16 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Jean-David,

Can you tell me what you mean by "no navigation" - the restricted or locked navigation within Storyline 2 won't allow the user to proceed to the next slide using the menu or buttons until the slide's timeline has finished. That's the default behavior.

If you're running into something else could you share a copy of your .story file here with us? 

Jean-David Rouah

Hello Ashley, I meant that I was not able to proceed to the next slide. But, ok, you cleared the mystery and I suspected that's what it was: "won't allow the user to proceed to the next slide using the menu or buttons until the slide's timeline has finished"
So what I am trying to do is only prevent people to jump slides on this course, but they should be able to skip to the next slide even if a timeline is not complete. Is there any way to do this?

Jean-David Rouah

Great stuff, thanks Ashley.
But wouldn't it be simpler if the programme was amended to enable "next" function in restricted mode, even when a timeline is not complete? I am asking as the workaround I just read seems quite complicated, and it is very easy for anyone to just add a trigger if they want users to wait until a timeline is complete to skip ahead.


Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Jean-David, 

The change in the navigation method in SL2 was implemented after a lot of feedback from users in SL1 that when setting to restricted/locked a user could just quickly jump through the slides using the next button - even though as you mentioned you could add the trigger and follow the directions as detailed here. Since there isn't a way to control the menu with triggers/variables - I suspect they set it up this way so that if you wanted to control the slide timeline you still had that option with triggers, but the default behavior will follow what you set up in the course navigation. 

Jay Shuck

I appreciate this explanation, Ashley. Thanks.

I still wish that this update hadn't happened, however. My employer wants to force everyone to listen to the entire narrative on each slide and not let them skip ahead with a "free" menu, but there are a few slides, e.g., our boilerplate explanation of the navigation features that users have heard lots of times, where we'd like to give users the option to skip over if they want. In the Storyline 1 days, that was accomplished by restricting the menu navigation and adding a true/false trigger for every slide except those boilerplate ones at the beginning. Now every Next button is restricted as long as the menu is. Our "selective" approach to the Next button is now unavailable. Oh well.

Maidie Golan

I just came across this thread, as the default connection between the next button and the timeline has created issues in my courses. I agree with Jay - I would like to see an option under the "restricted" menu to disconnect the two. Regarding the workaround: I'm always reluctant to edit a published course, even if it seems simple.

Daniel Sposato (Philly)

I found another work around that is only slightly inconvenient (in my opinion). And you don't need to do anything outside of SL2 or create an additional button.

With "restricted" enabled in the menu options, do the following to the slides you wish to not be restricted:

  1. Copy everything on the base layer to a slide layer and set the slide layer up exactly the way the base layer is (or at least anything on the layer that will change in some way as the slide plays).
  2. Delete everything on the base layer now and set its duration to 1 second (or less).
  3. Make a trigger on the base layer that tells the slide layer you made in step 1 to play at 0.01 seconds.
  4. Set the properties of the slide layer (by clicking the cog icon next to it's name) to "Allow seeking" = yes and "When revisiting" = Reset to initial state.

This setup makes the slide look and feel the same, but since the base layer is only playing for a second or less, it will enable the next button in that short time.

The only other downfall to this is that your thumbnail view will look blank. But you could keep objects that will not change, as I said earlier, on it to have some kind of visual reference to it. Or just put dummy objects on it and hide them as soon as the slide begins.

Hope this helps!  =)