Shape and text alignment changes between edit and preview

Hello Community,

I'm working with SL2 (latest update) and I'm noticing that shapes aligned with each other, or text aligned within a shape are subtly different when viewed in edit mode vs the the preview and publish modes.

For example, because getting text to align properly within an oval shape is very problematic in Storyline, I've tried to work around this by creating a text-box and an oval shape and aligning both of them. However, when it appears as though they are properly aligned along the center-line in the edit mode,  I will I preview or publish the file,  and the shapes will be slightly misaligned.

Has anyone else noticed this or found a workaround? 


6 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi there Greg,

I'm curious if your DPI setting may be causing an issue for you?

Articulate Storyline requires Microsoft Windows to be configured with 96 DPI (dots per inch). If Windows is using a different DPI setting, you may experience erratic behavior, such as:
*  Elements of the application are misplaced or distorted.
*  Objects are misplaced or distorted when previewed or published.
*  Zoomed images don't work as expected.
*  Font sizes are incorrect after using the translation features.
Feel free to attach your file here, and we can take a look at it on our end.
Greg Hagar

Thanks for the reply Alyssa, I have confirmed I'm set to use 96 DPI and I haven't been typically affected by those other issues. I've only really noticed the problem in two instances - when trying to align with oval shape with something else, and when trying to align rounded rectangle shapes.

In the latter case,  if I 'align left' two rounded rectangle shapes, those shapes are visibly off by pixel or two off even though they both report the same vertical position in the shape properties. My guess here is that it might have something to do with the shapes having slightly different corner radiuses from each other, but of course I really don't know. 

Do you know if rotating shapes or text would have a negative effect on being able to align them perfectly with other shapes? 





Alyssa Gomez

I'm not aware if rotating shapes or text would have a negative effect on alignment - that's not something I've heard of. Would you mind sharing your file (or just the affected slide) with me so I can take a closer look? You can either attach it right to this thread or send it to me privately by way of this form.