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 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 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 Workshops:
These examples show just some of the options you’ll have for a basic story!
To start viewers on your story, you might give instructions and show pictures of the items you want them to find or places you want them to go. If you want a linear, non-branching story you might show just one photo of where you want them to go next.
You can set the scene and tell the story with text-only, a still image and text, or text and video.
You can show the thoughts of you main character or the lines the character speaks.
In a role-play story in which the story reader plays a role in the story, like the one below, you would show the thoughts or the lines that the “you” character speaks.
You can have video in your story, like this. When done watching, the viewer clicks Continue to see the rest of the story.
If you want to have a branching story, you can give the viewer options that bring them on different storylines, as in this historical fiction story.