Pinball - Live Wire

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About Live Wire

Live Wire helps you string ideas together fast. Use images, words or scribbled notes to explain your thoughts or tell a story. Live Wire could be used for planning an essay or a script, for storyboarding an animation, or presenting development and research.

Step by step guide for Live Wire
  1. Step 1
    To create an idea in text, type into the ideas box and click the tick, or click the 'Image' tab to select an image of your own. The 'Lucky Dip' tab has a set of random ideas to choose from.
  2. Step 2
    You can scribble an idea straight into the box using the 'Pen'. There's an 'Eraser' to rub things out. You can use the 'Pen' and 'Eraser' on top of text and images.
  3. Step 3
    To make a new slide, click 'New slide'. The one you've just made will appear at the end of the live wire.
  4. Step 4
    To copy an idea, click on it to highlight it and click the 'Copy' button underneath the 'Eraser'. An identical slide will appear at the end of the live wire.
  5. Step 5
    To move ideas around the live wire, drag them along the line. Delete a slide by clicking its X.
  6. Step 6
    To preview your slideshow in the current page, click 'Preview'. Adjust the speed dial to change the speed. Click 'Pause' to stop the slideshow and continue working.
  7. Step 7
    Click 'Finish' to review all your ideas. Here you can click 'Play' to watch a full screen slideshow, 'Print' them, 'Save' them as a Jpg or 'Flip' them to another tool.
  8. Step 8
    When you 'Play' the slideshow, you can use the speed dial to adjust the speed, Pause the show and Play it again or click the X in the corner to go back.
Keyboard Controls

Use TAB and ENTER to move around the buttons. On screen instructions will appear to show you which other keys to use when you tab into the pen and rubber tools.

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