Annotations vs. Player


New to 360 here.

Started with Storyline but quickly encountered problem of annotations feature not being available (not sure why this was removed?)

So I switched to Presenter but found the Player is very outdated. The Player features of Storyline are much more advanced.

Need annotations so tried to export the player from there into Presenter but get compatibility error.

So I'm stuck. Any suggestions?



7 Replies
dave faldasz

Hi AZ!
You looking to have help files pop up when the user clicks on something?
Or do you want permanent notations they can scroll thru?
Food for thought (Storyline 360):
You can use Insert-Hotspot and let the user click on anything on your screen (hotspot covered) - causing a see-thru layer to appear with help info. You can use hundreds of layers on a single screen!. Or you could paste down a Scrolling panel and fill it with text, pictures, diagrams, spreadsheets and more - all help file info with minimal screen real estate being used. Or, like Lauren mentioned above, use markers that the user can hover over, or open a 2-stage window with info/help.
How big is your project already? Describe a little more, what you are wanting, and someone will probably build a little mockup for you and post it in here, to give you more options.

hope that helps



Hi Lauren

Thanks but I don't think you understood what I was saying.

I wasn't trying to import annotation, I was trying to export the Player theme from Storyline 360 into Presenter 360. This is because the player theme in the latter is very old and outdated. Did the export, but when importing I got a compatibility error.

Using interactive markers or animated shapes is possible in Storyline, but what I'm looking for is being able to record annotations as I go. This is far more simpler and easier than having to do it all manually and getting the timing right with synchronisation between voice and annotation. This feature is available in Presenter but not in Storyline and I don't understand that because the latter is your flagship product!

Hope that makes sense.




Hi Dave

Thanks for responding.

No I want to highlight aspects of the slide as I talk. So for example I talk about the tree and the tree is highlighted on the slide. The only way to do this with ease is the annotation feature in Presenter 360, see "Recording Narration and Adding Annotations at the Same Time"

I could do this manually but if I have 20 objects on the slide it is very time consuming and tedious to do it that way. It's far more better to do it as I record the narration on the fly.

Problem is there is no equivalent ability in Storyline. And I'm reluctant to stick with Presenter because the Player theme is way behind in features and design.



dave faldasz

Ouch - we need that in Storyline! 
Ok, this is not "...with ease" but
(and keep in mind, I am a rookie on this Storyline product) so if I simply had to annotate dozens of items on each screen, I would break it into a "two-step" (actually more than 2...) process:
1. paste an arrow (or hollow circle) down on the Articulate screen and size it for multiple usage. 
2. start up Audacity (a classic) and, while recording my voice, CTRL-LeftClick the existing arrow on the Articulate screen and drag to the new annotation location on the Articulate screen - multiple times, as needed. (all the while, recording my voice - this goes remarkably quick). That would get my objects (arrows)  numbered in sequence. I just care about the objects being sequenced at this point. Save the audio recording.
2a. Then I'd import my Audacity audio recording into the Articulate editor and start the Articulate audio, using the little player start chevron on the bottom left of the timeline window, pounding on the "C" key whenever I heard myself reference a new screen object (and know I want an annotation there). That would add all the Cues at the point where I will want an arrow object to appear, and auto-number the cues in sequence.

2b. The last part (this is a slick Articulate feature)... I'd right click on the numbered arrow/circle objects I had made, one at a time, in the timeline, and select "Align to Cue Point" - the cue points are numbered in sequence and the annotations points are numbered in sequence. Each object would leap to its assigned cue.

Hi - You reading this, Staff?
Can we just request the Presenter annotation feature appear in a new update of Storyline? I would use it all the time. 

Did a little demo (attached .story)
hope that helps!


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi AZ,

Sorry for the early confusion, but you're right that the Storyline player themes and settings can't be exported for use in Presenter. The player within Storyline 360 uses the modern player or the classic player. The classic would look similar to what you're seeing in Presenter. 

Since you need annotations, you'll want to look at using Presenter or implementing one of the ideas Lauren or Dave shared. 

We would love to hear more about what you would like to see regarding this ability if you're up for logging a feature request. Here's a bit more about how we work to prioritize feature requests.