Opening .story file on the iPad from a secure location

Feb 19, 2014

Hi, I need some help. Is there any way to have the .story file to open on an iPad without forcing the user to download the Articulate app to launch the file? We have our file on a secured site that requires a log in. Is there any way around this?

How do I get the training I develop and place in a secure location, to work on the iPad without the enduser having to download anything. I want the user to experience opening the training the same as they do if they were opening it from the desktop Internet browser.

6 Replies
Bill Harnage

Hey Clint,

The .story file will only open in the Storyline windows application. The .story file is your authoring file

I believe what you're referring to is the published output; the story.html file?  This is simply the launch pad that uses browser detection to launch the appropriate format.

For the ipad there are only two options - HTML5 and the Articulate ipad player.  If you don't want them to download this your only option is HTML5.  You can link to the story.html (or index_lms.html) which will then redirect to story_html5.html or you can link directly to story_html5.html or index_lms_html5.html if residing withing an LMS.


Bill Harnage

If you don't see a story_html5.html file you'll need to make sure the HTML5 publish options is checked.

If you're using an LMS, the LMS will look for index_lms.html and if you're not using an LMS you can simply point to story.html.  Both of these files have detection and redirection code built into them so you really don't need to do anything.

To view the content in HTML5 on an ipad you will need to host it on a website and then link to one of the above mentioned html files.

Such as,

But just be aware that your mileage with HTML5 may vary on the ipad.  Additionally, you can use the same path on a desktop browser to view HTML5 content as well, but all browsers render HTML5 content slightly different.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Clint,

It looks like Bill has you covered here, and it's also important to note that for HTML5 content on the iPad you'll want to use mobile safari, and if you need to test it on your desktop you'll want to view in Google Chrome. Additionally, to properly test your published content you'll want to load within the intended environment and test there (web server, LMS, etc.). 

Alyssa Gomez

Hi Indrani,

It sounds like you are concerned about making sure your course content is kept private. Where do you plan on hosting the content -- in a learning management system?

If so, learners are generally required to enter a username and password to access the learning management system. Also, as the course administrator, you have the ability to restrict access to the content to a select group of people.

Let me know if that helps you!

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