My good friend and colleague Nicole Legault recently let me translate her Christmas tree interaction into German. While I was in the process, I thought you might be interested to see how easy it was to create the translated version in Articulate Storyline 2:

Export Text

First you go to the File tab and select Translation > Export.

Once you’ve selected Export, you can choose your file name.

In my case, I exported the text as a Word document and it looked like this:


The right column of the table shows what needs to be translated. The left column contains the references necessary to locate your text—don’t change any of those!

What’s really neat is that if you change the formatting of the text (font, size, color, style, alignment, etc.), Storyline automatically updates your course text with these changes when you re-import the file at the end of the process.

After I finished the translation, the table looked like this:

If you’re planning to translate the file into a different language, be sure to save this version as its own file and indicate the language in the filename so it’ll be easy to find when you’re importing it back into Storyline. I always do this because it sometimes helps to be able to go back to the original version.

Importing Translation

To import the translated text, go to the File tab, choose Translation > Import, and select the file with the correct language translation.

Make Adjustments if Necessary

In this case, I translated into German, and, unfortunately, German is a language with looooong words. You can probably guess what happened: the translated text was too long in some places.

I decided to change the font size here so it looked right on the page. Make sure you go through your course and eyeball how the replaced text fits. You may have to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to change the translation or to adjust the design.

Localize the Language of the Storyline Player

Make sure that the buttons and tabs in the Player are also displayed in the language of your course. In the Christmas tree interaction, the Player was made invisible; but that’s not always the case, so don’t forget this step.

And that’s how easy it is to translate your course content with Articulate Storyline! Do you have experience with the Translate feature in Storyline? Leave a comment below and share your tips!

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