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Jeanette Brooks

Hi there Krishna, and welcome to E-Learning Heroes! This knowledgebase article shows where you can find the .xml file for your color scheme (as well as several other files such as player templates, logos, etc.). You might need to set Windows Explorer to display hidden files/folders in order to see them.

Once you find the color scheme you want to share, you can copy the file to another computer and either place it in the appropriate location, or load it manually like this:

1.  Click on the Articulate menu & choose Player Templates

2.  Select the Colors tab

3.  Choose Edit Color Schemes

4.  Choose Load

5.  Browse for the color scheme file & click Open

krishna khanna

Hi Jeanette, Thank you so much for the prompt response. I really appreciate your help. But my problem is other way round.

I don't know how to export the custom color schemes :(

I know where to find them and how to share with other ID's but i am unable to export them via presenter interface and use them on another machine. I hope i am making my question clear for your understanding.

Jeanette Brooks

Hi Krishna - there's not really an export process for player color schemes, exactly ... when you save your custom color scheme under a new name, an .xml file gets created in the location I noted earlier. It sounds like maybe the customizations you've made so far have been saved within the "Default" color scheme of the player template you're currently using.  Here's how you can save the custom scheme under a new name:

  1. When you open your presentation in PowerPoint, go to the Articulate menu and choose Player Templates.
  2. Select the Colors tab.
  3. The Color scheme selector probably says "Assigned: Default." Click Edit Color Schemes and when the Color Scheme Editor appears, click New.
  4. Enter a name for your color scheme and click OK.

Now that your colors are saved under a new name, there will be a unique .xml file in the location I noted earlier, and the filename will be whatever name you chose for your color scheme. Then you'll be able to copy that .xml file to a different computer so that you can use the color scheme elsewhere.

I hope that helps!

krishna khanna

Thank you again for the help. I did exactly you mentioned and went to the same location. But I cannot find my saved files in C drive presenter folder. I also checked the folder option for hidden files and folders and currently show hidden files option is selected.

Well, anyway i would try to do this again at my personal laptop because there are some administrative restrictions in my workplace computers.

If this thing works at my personal laptop then i would request IT department to do the needful

Once again thank you so much for all the help.

This community is so quick at responsing and we articulate users doesn't have to go anywhere to ask any query.

Have a nice day :)

Marcy Watzl

I'm having a similar problem with a color scheme that was sent to me. The color scheme is Black 09 (which I realize is one of the standard schemes, but it works for everyone else.)

I'm trying to post it in the following directory:

C:\Program Files\Articulate\Presenter\Color Schemes.

I'm able to copy it there, but when I apply it to my presenter template, it doesn't change from the original default Black '09. I've even tried to rename it, but that doesn't work either--it still looks like the default Black 09.

Jeanette Brooks

BTW, if you are using a non-administrative account on Win7, you might find the folder here: C:\ProgramData\Articulate\Articulate Presenter 5\Color Schemes  Also, keep in mind that you might need to set your folder options in Windows Explorer to show hidden files and folders.

If you still have trouble locating and using the correct location though, probably the easiest thing to do would be to have your colleague create an Articulate Package of any course that uses the color scheme that you want. (It can even be just a simple presentation with 1 empty slide.) Then, unzip the package on your computer, open the PowerPoint file, and go to Articulate > Player Templates, make sure the correct template is selected, and then click Colors > Edit Color Schemes. At the top of the Color Schemes window, the color scheme should be selected, and you can click New, which will create a new scheme based on the current one, and allow you to save it to your hard drive.

Marcy Watzl

Hi Jeanette,

I recreated the color scheme on my computer and it's working fine, now. I think the problem was the filename. I don't have this directory structure:

C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\ProgramFiles\Articulate\Presenter\color schemes beyond the Virtual Store directory--although I do have Windows 7. I did not know about the Articulate Package feature, so I'll definitely look into that the next time it comes up. Thanks! 

Kerstin Kapsberger

Hi Jeanette,

Thanks for your quick response. I have read the article but am not sure that it answers my question:

Another developer has created a color scheme (Design > Colors > Custom) with our company colours. I am developing a company player and would like to use the color scheme that she has created. Is that possible?

Regards

Kerstin

Jeanette Brooks

Yes. The color scheme is part of the player, so one approach is for your colleague to export a player in which the color scheme has been applied, then you can import that player to your own project. When you apply the player to your project, the color scheme travels with it. The first two sections of the article I mentioned provide the steps for doing this.

If you only want to use the color scheme itself and NOT the entire player that your colleague has created, you can do this: have your colleague export the player in which the color scheme is used, and then you import that player to your project. Then just save the color scheme under a new name on your hard drive, and you'll be able to use it in any other Storyline projects. The third section of the article I mentioned above (called "Save the color scheme from an imported player template") provides the steps for doing this.

Kerstin Kapsberger

Hi again,

I am still struggling with color schemes.

A colleague created a colour scheme (Design > Colors > Create new theme colors).

She applied the desired colour scheme and created a player based on this colour scheme (or so we think: should she be able to select the saved colour scheme when clicking Colors & Effects in Home > Player? She was not able to.).

She exported the player.

I imported the player and save the colour scheme that appeared under Colors & Effects in Home > Player.

I am then expecting the colour scheme to be available from Design > Colors, but this is not the case.

Should this be the case?

Kind regards

Kerstin

Jeanette Brooks

Hey Kerstin,

The process you described should work for applying your colleague's player colors to the player(s) in your own project(s). If you want to see & customize the player colors, you'll need to go to Player > Colors & Effects to do that. Here's a tutorial that shows how to access and change the player colors.

The other feature you mention (Design > Colors) isn't used for the player. Rather, the color options there are the theme colors that are used for actual content on your slides. You can learn more about theme colors in this tutorial

Hope that helps!

Joyce Hensen

I have a different sort of issue with player templates and color schemes.  I recently got a different computer.  Articulate has been uninstalled from the old one and installed on the current machine.  However, when I open a presentation that used a custom color scheme I found that the scheme I was using isn't attached.  I need to update a course that I developed on the old machine.  When I try to preview a slide it defaults to Corprate Communications and the Default colors although the published file had other colors, etc, associated.  The custom stuff I saved on the old machine isn't an option on the new one.  Needless to say I don't want to republish over the old file and lose any hint of what it used to look like!

Is there a way to import the custom stuff back into my presentation on the new machine from the previously published course?  I'm guessing both the player and the color scheme are somewhere in an XML file but I don't know how to find it or (if I find it) what to do to import it to my course.  I had a bunch of custom templates and color schemes that I'm hoping are not lost forever...

Justin Grenier

Good Afternoon, Joyce.

Does Jeanette's 12/1/11 post above provide the information you are looking for?

Jeanette Brooks said:

This knowledgebase article shows where you can find the .xml file for your color scheme (as well as several other files such as player templates, logos, etc.). You might need to set Windows Explorer to display hidden files/folders in order to see them.

Once you find the color scheme you want to share, you can copy the file to another computer and either place it in the appropriate location, or load it manually like this:

1.  Click on the Articulate menu & choose Player Templates

2.  Select the Colors tab

3.  Choose Edit Color Schemes

4.  Choose Load

5.  Browse for the color scheme file & click Open


Please let us know if you need anything else.  Thanks!