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.

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

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

Dial:
Fake it till you make it, right?

Caption:  
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.

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

Zoom: 
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!

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

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

Slide:
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!

Pause:
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!

Hide: 
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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