Explain Everything™ Classic iOS – FAQ

When two objects overlap, triple-tap an overlapping region to group them together. Do the same gesture with already grouped objects to ungroup them. To group non-overlapping objects, open the Inspector, tap the desired objects, and select the appropriate Group or Ungroup option.

In order to highlight text, adjust the pen thickness in the Draw Tool pop-out and adjust the color opacity to around 20-30% in the Color Picker.

You can use any photo (from your Photo Gallery, 3rd party service, or a new photo) service, and set it as the background image. First, insert a picture using the “Insert Object” and then select the Inspector. Tap on the desired image and choose “Set as background”.

Tap on the Slide Sorter. Press and hold the slide thumbnail for which you want to make the change. Tap on the multi-colored icon in the bottom-right corner and select the desired new background template for the slide.

Tap on the Slide Sorter. Press and hold the slide thumbnail which you want to delete or duplicate. Tap the red “X” in the top right corner to delete it. The “2X” button in the left corner will duplicate that slide.

If you see that there are some problems on specific websites, please use the Quicksnap button in the upper right corner which looks like a camera button to capture the moment you want shown during playback. EE’s website capture is based on webpage screenshots that are afterwards scrolled and displayed in sequence. This process will not work with rich media content such as embedded videos (on YouTube, for example). This is for both technical and copyright-related reasons.

For an inserted video to play in your project, you have to press play on the video object while Explain Everything is recording. Insert your video file, press Record on the bottom bar of Explain Everything, and tap the video object once to reveal the Play button (if it is not already visible) and then tap that Play button.

It is possible to merge two projects on the Explain Everything Home Screen. Press and hold one of the projects which you wish to merge and drag it on top of the second one. A pop-up window will appear with merging options for deciding which of the combined projects will have its slides and contents appear first.

In order to do this, please go to the Home Screen of Explain Everything, press and hold one of the projects and move it onto another one that you’d like to put it in a folder with. A pop-up window with an option to create a new folder including both projects will appear. This function is very similar to creating folders of apps on your iOS device.

Press any project thumbnail on the Explain Everything Home Screen and hold it for 2-3 seconds. An ‘X’ button will appear on each project thumbnail which when tapped will delete that project.

To redo the recording on a particular slide, press the Rewind button to go to the beginning of the recording and then press the Record button. By default, the new recording will overwrite any existing recording. If you want to re-record the audio only, press the Timer and then lock the video track. Your previously recorded animations will play while you record new audio. You can also do an inverse process: lock the audio track and re-record the drawings and animations.

While making a recording, every object you add is reflected on the Timeline. To remove an individual object, tap the Counter to reveal the Timeline, press & hold on the desired object and a popup will appear containing an option to ‘Delete’ the selected object reference.

To delete a larger, entire sections of a recording, open the Timeline and scroll left or right to position the red marker (playhead) at the desired start point of the section you want to remove. Then, press & hold the marker and choose the ‘Set mark’ from the popup menu. Scroll the Timeline again to set the endpoint of the section you wish to remove. A popup will appear with a set of deleting options and information about each one.

While a drawing is active, you can erase portions of it using the Eraser Tool. A drawing changes from being active to being a completed drawing object as soon as a tool other than the Draw Tool or Eraser Tool is selected. A completed drawing object can be moved, resized, and rotated, but you cannot erase portions of it. You can delete the entire drawing object using the delete tool, or you can set the Draw Tool color to match the background of the drawing for a ‘white-out’ effect.

The “replaces existing” mode deletes all the recorded content on unlocked tracks when the point of time the red marker (playhead) is positioned. The “is mixed with existing” mode allows you to layer objects and animations on top of existing recording, though any new audio will be replace existing audio during the new recording.

It is possible to create HD videos using Explain Everything. To export with a 16:9 aspect ratio, open “Preferences” on the Home Screen. In the Export tab and choose “1920×1080” resolution. You will see a pop-out that suggests turning on the “Show 1920×1080 guides” option. This will place red borders on the stage. Only objects shown and animated within those borders will be included in the export. You also want to be sure that any background image covers the entire width of the screen, including underneath the left toolbar.

At the moment, Explain Everything fully supports Apple Pencil, Adonit Jot Script, Adonit Jot Touch, Pogo Connect, Cregle iPen and Cregle iPen 2. These use Bluetooth connectivity and are supposed to be more precise than regular, passive styluses (which more or less serve as a ‘finger replacements’). Additionally, the active styluses support palm rejection so you don’t have to worry about leaving unwanted marks or performing unwanted actions with your palm while writing.

Try logging in with your YouTube channel name (not your Google account email address). You can find your YouTube channel name when you log into YouTube account on a laptop or desktop and look in the upper right corner. If you haven’t previously designated a channel name, you might have to now as Google has changed how their integrations work.

