Dear Father Christmas ...
Dec 20, 2019
Dear Father Christmas,
I know my letter is rather late but I hope your clever elves may be able to bring me a few small gifts which I have been asking about since oooh, around 2012 when I first unwrapped my new Storyline toy.
I hope you won't think I am being greedy but who knows, there may be other children around the world who would really, really like some of these little presents to make their own Storyline toy a bit more fun and easy to use. Here goes, Santa ...
- Let me jump to a point somewhere on the toy's timeline. One of your elves must know how to do this? I mean, they know where 'Cue Points' are, don't they?
- Give me a variable with the frame number that a playing video has reached so I can really control how video is used.
- While the elf has the SL3 source code open, could he or she please send me variables I can use that contain today's date, the time, plus start and end times for an action.
- Also, when I am playing at building quizzes I'd like to be able to set your 'Results.ScorePoints' to equal my OWN score variable, so I can send back my learners' performance data from my OWN assessment exercises. Are you perhaps worried we will break it?
- Oh yes, would you mind letting me change the text size of the video closed-captions? And while he/she is in that particular source cupboard, perhaps let me place captions where I want them to appear, not you. And that ugly black box the captions appear in? Perhaps that could be optional too - just wrap it with the same present - no need for a separate gift.
- Last Christmas you gave me animations which orientated objects to their path as they turned. Wonderful! But when I unwrapped it, I was a bit disappointed to find that you had only given your development elves protractors marked every 30 degrees. Please let them know that other increments are available, such as 5 or 10 degrees. This would stop the aircraft I animate from jerking their way round their taxiing paths like an animated dog.
- While I am on 'things moving around' on screen, a really special gift would be to let me directly place an object at a specific X and Y location. You know, an initial location when the object appears and then a Trigger to send it somewhere else. Just like I used to do with my Authorware toy in 1989 ...
- And also - I know I am being a little cheeky here - please could I have a variable I can read which gives me the X and Y location of an object on screen? YOU know where they are sitting - just let US know too.
- You know those paths you let me create, the ones where an object moves along them? Very nice. But what would really make my Christmas this year is if an elf could let ME move an object along a path! I know, I know - this is outrageous but I would also like to be able to MOVE that object to a specific location along that path!
- I don't use the built-in SL3 menus but I might if I could change their text size and style. I recently had to ship an eLearning course (to a client who had demanded your standard menu panel) with a box of 7 inch magnifying glasses to conform to his local accessibility laws.
- Just one last request please Santa, if it's OK. I'm sure there must be an elf with a few minutes spare who could send me some extra functions and again, just send them in the same gift box:
- A little device to convert a quiz score such as 86.429 to 86? A bit like the INT function I used to use 50 years ago.
- A few bells to go on my Trigger toy, like the ability to subtract a variable from a number?
- I was going to ask you for a 'scripting language' but Mummy says that's far too ambitious and that your elves and profit centre managers would have a fit. So I won't.
I hope this isn't too much to ask for Santa. My Storyline 3 toy does give a me a lot of pleasure. It's dead easy to use, very flexible and there are thousands of other children who share their gift requests on this Forum which is very useful.
Looking forward to opening my prezzies! Happy Christmas.