User-controlled auto-advance

Katie Venit

118 posts

Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 12:15 PM  

Here's a tricky one for you: I'm looking for a way for the user to turn on or off the auto advance feature for the entire course. So, in my head I'm thinking of a button at the beginning that says "turn off auto-play" and the user can check it if they'd rather not have the slides auto-advance. Possible? 

 

Ideally, this same button would also turn off the narration, but I mustn't get greedy. 


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User Rank Mike Enders

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Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 1:48 PM  

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Katie,

 

I shot a Screenr to do a quick walk through.  Let us know if you have any questions.

 

http://www.screenr.com/ogd7

 

Mike

 

 


User Rank Phil Mayor

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Posted Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:47 AM  

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I like Mikes idea, I have made one adjustment and added the trigger to the slide master instead, reduces the number of triggers you need and ensures you do not forget to add it to your slide


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User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

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Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 12:45 PM  

I'd say there are 2 ways you can consider.

 

  • Branching: Create a duplicate slide set of the entire course where you remove the audio track and set the slide settings to advance automatically.
  • Make the user choose up front and have 2 separate modules. 

Both are far from ideal as they require to duplicate slides and will make maintenance a nightmare.

I haven't seen any smart way do do it with triggers in Storyline but maybe there is...


Katie Venit

118 posts

Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM  

Jeff, I thought of those, too, but I agree it would be a nightmare, especially as this course will be often revised. I'm trying to avoid a duplicate course.


Dave Neal

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Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 1:01 PM  

You could use variables and make the auto-advance and narration conditional, I think. It would take a bit of set-up, but might be better than duplicating the entire course.


Katie Venit

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Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 1:04 PM  

How would I do that? I'm not super familiar with variables. At this point, I'll try anything before I duplicate the course.


Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 1:06 PM  

Hi Katie,

 

I think this is a great idea, especially if you have a lot of content and want to give the user the choice to move on their own or be "guided" through the course. 

 

I threw together a very quick example. I did the same thing Jeff mentioned with duplicating the slides. You really don't have to change much after duplicating, just the advancing options.

 

I attached the file if you want to see it. If you want to see the published version, you can see it here.

 

The second option that Jeff suggests may be your best option, if you're working with a very large course. 

 

I'd love to see what you come up with, though! Keep us updated.


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User Rank Mike Enders

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Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 1:09 PM  

Katie,

 

You should be able to set this up with a single True False variable and then a conditional trigger on each slide.  See attached.

 

Mike

 

 


autoadvance.story
Dave Neal

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Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 1:12 PM  

Well, there you go! I was about to put together a story to show what I meant, but everyone else beat me to it! Well done!


User Rank Mike Enders

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Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 1:48 PM  

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Katie,

 

I shot a Screenr to do a quick walk through.  Let us know if you have any questions.

 

http://www.screenr.com/ogd7

 

Mike

 

 


Michael Fimian

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Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 at 2:24 PM  

I've used Jeff's approach, and while cumbersome, it works well.  The only downside (other than cloning the branch, is that if you change one side in the non-audio branch, you need up doing the same in the audio branch...

 

I'm certainly going to look at Mike's variable version, though;  sound like it'd save a lot of time!  If it works, I can use it on three projects I'm in the middle of first thing in the morning...

 

Thanks all;  you learn something new every day...


User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

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Posted Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 1:39 AM  

Mike's screenr shows it all. I had been looking (but not good enough) as I was sure I had seen the 'at the end of the timeline' option but completely overlooked it when looking for a solution here. Good one Mike!


User Rank Phil Mayor

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Posted Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:47 AM  

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I like Mikes idea, I have made one adjustment and added the trigger to the slide master instead, reduces the number of triggers you need and ensures you do not forget to add it to your slide


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User Rank Mike Enders

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Posted Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 5:50 AM  

And Phil comes through once again!  

 

I often forget to think about the slide Master option.  That is a nice time saver.  Thanks for altering it sir!

 

 


Katie Venit

118 posts

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM  

Hi everyone! Thanks for the help, I think this will work, I really do! However, I'm trying Phil's idea of putting the triggers on the slide masters (which is a terrific idea), but I'm having trouble getting the triggers to "push" through to the slides. I can see the triggers on the masters, but they don't appear on the slides for those masters. I tried reapplying those masters (switching to a different master and switching back) and even closing and reopening storyline. I feel like I must be doing something wrong, I'm just not sure what.


User Rank Steve Flowers

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Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM  

The triggers don't replicate up to the base slide from the masters. They are kind of "under the hood". Even though you can't see them, triggers on the master do (should) affect the base slide


User Rank Phil Mayor

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Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM  

 

Steve Flowers said:

The triggers don't replicate up to the base slide from the masters. They are kind of "under the hood". Even though you can't see them, triggers on the master do (should) affect the base slide



What he said

 

Just test it, it works!

 


Katie Venit

118 posts

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM  

Hmmm, well the problem is I did test it and it wasn't working. I'll recheck all the variables and see if I missed something. 


User Rank Phil Mayor

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Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM  

I would check the trigger order as well, if you can post I am sure one of us can sort it


Katie Venit

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Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM  

I feel like such an idiot. The slide properties were still set to slide advances automatically, and I guess that overrides any triggers. Those properties get me every time! I always forget them and tend to just focus on the triggers. Thanks, I think it'll work now.