In these workshops, we’ll be using the Aris Editor authoring tool. It is free and browser-based. The app that is required to view the stories is also free. You can use the Aris Editor to create digital stories on your own, but in my experience, it’s likely you’ll come across some hurdles to making your story work the way you want it to. The one-day Level One workshop is designed to help you get started and make your own ideas work!
What can I do with the Aris Editor?
The Aris Editor is a very flexible tool. You have many options. These screenshots show some the possibilities.
Your most basic set of options is how to move your viewer along in your story to the next bit of content. The main method you’ll use is a clickable “Continue” button at the bottom of the screen. In addition, you can use any of the three basic options below.
- The viewer scans a QR code
- The viewer clicks on different locations on an onscreen map
- The viewer moves to another location (uses GPS)
A further option we’ll cover in Level 2 is to use an image to trigger new content. The new content can replace the image or be added to the image via augmented reality technology.
Basic Screen Options covered in the Level One Workshop:
These examples show just some of the options you’ll have for a basic story!