Lightbox pauses slide layer

Hi,

This is the scenario that I have:

  • I created a base slide with 3 layers.
  • In two of the layers, I have a button have shows a lightbox when clicked.
  • When the lightbox is shown, the timeline for the layer is paused 
  • But, when the lightbox is closed, the timeline for the layer does not restart automatically.

Is this the default behavior when a lightbox is shown from a slide layer? 

It does not matter if I set the layer revisit attribute to reset or resume - layer still does not restart.

I get different behavior with my other lightbox. I have a Feedback button on the menu. When Feedback is clicked, the slide that is running pauses, and when the lightbox is closed, the slide automatically resumes - even when revisit is set to initial state.

Thanks!

Ejuana

12 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Ejuana,

I'm afraid I can't seem to reproduce the same behavior on my end. Every attempt I try seems to work pretty well with the timeline restarting from a lightbox. 

Not sure why that would happen. Are you able to share the .STORY so I can check it out? Of course, you're welcome to send it to us privately, as well. 

Thanks!

Toni P

Christine,

I have a related question. I have a Lightbox that opens automatically when a sound file is completed on Layer 2. It pauses Layer 2, which is good. When you close out the Lightbox slide, however, I want it to automatically resume the timeline of Layer 2.

Any suggestions? or do you think I will have to tell the end user to click on the arrow on the seekbar to restart the timeline?

Thanks!

Toni

Christine Hendrickson

Hi there Toni,

Just a quick thought here, does it need to be a lightbox? Could you use another layer for this, instead? You could even have it appear similar to a lightbox (shadow the background, etc.). That layer could then pause the timeline for Layer 2 and should start the timeline again when the layer is closed.

Can you try that out and let me know how it goes? Or, are you able to share the .STORY file? I'd be happy to take a look and see if I can give any other suggestions.

Thanks!

Christine

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Ejuana,

Lightboxes don't usually function the same way a layer would for pausing and restarting the timeline. I think it's because it's actually a separate slide that's being viewed. You could trigger it to restart the slide, but you may not get it to resume the timeline. That wouldn't really help if you're pausing it and have media on the slide you're returning to, because it would probably start all over again. You could work around that with variables, etc., but it may be less time-consuming to use a new layer, instead.

Thanks!

Christine

Toni P

Christine,

Thanks for your response (and your redirect). I wanted it to lightbox as it is referenced throughout the course multiple times. If I reference it as a slide, then I have to repeat the slide multiple times in multiple locations which is rather cumbersome as it has 20 triggers on it. Plus I had this Lightbox leading to a second Lightbox before closing out. All of the triggers are associated with an LMS that we had built for us, so that means all 20 triggers have to be connected to the LMS multiple times. I was trying to avoid all the duplication! In addition, NOT duplicating would require them to use the Prev button and I have built in custom buttons so again, it complicates things.

Regardless, thanks for the suggestion. I may play with the variables a bit more to see what I can do. Ejuana, if I come up with a solution, I'll let you know!

Thanks, all!

Toni

James McLuckie

I am finding the behaviour of lightbox slides rather erratic. 

I have slides that are set up as "Reset to initial state" that have links to lightbox slides. On some of the slides selecting the lighbox slide pauses the action on the main slide (e.g. if music is playing, the music pauses and restarts again when the lightbox slide is closed). On others it triggers the slide to start again. 

Like Toni, replacing it with a layer is not really an option as this particular slide needs to be accessed at any point in the course. 

James McLuckie

Of course, now that I have just posted that, I think I have figured out the reason why it is happening. The slides that are restarting have a "say layer when timeline starts" trigger on them. 

It's still a bit inconsistent behaviour, though. But at least I appear to have worked out why it is happening. 

Patricia Turner

I found that if I had a layer on a slide AND a lightbox slide, the original slide continued to play when the lightbox slide popped up. When I deleted the layer on the original slide, the lightbox slide performed as expected--the original slide paused until I X'd out of the lightbox slide and then resumed where it left off. Is that what it's supposed to do?

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Patricia,

I don't see where James submitted a case for us to take a look at his file, but if you'd like us to take a look at your set up we're happy to. You can share it here with us, or use the link Leslie previously shared to connect with our support engineers and I could also send you directions to share with me privately.