Importing a PowerPoint Template To Be A Storyline Template

May 16, 2012

I think we discussed this in the beta but can't find the thread,(s) and I can't find a tutorial or KB article on this.  And forgive me if this has been discussed before since SL launched.

I want to use a PowerPoint template and bring into to Storyline for use as a Storyline template.  My client has a lot of corporate PowerPoint templates and per corporate dicta, all e-learning must have some of the same look and feel.

So here's what I have been doing.  Question:  Is this right or are there better ways of doing this?

1.  In PowerPoint, I bring up a PPTX (since that's usually all I'm given by a client).

2. I delete all the content slides in it (or remove the content).

3. I then have one blank slide in my PPTX for each of the masters in the PPT template.

4. I save this out as a PowerPoint file.

5.  I then import this PowerPoint file into Storyline.

6. I then look at it and make any tweaks/corrections.  Optionally, I may create a few new masters for things like buttons, stock interactions, etc.

7. In Storyline, I then save the project out as a Storyline template (.storylinetemplate).  I save it to My Documents > My Articulate Projects > Storyline Templates.

I then start using the template in Storyline.

Is that the best way to do this?


11 Replies
Jill McNair

Hi Jerry,

Looked through all the old beta forum posts (since last October anyway) and could not find anything on this specific topic.  I found a thread from where Jeanette demonstrates how to save a theme in Storyline- but I'm guessing that you already know this.  Here is the link to the screencast just in case you or someone else reading this post might not know how. 

The way that you are doing it sounds like the cleanest method - but have you just tried to import the .pptx as is (i.e. full of content), then delete the content once it's in Storyline, then save as a theme?  Seems like it would save a few steps (as long as the file imports correctly that is!).  Seems like it would be worth a try.

I am sure that there are other ideas out there too.  


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