14 Replies
Alex Nevels

Al,

Simplest answer, if you shorten your timeline to 1s, the user can click next after only seeing the slide for 1 second.

Complex method, after you publish, you can edit the Frame.xml file in the package (before you zip) and find where flow=restricted and change to flow=free. Then the user will be able to click next through the course, without the timeline having to finish, BUT will still be unable to advance through the course by clicking ahead in the menu.

Frame.xml is found in the output, so find My Articulate Projects (or wherever you publish), then open the 'output' folder, then story_content folder. Frame.xml is in there.

Looks scary, but just edit with notepad.

Al Ess

Hi Alex,

I would love to use the simple method, however when there is no actual audio, the seekbar option does not appear in the bottom of the page in order to shorten the number of seconds.

I cannot use the complex method because I don't want them to freely click on next throughout the course. I do need it to be restricted, however the pages without audio are way too long before being able to click next.

There must be a way?

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Al,

I'd agree with Alex on the simple set up - the seekbars overall length on your player will always be the same length, but will move quicker if the slide's timeline isn't set for particularly long. You can also choose to not show the seekbar or set it up to be read only, meaning the user can't "fast forward" but the next button still won't be accessible until the slide's timeline ends if they're using restricted or locked navigation. 

Al Ess

Thank you for the information. I shortened the seekbar time. I was wondering if there is a method to have the seekbar not appear on certain slides only, or would it have to be for the entire presentation. If it's possible for certain slides only , I cannot find where I can do that from.

Also, on one of my slides that I added a one-second seekbar, one of the characters on the page disappears once the time of the seekbar elapses. How would we go about to fix this issue?

Al Ess

Hi L:eslie,

I do not want to remove the seekbar because I have to have one on each slide since I have set the navigation to restricted and we cannot advance the pages unless the seekbar is there. However, Ashley had mentioned that we can choose not to show the seekbar, which is what I would like to do on the slides that there is no audio. 

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Al,

It looks like Leslie and Phil had you covered this am - but when you're using restricted menu navigation, it also impacts the next button and won't allow the user to advance until the timeline has ended of that particular slide. This isn't impacted by using or not using the seekbar, but the seekbar does indicate the overall amount of time on the slide's timeline.