Arbitrary timeline lengths: 179 seconds this time. WHY? Grrrr~~~~~
This one is really, really starting to get on my pecs, let me tell ya.
WHY DOES STORYLINE ARBITRARILY SET THE TIMELINE LENGTH TO 59secs OR 179secs OR WHATEVER -- NO MATTER WHAT I DO TO PREVENT THIS HAPPENING?
This has happened in lots and lots of Storyline files so the request (from Support) to "Send the file in question so we can look into it" is simply not an adequate solution. This is NOT some freakish, isolated problem. It is an endemic issue that is really starting to do my head in.
Case in point...
I'm working on a lesson at the moment in which I would like the Base Layer to display for 8 seconds and then automatically show another layer over the top (when timeline ends).
However... EVERY SINGLE FREAKING TIME I paste some new object to ANY layer on the slide (Base Layer or otherwise), the timeline of that layer leaps to 179secs -- no matter what it was set to before and no matter what the timing of the object copied'n'pasted.
Now, in the past I've had situations where I've copied an object from another layer and had the timeline expand. This makes sense when the object on the original slide was set to display for a longer period than the "receiving" slide. For example, an icon set to "show always" on a slide whose timeline is 87secs long will carry those settings across to another slide. So if the "receiving" slide's timeline is only, say, 20secs... then the timeline will jump to 87secs to accommodate. I get that. No problem.
But here's what I've done in this case:
- Manually set the timeline of ALL Master Slides and Feedback Masters to 2secs
- Manually set the timeline of ALL base layers on ALL slides to 8secs
- Manually set the timeline of ALL layers on ALL slides to 2secs
This process was particularly tiresome given the awful, awful way that Storyline handles the adjustment of timeline lengths.
Yet... whenever I add a new object or copy and paste an object from another slide, the timeline immediately changes to 179secs -- as mentioned.
What can I do to stop this? I'm wasting a LOT of time here dragging dragging dragging the timeline over and over and over and over again.
If anyone can shed some insight, that would be greatly appreciated.