Horizontal Position of Articulate Characters in states moving randomly
Dec 12, 2019
I've been experimenting with adding states to the Articulate characters in Storyline 360 with a view to making them more animated by triggering state changes so it looks like they're talking...
This seemed simple enough in the beginning - but I've run into an issue which is a little frustrating - the attached video shows the issue.
The first part of the video shows that I started by adding one character, then added 3 'expression' states. What I was looking for was just the facial expression changes - which works perfectly. Then I duplicated the character and using the 'Replace pose - Content 360 library characters', changed the character - so it's actually the same pose, but different character. The states of this character all reflected the new character image and were all perfectly lined up. (This worked exactly the same if I used the 'Character Tools Design tab' and chose the character icon to 'Change the selected character'.
What I did then was I moved this duplicated character image to a new position on the slide - and as you will see from the video, the position of the states moved slightly. The second half of the video shows this in an exaggerated format, with the character on the left being my original character, and the other two characters showing the states moving away from the original position - from 0px horizontal, to 60px horizontal.
In the last part of the video I added all the expression states to the first character and they're all perfectly lined up. then I duplicated the character, and moved him around, and all is good. Then I changed the character to another one - all looks good with the position of the states. But then when I moved the character on the slide, some of the states showed the position on the slide as having moved, and some didn't. Bizarre, because it's only the expression of the character that is changing, not the pose.
There is a fix - but this fix needs to be applied every time I move the character on the slide. I was hoping to set up a template with characters and poses that I could use in projects - but obviously there would be a lot of moving around of the characters, so I would need to do this fix more than I would like.
So, the fix is to edit the states that are affected and using the 'size and position' option, re-set the 'position on slide' to 0px horizontal, which is where it would have been originally.
This got me thinking that maybe the awesome Articulate technicians could apply a fix quite easily to tell all expression states of a character to stay to horizontal 0px, no matter what was being done to them...
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Or have you experienced a similar issue. At first I couldn't work out what was happening, and it does seem to be quite random - ie it's not always the same amount in pixels that the character states move by, but this explanation is as accurate as I can be as a first step in troubleshooting this.
I guess my question is, should we not be able to insert a character, manually edit and add the built-in expression states, then duplicate this character and change the character, retaining the expression states, then move the character on the slide without having to go back and edit the position on the slide of these character states, potentially every time we move or copy a character?