GUIDE: Navigating Your Portal

This guide is for beginners who are new to the portal experience. :blush: Please ignore my typos…


PORTAL DASHBOARD

Your Dashboard at a Glance

Format Selection Upon Story Creation

Upon creating your story, you will be able to select a style: Limelight, Ink or Classic. Limelight is the newest style with the most animations and clothing items.
You will then have the option of Cinematic or Spotlight as your story format, if you select Cinematic, you will be able to switch between the two in your script, but if you choose Spotlight, you will only be able to write that particular story in Spotlight.

What are the Codes to Switch Formats?

Spotlight:

set format spotlight

Code examples to switch spotlight sides:

@CHAR stands screen left
@CHAR2 stands screen right
@CHAR3 stands screen center

Cinematic:

set format cinematic

Text Messaging:

set format phonetext

Codes to determine which side a character’s text messages appear on:

@CHAR left
@CHAR2 right

ACCOUNT/STORY SETTINGS

Navigating your Account, Story, Email Settings + Archiving Stories




BACKGROUNDS AND OVERLAYS

Navigating your Background and Overlay Tabs





WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BACKGROUNDS AND OVERLAYS:
There are numerous backgrounds and overlays on the internet, but not every one of them is available for use. You should always be careful about what you upload to your portal because you may not have legal permission to use certain images and by ticking the box below the upload option, you are liable.

Background and Overlays Resources

Make use of free image sites such as Pixabay, Pexels, Unsplash, PNGtree, CleanPNG and ClipArt because anyone and everyone is allowed to use the content on those sites without credit.
You can also find numerous backgrounds and overlays made by community content creators, however most require that you agree to their terms & conditions and provide them with credit in your story. You can find backgrounds creators here, on the forums, on Patreon and also on Instagram.
A few sites you can look at it:

Episode Life (FREE) | Crediting rules are located below the images upon selection:
Backgrounds | Episode Life

Amanda Michele’s Patreon:
Amanda Michele is creating Backgrounds & Interactive Stories | Patreon

Jen Miley’s Patreon:
J. Miley is creating Stories, Backgrounds and Overlays | Patreon

My Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/nikmercer

Wincy’s Website (FREE):
Products – Wincy Writes

Blanca’s Drive (FREE):
Blanca’s Free Drive - Google Drive

Amanda Michele’s Drive (FREE):
BG TERMS 17.05.2020.docx - Google Drive

Sites and Apps I Recommend for Resizing and Compression

SITE I RECOMMEND FOR RESIZING:
https://resizeimage.net/

IOS APP I RECOMMEND FOR RESIZING:

image

SITE I RECOMMEND FOR COMPRESSION:
https://tinypng.com/

Note: All sites and apps listed are FREE.*


ANIMATIONS AND OUTFITS TABS (VIEW & SEARCH ONLY)

Navigating your Animations and Outfits Tabs (Located Besides your Backgrounds and Overlays Tabs)



CHARACTERS TAB

Navigating your Characters Tab



NOTE: The DOG character can be adjusted after creation. You can choose from a small variety of different breeds and colors, including one Wolf variation.


OUTFITS TAB

Navigating your Outfits Tab





HELP AND FAQs

Navigating your Help Tab

What is a Support Ticket?

A support ticket is a ticket that you fill out and submit to the Episode Team. You receive correspondence via the email you add to your ticket. Tickets can be used to make an enquiry or report a bug/issue with your app and/or portal. You will also need to provide your support ID so that the team can better identify your problem.

Where can I find my Support ID?



Other Helpful Resources for Learning Donacode

Dara Amarie’s Guides & Templates:
https://www.dara-amarie.com/

Joseph Evans’ Tutorials:
Episode Limelight Tutorial 1 - START HERE! - YouTube

CODING 101 by Tal Gordin:
http://episodeinteractive.com/r/s/6670001239162880

Mary D Sava’s Guides:
Mary D Sava is creating Script Templates & Video Tutorials | Patreon


PAYMENTS

Navigating your Payments Tab

If I manage to get into the Payment Program, will I get Paid Much?

How much you receive will always depend on how well your stories are performing, but generally speaking, you’re unlikely to receive large amounts of money unless your stories are pulling in millions of reads and gems.

Can I tell others how much Episode Pays Me?

No, legally you’re not allowed to disclose how much you get paid by Episode.


PORTAL SCRIPT

Your Script at a Glance


STORIES IN-APP

How do I Find my Story in the App?



NOTE: Sometimes your story will not appear in the app unless you have 3 chapters and/or at least 400 lines in each episode.


MY OTHER GUIDE

Navigating Carrd Co

GUIDE: Carrd Co 📖

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bump!! perfect guide for beginners!!

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Thanks! (:

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Omg I struggled so much! Thank you for taking the time to create this!

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It’s no problem! Always happy to help. c:

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Bump.

Bump.