Disaster! Can you rebuild project from a .ZIP file

Jul 16, 2019

Hi all, 

The team a work with has a question - using Storyline 3.

A learning module needs updating but the source files for the project have been lost in some computer disaster - we've all heard of these situations. 

However, we might be able to get the .ZIP from the LMS. If we can, then is it possible to un-zip the folder and import it onto Storyline? So that we don't have to rebuild it all from scratch? Any thoughts?



8 Replies
Wendy Farmer

No sorry Marcus - the published folder doesn't contain a copy of the source.

Any chance someone in the team has a copy in their temp folder?

Check file path  “AppData\Roaming\Articulate\Storyline” on your drive where you have installed you Articulate Storyline and there may be a copy with a .tmp file extension...if so copy it and change to .story ...you may be able to recover something

Tom Kuhlmann

This may help. If you have a published version of the course. 

  • Capture the screens. 
  • Open the published folder and grab any media you need.
  • Once you have the screens inside of Storyline, you can find places to redo them or just add interactive elements where you need them.

I wrote a post on this a while back. It's not perfect, but it's an easy way to get the course rebuilt (assuming it's not too complex).

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Marcus, 

The text (and other slide elements) are contained with an SVG upon publishing, and the text isn't selectable in that output.

If you've published with Storyline 3 or Storyline 360 you could use the following method to access the slide text:

  1. Within Chrome, go to the Dev console
  2. In the Console, run the following code: 
    document.querySelectorAll('text').forEach(node => {
     node.style.pointerEvents = 'all';
     node.style.userSelect = 'all'
  3. The text on the slide will be selectable after that, and you'll need to do this for each slide.

Hope that helps! 

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