Not allowing users to seek within the seekbar

I'm loving Storyline! A big thank you to everyone involved in the creation of this great (and much needed) product.

I have a question regarding the seekbar. I want to display it but I don't wan't users to be able to click within it and skip ahead. I can do that in Presenter but I don't see how do do this in SL. Any ideas?

74 Replies
Nancy Woinoski

Hi Mark, I'm afraid you can't lock the seekbar in SL. The primary purpose of a seekbar is to allow users to quickly locate and replay specific parts of the audio so I guess the idea of locking it does not really make sense from a UI perspective.

Do you want to use it as a way to show progress or as a visual cue that the slide has ended?  Some users in the beta test forum came up with their own progress meters and I did a project where I have a visual cue appear when the timeline ended to instruct users to move ahead.

Mark Cairns

Thanks everyone. 

I'm importing swf files created on a timeline with audio. Each lesson is about one - two minutes in length and I wanted to display a visual cue as to the duration.

I guess I can't have a have a play/pause button without the seekbar either?

I'll submit a feature request. 

Thanks again!

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi All,

I'm going to submit that request also since I frequently look at the seekbar myself to get a sense of video/audio length.

In the meantime (and I guess I'm being lazy) does anyone have the links at the tip of their fingers (hah! sure Becky, we were all just sitting waiting for you to ask this question) for the progress meters some community members have come up with?

Mark Cairns

Brian Batt said:

Hi Mark,

You can submit feature requests here:

http://www.articulate.com/support/contact/submit.php?form=feature


FYI. The submit feature request is not working. Nothing happens after entering the request and clicking "Submit Request" button. I've tried Chrome and FF browsers. I'll give a shot tomorrow. Cheers.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Brian, I just used the request link you provided above (http://www.articulate.com/support/contact/submit.php?form=feature).

I've filled out the form, but when I click "send request", nothing happens. This is the link I see in my status bar when I click the send request button:

http://www.articulate.com/support/contact/submit.php?form=feature#

I'm using FireFox, version 12.0. Just updated today.

Any thoughts? I can try IE if that would be helpful.

Bruce Graham

Mark Cairns said:

Thanks everyone. 

I'm importing swf files created on a timeline with audio. Each lesson is about one - two minutes in length and I wanted to display a visual cue as to the duration.

I guess I can't have a have a play/pause button without the seekbar either?

I'll submit a feature request. 

Thanks again!


Yes - you can.

It can be set up in the Player, then you use the "Gear" on the slide to turn it on/off for specific slides, overriding the Default setting.

Bruce

Jill McNair

Mark,

I'm not sure if this would be a work-around for you , but you could put a transparent shape over the seekbar (make sure it's is on the top and not covering the "Play" button).  This would make the seekbar only viewable, not clickable.  

If you want them to be able to use the seekbar after they've viewed it, you can create a trigger to change the state of your invisible rectangle to Hidden when the media completes.  

Hope this works for you!

Jill

Mark Cairns

Jill McNair said:

Mark,

I'm not sure if this would be a work-around for you , but you could put a transparent shape over the seekbar (make sure it's is on the top and not covering the "Play" button).  This would make the seekbar only viewable, not clickable.  

If you want them to be able to use the seekbar after they've viewed it, you can create a trigger to change the state of your invisible rectangle to Hidden when the media completes.  

Hope this works for you!

Jill


@Jill. That's an awesome idea. I'll give it try and let you all know how I made out.

Bruce Graham

Jill McNair said:

Mark,

I'm not sure if this would be a work-around for you , but you could put a transparent shape over the seekbar (make sure it's is on the top and not covering the "Play" button).  This would make the seekbar only viewable, not clickable.  

If you want them to be able to use the seekbar after they've viewed it, you can create a trigger to change the state of your invisible rectangle to Hidden when the media completes.  

Hope this works for you!

Jill


That's clever

I like that !

Nice one Jill.

Bruce

Nancy Woinoski

I will dig around to see if I have copies of the progress examples. I am not sure if the links to the beta forum will work here since it was restricted.

@Mark - as for your question about not having a play/pause - you can easily create your own. 

I've attached a storyline project to show you one way that it can be done.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/73851/play_pause.zip

Basically what you do is create a pause button and place it on the base slide and create a layer called play where you will create the play button.

Now back on the base layer, add a couple of triggers to the pause button.

  • the first one is to pause the media when the user clicks the button.
  • the second one is to show the play layer when the user clicks the button

On the play layer, add a couple of triggers to the play button

  • the first one tells tells the media to play when the button is clicked.
  • the second trigger  is to hide this layer

On the play layer, make sure you hide pause button on the base layer - you can do this in the layer timeline. This will prevent the pause button from showing at the same time as the play button.

I think that is about it.

Mark Cairns

Jill McNair said:

Mark,

I'm not sure if this would be a work-around for you , but you could put a transparent shape over the seekbar (make sure it's is on the top and not covering the "Play" button).  This would make the seekbar only viewable, not clickable.  

If you want them to be able to use the seekbar after they've viewed it, you can create a trigger to change the state of your invisible rectangle to Hidden when the media completes.  

Hope this works for you!

Jill


Unfortunately that didn't work. The player controls and menu are on a higher level. It was worth a try though. Thanks.

Mike Enders

@Mark,

In addition to Nancy's sweet solution...

If you don't mind having the seek bar right on the SWF itself, you can:

1. Remove the player seekbar for that slide 

2. Add video controls to your SWF (double click the SWF and Movie Tools panel will open.  Click "Show Video Controls")

3. Add the transparent shape over SWF seekbar.

Not sure if this meets the visual specs you'd want, but it does solve the issue have no seek.

Mark Cairns

I've attached an example of disabling the  video control's seek area.

Here's how it works: Right mouse on the Rectangle 1 in the Blocker slide layer and select Format Shape. In the Fill tab choose Solid fill and give it a transparency of 100%.

Hopefully this feature will be added in a future release so that we wont need this workaround and we can use the Players' seekbar.

Cheers,

Mark