Any limit on the size of the .story file?

Does anyone have any experience with long course files in Storyline?

I have a project which I am working on, it contains (so far) 129 slides. Each slide contains 3-15 speaks, in addition to several pictures/swf/shapes/texts etc. My .story file is now 162  MB, and I am only half way in my course. I am experiencing more random crashes in Storyline while I am working, and I am wondering if any of you have any experience on this?

I have a new PC with an SSD-disk and 8 MB RAM so I don't think that is the problem.

8 Replies
Steve Flowers

I've seen some folks have problems with sizeable files, particularly while publishing. I usually try to keep modules at around 15 minute doses which usually keeps the slide count and media size down for a published output. Not always practical but I try to keep this in mind as a rule of thumb.

One thing you might try is working sections in separate files and importing the sections to a single story once you're happy with each section. This way you have a safe individual source file for each of these that should work fast and publish fast and a downstream single published file that's assembled when you're ready for full-tilt-boogie.

Steve

Sophia Xu

Hi Jannicke:

I am working on a project which has lots of scenarios and branches. This leads to a huge project (more than 200M).

The followings are what I did to reduce the size of the project:

1. put pictures and common items into slide master and delete the items on each slide

2. re-use the common slides. be careful with the branchings

3. re-use the same voiceover

4. use layers rather than slides--try to find some ways to put contents into layers of one slide, rather than use multiple slides

Now, my project is shrinked to around 100M (about 80 slides in total). Don't have issues when I publish it.

Hope it can help a little bit

Sophia

Jan Davino

Sophia Xu said:

Hi Jannicke:

I am working on a project which has lots of scenarios and branches. This leads to a huge project (more than 200M).

The followings are what I did to reduce the size of the project:

1. put pictures and common items into slide master and delete the items on each slide

2. re-use the common slides. be careful with the branchings

3. re-use the same voiceover

4. use layers rather than slides--try to find some ways to put contents into layers of one slide, rather than use multiple slides

Now, my project is shrinked to around 100M (about 80 slides in total). Don't have issues when I publish it.

Hope it can help a little bit

Sophia


Great tips for large storyline file.  Thanks!!

Robert Wilson

Jannicke,

I was wondering if you were able to do what you needed to do with Articulate? I am in a similar position, we are going to develop about 20 different storylines and each one might contain about 20 slides (with pictures in each slide) and 16 quiz slides. And since the only way to connect these 20 or so storylines is Importing them into one HUGE storyline, is this too much for it to handle.