Does Storyline add fonts during installation?

Nov 23, 2016

Hi everyone,

We're looking to better describe the considerations and challenges for using "Standard" versus "Custom" fonts, when consulting our clients in the early stages of  development. Our goal is to better understand where fonts come from, to better mitigate any issues later in the process.

I've done plenty of research into how Storyline uses fonts in the content/slide versus the player, Flash versus HTML5 output, and what fonts are considered to be web-safe. According to my research, these fonts should be web-safe and universally available:

  • Arial/Helvetica (Helvetica only being available on Mac, with Arial being more widely available and suitable substitute)
  • Avant Garde
  • Bookman
  • Calibri
  • Comic Sans MS
  • Courier New/Courier
  • Garamond
  • Impact
  • Open Sans
  • Palatino
  • Times New Roman/Times
  • Verdana

However, we've uncovered that there are some that don't come on all machines and some that Storyline has a default theme font that doesn't appear to be web-safe in the traditional sense. These include:

  • Avant Garde
  • Open Sans
  • Articulate
  • Gill Sans MT

In the past, we've found that fonts vary between machines depending on the versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. Does Storyline come with any fonts that are added during installation?

I assume the answer is yes, since there is an Articulate font—what about Open Sans and Gill Sans MT?

11 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

Hi Michael!

Your question taught me something new today, so thank you :) 

Here's what I received back from the team:

The following fonts are installed with the Articulate Storyline/Studio 360 install: Articulate, Dosis, Fjalla One, Glegoo, Lato, Martel, Montserrat, Open Sans, Orbitron, Raleway, Roboto, Roboto Slab, Signika, Source Sans Pro, TitilliumWeb, Ubuntu, YanoneKaffeesatz

I hope that helps :)


Mike Jones

No need to apologize, Leslie—it's my bad for not specifying the older version over the new A360 versions. It's definitely beneficial for us to understand what's different in the new version before we make the switch and upgrade!

Speaking of A360, could you please verify that the player font is still not able to be embedded in our HTML5 output for SL360? One thing that is frequently called out with SL2's HTML5 output is the visible difference in the player without the same formatting or font as what we see in the Flash version.

I know it's a limitation from the HTML5 standard/browser side of things, but just want to make sure we are correct that nothing has changed in that area.

Thanks again for your help!

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