Personalizing Your Space

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OK, so this is the fun part!

Our lead instructional designer Hannah is back to help you get a good feel for how to approach building inside of your brand new Scenario.

But first things first…

You need to launch your Space from the Dashboard in order to enter the 3D editor.

If you’re following along, then you probably already have the Spaces page open. If not, click here to do so now. Once you’re there, simply click on the space we created in the previous lesson and it will launch in your browser.

Because of the dynamic nature of 3D space editing, you’ll need to watch the video to get a good feel for how it works.

Adding Your First Item

When you open up your scene, Suzanne’s conversation will immediately play.

After that, this is what you will see. To start editing the scene, you need to click on the three dots (blue) and then select (purple).

There are many buttons but these are the 4 main buttons:

  • red: the edit item menu
  • orange: the add hotspot button
  • yellow: the add mediaboard button
  • green: the stop editing button (either option works)

Rotate the camera and click on the edit item menu

At the top, select “Add new item”, type in the name “Drawers”, OK, choose “Drawers” from the list and click ok.

Now the drawers are in the room. We’re going to make them a little bigger. Stay in the edit item menu and find “Drawers” (it’s normally the first item in the list).

Click on the “edit” button and you will see many fields. We are only interested in one now: scale. Paste in “{“x”:2,”y”:1.5,”z”:2}” and select “Save item”. Click on the cross in the top right corner of the edit item menu (or anywhere outside of the menu in the scene) to close the menu.

Now we have our drawers: levitating and all! The next phase is rotating and placing them. We’re going to place them against the wall and as close to the door as possible.

To do this, hover the mouse over the drawers. When you see the blue cube outline with the dots in every corner, you can click anywhere on the drawers (not the corner points) and drag it to where you want it to go.

We’re hoping for something like this!

Adding Your First Mediaboard

Rotate the camera in this direction and click on the “Add Mediaboard” button.

There are many options of things to add to a mediaboard.

For today, we’re going to focus on the “More” option to add different links.

Click on “More” and then paste in “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0q7nweJ8i8”and click “embed”. (This is the way to add any link from YouTube!)

The mediaboard will appear like this and now needs to be rotated. Move your mouse so it is hovering over the mediaboard. When the corners and points in the centre of each line show the blue, it’s the item that will move.

To rotate it, grab one of the points in the centre of the line (in white), click and drag it round. It should spin round. Then place is against the wall at the back.

It should like something like this now.

But, it looks a little small on the wall, so let’s make it bigger!

Go to the edit item menu and look for the mediaboard (it will have an underscore and then numbers and letters after it, e.g. “Mediaboard_nvpG”).

Click on “edit item” and look for “scale”. Paste in “{“x”:1.5,”y”:1.5,”z”:1.5}” and click “save item”.

Rotate and move on the wall as necessary so that it looks good. Ours looks like this.

Locking An Item In Place

Before we add the next two mediaboards, we’re going to lock the drawers in place. If you look in the centre of the drawers, there’s a space where we can place a mediaboard. However, when there are many items in a small space, it can become difficult to select the one you want without moving another one.

The solution? Locking items in place!

Open up the edit item menu and find “Drawers”. Click on “edit” and find the sceneryStatic field (shown in yellow). It is automatically set to “false” (meaning that it is not static and can be moved). Type in “true” (so it is static and can’t be moved) and click “Save item”.

Give it a try. Close the menu and try to move the drawers: they’re stuck to the wall now!

Now let’s add a second mediaboard. This one will be the image of a corkboard and will sit in the central space of the drawers.

Click on the “Add Mediaboard” button, “more” and paste in “https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/916%2B%2B8whTwL._SL1500_.jpg”. Then click embed.

Place it against the wall and you’ll see that it’s a bit too big for the space.

Open up the edit item menu and scroll down to the bottom. The last item will be a mediaboard. Open it up and find the scale field. Paste in “{“x”:0.7,”y”:0.7,”z”:0.7}” and click “save item”.

Close the menu and reposition the board if necessary.

Moving the Actors

Now we’re going to put the actors in their rough places. Don’t worry too much about their exact position, we can always edit it a little later.

Rotate the camera so that you can see the 3 actors and an extra hotspot. This extra hotspot is hotspot5 and Mark would have used it (but we deleted him so it’s empty).

Start with hotspot5 and put it in a corner so it’s out of the way.

We are greeted by Suzanne so it makes sense to put her by the door. We can rotate her slightly too.

– To move: click, hold and drag on the cube. Drop it when it’s in the right place.

– To rotate: click and hold one of the circles in the centre of a line

Fred is getting ready to give the presentation, so let’s pop him next to the giant screen.

Erica is waiting for the meeting to start: let’s put her near the window.

Excellent! Now everyone is roughly in place!

Adding Hotspots

Now let’s add some hotspots so that we can move more easily.

Click on the “add hotspot” button and will add in a new hotspot. We cannot move the hotspot that we are currently standing on. We are currently standing on hotspot1 (unless changed, it’s where you are automatically spawned when the scene starts) but we can’t see it because it is in use and cannot be moved.

