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Choosing a resolution
Design for the lowest resolution your users will have. Because it's usually difficult to predict what the lowest resolution will be, the best bet is to choose a relatively common resolution such as 640 x 480 pixels. If your Presentation window is set to a higher resolution than a user has, the bottom and right edges of your graphics or text will be hidden from that user.

Naming icons
Give icons clear, brief, descriptive names. A good icon name indicates what the icon contains so you or your co-developers don't need to open the icon to recall its content.

Authoring efficiently
One efficient authoring approach is to string a series of icons along the flowline for one section of a piece. Give the icons descriptive titles but no content. Then run the piece and fill in the content as you move from icon to icon. Every time Authorware encounters an icon that doesn't contain content, the flow stops, and Authorware pauses so you can add content. When you've finished adding content to an icon, you can close the icon, and Authorware will move down the flowline to the next empty icon.

Choosing fonts
When using the Text tool to create text, you generally should limit your font choices to fonts that are standard on your users' computers. For Windows, the safest bets are Times, Times New Roman, and Arial. For the Macintosh, safe bets are Helvetica, Geneva, and Times. For information on using fonts across both platforms, see the Authorware documentation.

Font mapping
Authorware's font mapping feature allows you to specify which font you want to use as the equivalent on either the Macintosh or Windows platform when you develop a piece for both types of computers. Authorware also comes with a selection of fonts that are identical on both platforms. Refer to the Authorware documentation for details.

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