Picture prompt for your textivities - exploiting a picture with textivate

Just as you can add a video to your textivate resources, as explained here, you can now add an image to a textivate resource so that students can view it along with the activities.

As with video and audio embedding, there are 2 methods:

1. Via the "Extras" tab

Simply click on the Extras tab and type or paste the link to your image in the "Image url" box.

Fine tuning your textivate urls

N.B. The content of this blog post is out of date. Please see this post instead:


Most textivate users will be aware that you can share links to textivate (shareable & public) resources in a number of ways, as explained on this post:

To recap, you can share a link to...:

  1. the home page (i.e. the edit screen containing the text). e.g. www.textivate.com/aocjn1
  2. the menu page (with the thumbnails for all the activities). e.g. www.textivate.com/menu-aocjn1
  3. an activity page. e.g. www.textivate.com/3x4-aocjn1

You'll notice that all of these end in a 6-character resource identifier -- in this case "aocjn1".

This blog post looks at how you can fine tune the urls for individual activities (case 3 above) to configure the exercise screen when the student lands on it. This fine tuning involves adding extra info to the resource identifier.

IMPORTANT: The modification can work in 2 ways:

  1. use "e" to enforce the configuration (i.e. the configuration can't be changed on the screen)
  2. use "s" to specify the start configuration (i.e. the configuration can be changed)

Read on for a guide on which activity urls can be fine-tuned and how to go about it...

Sharing and embedding textivate activities

All resources which have been uploaded to textivate as shareable or public resources have their own unique URL (i.e. web address). This means that you can share them with others using this URL.

You can share links to resources that you have uploaded (as shareable or public), or to resources that you come across while browsing the public resources on textivate (accessible via the spyglass icon).

To get the URL for your resource (or for a particular activity), make sure it is uploaded as a public or shareable resource, then click the share icon at the top right of the page. Also note that the share icon will not be visible if you have made changes to your resources and you have not saved the changes.

This provides options for copying the resource / activity url as well as for sharing via twitter or facebook.

You can also share directly with your classes if (a) you are logged in as a Premium or Group (teacher) subscriber AND (b) you have set up one or more classes via the classes menu on the textivate home page. (See this blog post for more information about sharing with classes.)

Not seeing a share icon?

If you are not seeing a share icon above your resource, check the following:

  • You need to be logged in. (And you need to have Premium or Group subscription.)
  • Your resource needs to have been uploaded (using the "upload" icon -- the up-arrow in the cloud, below the text box on the textivate home page) as either a Public or Shareable resource. (Private resources can't be shared.)
  • If you have made any changes at all to the resource after uploading, you won't see a share icon. In its place, on the home screen, you will see a "save changes" icon (looks like an old floppy disk icon). Click this to save changes to your resource. Once changes have been saved, the share icon will re-appear on all screens.

NB. You need a Premium or Group subscription in order to upload shareable or public resources to textivate.

Textivate share options...

There are several share options in textivate: