Installing Storyline 2...replaces Storyline 1?????

I work at a company with several clients that use Storyline 1.  And I'm sure some of them will be upgrading, but not all at the same time.  

My question is,...Can Storyline 2 be installed separately from Storyline 1 so that I can use either one at a moment's notice?  This way, I can send clients that use Storyline 1 the source file for them to do their own changes, and the same for clients that upgraded.  

I asked this same question before for Articulate Presenter '09 and '13, and was told 13 would overwrite 09, which is the reason we can't upgrade.


12 Replies
Martin Iwinski

After installing the Demo, Storyline 2 took over my .story references and even when I try to "Open with..." and select the original Storyline, nothing happens and the file is forever linked to Storyline 2. It's not a big deal, but now I need to launch Storyline 1 to open files. Just an FYI.

Luckily, we're getting Storyline 2 at our organization next month

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Martin,

Did you try to change this as a setting within your Windows programs and what files it is looking for? I had the same issue when I first downloaded Storyline, and had to make it as a setting within Windows to open .story files in SL1 - but I can still use the open with feature if I right click on the file. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Martin,

Looks like I may be an anomaly...but what else is new.

From a KB article about this issue - here is the following:

If you have Articulate Storyline 1 and Articulate Storyline 2 installed on the same computer, Microsoft Windows will always open your project files in the latest version by default—in this case, Storyline 2. If you need to open an existing project file in Storyline 1, launch Storyline 1 and use any of the following options:

  • If the file appears in your "recent projects" list, just click it.
  • Click Browse in the lower left corner of the start screen and select the file you want to open.
  • Click the round Articulate button in the upper left corner and select Open, then browse for the project file.


Beth Gabert

I have both SL1 and SL2. When I double-click on the SL1 icon to open it, I get the error message: "Flash Player 10 or higher for Internet Explorer is required to run Articulate Storyline."
But I already have Flash Player 10 installed on my computer.
And why does it make the distinction "for Internet Explorer"?

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Beth! 

Sounds like you just need the latest update :)

Adobe released Flash Player 16 on December 9, 2014 and, as a result, Articulate Storyline won’t open. This issue was fixed in Update 8 for Storyline. See this article for details.

If you also have Articulate Replay, you should install its latest update as well.