How to... select an avatar as a main character for your course

User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

1,049 posts

Posted Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 4:58 AM  

Hi folks,

 

I guess the title says it all I want to create something where a user can select one of multiple characters before starting a course... That character will then be the main character in the course.

 

I had a look at Mike Enders screenr here and figured I'd so something with placing all characters over each other and enable/disable them based on a variable. Mike countered that you could do something with one object and have all character options as states but that seems complex to me especially if I want my main character in different poses.

 

If I take it a step further I'd perhaps like the character that haven't been chosen to play a part in the scenario...

 

Anyone got some brilliant ideas?

 


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User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 8:47 AM  

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Hi Jeff,

 

You can go about that a couple ways depending on how you're working with your content.

 

Slides

This is probably the most common way since it allows you to make all the changes at the slide level.

 

Demo | Source

 

Slide Masters

For larger project, this might work better since it controls the custom avatars from the slide master level. This is also likely the more efficient way to manage different poses since you could include a different slide layout for each of the poses. Here's a single example that hopefully gets you started

 

Demo | Source

 

 


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User Rank Phil Mayor

9,884 posts

Posted Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 7:22 AM  

Set them as a state, normal and female (no pun intended) the set the T/Fvariable when you select your choice. 


Then set it on timeline start to change the state with triggers


User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

1,049 posts

Posted Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM  

Hi Phil, so each slide should have a character object in the pose I want and then set them by a variable on each slide again when the timeline starts?


User Rank David Anderson

3,202 posts

Posted Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 8:47 AM  

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Hi Jeff,

 

You can go about that a couple ways depending on how you're working with your content.

 

Slides

This is probably the most common way since it allows you to make all the changes at the slide level.

 

Demo | Source

 

Slide Masters

For larger project, this might work better since it controls the custom avatars from the slide master level. This is also likely the more efficient way to manage different poses since you could include a different slide layout for each of the poses. Here's a single example that hopefully gets you started

 

Demo | Source

 

 


Posted Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM  

Hi All,

 

Tx for the questions and answers. So easy to implement. Set it up after taking a quick peak at David's source file.


User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

1,049 posts

Posted Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

Thank you Phil and David, The slidemaster one is briljant and does exactly what I was thinking about. My mind always makes it so much more complex (due to childhood math trauma ). Especially when I see how easy you can do this in Storyline. Very very cool! 


Diana Myers

113 posts

Posted Monday, December 31, 2012 at 9:07 AM  

@Jeff Great question!  I was thinking of doing something similiar in a practice course I'm working on, so this was very timely. 

@David - thanks for the great demos!  As always, you are my hero!

 

Happy New Year All!

 


Posted Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM  

How do you get the object you put in the slide master to always stay in front of everything else on the slide?  I know who to do the is PowerPoint but not Storyline.


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Richard Watson

80 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM  

RE: Slides

This is probably the most common way since it allows you to make all the changes at the slide level.

 Demo | Source

 

Great sample. One question.. can someone explain how the state changes are setup to show the other characters (see red below)? I've setup all triggers and slide master layers but when I go to change the Content slide, it doesn't allow me to change the state to Christian or Christy without changing the character for Brian as well. I suspect it is something very simple but what am I missing.

 

Thanks!

 

Richard

 

 


User Rank Ashley Terwilliger

15,112 posts

Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6:31 AM  

Hi Richard,

 

When you click on "Edit state" you're able to go into each state and change the character, position, or even remove the person entirely. Since these are Photographic characters, you may not have them all installed as Storyline comes with Atsumi as the one photographic character although you can purchase other ones. 


Richard Watson

80 posts

Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 8:58 AM  

Ashley,

 

Thanks!  I guess I just needed a cup of coffee and a quick post on the forum to solve the problem!

 

Richard


User Rank Ashley Terwilliger

15,112 posts

Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM  

Working without coffee should likely be outlawed. It's inhumane.

 

Glad I was able to help.