PDF File Not Loading From Resources Tab

I have attached a PDF to the Resources tab, so it pulls a document whenever the user selects it.  However, after publishing the module, I get an error like the one below.

This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.
<Message>Access Denied</Message>

My computer does not have any blocks on it.  Also, I wasn't sure if this might be because the file isn't actually loaded into the module, but pulls it from the original file location; this wouldn't matter, however, as I also have access to the original file location.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

19 Replies
Victoria Sublette

I am having all sorts of errors when I try to open a PDF from the resources tab in Storyline 2.0 from within Litmos.

I tested the privileges for the PDF and they are fine (no restrictions on securities).

I then made sure my browsers were optimised to view PDFs: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/display-pdf-in-browser.html

When I upload a PDF and view it in Litmos, it opens fine. It only gives me errors when I try to open the same document from the Resources tab in Storyline 2.0 in Litmos.

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Victoria,

What was the error message you were receiving?  We do have information here about file names and paths, and having them exceed 260 characters is known to be a problem for the Storyline files and referenced documents - but perhaps Litmos had a limit as well? Which the PDF file would 

Matthew Rosenthal

I want to thank Terry for his response, since it helped me kickstart my brain as to why I was getting the same error message.

Placing the files in the folder that you are working from is a great best practice, as long as you never move or rename those files.

When "adding" files to the resources tab, Storyline doesn't actually upload the doc into the course at that moment. It simply creates a path and points to the file that it is referencing.

The doc gets truly added when you publish the course. Storyline looks at the path that was created in the resources field to find the file and places it into the manifest. If the file has been moved, renamed, or deleted it will create the error listed above.

The good news is that when you see that error, you know its a broken link. Just find the file again using the resources tool and publish. Easy fix!

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi all,

I wanted to provide an update here, as Storyline 2 Update 11 was just released, and included a number of fixes which you can see in the release notes available here. The item you all may be particularly interested in is how it fixed an issue where

  • Fixed issue where file attachments wouldn't be saved in the Storyline project file prior to publishing

You can download the latest update here, and after downloading and installing the latest update you’ll want to republish any existing content to ensure that the updates and fixes are applied.

Let us know if you have any questions, either here or by reaching out to our Support Engineers directly.

Michael Jones

Hey Ashley,

I just tested the latest update, and it appears that this fix only applies to documents that are attached to the Resources tab in the player—not for documents that are linked via the "Jump to file/URL" trigger on a slide.

I tested by attaching a PDF to a button via the "Jump to file/URL" trigger and a Word Doc to the Resources document. When I saved, I noted that the file size of the .story file increased and everything was included when I published.

However, if I move the two attachments from their original location on my desktop, and then republish, only the document that was attached to the resources tab was included.

Should it work for both methods?

Steven Croft

Hello, on a similar note, if you are linking to external files within the .story folder but then move the WHOLE project folder to another network or machine, the link will remain to the original local folder? Is there a better way? Otherwise if other people work on the .story file on other machines they'll have to go through checking all the links?

Steven Croft

Hi Leslie, Thanks yes I have updated . I've now tried the resources tab but, if that's not active in the course, we still have to link to the document in the working folder on the slide's hotspot & trigger? The trigger then doesn't offer an option to 'look in resources'. So is the resources just a way to ensure the file is published? But then we'll still have the issue with another designer on another machine needing to relink? It would be good if SL could just use a local pathname limited to the working folder? Or am I missing something obvious!?

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Steven,

Correct! The resources folder will be generated and you can create the links to it. Once the resources tab is created and files are added those are pulled into the output upon publish.  The resource tab needs to be active on at least one slide (you're welcome to make that a slide no one would ever see!). 

Also, this discussion shared the update regarding a fix to ensure that the resources files add to the tab also get pulled into the .story file itself. Which is a different behavior than just linking to a file on a slide using a trigger.

So using this set up of the "hidden" resource tab would allow you to have it in the .story file and share it with others!

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Steven,

When you include that link, you'll see it listed as going to your C drive, but you should be able to see that file open normally when you publish it - or if you send that .story file to another colleague the file should still be linked and included. 

You need to add it to the Resource tab though - not a trigger. If you want to also include it as a part of the trigger, use the steps here.

If you're experiencing something different, can you share a screenshot of what you're seeing?