Right-hand navigation panes not accessible via keyboard

My Presenter project keeps getting kicked back from the 508 check.

The issues are:

  • The right-hand navigation panes don’t seem to be accessible via keyboard
  • Keyboard focus is not always apparent when tabbing through (shows on bottom nav bar and url but not on the content, is this due to it being a video?)
  • Controls are not uniquely named or don’t identify themselves and roles
  • Toggle buttons and cc’s don’t identify their status.

This is the 2nd time it as been rejected. I work for the government so these issues need to be met and I am at a loss. Any help would be appreciate. Even if Presenter is not capable it would explain a lot. I also had the same issues with Captivate, so my manager wanted me to switch to Presenter.

Thank you,


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by Kevin Siegel, COTP

Inserting and editing video in Adobe Presenter is as easy as accessing the Adobe Presenter tab on the Ribbon and then clicking the Video tool. Once videos have been added to a PowerPoint slide, they can be manipulated just like any other PowerPoint object.

I received an email recently from a new Presenter developer. He wanted to insert a video, but instead of adding the video to the slide, he wanted it to appear to the left of the slide, above the Table of Contents. He had heard such a thing was possible but had been unable to find the feature.

The feature he was looking for is called Sidebar video and it’s shown in the image below. Adding Sidebar video to a project is simple and I was able to talk him through it with a quick email. If you’d like to learn how, follow these steps.

To begin, select a PowerPoint slide and then, on the Adobe Presenter tab, Insert group, click the Video tool and choose Import. (This will open the Adobe Presenter – Import Video dialog box.)

Select the video you’d like to use in the Sidebar and, from the lower right of the dialog box, select Sidebar video.

By default, the Sidebar video will appear at the left of the Presenter playback window (as shown in the first image above). You can hide the Sidebar or change its location by clicking the Theme tool and deselecting Show Sidebar (to hide it) or selecting Right or Left from the Location drop-down menu.

If you’d like to see the Sidebar video feature in action, check out this sample Adobe Presenter eLearning project. And if you’d like to learn how to use Adobe Presenter, check out our skills and drills workbook.


Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP, is the founder and president of IconLogic. Following a career in Public Affairs with the U.S. Coast Guard and in private industry, Kevin has spent decades as a technical communicator, classroom and online trainer, public speaker, and has written hundreds of computer training books for adult learners. He has been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide.

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ADOBE PRESENTER 11: Creating Packages

by Kevin Siegel, CTT+, COTP

If you need to share an Adobe Presenter presentation with another developer, you’ll find the Presenter’s Package tool very useful.

Presenter projects begin as a single, self-contained PowerPoint presentation. You can transfer them from one computer to another without worrying about leaving a part of the presentation behind. However, once you add audio or videos assets to a PowerPoint slide via the Presenter tab on the PowerPoint Ribbon, those assets aren’t embedded into the presentation. Instead, Presenter creates a folder that houses those assets every time you save. Should you forget to include the assets folder when you send the PowerPoint presentation to a colleague, the person opening the presentation will receive alert messages about missing files as Presenter attempts to load the assets.

When you package a Presenter project, everything a developer needs to open the project is included in the package (except for the actual Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Presenter software). A developer simply needs to double-click the prpkg file they receive from you to extract all of the project assets into a self-contained folder.

To create a Package, from the Adobe Presenter tab, Presentation group, click the Package tool.

Click the Browse button (the three dots) and select a folder for the package.

Click the Pack button and you’re done. As mentioned above, the prpkg file contains everything a fellow developer needs to make changes to the project (assuming they have both PowerPoint and Presenter installed).

My “Adobe Presenter 11: The Essentials” skills & drills workbook is available now on amazon.com. And if you are looking to learn all things eLearning, check out these live, online and awesomely interactive classes


Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP, is the founder and president of IconLogic. Following a career in Public Affairs with the U.S. Coast Guard and in private industry, Kevin has spent decades as a technical communicator, classroom and online trainer, public speaker, and has written hundreds of computer training books for adult learners. He has been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide.

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New Book on Presenter 11

Big congrats to Kevin Siegel and Jennie Ruby, for the recent publication of his their new book on Presenter 11.  If Kevin’s name sounds familiar, you may recognize him from his acclaimed project estimation tool – a very cool widget that let’s you calculate / project project costs for eLearning.

This book covers Presenter 11 in solid detail. It approaches the material topically, providing a solid foundation in everything from audio to video and nicely includes quizzing and reporting alongside interactive smart learning components. You can check out the book at the link below.


Congrats again, Kevin and Jennie.


Adobe Presenter 11.1 is now available

We are excited to announce the much-awaited update to Adobe Presenter – Adobe Presenter 11.1.

Adobe Presenter 11.1 now supports Microsoft Powerpoint 2016 (MS Office 2016). Adobe Presenter can be used now with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, 2013 or 2016 versions. It will also include the 2017 version of Adobe Presenter Video Express.

Adobe Presenter 11.1 also includes enhancements and resolution to the below issues:

  • Improved user experience after security improvements in Flash Player 23 and upward releases
  • Resolution to the Presenter’s Flash preview which was not working as expected.
  • Better video conversion to import videos into Adobe Presenter using Adobe Media Encoder (AME).

A detailed list of the enhancements can be found in the Adobe Presenter 11.1 Release Notes.

Adobe Presenter 11.1 system requirements are available here.

Click here to download Adobe Presenter 11.1 for your Windows PC or laptop.

Note – Adobe Presenter 11.1 is a standalone release. As a prerequisite, you should uninstall any of the existing Adobe Presenter software versions in your system and install the Presenter 11.1 release.

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