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How to's / Tips & Tricks

This page lists a number of tips and tricks on how to achieve a number of different objectives that in many cases have been posted previously in this forum. Also please check two other posts with Frequently Asked Questions and known issues in the current version of Wink as these might contain the answers to your questions. 

1. How to capture new screenshots into an existing project.
You can't directly capture new screenshots to an existing project. Instead you must capture the screenshots to a new project (with the same dimensions as the original project) and then you can simply copy-paste the frames/screenshots between the original and the new project by having both projects open inside Wink. 

2. How to capture screenshots of a movie playing in Windows Media Player.
To capture screenshots with a movie playing in Windows Media Player you have to either disable overlay in WMP (Tools --> Options --> Performance --> Advanced --> Use Overlays) or set Windows hardware acceleration setting (Control Panel --> Display Properties --> Settings --> Advanced --> Troubleshoot) to a max of 3 of the 6 levels in the slider. 

3. How to make an email link button. 
Insert an URL Button into the frame and in the "URL to launch" field type 

You can even add a subject line and multiple recipients to the email link like this 
Code: Subject&

4. How to make a close presentation/popup window button. 3048 
Insert an URL Button into the frame and in the URL to launch field type 

For this to work correct the popup window also has to have been opened through the use of javascript like the suggested code for opening a browser window with maximum space in chapter 4.7 in the Wink User Guide. 

5. How to record and display pressed keys & mouse clicks.
Wink reacts to pressed keys and mouse clicks when using input-driven capture but it doesn't record the pressed keys and mouse clicks. But a little program/script called ShowOff displays the actions done live in a tooltip on the screen. So by using ShowOff while recording with Wink you can record and therefore afterwards display the pressed keys & mouse clicks in the rendered presentation. Be aware that transparency has to be turned off in ShowOff for Wink to be able to record the tooltips and furthermore that the tooltips are saved in the screenshots so you can't easily remove them afterwards.

6. How to easily resize the target window before capturing it.
If you want to capture a single window it can be hard to resize this window to the exact dimensions you want your Wink project to use. A little tool called Sizer makes this very easy to do. Simply install and run the tool and now all windows show a tooltip with the dimensions while resizing them and a number of standard sizes are also available. 

7. How to simplify the Flash Menu in SWF file during playback.
You can remove all options except Settings and About from the right-click flash menu in your swf file by adding two pieces (to make it work in all browsers) of code to the htm(l) calling the swf flash file. 

First add the following new parameter string after the existing parameter strings. 
<PARAM NAME=menu VALUE=false>

Then add this code as a new parameter inside the <EMBED> tag. 

8. How to create interactive tutorials.
Interactive tutorials are where the viewer of the tutorial has to do actions as if he/she were using the actual program displayed in the tutorial. To achieve this behaviour you can use the ordinary buttons (Goto buttons are very useful for this) and then replace the image used for the button with a transparent one. This way you can make it look as if the viewer is clicking a part/control in the screenshot. A number of transparent button images in different sizes are included with Wink but you can also create your own if these doesn't match your needs. 

9. How to hide the Wink systray icon in Windows XP.
If you don't want to record Wink's systray icon in your projects you can hide it if you use Windows XP (some 3rd party programs also allows to hide systray icons in other version of Windows). Right-click the taskbar and then click Properties. On the Taskbar tab, click Customize next to the "Hide inactive icons" radio button. Finally locate the Wink icon and select "Always hide" in the Behavior column. 

10. How to improve input-driven capture.
When using input-driven capture Wink might miss capturing some relevant screenshots/frames for "delayed actions" which leads to the annoying effect of seeing the mouse move to a spot in the rendered presentation before the screen is updated to display the spot. This can solved by editing the project (see question 4 in the FAQ).

11. How to improve the speed of timed capture.
Wink isn't optimized for high-speed video capturing so if you set a high value for the Timed Capture Rate in the New Project Wizard then you might see that Wink doesn't capture as many frames per second as you asked for - this also depends on the size of the area being captured and how powerful the PC is. There is one way to improve the speed of timed capture and that is to disable hardware acceleration of the display adapter (Control Panel --> Display Properties --> Settings --> Advanced --> Troubleshoot). 

12. How to create a menu driven display Of Wink presentations.
LarryK's tutorial shows how to do it through basic CSS and Javascript. 

13. How to run Wink from an USB flash drive. has created a portable version of Wink (with Satish's permission) that can be installed to an USB flash drive or any other portable device and then used on any computer. When Portable Wink is run from from the portable device it will temporarily create Winks settings in Windows registry (below hkey_current_user) and when closing Wink the used settings will be saved back to the portable device and deleted from the registry so no traces of Wink are left at the host computer unless you yourself save files to the computers hard drive. This installer can also be used to install Wink on computers where it might not be possible to install the ordinary version of Wink because the ordinary installer requires access to other parts of Windows registry (below hkey_local_machine). Also note that the portable installer doesn't create any shortcuts to starting Wink. 

14. How to loop a Wink presentation.
There is no built-in option to make a Wink presentation loop, but courtesy of pscholman and Ruth we have two workarounds to make a Wink presentation loop. See the two threads mentioned in the heading. 

15. How to get the best audio quality in presentations.
The first thread mentioned in this header contains a lot of hints, tips, & tricks on how to get the best audio quality in presentations created with Wink. In the second thread BobSongs has written a good suggestion on how to make audio flow better throughout a presentation.