Possible solution to error: "The project file could not be saved. Cannot access a disposed object. Object name: 'StoryPackage'"

Dec 06, 2019

Hi all,

I got the error above after trying to save my project in SL3. Nothing worked so after many attempts, a LOT of sweating and several F-bombs, I did the following:

Do NOT close SL, instead:

- Open a new instance of SL3

- Start a new project

- Go to the project you cannot save and enter Story View

- Click on the scene title, then copy

- Paste into the new project

- Repeat for the rest of the scenes - bingo!

While this is not a solution but a mere workaround, it did save the day and countless hours of work that could have otherwise been lost.

I note however that, while all animations and transitions were copied over, the background and colors of certain objects (arrows, rectangles, lines etc..) have changed, which is a LOT easier to fix than to re-create everything.



8 Replies
Christine Carter

My file closed on me so I could not do this.  I was saving a local file to the shared drive we have with work as a backup if something happened to my laptop,  It has been corrupt since then and I can't even open the copy on the local drive now.  I don't understand why this can happen.  Working 100% local is not safe either if something happens to the computer or you need to share with coworkers.  At least on the shared drive I could find a previous version from two days ago (MANY hours of lost work still). That would not be an option if I had it on my local computer only (going back to a previous version).  

Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Christine. 

If this happens again, I wanted to share another suggestion: you can try to find a previous version in the Temp folder.

  1. Open this folder in Windows Explorer: %appdata%\Articulate\Storyline 
  2. Scan the contents of this folder for a file that starts with the name of the project. If you find one, copy it to your desktop. 
  3. Change the file extension of the copy on your desktop from *.tmp to *.story. 
  4. Double-click the file to open it in Storyline. 

I hope this helps!