Animation challenges

Greetings! The challenge I am having deals with the animation options offered in Articulate. It seems to me that there are a few simple and effective options that are not offered and a few that are offered that don't seem very necessary at all.
I am working on a presentation where I want to have images enlarge slightly for emphasis, then reduce to its original size. In PowerPoint this was labeled as a "pulse" animation.  Articulate only offers entrance and exit animation, so when I add this effect, the image disappears. Even if I add the original image to continue, it seems to "snap" back as the effects are strictly for entrance and exit.
Another option that PP offered that I do not see in Articulate, is the ability to set the delay time for the effect. At this point, If I want the effect to happen several minutes into the presentation to match the narrative, I have to add another image "on top" of the original. The ability to delay the animation would be much better. Adding the fact that all the animation options are strictly entrance/exit the images disappear and "snap" back which looks awful in a professional presentation. I find I am having to create these simple animations in another program and import them to Articulate.
Lastly, I noticed features available that seem to have little to no use at all. This concerns the motions paths. I have no idea why anyone would need to move images in a trapezoid shape. When has anyone ever needed this? Especially if you offer a line path that can be added upon?
If anyone can offer some insight on how to make this easier I would appreciate it. This challenge has been frustrating and has made me re-think going back to PowerPoint. UGH!

9 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi David, 

I don't know that I can offer any insight to make it easier, but I did at least want to offer insight in terms of what Articulate has done in regards to animations and our documentation around it to clear up any questions. 

Storyline 2 has added a number of new and additional animations than were available in Storyline 1. You can see that in our comparison document here and I highlighted the section on animations below:

We added a number of those items above based on direct feedback from users like yourself, so keep it coming! I'd also invite you to share some thoughts in an official feature request, as those do go to our product team to review and evaluate for possible inclusion in future updates or versions of our software.  You'll also see we've noted the particular powerpoint animations here that won't transfer over to Storyline. 

As often as I explain to friends or new people I meet that our software is like "fancy Powerpoint", for those that truly are in the E-Learning world they are different tools, with a different purpose and audiences who may want to use them. What I like is that pretty much anything you can create in Studio - you could build from the ground up in Storyline and customize it entirely to your liking. You can take a look at this Studio vs. Storyline comparison to see where there may be gaps and overlaps. If he pulse animations are a cornerstone of your programs, perhaps looking at creating them in Studio or Powerpoint and import those in as videos would suffice? I also wouldn't be shocked if you see some great examples or ideas from other forum users on how to set this with Storyline there always seems to be a way! 

As far as trapezoids go, I get it...they're not my favorite shape either, mostly because I can't ever get the lines exactly parallel and at that angle. But think of all the things that could be trapezoids - kites, National Park signs, lamp shades or even fancy guitars. 

Hope that helps clarify and definitely let me know if you need anything else!

David Anderson

Hi David - 

I think you can simulate the pulse effect by overlaying a slightly larger image over the original and using a fade in/fade out animation.

Here's a super quick example:

Source file attached

Brian Allen

In addition to the other comments that have already been made, in many ways creating these types of animations in Storyline (pulse, enlarge, delay) are departures from PPT and the way they're implemented in SL can give you much greater granularity over how and when these animation events happen.

These animations when built in Storyline can be triggered by the timeline, by a button or some other sort of interaction, or even by a variable reaching a certain condition. They can pulse on a loop, be one time events timed with audio or video, or happen only when a mouse hovers over the object or a different object.

There are some great examples of creating and then controlling these types of animations all over the community here.

If I get some time I'll try to post some but it most likely won't be until next week before I'm able.

Good luck!