Storyline 2: HUGE white envelope instead of text box. DEAL BREAKER


I've been using storyline since before it was released as a beta tester in 2010/2011, and I've never seen this until SL2.

Regardless if it is a new project, and existing project, a project with imported slides, or anything, after approximately 1 hour of steady work, the text boxes on EACH SLIDE suddendely decide they are huge white envelopes w/red trim, and refuse to be edited.

I've uninstalled, reinstalled, fixed, shut down, restarted. This is a deal breaker for me. What do I need to do to fix this today?

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Steve Flowers

This usually indicates a memory problem, either on the software or the hardware side or within the file itself (file gets big enough that the configuration eats up memory.)

Would definitely submit this along with your system specs as a support ticket. To troubleshoot, here's how I'd attack the problem:

1) Create a new project and import all of the slides from your original project. This is to eliminate something wacky in your original file causing the out of memory problem.

If the problem goes away, work within your new file. If the problem persists:

2) Create a blank project and import half of your problem project into the new project. 

If the problem persists:

2a) Create a new project and import a quarter of the original project. Keep halving the slide import until the problem goes away. A single slide corrupted slide (rare but I've seen this in SL1) could be causing the problem.

If the problem goes away:

2b) Create a new project and import 3/4 of the original project. Keep adding to the slide import (half-stepping) until the problem appears. Same note about a corrupted slide as 2a.

Gerry Wasiluk

And just curious, what is your PC's OS (Windows version or Mac w/Parallels?), is it a 64-bit OS and how much RAM do you have?  Even though SL is still a 32-bit app, sometimes using a 64-bit OS with a little more RAM can help.

And how many slides in the course?  Lots of layers?

You might also want to make a feature request to Articulate to consider making Storyline a 64-bit app:

Gerry Wasiluk

Tricia Ransom said:

Hi Gerry,

No layers. 3 scenes each with 9 slides.

It's a PC (Dell)

OS: Windows 7, 64-bit

Installed RAM: 4 GB (3.88 GB usable)

You should be fine, though more RAM never hurts. 

BTW, are you running any other apps in the background when you work?

Do you have a corporate PC with a lot of corporate apps loaded? 

Tricia Ransom

Gerry Wasiluk said:


So far the course is working just fine on my HP Windows 8.1 (64-bit) laptop (16 GB RAM) with Storyline 2 Update 1.  I can edit any text box and add new ones.

Will keep "playing" . . .

I think the issue might have been that I didn't know there was an far I've got no issues.


Brett Rockwood

Tricia, my team and I have seen the very issue you describe and currently have a ticket open (#00425031) trying to get it resolved. We have seen it on 2 desktop machines in the office and a personal MacBook Pro running Parallels. I'm glad you're up and running — and I'm not suggesting you try this — but what we are seeing is if you create a text box, apply numbering to it and then change the font of the textbox SL2 will throw up the red X you are seeing. Once that happens every slide that has a textbox will red X if you click in it and that file is then ruined. If we don't use the numbering feature we have had no issues.

For reference the office machines are 64 bit Win7 with 8 gigs of RAM. The MacBook Pro is 32 bit Win 7 with 8 gigs of RAM with 4 allocated to Windows. Still waiting for a resolution — and still not using the numbering feature. Otherwise the new text improvements are great!