How to place audio on a page

Using audio files enables you to enrich your digital edition with sound effects, music, podcasts, audio lectures, interviews, to name just a few options. The audio realm offers so many possibilities it’d be a shame to ignore it. Edition Digital makes using audio files so easy even a five-year old could do it.

Let’s get right to it then. Launch the Design tool, open the edition, and select the page where you want to add your audio files. You don’t need to stick to that exact order because there are actually a couple of ways you can do it. For instance, if you already find yourself within the Workflow, it’s easiest to select a page and launch the design tool from the Pages tab. Alternatively, you can launch the Design tool by clicking DESIGN from the main menu. After the Design tool opens, it will prompt you to select the edition, which will be opened on the first page. Then, just use the page navigation arrows in the upper right corner to find the desired page.

When you reach the desired page, select the Audio tool from the left-hand tools panel, move the tool over to the working area and create the audio element by dragging your mouse across the area where you want the element to be placed. When you release your mouse button a new audio element that’s represented with a note icon will be created, but at that point it still needs the actual audio file. Now, turn your attention to the right-hand Audio panel where you’ll see a area that enables you to “Drop your files here...”. If you have Windows explorer open - or the equivalent of another operating system - with the assets for your Edtion at hand, you can quickly grab the audio file, and drop it in the designated area. Otherwise, you can also click the “Drop your files here...” area to open your operating system’s file explorer and select your audio file that way. The system will let you know when the file is uploaded, after which you can open the preview by clicking the Preview button in the upper section of the Design tool. The page where you’ve placed the audio element will display the system’s default audio player that your readers can click or tap to start or stop the audio playback.

In terms of technicalities, all you need to know is that the audio file needs to be a mp3 file, so it can be played on many different device types, and that it’s best not to go over 8MB for each audio file, so user experience doesn’t suffer too much due to loading times. That’s it.

 

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