Software Simulation Source?

Oct 18, 2014

Hi there!

I have just spent a few hours building my first simple software simulation with SL2. Easy to do, but a fundamental question arose... do I have to run the software I am trying to simulate on the same computer where I have SL2 installed?

Asking because I've had clients in the past who are either remote or simply won't let me connect to their network so I can run their proprietary software. In those cases I was able to use a Camtasia video recording to get what I need and build the simulation manually.

Is that how I am going to have to provide this service for clients who won't let me connect to their network to run the software?



10 Replies
Peter Hoyt

Thank you for confirming my assumption. I didn't want to misunderstand how it works. It is a shame that we don't have some sort of simple recording software that would record only what is needed for importing to AS2.  It might be easier to get permission to install something like that when working with remote clients or with someone who won't let you install anything or connect to their network.


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Ken,

Sorry to hear that you've run into a road block about this feature - but I wanted to make sure we're on the same page about what you need to do. Are you looking to record what you're seeing from someone elses screen (say they're screen sharing with you)? If so, you could likely record it using Storyline, but Storyline won't be able to capture the individual clicks and actions that user is making to translate those into individual slides, actions, etc. within Storyline's screen recording mode (for use as a try it or test type of simulation). You may want to review our tutorials on screen recording here, and I've also included some other forum discussions specific with best practices and tips for screen recording:

Michael Hinze
Ken Cook

Yeah, this makes this feature a non-starter for all of my projects. I do eLearning for hospitals and the IT folks are difficult to deal with and slow. Really disappointed as this was a feature I was really looking forward to taking advantage of.

I don`t know if that`s an option for you, but I have recorded applications `remotely`by displaying them in a remote desktop (I used RDP and VNC on Windows) on the PC that runs Storyline. 

Ken Cook

Right now I use camtasia 8 to record their software program because they own that software. It actually works really well, but I love what Storyline 2 has done by making the individual slides to simulate each step. Requiring Storyline 2 to be on the computer pretty much puts the brakes on what I would like to do.

What would be ideal is an Articulate stand alone video capture program that could be put on a flash drive that could record in Storyline 2 format for later uploading to the project your working on. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Ken,

I can certainly understand how that would be problematic for now. As for the Flash drive set up, I would suggest you share your thoughts on this in the form of a feature request as well.  Currently all of the Articulate products need to be installed locally and are also not supported in a server environment, so I can't say how the type of flash drive setup would or would not work - but getting that idea into the hands of our team is the best way forward. 

As for the remote desktop method that Michael mentioned, is there a way to do it with a "fake" or sample patient? 

Jo Calisto

Hello. I wanted to check to see if any changes have been made since the original post. I am using SL 360 and would like to record a simulation of a software program loaded on a remote computer. I tried screen sharing using Microsoft Teams and recording the screen with SL360 but it wasn't able to capture what I needed.

Lauren Connelly

Hello Jo!

I'm happy to help! The screen recording tool in Storyline 360 is used to record the local workstation. Recording on a remote computer is not currently supported.

One workaround would be to record the screen using Peek and download the .mp4 to import into Storyline. Then, you could add hotspots to build the simulation.