Motion path initiates when timeline starts, although it's triggered to initiate when the user clicks an object.

Feb 28, 2019

I am using Storyline 3 and all of the updates are installed.

I have an issue where my motion path is supposed to be triggered by the user clicking an object on the stage. Each time the slide plays, the objects move on their motion path, although that is not what I tell it to do. I tried to move the objects off-screen and then have them move on-screen (the old fashioned way), yet STILL the motion path initiates when the timeline starts. I'm not sure how to fix this.

Here's what I have done:

I have created state changes where the initial state of the objects moving on the motion path are 'hidden' and that they remain hidden until the user clicks the intended image which also triggers the motion path.  However, the initial state of 'hidden' still does not hide the object(s). I'm not sure why that is. To make it work, I have to add a state change trigger  in this way: 

       - initial state is normal, changes to 'hidden' when timeline reaches zero seconds.. because for some idiotic reason, the 'when timeline starts' doesn't work either. Then a trigger for the motion path, so that it initiates when the user clicks the intended image... which also means I have to add state changes to the objects so that they change to 'normal' when the user clicks the intended image, so that they'll show up. 

I have to do this for each object because for yet another reason unknown to me, I cannot animate or change states of a group of objects.. so they all require a million triggers and it's so messy. 

This is all ridiculous and frustrating considering the "move when object is clicked" doesn't work at all. I know I can use cue-points, but I shouldn't have to as the trigger should operate as intended. It's creating such a headache to try and get the appearance of a functional feature that should work in the first place.

How do I fix this? Is there a patch coming to the software? 


11 Replies
Crystal Horn

Hi there, Jaclyn! Thanks for sharing your file. I looked at slides 1.3 through 1.6, and I saw that the first two had motion paths that triggered at specific points in the timeline. They seemed synced to the narration. The latter two had motion paths on layers, and they triggered when the timeline of the layer began, happening when the learner clicks on one of the base layer images.

Can you help me zoom in on which slides with motion paths were giving you trouble? Or let me know the expected experience on those slides above? They seemed to work on my end as intended. Thanks, and we're happy to help!

Jaclyn Langenwalter

Yes, as I mentioned in the post, I have utilized several workarounds in order to make the course function as I intended. What I'd like is for the motion paths to initiate when the user clicks a photo on the stage and to remain off-screen until then. If you're able to somehow make that happen, I'd be pleased to see it. 

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Jaclyn,

I'm not sure of the final result you are looking for, but you can trigger your motion paths when clicking on slide content.

I duplicated Slide 1.4 in your file and adjusted the triggers to be when the user clicked on the image of the couple. Take a look at Slide 1.5.

Edited to delete file per customer request.

Jaclyn Langenwalter

I see that. I have been struggling with slide 1.6.; 1.7; 4.2; & 4.3. 

I'd like for a single-click of the picture (see attachment) to trigger the motion path of the shape and text below the pic. The previous state of this group should be 'hidden'. Also, the slide intro audio should pause or otherwise discontinue, as the click should also trigger another a different audio track. Each picture on the slide should behave the same and upon revisit, should return to initial state. 

When I set the assets and triggers up for this, (using the very-same trigger of 'click-to-reveal' triggers and pause audio when clicked, etc. the text box and shape did not show up. Also, the hover-state did not return to 'normal' or to its initial state when the mouse moved off of the picture. I'd like for the hover state to only be enabled until the picture is clicked.. so, after the initial click, the state would remain 'visited' and therefore will not hover. 

Does this make sense? If so, can you show me how it can be successful? I'd prefer not to use slide layers as it requires additional buttons to replay/return a particular layer to its initial state rather than replaying or restarting the slide. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Jaclyn,

I think I understood more of what you needed, so I played around a bit with your file and recorded a quick Peek to walk you through a few changes I made solely on slide 1.5. Take a look here. The built-in states and how they'll behave are outlined here. 

I hope that gets you back up and running, and feel free to let us know if you need more help! 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Jaclyn,

It could have been the triggers on those states, it's hard to say. My version did appear to work correctly upon clicking the object and things moved along the motion path, yes?  

As for the file, I'll ask Leslie to remove her duplicate copy from the discussion and we'll delete it from our machines. You can remove it from your own post if you would like by clicking Edit beneath your response. Here’s a quick Peek video if you need help.

Jaclyn Langenwalter

Alright, so I know what the issue was! I think what happened is that the software was becoming confused as I was adding triggers to objects to make them behave a certain way... but the issue is that I was not changing the individual slide layer settings. I guess I didn't realize that the base layer as well as each slide layer, have their own settings. What was happening is that the triggers depended on a new logic attempt, but the new attempt was not happening upon replay of the slide because the individual layers weren't marked to 'hide other slide slide layers' or 'reset to initial state' etc. 

Thank you for your help and for helping me figure this out.. I've been so annoyed with my module. THANK YOU!!

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