E-learning authoring tools are typically used to create two types of e-learning: software training and soft-skills training. Often, we focus on the soft-skills training side, since Articulate Storyline makes it so easy to build out powerful branched scenarios of realistic situations with characters and rich imagery.

However, a large part of our customer base also needs to develop software training, which has its own set of challenges and obstacles. To name a few, you have to find the perfect setup in your recording tool, simulate real-life environments, and work with fake data or a testing environment. In this article, let’s take a peek at some of the benefits and features of using Storyline to record your next interactive software simulation (SIM).

Insert as Single Video

Storyline lets you record your simulation and insert it as a single video file on one slide. This video simply shows your recorded computer screen, and it captures all of your mouse movements as well as audio narration (if you choose to include it). These make great videos for demonstrating a process from start to finish, but they are neither interactive nor engaging.

Insert as Step-by-Step Slides

If you don’t want learners to simply sit and watch a video of the process, you can create an interactive simulation of your process as step-by-step slides. Instead of seeing a video, the process is broken down into single slides with hotspots and captions containing instructions. This lets you simulate the software by letting your learners click on the right areas of the application, or enter the appropriate text or data, just like they would do in real life.

Record One, Reuse as Needed

Some screen recording tools will make you decide on the output format (such as a single video, a demo mode, or a test mode) before you record the process. This means once you’ve recorded, if you change your mind about how you want to use that process, you would need to re-record the entire thing in a new format.

With Storyline, you can avoid those snags. You get to record your entire process and then choose the format (single video or step-by-step slides). This means you can reuse one recording in many different formats without having to re-record.

Make Quick Edits with Action Fine-Tuning

We all know how tedious post-recording edits can be. It’s a total pain to manually update background images one at a time to remove an accidental “pop-up email” or information that the learner shouldn’t see. But with Storyline, post-production edits are hassle-free. If you want to edit the background on a slide, you can simply right-click on it and select the “Action Fine-Tuning” option from the menu. Drag the two bars along the timeline to easily edit the background and action of the current slide. With this handy-dandy feature, you aren’t forced to edit your background images one at a time.

These are just a few of the awesome recording features available to you when you use Storyline for your software training. You might also want to have a peek at these helpful links to related articles and discussions:

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