Problems using layers to hide/show parts of slide

Sep 11, 2015

Hello all, and thank you in advance for your help.  Please see the attached slide.

My issue is that, I can't get the layer Cover3, which hides the second line of text "Please review...", to behave correctly.  The layer covering it always hides after the responding to or skipping the first response "Six-legged...", even when I don't have triggers to tell the Cover3 layer to hide.  Layer Cover3 is supposed to hide after responding Yes/No or skipping both responses (see below).  Adding the "Please review..." line of text, and the Cover3 layer were recent additions; before I added them, the slide behaved as intended (see below).  For some reason, adding the "Please review..." text and Cover3 has thrown everything into chaos.  Another side effect is that layer Cover1 doesn't show at start of the timeline as it should (and used to).  Please help.

Below, please find a summarized and in-depth description of how the slide is supposed to behave.


User arrives at this slide (in a series of similar slides).  The white shape on layer Cover3 is covering the text "Please review...", and the white shape on layer Cover1 is covering the second set of yes/no buttons.  Slide is configured to stop all playing audio if user touches any of the buttons (yes,no,help,repeat,next).  As long as audio isn't already playing, user can hit Repeat button to repeat audio for top sentence and any responses that have Yes/No buttons available.  User can progress through the slide by either selecting Yes/No for a each response, or skip the response by hitting Next.  Each time the does so, the Yes/no buttons for that response are covered by the given Cover# layer, and the next Cover# layer hides to make the next set of Yes/No buttons available.  Once user has selected Yes/No or hit Next for every response, all cover layers disappear, including the one cover the "Please review..." text.  At this point the user can change their selections.  When they hit Next again, they will leave this slide and progress to the next.


Audio plays for top sentence text "Indicate if you...", and then plays next audio file for first response "Six-legged...".  Waits for user input. User can touch Next or select Yes/No to proceed. User can hit Repeat to repeat "Indicate..." and "Six..." audio.  Layer Cover3 is covering "Please..." text, and layer Cover1 is covering Yes/No buttons for "The eye..." response.

User provides input, layer Cover 2 shows to hide Yes/No buttons for "Six..." response, layer Cover1 hides to make Yes/No buttons available for "The eye..." response.  Waits for user input. User can touch Next or select Yes/No to proceed. User can hit Repeat to repeat "Indicate..." and "The eye..." audio. Layer Cover3 is covering "Please..." text.

User provides input, layer Cover2 hides to show Yes/No buttons; all Yes/No buttons are visible now.  Layer Cover3 hides to show "Please review..." text.  User can make changes to Yes/No selections at this point. Waits for user input.  User can hit Repeat to repeat "Indicate...", "Six..." and "The eye..." audio. User hits Next to go to next slide.


16 Replies
Richard Karel

Hi Brandon,  Could you repeat that?  Kidding. So, I think part of the issue may be resolved by using rectangles all placed on your base layer with states "Normal" and "Hidden" to hide/show text on the slide using the rectangles' states (instead of putting the rectangles in layers).  In your triggers, you can specify the current state of the shape (Normal or Hidden). You can set the initial state of the rectangle to either Normal or Hidden. You may want to move your individual audio files, however, to the individual layers, and just show the layer corresponding to the audio to be played (leave intro audio on base layer). Not sure if I understood the other points, but this may be because I'm ready for my afternoon nap!  Cool profile picture--did you create it?

Brandon McGruder

Richard, thanks for your response.  I forgot that shapes have a built-in hidden state, thanks a lot for that.  I think that'll be a more elegant way of handling them.

Building this survey tool full of these slides is my first time using Articulate, so I don't quite understand what the benefit would be to adding the audio to different layers.  Can you elaborate please?

As for my profile pic, I  grabbed that off of google:


Richard Karel

I think that you're doing great for your first--very ambitious--project.  Moving your audio files to separate layers may not be your best bet--I was trying to give you an option based on the amount of interactivity you have occurring on one slide. Clearly labeling your items in the timeline may also ease your dev troubles, also (instead of staying with the generic labels). I know this helps me a lot. Any time I can creatively simplify the amount of interaction on one slide (and still maintain the learning objective for the slide) the better--for my dev and for the end user experience.  Kind of like...juggling. You can keep it interesting at three juggled items instead of six and still impress.

Brandon McGruder

Ah, I see, thanks.  Believe me, I welcome any advice on how to handle all of this simultaneous logic. Unfortunately I'm not even done yet; the project lead wants me to have the Yes/No buttons highlight while the initial sentence is having it's audio played, included when audio is repeated (the audio is for low-literacy users).  I'm trying to get the current logic solid before I tackle adding that in.  Then, once everything is working properly...I have to duplicate the logic on 12 other screens, all of which have 3 or 4 responses instead of two.  Tedious isn't the word.

Christie Pollick

Hi, Brandon -- Welcome to the community (and by the way, your profile pic is really neat)!

It looks like Richard is assisting you here, and hopefully others in the community can share design suggestions, as well. You are also welcome to post over in the Building Better Courses forum for additional input. Best of luck with your project! :)

Christie Pollick

Hi, Brandon -- Thanks for your reply! My apologies, but we are not able to announce release dates for future products/features or updates.

If you would like to share your ideas with our Product Development team, you are welcome to use the following form to share your suggestions. All customer input is reviewed and appreciated! 

Walt Hamilton

If you duplicate a slide, the layers and all triggers are duplicated. Sometimes it is easier to replace videos and objects than triggers.

Warning: nor matter how you copy them (even if there were a built-in mode) they would have to have their targets names updated, except that triggers that point to layers still have the same layer available, and do not need to be updated.

Brandon McGruder

Thanks Walt.  I was hoping there was a way to copy the sometimes 10+ triggers I have on one object, for example, by copying that object and switching it out with a different object.  Is that possible?

As for copying the slide, I am aware of that method, but the slides on this particular project have dozens of triggers on them, so it wouldn't save me much effort due to having to delete the unnecessary triggers.

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