Link button to .pdf added as a Resource

I have added a .pdf to my course by adding to the Resources area. I would like to add a button to the slide referencing the pdf that when clicked will show the learner the pdf. I know this can be done in Presenter, does anyone know how to do this in Storyline? Can these attachments (if linked by button) be viewed on iPad?

And feedback or direction is appreciated, 

Toni

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Saymara R.

Hi there! I'm not sure if this information can help someone else, but in my case, I wanted a pdf file inside the player and with a hyperlink inside a slide (story_content/external_files/summary.pdf).

It was not working when I published the project in my server until I realized that inside the zip folder, under the file "story_content", the other file of "external_files" with my pdf resources was not there. I had to manually add these files and then it worked, however, it didn't work on iPad/Android.  For this reason, I had to use an external web address with the content.

Alexander Reid

Is it possible that if you stick a file into the Resources section of the Player setup, but do NOT enable Resources as a feature of the player, the file you insert will not get compiled and no "external files" folder will be created?  

Reason I'm asking is that I was trying to embed a file inside my SCORM package without having to enable the Resources feature of the player (as to not break my specific course layout - cannot use Articulate next, back, menu, nor resources).  I think I could manually copy it into the file structure of the SCORM package, but this would be required every time I publish.  Will just switch to an external web service, I think this is simpler.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Alexander,

I would think that if you include files, but then don't enable the resources tab as a part of the player - then it isn't compiled as it's not being included as a part of the publish. So I guess the bigger question is, wow will users access the file in this set up if the player tab isn't enabled? 

Phil Mayor

If no slides use the resources then it is not included in the published files. A trick to ensure it is included us to attach the documents in resources. Then add a scene with a single slide that cannot be reached in the menu and on this slide enable the resources.

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Phil Mayor

I have used the method I describe in the past to ensure a file is part of the final package and have linked to the file using a url. I find this more reliable than linking to a file using a trigger because more often than not that file is never included in the final output.

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Phil Mayor

I have used the method I describe in the past to ensure a file is part of the final package and have linked to the file using a url. I find this more reliable than linking to a file using a trigger because more often than not that file is never included in the final output.

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Alexander Reid

I think I neglected to mention that I want to associate a file download with the click of an image on a slide; I want the users to download the file like that instead of having to use the Resources function of the player.  So back to my original analysis: in this scenario, if the file is associated to an image in Resources, but Resources is not enabled in the player, the file will ultimately not get compiled.  There's no alternate way to stick the file in the project unless you start manually copying into the file structure of the SCORM package.

Chris Reynolds

It look me a while to figure this one out! I've added the Resources tab onto an existing lightbox slide, since the left nav is hidden on lightboxes.

It works well with my workflow as I keep lightboxes in their own discrete scenes and so am unlikely to accidentally make that slide (which I've enabled the lightbox slide on) work in a way that would show the resources tab.