Grow and Shrink animation in Articulate Presenter

I tried to see if someone posted this already but I didn't run across this issue being discussed.  I have a flow chart that I want to have the circles and boxes grow and shrink.  When I go to publish the boxes grow one at a time but do not shrink back.  I made sure that I checked the box that says auto-reverse.  Why will it not work the right way when published but in the preview it works fine. 

This is a project for work that I have to get done asap.  I would appreciate any help I can receive.


Lisa Wesley

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Eamonn McKenna


Similar question to above........I have a process map built with text boxes.......I have used the grow/shrink animation to emphasise the step that I am talking about. When viewed in Powerpoint, it does exactly what I want it to do. When I view it in Articulate preview, some of the boxes grow and shrink, but they dont shrink by the desired amount. In some cases, the boxes dont grow/shrink, only the text in the box is animated.

I have not tried to view this in "published" this just a glitch in Preview?

Any suggestions/help welcome


Eamonn McKenna

Hi Peter

I have them in as 2 object shrinks as the second grows

Perhaps I will publish file and see does it work.......perhaps it is a glitch in preview? It is odd that some of the shapes do what I expect and the others dont. I have checked that all shapes aer set up exactly the same way


Ingela Hjalmarsson


I have a similar problem with the grow/shrink animation, but in my case the oval is growing only vertically and not at all horizontally. Also, from the look of it, it doesn't seem to grow to 150% as stated in the Effect options, but more like 200-300%. I've verified that it should grow in all directions under Effect Options in the toolbar.

In Presenter, doing Play, everything looks just dandy, but Preview and/or Publish gives the above strange behaviour. Any clue, anyone?



Peter Anderson

Hi Ingela!

Would you like to send us your files so we can take a closer look? I f so, please create an Articulate Presenter package, then upload the zip file to our server. You can review how to do this here: 


Send to Articulate Presenter Package – Articulate Presenter ’09 Help


Upload the resulting zip file from your computer to our server using this upload form: 


Articulate Support - Upload Your Files for Review 


Please be sure to include a description of your issue, your version of PowerPoint, version of Windows and version of Presenter '09, which you can find in Help and Support -> About Articulate Presenter. Please also include the URL for this thread so I can follow up with you personally in the forums. And feel free to come back and leave your case number here so I can keep a close eye on it. Thanks!

Ingela Hjalmarsson

I 'm looking forward to it! Actually there is one more possible source of error: The original PPT slide was created in a previous or older version of PPT, maybe the object I want to animate doesn't have the right "handles" somehow to enable correct animation? I will try with an oval that I create in this latest version of PPT.