As an e-learning developer, you spend a lot of your time mulling over ways to help lighten the cognitive load on your learners. Shouldn’t your authoring apps do the same for you? After all, an intuitive feature here, a considerate little time-saver there, and before you know it you’re more productive, have extra time for creativity, and (best of all) you’ve lowered your stress levels.
That’s why I think the recent enhancements we’ve made to Storyline 360 are really going to make your day! Storyline 360 has a brand-new workflow that makes working with triggers faster and more intuitive than ever. And that means you’re in for a serious e-learning productivity boost!
Let’s walk through my list of ten awesome trigger enhancements we’ve made in Storyline 360, grouped under the workflow efficiencies I think you’ll appreciate most.
1. Visual Design Makeover of the Trigger Wizard
We’ve modernized the trigger wizard. Now triggers are described with plain, easy-to-follow language, making it easier to follow the steps for creating triggers—especially when you’re building a complex interaction.
2. Inline Trigger Editing
Now that we’ve added inline editing—meaning nearly every part of your trigger can be edited directly in the panel, without opening up the full trigger wizard—you’ll find you can edit triggers at lightning speed.
3. Keyboard Editing and Intelligent Prefills
Who has time for mouse clicks and tedious typing? When you really want to fly through your development work, it’s nice to just click a key on your keyboard to move through the trigger wizard. And with keyboard editing in the trigger wizard, now you can do just that! Create or edit triggers just by tabbing through the trigger wizard. Use the arrow keys and/or start typing to filter the dropdown lists for each field.
And because Storyline 360 intelligently prefills fields in the trigger wizard, it will remember the last trigger you created and then use that as the basis for creating your new trigger. You’ll be creating triggers in a flash with these friendly little time-savers!
4. Faster Trigger Editing
With grouped triggers, you’re able to group multiple triggers, organized by event in one list. Not only is this useful for debugging complex triggers, but it also lets you quickly change the event/object for multiple triggers in one fell swoop.
And speaking of working with multiple triggers all at once, we’ve also enhanced the trigger panel to support multi-select triggers. This means you can select multiple triggers simultaneously for faster, easier editing, including copying, pasting, moving, disabling, and deleting triggers in bulk.
5. Expand and Collapse Triggers
Ever wish you could just zero in on the triggers associated with a specific object? Well, now you can, with the new expand and collapse triggers feature! Collapsing triggers makes it so much easier to focus on just what you need to see.
6. Improved Condition Authoring
Adding conditions to your triggers is also a lot more streamlined. Instead of opening up a separate dialogue box to add conditions and then trying to see them in the small scrollable panel in the trigger wizard, now you’ll find them in a handy dropdown menu. This makes conditions much easier to see. You can also search conditions and duplicate existing conditions to save yourself some clicks.
7. Reordering and Pasting Conditions
We’ve given you the ability to change the order of conditions by dragging them up and down the list, which feels so intuitive. You can save time and work more efficiently by copying conditions from one trigger and pasting them to another.
8. Multi-Select Variables
When you’re working with an app, it feels natural to be able to select multiple things at once for quicker editing. That’s why we made it possible to select multiple triggers in the trigger panel, and it’s also why we’ve added multi-select variables. Now you can copy, paste, or delete variables all at the same time for a faster, more intuitive authoring experience.
9. Visual Design Makeover of the Trigger Panel
Not only did we give the trigger wizard a visual design makeover, but we also gave one to the trigger panel! The refreshed trigger panel now includes trigger color-coding, which makes it easier than ever to scan the panel and see what’s going on with your interactions.
10. Temporarily Disable and Enable Triggers
When you’re trying to troubleshoot an interaction, having the ability to temporarily disable triggers (without having to delete and then recreate them!) is a huge time-saver. Not only does this enhancement save you time with troubleshooting, but it also gives you more creative freedom to experiment with your designs. Hooray for more flexibility!
We’ve made all sorts of improvements that I haven’t even mentioned here; these are just ten of my favorites! For a rundown of this list and to see these features in action, don’t miss my short video, below.
Are you ready to try these new trigger time-savers yourself? Here’s how it works:
- Install any updates from the Articulate 360 tray app.
- Launch Storyline 360.
- You’ll see a prompt describing the feature and two radio buttons. “Use the New Trigger Workflow” is selected by default. (However, you can stay with the classic workflow if you’d prefer just by clicking the radio button next to “Stick with the Classic Workflow for Now”). Click the OK button. You’re good to go!
You can switch between the classic and enhanced workflows by accessing Storyline 360 Options from the File menu. On the Features tab, uncheck the box next to “Use the New Trigger Wizard and Panel” to disable the new workflow. Below is an animated GIF showing you where to find this setting.
Are you already using the new triggers panel and workflow? Have questions about the difference between the new and classic triggers panel and workflow? Leave me your comments and questions, below. I’d love to lend a hand or hear more about your experiences.
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