right hand column.

  4. You can preview your template by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the CQ Sidekick. Once you're happy with the two speaker layout, you'll need to activate it. Click on the page icon at the top of the Sidekick and select the option to activate the template.

  5. Now you're ready to use your new two speaker template. Remember that the speaker information is hardcoded into the template itself, so you'll need to edit it (or make a copy to edit) each time you have an event with multiple speakers.

    Create your new event or edit an existing event. Associate your new two speaker template to the event. There's no need to fill-in any speaker information with the event since this is all hard-coded into the template you've selected.

January 2013

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