10 Must-Know Features for Articulate Storyline 2

Sep 17, 2014

The new Articulate Storyline 2 features are awesome! But do you know the must-know features that will take your Storyline courses to another level of awesomeness?

1. Motion Paths

Motion paths are one of the best new features of Storyline 2. Most of our developers “Ooo-ed” when they learned about this new feature. So it is a big new feature. Motion paths help you to move things on a slide. You can select from ten different motion paths that can be triggered anywhere on the timeline. Learn more about Motion Paths.

“I love that the motion paths in Storyline 2 let you move things anywhere on your slide. They’re a really powerful tool for building interesting animations and interactivity.” -Arlyn Asch, CTO at Articulate

2. Move Trigger


This feature allows you to connect your motion paths or your animation to triggers when the learner takes an action. You can trigger motion paths to start at any time you want. Learn more about Move Triggers.

3. Slider Interactions

Here is another big favorite of mine. You will now be able to add a slider interaction quickly to let learners manipulate data, explore cause-and-effect relationships, control objects and navigation, and more. Now a learner can use the slider and see the data move as they interact with the slider. Learn how to use Slider Interactions.

“When you add a slider interaction, you can style it to your heart’s content. In minutes, you have this really cool, totally customized interaction.” -Arlyn Asch

4. Object Animations

Object animations are a bring your courses to life. You now have three times more object animations than the previous update. These new animations provide a ton of flexibility and options to change how an object appears or disappears in your course. Learn more about Object Animations.

Enhanced Editing Options

5. Character Spacing

Hello kerning! With this feature, you can space the letters of your text how you want. Learn how to edit Character Spacing.

“Storyline 2 lets you format your text to look the way you want. You can adjust spacing between letters with any custom value to create the perfect look.” -Arlyn Asch

6. Read-Only Seekbar

There are times you don’t want your learner to skip ahead, but still want them to see their progress. The Read-Only Seekbar new feature allows you to make the Seekbar Read-Only and not allow the learner to seek through the course. You’ll find this option in Player Properties under Controls. There you will see the dropdown options for Allow User to Drag Seekbar or Seekbar is Read-Only.

“Sometimes you don’t want your learners to skip ahead, but you want them to see their progress. Now that’s really easy to do with the read-only seekbars in Storyline 2.” -Arlyn Asch

7. Custom Bullets

Bullets are all over in eLearning courses. The customization of these bullets can be super valuable. The Custom Bullets feature now allows more design options to change the size of your bullets. Learn more about how to edit your Custom Bullets.

8. Hide Next Player Button Trigger

There have been updates to the trigger for hiding the next player button. Now you can hide the next button until all the objects are clicked. To do this, go to triggers, states, and change it to hidden.

“You now have the power to control the Next and Previous buttons on the player. So if you want to hide the Next button until a learner has finished an activity, no problem.” -Arlyn Asch

Productivity Customizations

9. Dockable Panels

Have you ever wanted to have more space in your development in Storyline? There is now more customization to your panels. Move everything like your triggers, slide layers, timeline, states, notes, and scenes panels anywhere on your desktop or even to a second monitor. Learn how to use Dockable Panels.

“I love how easy dockable panels make editing complex slides. You can pull off any of the panels in your workspace, move them anywhere, and make them as big as you want.” -Arlyn Asch

10. AutoRecovery

Have you ever forgot to save your work? AutoRecover allows you to avoid valuable development time. If Storyline closes unexpectedly, you can reopen your file right where you left off. Learn more about AutoRecovery.

You should also check out the Articulate CTO, Arlyn Asch’s videos on his 26 favorite Storyline 2 features.

What do you think of the new Storyline 2 features? I would love to hear what you think in this discussion.


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Brian Allen
Ashley Terwilliger

I think I found the element being referenced - there is a video that describes it here. 

Yesssss, that's it Ashley, thank you so much for tracking this down!  Awesome feature, and great video from Arlyn. I really like the ability to set custom character spacing, plus the easy to use defaults.  Very nice.

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