Is it possibe to optimize total file numbers of published storyline?

I have found that there are many duplicated files under story_content folder, although these files(SWF and mp3) have different names (SWFs with same prefix) but they have the same MD5, thus they are identical.

In my case, a storyline output is 20MB in total, and there are about 500+ SWF and mp3.  177 files are duplicated, 1.7MB washed, 177 more connections need to be established.  One connection failed, the whole storyline is compromised.

So, is these duplicated files are necessary for storyline to function correctly?
Is it possible to avoid this kind of duplication? For example, import SWF(resources) into library and make it as a symbol, and then symbol can be used across different slides as instances. Only transformation matrix and related information are stored. 

I also tried to compress the whole storyline into a single zip file, and then download, unzip it in my desktop app(based on Electron) , then display in a WebView. But there is a annoying dialog showed up, saying 

The custom javascript feature on this slide has been disabled while viewing locally because your browser does not support it

How to Remove duplicated files or Remove annoying dialog ?

I'm so frustrated. Please help me.


4 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

Hi Weihua and welcome to E-Learning Heroes!

Did you import the video/audio multiple times? Perhaps you have re-used the content across multiple slides? You can import into a new project and this should alleviate the issue.

As far as the dialog you are seeing, it seems that you are viewing the content locally vs uploading to it's intended environment. I'm sure you are trying to view the single file based on this post.

If you view an Articulate Storyline course on your local hard drive (or send it to someone else to view on their local hard drive), you'll encounter security restrictions from the computer, web browser, Flash Player, and network that'll cause various features to fail. To properly test your published content and share it with others, upload it to the environment for which it was published. See this article for details.

Weihua Wang

Hi, Leslie McKerchie, thanks for swift reply.

I tried a) Import the SWF with INSERT/MEDIA/FLASH multiple times and b) Copy&Paste imported SWF separately, both resulted duplicated SWFs in `story_content` folder:

`video_6fDDySvto8O_22_48?.swf` are identical.

In my testing project, there are 4 "hand"s in 3 slides. (The first slide contains 1 "hand" and 1 JPG in 2 layers, don't know why they are not visible in first slide thumbnail). The SWF is duplicated while JPG is not. ( I copy&pasted&scaled imported JPG)


I also tried importing above slides into a new project but nothing changed. SWF is still duplicated.

Looking forward to technically explanation.

Thanks again.