Let’s move this hotspot over near the door and rotate it so that it’s facing Suzanne.

Now let’s add another one and place it facing Erica.

Now let’s add one between the two facing the screen and Fred.


Come out of edit mode for a minute and try moving between the hotspots.

At each point, notice that the blue symbol disappears/does not appear under you. This shows that the hotspot is being used and therefore cannot be edited.

If you go to face the presentation and Fred (photo1), you can see that hotspot1 (where we start the scene) is still invisible. However, if you go to edit mode, it becomes visible again.

This is because it is a spawning spot rather than a hotspot. It decides where we start the scene from. It is not used as a way to move around the space.

We can reposition it though so that we start the scene in a different place. Rotating can be difficult because there is not a directional arrow (like there are on hotspots). Rotate slowly and take your time to set the right angle.

Let’s put it in near the door as well. Now it’s next to the spot near Suzanne.

Adding Items Behind Suzanne

Since we are standing next to Suzanne, let’s add in items behind her.

We’re going to add in 4 things:

  • a photo on the wall
  • a table
  • a laptop (on the table)
  • a tablet (on the table)

Let’s start with the photo.

Click on the “Add Mediaboard” button. Click on “more”, paste in “https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61X-8xyFGWL._SX355_.jpg” and click “embed”. Open up the edit item menu and find the mediaboard at the bottom of the list. Click on the scale field and paste in “{“x”:0.7,”y”:0.7,”z”:0.7}” and then “save item”.

Then hang it on the wall!

Now let’s add the table. Go to the edit item menu, click on “add new item”, type in “Table”, “save name”, select “Table (rectangular small)”, “add item”.

Stay in the edit item menu and click on Table, “edit item”. In the scale field, paste in “{“x”:3,”y”:0.85,”z”:3}”, “save item”.

Exit the menu and place it under the photo.

Go back into the menu, find “Table”, “edit item” and in the staticScenery field, type in “true”. This will now lock the table in place.

Let’s add a laptop! Go to the top of the menu, “add a new item”, type in “Laptop”, click “save name”, select “Laptop (brandless)”, click “save item”.

Rotate and place it where you like on the table.

Finally, let’s add a tablet! Click on “add a new item”, type in “Tablet”, click “save name”, select “Tablet” then click “save item”.

Now this part of the room is finished and looks stylish!

Adding Chairs

We’re here for Fred’s presentation but there are still no chairs. Let’s add in a little horseshoe of chairs in front of the screen.

We’re going to add them in one by one so that we can keep track of the names!

Go to the edit item menu, click on “add a new item”, type in “Chair1”, click “save name”, select “Chair (modern)”, click “save item”.

Close the menu and place the chair on the floor and near the window.

Repeat this for Chair2, Chair3, Chair4 and Chair5.

By the end, you will have a line of chairs and you can arrange it into a horseshoe.

This is how ours looked when we finished. If you look, Erica and the hotspot are cramped by the chairs. Let’s move them both closer to the window to give more space.

Adding Sitting Hotspots

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a seat? Hotspots can be set to “stand” or “chair” allowing you to stand or sit depending on the needs of your scene.

The first thing to do is lock each of the chairs in place with staticScenery. You cannot make hotspots static so it’s easier to set the chairs up, lock them in place and then add in the hotspots.

To do this, go to chair1, chair2, chair3, chair4 and chair5 and set staticScenery to “true”.

We’re first going to add in a hotspot near Fred so that you can go and speak to him.

Exit from edit mode and move over to this new hotspot. (Editing the placement of the sitting hotspots will be easier from in front of the chairs!)

Then we want to add in five new hotspots. Click on the “Add Hotspot” button 5 times.

Then place a hotspot over under seat, facing the screen.

Go to the edit item menu and scroll to the bottom. The final 5 hotspots you have added are for the chairs.

In each one, click on “edit item” and find the Posture field. Change “stand” to “chair” and click “save item”.

Try them out to make sure that everything is working well!

Placing Items on the Cupboard

For a final touch, we’re going to add something to the drawers so that they look a little less bare. Move over to the hotspot near Suzanne and enter edit mode. We’re going to add two small items:

  • a vase
  • a sculpture

To add the vase, click on “add a new item”, type in “Vase”, click “save name”, select “Vase” then click “save item”.

Stay in the edit item menu and click on Vase, “edit item”. In the scale field, paste in “{“x”:0.5,”y”:0.5,”z”:0.5}”, “save item”.

Finally, let’s add a sculpture! Click on “add a new item”, type in “Sculpture”, click “save name”, select “Pedestal” then click “save item”.

Stay in the edit item menu and click on Sculpture, “edit item”. In the scale field, paste in “{“x”:0.5,”y”:0.5,”z”:0.5}”, “save item”.

Take the items and rearrange them near the corkboard.

Congratulations! You’ve just built your very first fully functioning micro-learning Scenario with LearnBrite!

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