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types of media including text, video, sound, graphics and animations.

Multimedia Presentations

computer based, presentation including text, graphics, sound and video.

Copyright Law

cannot be used without the owner's permission.

Fair Use

allows others to use copyright material without breaking the law

Build Effect

effect applied to text that makes it appear on a slide in word or section at a time


Every web page is filled with dozens of hyperlinks, each sending you to some related web page or picture/file.


A list of commands or options from which you can choose

Navigation Buttons

a graphical bar located at the top of a page

Slide Transitions

the visual movements as one slide changes to another

Asymmetrical Balance

different on each side.


The same, equal.


Is the ability of the user to interact with an application.

Inter-screen Unity

is the design that users encounter as they navigate from one screen to another; provides consistency throughout a title.

Intra-screen Unity

is how the various elements relate to one another on the same screen.

Linear Presentations

author of the presentation controls the flow of information in the application.

No Balance

a design that has elements arranged on the screen without regard to the optical weight of elements.

Non-linear Presentation

allows the user to interact with a presentation and control how the information will be viewed.

Optical Center

a point slightly above and to the center of the mathematical center of the screen.

Optical Weight

the ability of an element such as a graphic, text, headline, or subheading to attract the user's eye.


the act of changing the institution that invests your pension plan without incurring a tax penalty

Sequential Navigational Scheme

Takes the user through a controlled, linear process.

Symmetrical Balance

distribution achieved by arranging elements as horizontal or vertical mirrored images on both sides of an imaginary center line of a screen.


care by procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury

Authoring Programs

programs used to create multimedia presentations, such as simulations and tutorials;

Adobe Director

authoring program that uses a movie metaphor with the user as the "director" of the movie.

Adobe Flash

an animation program for developing 2-D animations delivered on the Web.


Are programs that allow users to run multimedia applications on their computers.

Adobe Shockwave Player

Plays web content that has been created with Adobe Director.


a multimedia authoring software program.

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