Multimodal Composition with Sophie



Major Concepts and Terms


1. Accepted file formats


Audio                                    Video                                                Text                      Images

.mp3                                      .mov                                                .txt                        .gif

.aiff                                        .mpeg                                               .rtf                        .jpeg

.wav                                      .mpv                                                                             .png         

.m4a                                      .avi                                                                               .bmp        

.au                                         .wmv 



*note that .doc is not an accepted format for text


2. Beginning a project

Click on “File,” then “New Book.” Select 800 X 600 for the page size.










3. Author mode vs. test mode


The author mode is the mode you will use for composing. Test mode allows you to see the page as it will be seen by your audience (the test mode button is located in the bottom right-hand corner).



4. Flow frames vs. non-flow frames


If your composition is longer than the frame of the page, flow frames will allow your composition to automatically continue onto the next page. Non-flow frames will keep your composition within the limits of a single page until you manually begin a new page. We recommend non-flow frames for most compositions, as flow frames can become unwieldy (located in the upper-right corner, components section). There is also a “frame” button at the bottom right hand of the screen, next to the test mode button. You can turn frames on and off, to see how they interact with one another (shown above).



5. Gathering Resources on your Right Resource Flap (Text, Images, Audio, Video)

 Import resources through File, Import File, and click on selected materials.


Once imported, drag resources into the page frame to use.



6. Grid Lines

If you’d like an alignment tool, to see the layout of your frames, go to Edit and click “Show Rulers.” Remember to remove your rulers before publishing!










7. Halos and HUDs

A Halo appears when you click on the border of a frame; click on a Halo and a heads up display (HUD) will appear.  You will be given several different options. These controls are responsible for color, animation, links, and other important options.

In the order of:       

1. Color, Shadow, Filling             

2. Position, Opacity, Size 

3. Action and Links                  

 4. Color for Action











8. Using timelines

Timelines allow you to coordinate audio and the images in your book. If you have multiple pages, you can create a slideshow with a timeline. You can create a timeline by clicking on “timeline” on the left-hand side of the page. To insert resources into your timeline, drag the clock HUD into the timeline space. Press play to view the action on your timeline when in test mode.



9. Publishing your book

Once your composition is complete (AND YOU NEVER WANT TO REVISE AGAIN EVER), select “File” and then “Publish Book.”


If you want to continue working on your text, “Save As.” Save As works much like Audacity; a file will be created of your text.


 For More Information:


Remember: Save Often, Cry Less

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