Frozen Storyline = Lost Course. Help!

Mario Urquia

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Posted Monday, June 25, 2012 at 6:38 AM  

Hello,

 

I was working on some corrections of a 45 minute course, saving after each slide change. In one of the changes, Storyline froze and I had to restart my computer. When I did and reopened my file, the course is gone. I can see the file, and it's a hefty size, but when I open it in Storyline, it states '0 Scenes', and my development screen is blank. I have some published versions of the initial course I sent for feedback - is there a way I can revert the process to save some of my work, or do I have to recreate the course from scratch?

 

Thanks!


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Dave Fulle

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Posted Monday, June 25, 2012 at 7:48 AM  

Hi Mario,

 

I'm not sure how you can recover your file, but I would recommend that if you don't have an LMS to store the file on, that you at least store it in something like dropbox or somewhere that isn't on your local machine so if your machine gets fried, you can get it from a website, webserver, LMS, etc...something with versioning is best - freebies like alfresco, tortoise subversion, etc. or paid sites of course are good too.

 

Sorry I couldn't help with the actual file.


Mario Urquia

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Posted Monday, June 25, 2012 at 7:54 AM  

Thanks Dave, actually the file was on a shared drive and my computer - and both files are fried. I recovered the first six slides from an old backup file, but I'll have to reconstruct it. Thank you anyway!


Dave Fulle

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Posted Monday, June 25, 2012 at 7:57 AM  

urgh, that really stinks! Best of luck Mario - I hope you find a way to piece it back together!


User Rank Gerry Wasiluk

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User Rank Phil Mayor

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Posted Monday, June 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM  

I did something similar, removed a usb drive before it had finished saving, then saved over my copy on the desktop it fried both files.

 

You could try importing the contents to another file. i would avoid saving to a shared drive until you close Storyline. 


Mario Urquia

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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 6:08 AM  

@Gerry - I was saving to the shared drive from a remote location when it froze.


User Rank Gerry Wasiluk

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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 6:13 AM  

Mario Urquia said:

@Gerry - I was saving to the shared drive from a remote location when it froze.



Thanks.  My maxim is to always, always, always work locally with the Storyline file on my PC's hard drive and then back up/archive to shared folders/USB Flash drives as needed or required.

 

Doesn't help solve your problem, however . . .  :(   Wish I had a solution . . .

 

Wonder if there might possibly be a version of the file as a temp file on your PC . . .  just not sure how this works with saving files to locations not on your local PC.


Mario Urquia

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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 6:49 AM  

Thanks, Gerry. I tried to recover the file through my IT dept, to no avail. But since there's no use crying over spilled milk, I decided to rebuild it. Fortunately, I had a hard copy (Published the course in Word to gather feedback), so I just had to piece everything back together. The text and images were lined up again in 12 hours work. The activities hurt the most, since I had 50+ triggers on each of the 3 activities in the course - which is what I am rebuilding now.

I have started saving everything on my hard drive and am uploading copies to the shared drive at every milestone - just to be safe!

I try to always learn from my mistakes.


User Rank Steve Flowers

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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 6:54 AM  

Dropbox has saved my @$$ on several occasions. It automatically saves every revision (whenever I hit CTRL-S) so if something bombs, I can run back up to dropbox and hit restore at any version. If you can access dropbox (or similar) it's really worth it to install and use.


Mario Urquia

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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 7:16 AM  

 

Steve Flowers said:

 If you can access dropbox (or similar) it's really worth it to install and use.



Thanks, Steve. I'll check it out.

 


User Rank Steve Flowers

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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 7:22 AM  

Here's a comparison of similar services:

http://lifehacker.com/5818908/dropbox-vs-the-alternatives-which-online-syncing-service-is-right-for-you

 

I bought into the annual plan (50GB) for dropbox earlier in the year. I like it but I think the alternatives are just as good for most purposes.