file size and story view issues

Hi all,

Is there a limit to the file size in storyline?

I am creating an number of modules for a system simulation that requires a test me section. The file size is currently 235,536KB and I am starting to encounter real issues in the story view.

Weirdly IF I manage to get to the slide view it runs fine, but I have to get through story view first!!

I have had a number of upgrades to my laptop (IT love me at the moment!):

Laptop has an SSD, 16 GB RAM, Windows 7, 64-bit, Intel i5-3320M 2.60GHz processor

The next step there are considering is a dedicated (small!) server - is this going to help?

Many thanks!

P.S. Does anyone know if Storyline makes use of multi-core processors?

12 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Eric,

I haven't heard of a file size or slide number limit, but if you're starting to encounter odd behavior as your course approaches a large size, there are a few things you'd want to check into:

Eric Brennan-Hazell

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for the reply!

  • yep - working on a local machine with an SSD
  • hmmm, good question...storyline fairly often at the moment but not so much on the laptop (will try that!)
  • None - other than Windows 7, it's a laptop specifically for storyline build
  • ta!
  • Yep I am on update 5

However since my posy I have tried a few different things and I seem to have stumbled across a possible solution.

In my project I had a number of Scenes (approx. 15), I have now merged a lot of these into 3. This has made a big difference.

It seems like Storyline is not a 'fan' of a large number of scenes- is this something that could be looked at?

Once again thanks for the response and the options!!!!

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Eric,

Thanks for checking into all those. I feel like I've seen Storyline files with more than 15 scenes...but I could be wrong. Would you be able to share your course with us to take a look or have you already paired down the scenes? If you'd prefer not to share in the forums I can also send you directions to share with me privately. 

Alexei Hnatiw

Hi all,

Just a thought, we've certainly experienced performance issues when working on larger or particularly media rich courses.

By far the biggest improvement for me was to keep an eye on image size, particularly .pngs. Storyline runs much smoother when I resize images outside of it and bring them in at a smaller resolution. I guess when you scale them down in Storyline it still keeps the original dimensions.

Hope this proves of use.

Alexei.

John McNichol

Hi Eric

I always have this problem with large screen capture modules; going to storyview is an exercise in patience.  An approach I have used twice now for large screen capture projects is to make smaller modules; each module is a "lesson" that gets listed on the LMS lynda.com style.  I think for a course you have already developed that approach may or may not be a good fix, it may involve a lot of re-development but it also comes with advantages of more bite-sized learning for the user.

Good to see you on here :)

Eric Brennan-Hazell

Ashley Terwilliger said:

Hi Eric,

Thanks for checking into all those. I feel like I've seen Storyline files with more than 15 scenes...but I could be wrong. Would you be able to share your course with us to take a look or have you already paired down the scenes? If you'd prefer not to share in the forums I can also send you directions to share with me privately. 



Hi Ashley, yes I have already adjusted it! I did notice that it seems to put pressure on the Physical Memory Cahce when saving...

If you could let me know how to share I would be happy to let you have a look - it is 364,416 KB though!!

Alexei Hnatiw said:

Hi all,

Just a thought, we've certainly experienced performance issues when working on larger or particularly media rich courses.

By far the biggest improvement for me was to keep an eye on image size, particularly .pngs. Storyline runs much smoother when I resize images outside of it and bring them in at a smaller resolution. I guess when you scale them down in Storyline it still keeps the original dimensions.

Hope this proves of use.

Alexei.


I have very few images in tbh, and most of those are from the Character packs. I will watch for that though - thanks Alexei!

John McNichol said:

Hi Eric

I always have this problem with large screen capture modules; going to storyview is an exercise in patience.  An approach I have used twice now for large screen capture projects is to make smaller modules; each module is a "lesson" that gets listed on the LMS lynda.com style.  I think for a course you have already developed that approach may or may not be a good fix, it may involve a lot of re-development but it also comes with advantages of more bite-sized learning for the user.

Good to see you on here


HA! Mr M! Small world fella!

Yeah I have done that - but I haven't gone to far as we want users to have as few clicks as possible through the LMS. for example:

PC > 4 modules > each module has 4-6 topics. Within that structure the user then has a range of choices to suit their style!

It's getting better though so thanks . good to see you too ;o)

Jeff Kortenbosch said:

I've seen some issues with performance when having many scenes and media rich slides as well.

Custom fonts can do the same too, especially on large projects.

I would also suggest sending in your file to the support team. There might be another issue they can solve or identify.


Thanks Jeff I'll try that!

and thanks all for the comments