Slide Layers & Layer Visibility

This is the second time I am posting this question, as I don't see my original post. Apologies for duplication.

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Hi there,

I have a question regarding making a layer visible at the learner's last pass through a slide. 

Here's what I am trying to accomplish:

Overview: 

1 slide, 3 learning choices available on the slide, let's call them A, B & C.

Scenario: 

Pass 1:

  • All buttons in normal state
  • Learner chooses a topic (A) -> goes through slides/interactions associated with that topic > then is looped back to the main slide

Pass 2:

  • Button A in visited state; buttons B & C in normal state
  • Learner chooses a second topic (B) & goes through slides/interactions associated with that topic > then is looped back to the main slide

Pass 3: 

  • Buttons A & B in visited state; button C in normal state
  • Learner chooses a third topic (C) --> goes through slides/interactions associated with that topic > then is looped back to the main slide

Pass 4:

  • All buttons are in visited state

I would like the learner to be able to view a specific layer on the main slide at this time. 

Questions:
How do I make the layer visible on the learner's fourth pass through the slide?

Is this at all possible? 

Any feedback in regards to this would be very appreciated. 

Thank you,

Agnieszka

14 Replies
Donna Morvan

Hello Agnieszka,

You will have to create variables to make this happen.

1. Create Variables for each button that will track if they have been visited. Set initial value to false.

2. Then on the main slide where the layer you want to show, add a trigger to show the layer when timeline starts if variables = true.

Donna

Agnieszka Gorgon

Michael Hinze said:

Add a slide trigger to your main slide that shows the "special Layer" when all three buttons are in Visited state.

Thank you for the reply Michael. This worked. Didn't even think of applying triggers to layers.  Thank you. 

I'm running into a different dilemma now. I'm seeing a few components of the base layer underneath the new layer. I've applied triggers to hide and disable the components, but that doesn't seem to be working.  Any ideas how I should tackle this one? 

Thank you everyone!

AG

Michael Hinze

Agnieszka Gorgon said:

Michael Hinze said:

Add a slide trigger to your main slide that shows the "special Layer" when all three buttons are in Visited state.

Thank you for the reply Michael. This worked. Didn't even think of applying triggers to layers.  Thank you. 

I'm running into a different dilemma now. I'm seeing a few components of the base layer underneath the new layer. I've applied triggers to hide and disable the components, but that doesn't seem to be working.  Any ideas how I should tackle this one? 

Thank you everyone!

AG


In your layer's properties dialog, try selecting the 'Hide Objects on Baselayer' option. Or your can selectively turn on/off elements on the baselayer by selecting the Show/Hide option for baselayer elements in your layer's timeline.

Michael Hinze

Agnieszka Gorgon said:

Thank you Cristina and Donna for the solutions. I will keep them in mind.

This is the first course I'm building in Articulate and don't therefore have any experience working with variables. Will have to find a tutorial. 


Here is a good set of introductory tutorials regarding variables.

Judy Nollet

When I first learned about variables (working with a completely different program), someone described them as buckets that hold different types of information. What's in a given bucket doesn't change until you tell the program to change it. The simplest variable is True/False. A number variable can also be set up and adjusted by math operators (e.g., "add 1 to a variable when user clicks a given button; perform an action when variable = a certain number). A text variable holds any string of characters, e.g., a user's name.

Some of Storyline's variable settings are a bit quirky, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be amazed at the control they offer.

Agnieszka Gorgon

OK, I found a solution to my latest problem.

I changed the base layer slide property menu to: Resume Saved State for When Revisiting from the default Automatically Decide.

Thank you everyone for your help. Hadn't anticipated to get solutions so quickly. 

Onto learning about variables. 

AG

Michael Hinze

Agnieszka Gorgon said:

OK, I found a solution to my latest problem.

I changed the base layer slide property menu to: Resume Saved State for When Revisiting from the default Automatically Decide.

Thank you everyone for your help. Hadn't anticipated to get solutions so quickly. 

Onto learning about variables. 

AG


That would have been my next suggestion, glad you figured it out on your own Good luck with your project!