I’ve begun to create activities in HyperStudio 5® and find much to like about this new version of an old and beloved multimedia application. For those who have used HyperStudio in the past, it will be very easy to get started, because most of the options and terminology have been preserved. For example, you can still do path animation, drag and drop in resources, and put multiple actions onto a button.
The biggest difference I saw right away is a modernized interface, making it much faster and easier to build activities. The Page Index supplements the Storyboard by letting you have all the page thumbnails accessible while you are building a stack. There is an Objects Browser that lets you switch easily from one object to another for editing.
Double-clicking anything opens the Inspector to let you easily change actions, layout features, and other settings. For example, in this screen shot a button has been chosen in the Objects Browser, and the Inspector window shows all the possible settings for that button, including actions, appearance, features such as group object, and the text style. It’s so much easier to change the settings in this new interface!
Art tools, always one of HyperStudio’s strengths, are even better, and there are a new set of fancy effects you can apply to graphic objects.
HyperStudio Activities In The Attic
The first set of HyperStudio 5 stacks on this web site are the Tide Pools activity set. Hopefully, I’ll be adding HyperStudio versions of previous activity sets as well as adding new ones. I’m also beginning to post new HyperStudio tips. I have one quick tip directly from Roger Wagner on how to make a quick backup, and another one on a time-saving option called Group Cards .
Try Out The Players
You can download a player version of HyperStudio 5 in either Mac or Windows version from the Software MacKiev web site and try out the HyperStudio activities you download from this web site. If you have old stacks you made in HyperStudio 3.3 or later using Mac OSX, Windows XP or Vista, you definitely want to make this download! These players will also play the old stacks, a nice bonus. There are even legacy players to let you play stacks from HS 3.3 or later if they were made on Mac OS Classic or on Windows 95!
Be sure to look at comments for this page to read Dinell Stuckey’s question about switch access, and the replies I received from MacKiev’s tech team, Roger Wagner, and Bill Lynn. Bill has also created a test stack using the Button Stepper MBA which you can download and try with the particular switch interface you are using. To download this test stack, click here.