Mac User with Some Questions about Using Storyline and Parallels
Aug 20, 2014
Hi. I have posted in these forums before. I'm a longtime Mac user who has never owned a Windows PC. However, I installed Parallels Desktop on my Mac along with Windows 7 Home Premium so I can run Articulate Storyline.
Tomorrow I'm finally going to download the 30-Day trial of Storyline and start my project. For the past few weeks I've been watching Storyline video tutorials. I've also been creating all the audio, video and graphics files I'll need using software on my Mac.
The reason I'm writing this post is that I just came across this webpage: http://www.articulate.com/support/storyline/using-articulate-software-on-a-mac-with-parallels-desktop
That webpage has suggestions for using Articulate Storyline on a Mac running Parallels and I don't totally understand the suggestions.
So, I have some questions:
1.) The webpage says "Don't work from a network drive or an external USB drive. Doing so can result in file corruption or loss of resources."
Does that include Dropbox? I was planning to save my Storyline document to my Dropbox folder. I want to use Dropbox because then my Storyline document will be backed up in case something happens to my Windows virtual machine. Is there any chance of my Storyline file getting corrupted if I use Dropbox to store it?
2.) The webpage also says "Audio, video, and image resources must be located in the Windows environment, not the Mac. Copy and paste files you need for Articulate projects to the Windows environment prior to inserting them into your content."
I hadn't been planning to do that -- I was planning to keep all of my audio, video and graphics in folders on my Mac and then drag them into Storyline when needed. Can someone confirm that I need to move those files onto my Windows virtual machine before inserting those files into my Storyline project?
I thought I had posted a question in the forums about dragging files from the Mac environment directly into Storyline in the Windows environment and someone responded saying doing that works fine. But I can't seem to find the post. But I'm wondering: is it necessary to copy all my files (graphics, audio etc) to the Windows environment before putting them into Storyline?
3) The webpage says "Save and publish Articulate projects in the Windows environment, not the Mac. For example:C:\Users\Administrator\Documents\"
Again, I was planning to use Dropbox so my files will be backed up. However, I still have a question about saving projects in the Windows environment. In the Windows environment, I went to my C drive, and then Users, then my name, then My Documents.
So my question is: Is there a difference between the Documents folder in Windows and the My Documents folder? Because I don't see a Documents folder. I only see a My Documents folder. As I said, I'm new to Windows.
4.) As a sub question: when I finally publish my project, do I have to publish it to a Windows folder or can I publish it to a folder on my Mac? I need to get the published folder onto my Mac so I can then use my Mac's ftp software to upload the folder to my web server. If I shouldn't publish directly to a folder on my Mac, will I be able to publish to a Windows folder and then copy that folder to my Mac?
5.) The webpage says that shared profiles should be turned off. It has a link to a webpage on Parallels' site that shows how to disable sharing a profile.
The page on Parallels' site shows a screenshot of the Shared profile settings of the virtual machine. However, it's different from what I see on my version of Parallels. I don't know if the screenshot is showing an earlier version of Parallels. I know it's showing a virtual machine for XP while I'm running Windows 7, so maybe that's the reason it looks different.
Anyway, I'm trying to understand what levels of sharing are still okay.
In the Windows 7 Options from within Parallels, I have the following unchecked in the Share Mac section:
But in the Share Windows section, I have checked Access Windows Folders from Mac. If I uncheck it, I get a message saying that I can't copy and paste files between the Windows environment and my Mac, so I've kept it checked. Is that okay?