Yes, but not directly. There are two ways that we often suggest to user

Insert a web-browser, visit http://drive.google.com and open the document you wish to annotate.
Download the Google Drive App and log in. Tap the “i” that appears on a document thumbnail to get more information on the sidebar, and then choose “Open In.” Select Explain Everything from the app choices and the Google Document, Spreadsheet, or Presentation will be converted to a PDF and imported to Explain Everything.

Explain Everything currently cannot import a Google Document, Spreadsheet, or Presentation directly from our integrated sources picker. It can only directly import MS Office, PDF, iWork, images, and video files that are stored in a Google Drive account.

Explain Everything uses a document viewer provided by Apple and used in most other apps. There are some cases when it does not interpret a document correctly and has some limitations. Mathematical equations, transition effects & animations, and some fonts will not be imported.

In some cases there may be a problem with a PPT/PPTX/Keynote file being incorrectly divided on to slides or with various objects from other apps embedded inside them. In general, if a PPT/PPTX/Keynote presentation does not import correctly, please convert it to a PDF file, and then import the PDF to Explain Everything. On a Mac, you can print almost any file as a PDF by going to File -> Print. Almost all other operating systems have PDF creator tools which you can easily search for.

First, make sure that the app has already requested access to the microphone in your iPad. Go to your iPad’s Settings and click on Privacy. Choose Microphone and check whether Explain Everything is enabled on the list.

Second, check whether “Audio Export” is active in Explain Everything. Go to the Home Screen, open Preferences -> Export and check that “Audio Export” is enabled. Please also check that the “Compress sound in XPL” option is turned on in the Record tab.

Finally, please verify whether the Side Switch on the upper right side of the device, above the volume buttons is ON (make sure you don’t see the red dot there)!

The echo occurs when the sound of a video played within Explain Everything is captured by the iPad microphone during recording. This generally happens when playing a video within the app and simultaneously recording.

To avoid this issue, you might try 2 approaches:

1. Use headphone. By using headphones you prevent the iPad microphone from picking up any playback audio. You could also turn your iPad volume all the way down if you don’t need to hear the audio from an inserted video object.

2. In Explain Everything’s Preferences, on the Record tab enable the “Mute mic while playing inserted video” option. IT means that while an inserted video is playing back, the iPad will not record anything from the microphone. You can also enable the MIC MUTE button on this menu tab to manually control when the iPad microphone is muted.

There are 2 popular ways of showing Explain Everything on a bigger screen:

1) Using the appropriate cables, connect your iPad to a TV or projector to mirror your screen. If using a VGA adapter, you will need a separate cable for connecting the audio.

2) Use Apple’s AirPlay with an Apple TV. Follow the steps presented in our video tutorial: http://vimeo.com/63669941

There is no recording size limit in Explain Everything. The only suggestion that we have (for best results) is to keep the length of an individual slide below 20 minutes.

You can backup your projects using iTunes. Connect a cable from your iPad to a Mac (or PC) and let iTunes open automatically. Then, follow these instructions:

Select your device,
Select “App”,
Scroll down to see the “File Sharing”,
Select “Explain Everything”,
Select these projects, that you want to save on your computer, and click on the “Save to”,
Choose the desired location.

At the moment, Explain Everything is available for iPads and iPhones (and other mobile platforms), but we are considering making it available for Mac OS X in the future.

To change the language version of Explain Everything, change the language settings of your device. Open your iPad Settings -> General -> Language & Region -> iPad Language and choose the language you would like to start using. The list of available language versions you can find in the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/explain-everything/id431493086?ls=1&mt=8

Explain Everything is available at an educational discount (50% off for 20+ copies) in many countries through Apple’s Education Volume Purchase Program. If your organization has a VPP account, you may order the app through it. Here’s is a link link to the Education VPP store: https://volume.itunes.apple.com/us/store

If you received a promo code please follow these instructions: link

Go to the Preferences -> Accounts tab on the Home Screen and move the login slider of the desired account to OFF and then back ON again. You can then login with a different account. Please note, that if you have a native app for a cloud service (e.g., Google Drive) on your iPad, you may have to log out of your account on that native app as well.

Go to the Home Screen of Explain Everything and in the Preferences, click on the Accounts tab. Toggle the Evernote login switch OFF and then ON again. You will be asked to re-enter your Evernote credentials and file imports should work after that. You can also try using your full email address to log in instead of your username.

You can export all of your work from your iPad as projects at once. You can transfer all of your files to a computer using iTunes and then transfer them back to a new iPad. In order to do that please follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPad with your Mac (or your PC) using a cable. Next, open iTunes (probably iTunes will open automatically after connecting your iPad).
  2. Select your device. This option can be located on the left or on the top panel.
  3. Select the “Apps” tab from the left or the top panel.
  4. Scroll down to see the “File Sharing” section.
  5. Select “Explain Everything” from the list.
  6. On the right side of the Apps list, you will find all of the Explain Everything projects and files available.
  7. Press ‘Save’ and choose a file that you want to store on your computer
  8. You can transfer the files back to your iPad. To do that repeat the steps above but use ‘Add’ instead of ‘Save’ to get your projects back into Explain Everything.