Overview of Impatica for PowerPoint

Impatica for PowerPoint is a software application that compresses large PowerPoint presentations to be seamlessly delivered in Blackboard. Impatica for PowerPoint extracts the various multimedia elements and converts them into a more efficient format for web delivery.

  • Makes it easy to add and deliver fully narrated and animated PowerPoint presentations to your Blackboard course
  • Simply converts the PowerPoint file into a compressed format that is optimized for streaming over the Internet

Impaticized compressed files consist of:

  • filename.zip (this is the zip archive that contains all of the required files for playback of your impaticized presentation). The zipped archive contains:
  • filename-imp.html (this is the HTML file viewers will access and is created by Impatica for PowerPoint to play the converted PowerPoint presentation)
  • filename-imp.jar (this is the converted PowerPoint presentation)
  • ImPlayer402.jar (the Impatica player file) and html viewer file

There are three main steps involved in creating a presentation with Impatica for PowerPoint. Please click on the links below for more information.

  1. Create PowerPoint presentation  (Known PowerPoint issues)
  2. Impaticize the presentation
  3. Upload the Impatica files to Blackboard

Create a Narrated Powerpoint Presentation 

Record Narration within PowerPoint

  • Select Slide Show tab; select (click) Record Narration button.
  •  Select the Set Microphone Level button. Talk into the microphone, PowerPoint adjusts your microphone sensitivity.
    Click OK when finished
    The slide show begins and you are in “narration” mode.
  • Record narration for the slide; press Enter to proceed to the next slide. As you record the narration, leave a silent break between each slide. PowerPoint records the narration for each slide as a separate sound file, if you talk through slide transitions, your narration will “cut off” the narration at that point. When you reach the end of the slide show, PowerPoint prompts you to save timings.
  • Click Save

(Note: if you want to re-record the entirepresentation; select  Don’t Save; however, if you only want to edit one or two slide narrations click Save to return to the slide sorter view (see below for how to re-record individual slides).To review your narrated presentation, select (click) Slide Show menu.

Rerecord individual slides

To rerecord narrations for one or two slides select the slide in Normal View

  • Select Slide Show; Record Narration (if you already tested your microphone); click OK
  • Click the Current Slide button, when you’re finished recording that slide, press ESC to stop
  • To delete a narration, click the speaker icon in the corner of the slide and press Delete.

Insert a pre-recorded narration for your presentation into PowerPoint

You can also insert an audio file or pre-recorded narration that was locally saved

  • Select the Insert tab
  • Sound button in the Media Clips group
  • Locate and select the file to insert from your computer

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Impatica PowerPoint Issues

When accessing a narrated PowerPoint that the instructor has loaded, the browser does not display the video portion of the presentation however you can hear the audio. This has been identified by Impatica as a Java version issue. The link below will list the Java compatibility issue and step you through possible resolutions.

When I play my Impatica for PowerPoint files I can hear the sound but all is see is a white screen, how do I fix this issue?


Impatica issue with Quicktime

Please be advised that there is a known issue with Impatica and Quicktime.  In order to resolve this issue:

  1. Uninstall Impatica for PowerPoint
  2. Uninstall Quicktime
  3. Download Impatica for PowerPoint again and reinstall without Quicktime.


Impaticize a Narrated PowerPoint Presentation

Open Impatica

Need Impatica for PowerPoint? Log into Blackboard; access the Faculty Resource Organization located under MyOrgs; select the Impatica menu tab; select the Impatica folder for either PC or Mac

Source PowerPoint Files

  • Select Add to locate the PowerPoint presentation

Conversion Settings

Slide Show tab

  • Select Save Location for the Impaticized files
  • New Impatica format is selected under Impatica File Format
  • Select Include Playback Controls option

Media tab

  • Default settings are correct

Extra Output Files tab

  • Select (verify) that there is a checkmark in HTML and ZIP boxes
  • Save settings option “Apply to All” or “Save as Default
  •  Click Impaticize to begin conversion. When completed you have the option to Preview or Delete the converted files; or
  •  Select Done; File; Exit

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Add Impatica Presentation to Blackboard Course

Upload the Impatica Package

  1. Log into your Blackboard;  from Control Panel click to expand  Content tab and select course name (first in list) 
  2. Select Create Folder; name the folder  (e.g., Impatica Presentations)  you will set permissions for the folder instead of individual files; click Submit
  3. The new folder is now listed under the Course Content, click the chevron located to the right of this folder and scroll down to Permissions
    • Click chevron to the right of Select Specific Users by Place and select the course(s)
    • Click the check box for the course(s) you want to give Permissions
    • Select Roles:  select All Course Users
    • Set Permissions: default is Read
    • Advanced Folder Options: check Overwrite 
    • Click Submit, click OK on the Manage Permissions screen to return to folder list
  4. Open the folder created above and select Upload; Upload Package
  5. Locate the zipped Impatica file saved locally; click Open to attach; the Impatica zipped file is now attached; click Submit

Impatica zip folders contain the following files and must be in the same location when uploaded:

  • filename-imp.html (this is the HTML file viewers will see, and is created by Impatica for PowerPoint to play the converted PowerPoint presentation)
  • filename-imp.jar (this is the converted PowerPoint presentation)
  • ImPlayer (version Number).jar (these are the Impatica Players*)

Add Impatica Presentation to Course

(The Blackboard course menu tabs are still visible on the left hand side of the screen)

  1. Select the menu area (for example Course Documents) to open 
  2. Select Build Content; click the down chevron to select Item
  3. Type a Name and type in a description in theText area if desired
  4. Select Browse Content Collection under Attachments - the Content area window will open - select the folder where the Impaticized files were placed (in steps above)
  5. Place a check in the box to select the “.html” file click Submit
  6. Select Options desired (Make available; Track Views; Select Date/times), click Submit

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