Importing PowerPoint Skews Fonts and Animations

Jun 18, 2014

I developed this lovely PowerPoint presentation only 4 minutes long, with standard fonts that also has animations.  When the file is imported into Articulate Storyline, the font has changed on some of the slides.  That wouldn't be so bad, but the font is displayed at half the font size.  Any attempt to change the font is thwarted.  Also, the animations on these slides don't work.

This is what I have tried:  

  • import just one slide without a template; doesn't solve the issue
  • Used Format Painter within Articulate; that too doesn't seem to help.

I am open to any suggestions or ideas.  Many thanks.

3 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Annette and welcome to Heroes!

Importing powerpoint into Storyline is not a one to one conversion, and as such certain elements may not come through or work as expected.  In regards to the font size, you may want to check the overall slide size/story size for both your projects as if they're different sizes it could cause display issues.  Additionally, depending on the animation you had in your Powerpoint file - not all the same animations are available within Storyline. 

Annette Hatley

Thanks, Ashley.  I figured out the animations issue, once I took a look at the options on the ribbon in Articulate. 

I am disappointed that a standard font such as Calibri would be changed on import to Articulate so that the text is so small.  Since this only happened on the slides that had animation Articulate doesn't support, that's probably the issue.  However, the end result is that I cannot rely on the import from PowerPoint to Articulate to be accurate unless the presentation is just a basic file. 

I am waiting for the time when I can appreciate Articulate's finer points, but I haven't gotten there yet.  Thanks.

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