Anyone else always having to go to the end and shorten timeline?

As I make modules, I am forever finding that for strange unknown reasons, my slide timelines' overall lengths get lengthened way out like 60 seconds long or so, and I am constantly having to scroll to the right, drag it back, scroll a little more in, drag it left again, over and over again just to get it to come back to the end point of my audio track.

Anyone know what causes it to get pushed so far to the right somehow?

Anyone have a fast trick for automatically snapping it back as far left as the last chronological item in the timeline?

58 Replies
Julianna Henley

Has this been fixed?  Or are there any suggestions as to how to avoid spending so much time re-adjusting the timelines of numerous slides because of a cut and paste? It's REALLY FRUSTRATING, and as users below have commented, extremely time consuming, particularly when you're trying to finish up a course and such a minor action (but sometimes to multiple slides/scenes) changes your slides.

Leslie McKerchie

Hello Julianna and welcome to E-Learning Heroes :)

Sorry to hear that you are frustrated by this feature of the timeline.

  • When inserting audio or video, the slide will increase for the file
  • When copying and pasting an object from one slide to another, the object's original length is maintained - so the length of that slide may increase too

If you'd rather not keep the additional time, you can adjust this by dragging the End line. (See also: Tips for Reducing Slide Duration Via the Timeline)

If you wish to see this handled differently, we would love to hear your thoughts/ideas here.

Jody Frederick

Yes, you can do that, but the timeline in my .story file keeps extending to 217s for my quiz questions. This happens every time I save, and then reopen the .story file.  All of my objects are set to "Show until end".  Although I've found a quicker way to shorten the timeline (rather than just dragging), it is still annoying and time-consuming. 

Jody Frederick

This is so frustrating.  I have a .story file whose quiz questions have timelines that randomly keep extending to hundreds of seconds in length after I have been shortening them to 1s (they usually extend to 217s).  I have not been pasting objects from other slides into these questions.  When I save and re-open the .story file, the timeline for some, not all, of the quiz questions will need to be shortened.  Again.  

Colleen Fahy

Don't know if this bug has been fixed. I just want to jump in and +1 on the issue. I've been using SL a long time, so understand the pasting objects (and their timelines come with them)  explanations. This is not that.  It is something that happens even after I correct all of them, save and don't touch the slide. I will randomly do a spot check and timelines expand significantly. It is a thing. Please fix.

Lauren Connelly

Hi Colleen!

I appreciate you taking the time to share these extra details! I've added your comments to our current bug report so that we can update you when we release a fix. In full transparency, this bug isn't prioritized on our roadmap just yet, so I don't have an exact timeline to share. We push out bug fixes in each release, so we'll update you when we've shipped the fix.

Lauren Connelly

Hi all!

I am jumping into this discussion to share that we just released Storyline 360 (Build 3.63.27628.0) which includes changes to the timeline.

New: Create slides faster with time-saving upgrades to the timeline. Multi-select objects and move them all at once. Choose where pasted objects appear in the stacking order or even paste them into an existing group. Align objects to the playhead or vice versa. And when the timeline is too long, you can instantly reset it to five seconds or shorten it to the object with the longest duration.

Now all you need to do is update Storyline 360 in your Articulate 360 desktop app!

If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to reach out in this discussion or in a support case.