Importing Power point to Storyline - need help.

I have a 2007 version of power point.

I have a trial version of Studio and Storyline.

When I go to import a presentation from powerpoint into Storyline, I get an error message.

HOWEVER, if I open power point (not any particulair project, just an untitled project), and THEN I try to import the power point project into storyline, it WILL work.

Is there some special coding that comes with powerpoint/studio that requires power point to be open for the importing to storyline to work?

It is very strange, and we cannot figure it out.

Please help.

5 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Welcome to E-Learning Heroes, Elizabeth!

That is strange. I can't say I've ever actually imported a presentation into Storyline while having it open in PowerPoint - I would actually think that would cause more trouble than good results

Are you saving the PowerPoint files locally? 

  • Work on your local drive (your C: drive). Working on a network drive or a USB drive can cause erratic behavior, including file corruption, loss of audio, and other unexpected behavior. 
  • You should also make sure the directory path to your project files and your published output is less than 260 characters (for example C:\Articulate).
  • Avoid using special characters(extra spaces, underscores, etc.), accents or symbols in your file names.

Additional information regarding "Naming Files, Paths, and Namespaces" in Windows operating systems can be found in the following Microsoft article.

Peter Anderson

Welcome to the community, Elizabeth!

That's the first I've heard of that when importing PowerPoint. Out of curiosity, are your PowerPoint files and Storyline files all located on the same, local drive? Here are a few tips to make sure your Articulate software functions correctly:

1.  Work on your local drive (your C: drive). Working on a network drive or a USB drive can cause erratic behavior, including file corruption, loss of audio, and other unexpected behavior. 

2. You should also make sure the directory path to your project files and your published output is less than 260 characters (for example C:\Articulate).

3.  Avoid using special characters, accents or symbols in your file names.

Let us know if you can provide any more details. 

Thanks!

Elizabeth Wilson

Thanks for responding so quickly....

Christine and Peter - I have done the 3 bullet points you suggested...

They are all located on the same drive also.

It's not the actual power point presentation that is open in power point...it is JUST that power point as a program is OPEN.  No actual presentations are open.  But UNLESS power point program is not open, then the power point project will not import into storyline.

Quite strange.

Any other ideas/thoughts??

~ Elizabeth

Christine Hendrickson

Elizabeth,

Actually, getting stranger. Yes, "stranger" - I said it

Try restarting your machine, if you haven't already. There really isn't a reason it should be happening like that. 

If that doesn't help, can you tell us how you're importing the PowerPoint file? Are you opening Storyline and selecting "Import PowerPoint" from the splash screen, or are you using the Articulate Menu > Import > Powerpoint method?

If you're using the second method and importing into a Storyline file, try creating a new, blank Storyline course. Try importing into that course and see if you have the same problem.

Also, earlier you mentioned you were receiving an error - what was the exact error? 

Thanks!