My Top 10 Storyline Hacks

I am very excited about this week’s Articulate eLearning Challenge – create a top 10 list of resources and tutorials for Storyline development.  This will be a list I will definitely bookmark!

For my own contribution, I decided to put together a list of my favorite Storyline hacks because hacks are both fun and useful!  This is a list of actions you can make happen in Storyline with just some clever uses of the tried and true built in elements. I integrated some screenrs, articulate forum pages, and a shameless plug to my blog into a little story.  Be sure to check it out as there are some fun hover state actions.



More details on each of the steps are available below.  Have fun!

Storyline make it easy to have a panel that scrolls vertically.  And with a little magic, you can also make one that scrolls horizontally.

Fake it till you make it, right?

Closed captioning is always a great feature to have, especially if you have a large diverse audience and need to consider such things, but it can easily clutter the screen.  This is a great way to use variables to lessen that clutter.

Check out this lovely thread in the Articulate forums for more info on creating a scratch off interaction.  There are so many possibilities here!

I love zoom regions but wish they were interactive, that you could click on an area to trigger a zoom.  So, here’s a shameless plug: I recently blogged about this very thing!

Want to include a news banner or other continuous motion?  Here’s how you can do that.

You can build in some randomization by using JavaScript code, or using a question bank.

Drag and drops are pretty easy to make, but what if you want your user to drag something along a predetermined path, like a slider?  It’s easier than you think.  Hint: they aren’t actually dragging it!

Something I miss since my switch from Captivate is the ability to attach a pause function to any object.  Good news – there is an easy work around!

The Articulate Word of Mouth blog has an awesome list of resources for creating custom drag and drop interactions. But I think knowing how to make a dropped object disappear is an important (and easy!) trick.



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