Combining StroyLine files. What happens if variables are same name

What happens if you import one Stroyline file into another and you are using variables? In other words, both Storyline files have a variable named TextEntry. Will the variable autorename or will it mess up the file?

It looks like it autorenames TextEntry to TextEntry1.

It also looks like if you have a custom named variable in both files, it DOESN"T rename those.

Anyone else have experience here?

6 Replies
Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Michael,

I've not combined Storyline files, so I can't answer. But I can say that if you don't name the variables in one SL file, SL auto-names them in the way you describe: TextEntry, TextEntry1, TextEntry2.

And my expectation would be that it would NOT rename variables you have name manually.

And an aside, Articulate recommend doing that: naming your variables, as "a good practice." Sure makes it easier!

Geert De Rycke

Hi Michael,

I quickly did a test.

When you import a .story into your current .story and if the variables have the same name and are of the same type, nothing is changed. Only 1 variable stays.

When you import a .story into your current .story and if the variables have the same name and are of a different type, the variable with the variable type of your current will remain , so the variable from the imported .story is void.

Cheers

Geert

Geert De Rycke

Hi Phil,

I did a second test.

Now I have 2 .storylines with both a text entry (both named TextEntry)

Indeed, now  TextEntry is renamed into TextEntry1 after the import

Still when using variables (no text entries), it happens like per my previous post

During the import no supplelmental question was asked.

Geert