Bandwidth Limitations and Storyline

I work for a large, global private company.  Some of our designers are having a difficult time with bandwidth limitations in other parts of the world.  I am the first Storyline user at my company and my learners haven't complained of bandwidth issues.  

Can someone explain the difference in the way Articulate Presenter packages output for desktop deployment vs. Storyline (most other developers use AP).  Storyline seems to be superior to AP in the way the content is compressed for output.  I plan to test one of our video-heavy Storyline-created courses for the learners with limited bandwidth next week and see what happens.  Currently for these users, the content is housed on servers in the US and accessed over the company network inside the firewall.  I know hosting the content on local servers could certainly help...just wanting some information from an Articulate perspective.  Thanks and enjoy the holiday weekend (if you get one).

4 Replies
Phil Mayor

Hi Jonathan, as far as I know, Storyline loads 3 slides at a time, the one you are on plus the next two, if you have branching of slides it also loads those as well.   It also has a preloader built in to load otherthings such as mp4s, finally Storyline reuse some content so is more efficient.

Presenter as far as I know only loads 3 slides, current + 2 more

ganesh ubhare

Hi Phil,

We are on few client projects where one of their essential criteria is about bandwidth used. Right now I don't have any knowledge of how much bandwidth is used by each page shown by the player. Please can someone give me some stats on how much BW is used and how the whole course is delivered on users machine.

We have done some testing our self and here's the finding

Pre test requirements

We cleared all the cache from our browsers and other data.

Just for getting the course to run for the first time we connected the internet and as soon as the first page was displayed we switched off the connection.

1) Running story.html Internet not connected

At this stage as per your theory it should show up only 3 pages and rest of the pages should not load up. However

all content showed up , images, text etc  but the videos did not load

2) running story_html5.html Internet not connected

No content was shown to the user

Also when the video didn't load it did not show any error that the content is not available.

Please can you talk to your IT team and give us some advise on the BW usage.

Thanks

Ganesh

Phil Mayor

ganesh ubhare said:

Hi Phil,

We are on few client projects where one of their essential criteria is about bandwidth used. Right now I don't have any knowledge of how much bandwidth is used by each page shown by the player. Please can someone give me some stats on how much BW is used and how the whole course is delivered on users machine.

We have done some testing our self and here's the finding

Pre test requirements

We cleared all the cache from our browsers and other data.

Just for getting the course to run for the first time we connected the internet and as soon as the first page was displayed we switched off the connection.

1) Running story.html Internet not connected

At this stage as per your theory it should show up only 3 pages and rest of the pages should not load up. However

all content showed up , images, text etc  but the videos did not load

2) running story_html5.html Internet not connected

No content was shown to the user

Also when the video didn't load it did not show any error that the content is not available.

Please can you talk to your IT team and give us some advise on the BW usage.

Thanks

Ganesh


Hi Ganesh, you may need to ask these comments to Articulate direct, I am not employed by them.

Storyline will preload content, initially 3 slides ahaed plus any linked slides, video should also preload, in an html5 environment i would not expect any preloading as it is serving webpages.