10 Replies
Ted Cape

Hi Christine,

I have saved the custom design, color and font theme .xml and .athm files in folders accessible by my production team. I have shown them how to load these files into the appropriate template subfolders in the "AppData" hierarchy of folders. But once the users have loaded these files into the right AppData folders, what do they have to do to see these as custom design, font and color themes in their Storyline projects?

Ted

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Ted,

Once they have access to the XML file for the template, they'll want to import it into Storyline.

Here's how:

  1. Open an existing Storyline project or create a new one.
  2. Go to the Home tab, and click the Player button.
  3. When the Player Properties dialog opens, click the Current Player button, and select Import from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. Browse to and select the player XML file that was sent to you, and click the Open button.

For the .athm file for the theme, you'll access this from the Slide Master:

  1. Open an existing Storyline project or create a new one.
  2. Go to the View tab, and click the Slide Master button.
  3. Under the Edit Theme section, click on the drop-down menu for Themes.
  4. Select the option to Browse for Themes...
  5. Browse and select the .athm file that was shared and click the Open button.

An additional option, and one I prefer, is to set up a project just the way I want and share the .story file with others. When they need to make a new project, they'd just open this file and use the "Save As" option. Saving under a new name creates a new file. They can now add all the content they want to the project, but still maintain the original design. Whenever they want to make a new project with the same options and design, they'd just need to open the file again and follow the same process. 

That may save some time, especially if you're sharing with a large number of colleagues. 

Best,

Christine

Soren J Birch

Ted, did you manage to get the Custom Colors to import as you wanted? I am struggling with this right now and didn't quite find out if you managed to get the Custom colors to import succesfully.

 

Edit: I found an xml file with the custom colors. 

https://community.articulate.com/discussions/articulate-storyline/how-do-i-add-customer-colors-to-a-theme-or-import-one

Paul Tottle

Hi

I'm needing to create a new .story file for my project because I need a different slide size. I want the same colour scheme that I created. However my custom colours disappear when the new project starts. There seems no way to preserve them or export or copy them. I hope I'm missing something here. Or do I need to create the theme manually each time?

(Each slide I do tends to have a custom slide height to fit best into Rise. So I need a way to move custom themes between .story files.)

Soren J Birch

Hi Paul, I have been struggling with this particular problem but managed to solve it by reading articles on Articulate's page and trial and error. Here is a snip from what I saved back then.

I think you have to use a template file to preserve the scheme if you do not follow this advice. Then you make a slide deck with all your layout settings, and save it as a . storylinetemplate. Import slides from that to new when starting a new project and the color, layout will be included in the new project.

Anyways,

You will find instructions in this thread, but for sake of it here is what I saved in my onenote with tips and tricks (below)

There are three different customazible shell options:

 Theme Colors
%appdata%\Articulate\Storyline\Themes\Theme Colors
Custom 1.xml
Theme Fonts
%appdata%\Articulate\Storyline\Themes\Theme Fonts\
Custom1.xml

The Theme itself is created by clicking Design tab then clicking the Themes section drop down button  next to the Fonts menu, and then picking Save Current Theme

Now to get this into a new system, you must import it:

Once they have access to the XML file for the template, they'll want to import it into Storyline.

Here's how:
Open an existing Storyline project or create a new one.
Go to the Home tab, and click the Player button.
When the Player Properties dialog opens, click the Current Player button, and select Import from the drop-down menu that appears.
Browse to and select the player XML file that was sent to you, and click the Open button.
For the .athm file for the theme, you'll access this from the Slide Master:

Open an existing Storyline project or create a new one.
Go to the View tab, and click the Slide Master button.
Under the Edit Theme section, click on the drop-down menu for Themes.
Select the option to Browse for Themes...
Browse and select the .athm file that was shared and click the Open button

 

Susan Jones

Hi there! I am having this exact issue. I have exported a skin that I have created for a team member so we can work on the same projects together, and the custom colours that I added to the colour pallette have not copied over with it. She is also opening the same file as I am at the same time and they are NOT showing up in her window??? This seems odd - since it is the same file that we are looking at, just on different computers! I am not talking about a custom colour pallette - but rather the colours in the format box for fill. Is there a way to make sure these stay with a file when someone else opens it?

Vincent Scoma

Hey Susan,

Thank you for reaching out about what you are experiencing.

How is the theme being exported/saved? Following the tips that Soren provided, to preserve the theme you will want to save the file as a .storytemplate. We also have this resource on sharing themes with other users that I think would help as well: Sharing Custom Themes with Others

Please give those a run through and let us know if you are hitting any snags!