To start your Guide creation process, click on Guides in the left-hand navigation menu.
Themes & Layouts
Themes and Layouts can help you manage your Guide branding by giving Engage Administrators the ability to set up certain themes and layouts Guide creators can use.
Theme is used to style your default Themes for your Guide containers, typography, and buttons. To edit your default themes, choose the dropdown option in the upper right-hand corner of the Guides section, and select "Edit Default Theme." You will then be prompted to open the Designer, where you will see options to edit your default theme:
Once you've adjusted your theme to your liking, be sure to select "Save."
Layouts are Guide templates that give you a starting point for your Guide steps.
When you first open the Visual Design Studio, the Guide Designer will launch over your application. It will include multiple tools, as well as a Guide preview.
The Action Bar displays at the top of the Guide Designer. It contains the following:
- Title of your guide
- Publication status
- Activation settings
- Navigation mode
- Exit designer
- Save current work
- Any applicable alerts
- The ability to move the Action Bar
If you have elements in your application behind the Action Bar at the top of your page, choose the double-arrow icon in the top right-hand corner to move the Action Bar to the bottom of your screen:
The Step Tray can be accessed by clicking on the arrow at the center of the Action Bar. In the Step Tray, you will see options to customize your activation method and add additional steps to your Guide.
Activation refers to how your Guide appears to users. You can access your Guide’s Activation options from the button on the Action Bar, or by opening the Step Tray and clicking on the Activation box on the left-hand side:
You will have three Activation options to choose from:
- Automatic: Guide appears once automatically until dismissed or advanced.
- Badge: Guide appears after a visitor clicks or hovers over a badge icon.
- Target Element: Guide appears after a visitor clicks on a targeted element.
In addition, a Guide can simultaneously utilize different activation methods to achieve the desired behavior. For instance, you can set a Guide to appear both automatically and with a badge.
The Guide Container refers to the blue border that appears when you hover over the edge of a Guide. Click on this to open the Edit Container menu, where you can change the style, location, and behavior of your Guide.
Edit Container Menu
The Edit Container menu contains multiple options for styling your Guide, editing its location, and controlling its behavior. The following is a breakdown of each element in this menu:
If you are editing your guide using a Theme, you will have to change the Theme to "Custom" in order to see these options.
- Background color
- Dimensions (Guide Width in px)
- Padding (px)
- Border - Color, Width (px) & Radius (for rounded corners)
- Drop Shadow - Color and size (shadow around guide container)
- Caret - (if applicable) Width (px) & Height (px) (pointer on tooltips)
- Close Button (allows users to X out of a guide)
- Backdrop - Color and Opacity (if using a tooltip guide, be sure to check "Show target element above backdrop")
- Z-index (only edit this if your guide is being hidden by something such as a modal with a higher z-index. Higher z-index means it will be the most "in-front" element.)
- Position on Page
- Element Location (if applicable)
- Page Location - Sitewide or Only on this page
- Device Type - All devices, desktop & tablets only, or mobile web only
- Close X Button
A Guide is comprised of Building Blocks. Each Building Block will offer you an option to add:
- Multi Button
- YouTube Video
- Open Text Poll
- Multi Choice Poll
You can access the Building Blocks menu by placing your cursor inside a Guide and clicking on the blue horizontal line that appears. It will look like this: