Changing status of images

If this has been covered elsewhere, my apologies; I am still new to this program, but I could not locate anything like what I'm trying to do.

The company I work for has a template for this, so I'm unable to make major changes to the design of it. Each topic within a module resides on a slide, and each slide has multiple layers; the user goes through each layer, clicks a button, then moves on to the next layer (through the "Show layer" trigger).

What I'm trying to do is create images for the user to click on which will take them to another layer, but then once they read the content there, they'll click another button and return back to that first layer. On that first layer, then, I want that image to change its appearance. I've created a 'regular' icon (before click) and a grayed-out icon (after click). The grayed-out icon version is hidden but I've set it to return to 'normal' status when the hotspot over it is clicked.

I've created two triggers for the one hotspot - one to first change the state of the grayed-out icon to 'normal' and then the second to show the layer corresponding to that icon. 

However, when I click the hotspot, I do navigate to where I want it to go - but when I return back to the original slide, the icon is not grayed out. I'm not understanding why the grayed-out icon does not stay 'normal' after clicking the hotspot, unless when it returns to the layer it resets the status of everything.

This might be a matter for variables but I'm not quite sure how to set that or attribute it to the respective icons. Then again, I just might be doing this the hard way and am hoping someone out there understands what I'm asking for and has a workable solution.

Thanks!

4 Replies
Michael Hinze

Michael, welcome to the community! It would be good if you could post your file here so that we can have a look at the triggers, variables, etc. There is nothing wrong with using hotspots, but I wonder why you didn't put the show layer triggers directly on the images. I probably missed something from your description, but here is a simple file that:

- has three 'clickable images'

- clicking an image shows a layer

- closing that layer returns to the baselayer and changes the image's brightness ( Instead of a trigger, I could have added a visited state to the images, which would 'dimm' the images as soon as they are clicked.

Is that kinda what you wanted?

Michael Eckenfels

Thanks, Michael, for responding!

Unfortunately this is proprietary information, so I cannot share the project.

Your example helped me tremendously, though; I've only done "Normal" and "Hidden" states for objects so far and hadn't tried anything else. Once I saw what you did I was able to figure out that I can manipulate objects by creating new states for them. I feel pretty silly right now.

I might be thinking too linearly; I was a Flash developer for years so coming to Articulate is a bit of a mind-bender.

Michael Hinze

Michael Eckenfels said:

Thanks, Michael, for responding!

Unfortunately this is proprietary information, so I cannot share the project.

Your example helped me tremendously, though; I've only done "Normal" and "Hidden" states for objects so far and hadn't tried anything else. Once I saw what you did I was able to figure out that I can manipulate objects by creating new states for them. I feel pretty silly right now.

I might be thinking too linearly; I was a Flash developer for years so coming to Articulate is a bit of a mind-bender.


Hi Michael, good to hear that you worked out a solution. I had a similar experience when I first learned Storyline. Once I got the hang of built-in and custom states for objects, all kinds of light bulbs went off