In Storyline it’s easy to create both screencast videos and interactive software simulations. In this tutorial we’ll take a quick look at how to build software training, make edits, and enhance your instruction using the zoom screen feature.

Screencasting Basics

Before we get started let’s review some screen recording basics. There are two ways to provide software training:

  1. Video screencasts
  2. Interactive simulations

Video Screencasts

Video screencasts are videos that show your recorded computer screen. They capture all of your mouse movements and any audio narration. The final output is a single video file. They’re great for “how-to” videos, but not very interactive.

Interactive Simulations

Interactive simulations simulate using the software. Instead of a video, you get single screens with linked hotspots and various help instructions. That means you can simulate much of the software’s interactions by having the learners click on the right areas or enter text just as they would with the real software.

There are three ways to show interactive simulations:

  1. View mode: you walk through the process and the learner views what you’re doing
  2. Try mode: the learner tries to walk through the process & you provide visual hints and captions
  3. Test mode: the learner can demonstrate the ability to complete a task through a simulated test where they do all of the required actions

Articulate Storyline offers both types of screen recordings. You start by recording a video and from there you can choose to insert the video or an interactive simulation using one of the three modes.

Check out the tutorials to learn more: