I’m sure you’ll agree: 2019 brought a bunch of new features and enhancements for all the apps and resources in Articulate 360—and quite a few biggies came to Storyline 360. With all those new goodies popping up throughout the year, it’s easy to overlook a few of the handier tips and features that can really boost your productivity.
That’s why I’ve rounded up five of my favorite Storyline tips for you. These five are quick highlights of features we rolled out this year, with links to how-tos, power tips, and other resources you might have missed. Check ’em out!
1. Become a Media Library Power-User with These Tips
With the addition of media library to Storyline 360, managing your audio files, images, characters, and other project assets got faster and easier than ever. That’s because the media library gives you one spot for adding, removing, and swapping out assets used in your entire project.
Being able to manage your assets in one place is awesome, but keep in mind you can also use media library to:
- Do a keyword search to locate media library assets in your project
- Rename assets to clarify their use and make them easier to find when you search
- Add notes to assets to make them easier to find when you search
- Launch the closed captions editor right from media library
Get the lowdown on all of these media library power-user tips in this article, 4 Ways to Make the Most of the Storyline 360 Media Library.
2. Create Glossaries from a .CSV File
Glossaries are great for defining commonly used terms, spelling out acronyms, and clarifying the meaning of culture-, industry-, or organization-specific jargon. That versatility makes them a wonderful supporting tool for learners.
With the rollout of the import glossary feature, it's easier than ever to include a glossary in your Storyline 360 courses. Now you can build your glossary in a spreadsheet and then save it as a .CSV file for import into Storyline 360.
But did you know that you can also edit your imported terms and definitions right in Storyline 360 and then export your glossary to .CSV? Having the ability to export makes maintaining and repurposing your glossary in other projects so much easier.
To see how it all works, check out the video included in this announcement, New in Storyline 360: Glossary Import and Export.
3. Save Time with Slide Numbers
In the past, numbering slides, tracking progress, or numbering questions in a randomized question bank all required setting up variables and triggers. But now, with the slide number feature, you can save yourself a whole lot of time on these common development tasks.
- Get the lowdown on using slide numbers in this article (with video): Storyline 360: Adding Slide Numbers.
- Learn how to easily create an elegant progress meter using slide numbers with the tips in this article, How I Made This Progress Meter in Storyline 360.
- And grab some pointers on using slide numbers with randomized question banks in this article, How to Number Randomized Question Bank Slides.
4. Get Savvy with Your Text-to-Speech Scripts
Adding voice-over narration to e-learning is great for engaging learners, but it’s not always cost-effective to hire professional voice talent for every project. That’s why having Text-to-Speech (TTS) in Storyline 360 is so helpful.
Adding TTS to your Storyline 360 projects is easy, but writing a script for TTS may require a little planning. That’s because TTS voices lack intonation, and they don’t always pronounce words the way we want them to, which means you need to allow for those differences in your script.
That's why you don't want to miss the savvy TTS script-writing tips in this article, Top Tips for Using TTS in Storyline 360.
5. Faster Troubleshooting
Storyline 360 is my go-to app for creating complex, custom interactions because it’s incredibly powerful and yet so simple to use. And it got even better this year with the release of the workflow enhancements to the Storyline 360 trigger panel and wizard.
Among my favorite features in the new trigger panel is the ability to temporarily disable triggers. Not only is this great for getting a little experimental with my designs, but it’s super-handy for troubleshooting complex interactions.
The disable trigger feature is available when you mouse-over a trigger. It’s that little lightning bolt icon that appears to the left of the trigger. You can see this feature in action by watching the video in this article, 10 Storyline 360 Enhancements That Will Completely Overhaul Your Trigger Workflow.
More Ways to Learn
I also love diving into the weekly Quick Tips and Tricks webinars hosted by Tom Kuhlmann and David Anderson. You can register to attend a session and even if you can’t make it you’ll get the recording and all the assets shared so you can watch, listen, and learn at your leisure.
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