SL: Multiple Layers Need expert help I think.

Hey All,

I got a dilemma. I'll try to describe as in detail as I can..and I'm attaching the storyline file. I'm hoping my description will make sense when you see the file.

I have a content slide with 4 layers. The slide is illustrating 4 different type of note pages, though the notes are different; they are all part of a single patient timelines (medical history).   Thats why the layers are appearing to slide down the timeline and into view. Each notes will also have it's own audio narration.

What I want to happen here is.

Layer 1: Audio narration .... then when timeline ends

Layer 2 slides into view ... Audio Narration runs... then when timeline ends

Layer 3 slides into view ... Audio Narration runs... then when timeline ends

Layer 4 slides into view ... Audio Narration runs

At the end of Layer 4's timeline the layer pauses for user interaction.

On the base layer there are some links to review each note on a roughed out Nav bar.

Thats were the mess starts.

When you click on any of the links, the note selected slides into view, but if you click too fast on one or two, the screen just turns into a mess.

So here are a couple things I want to achieve with this.

1. It would be awesome if the Nav bar didn't appear until the Layer 4 timeline ends (not a deal breaker though)

2. Most important is that when you click on one of the Nav links the Layer you jump to is just static with audio narration instead of sliding in.

I hope this make sense as the functionality is really hard to just type out in words.. 

Feel free to ask me more questions and I'm open to any kind of thoughts.. in a multitude of councilors there is victory, right  

David

11 Replies
Simon Perkins

BTW, I don't believe the slider can be disabled/hidden according to certain parameters - I think it's either on or off.  I've not really had to look into that before so don't know for sure.

Have basically removed a few objects and tidied up the layout and formatting etc.  Naturally you can adjust animations as you see fit ... and swap the sound files for each layer.

Cheng Li

Hi Dave,

The text overlay happens because you need to set up to pause the timeline of the base layer when other layers are displayed. 

For your goal, here is what you can do:

1. Create a true/false variable "x". This variable will be used as a switch to control the display of the navi bar.

2. On the base layer, create a trigger that hides the navi bar when timeline starts under the condition x is false.

3. Also since after learners view all the notes, they should be able to select the note they want to view instead of the notes jumping in automatically again. You need to modify the trigger of "showing the first layer when timeline ends" to "showing the first layer when timeline ends under the condition x is false".

4. On the fourth layer, you need to set the switch variable to true. And create another trigger that jumps back to the base layer.

5. On the base layer, change the slide properties to reset to initial state when revisiting

The text sliding in effect happens because you copied and pasted the objects that have the sliding in effect. You can solve this by simply selecting all objects on each layer, and remove all the animations.

I attached a revised file here. Notice that there is a blue rectangle on the base layer. I created it just to show you how to hide an object and show it again when all the notes are visited. It works in the same way that you want the navi bar to work. 

Let me know if anything is not clear to you.

Cheng

Dave Holzemer

Hey Cheng,

Quick followup.. I see you can set the rectangle to be invisible, very cool.

I know very little about variables in Storyline, but I'd like to learn more about them.

But can you only set a variable control on a single object?

can you do the same thing with a group or do you have to do that with each individual object that makes up the Navi bar?

thanks

david

Cheng Li

dave holzemer said:

Hey Cheng,

Quick followup.. I see you can set the rectangle to be invisible, very cool.

I know very little about variables in Storyline, but I'd like to learn more about them.

But can you only set a variable control on a single object?

can you do the same thing with a group or do you have to do that with each individual object that makes up the Navi bar?

thanks

david


Hi Dave,

Sorry for the late response. 

Object is not necessary to be related to a variable individually. With that being said, you can absolutely link one variable to a group of object. However, you need to make the connection one by one, meaning that you need to create triggers for each individual object using the same variable in the group of the Navi Bar. 

That's why I used the rectangle to showcase for you.

In my opinion, Simon's solution is a better option here, because it's really simple for time sake. 

Or you can try to play around with variables and see what happens. I am sure you will learn a lot along the way.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers,

Cheng