Storyline for Software Simulations - Demos Please!

I'm a pretty strong Storyline user, but have never used it for creating software simulations.  I've been tasked to create software training for both product knowledge and some application (ie) how would you used this tool with your customer.

I've watched multiple tutorials on how to insert interactive video, so I think I've got the basics of technically what I'll need to do to create these courses.  But what I'd REALLY like to see are some DEMOS of how others have used this feature.  I'd like to get design ideas and see the try it, test it in action.  Even better, can this be a topic for a weekly e-learning challenge?! 

Thanks! Laurie

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Daniel Sposato (Philly)

Hi Laurie,

As I'm currently working on something similar in SL2 right now I can tell you that there are positives and negatives, depending on exactly what you want to do.

Video incorporates rather well but editing it in SL2 isn't so pleasant. However if you're making a simulation where you want the user to interact, SL works better. It's easy to edit once created as it breaks your capture into slides. But you won't have one continuous seekbar.

You can choose to capture as one large video but editing that with call-outs or highlights is not fun.

I have been editing video in a separate program and importing it into SL2. It's the most productive process we came up with for what we're doing. But images, text, shapes and animation can, at times, be utilized to accomplish the task of a simulation/demo rather well.

Hope this helps.

Daniel Sposato (Philly)

When you record it you have options on how you want to use and view the video:

  • Video on a single slide
  • You can also Bring it in Step-by-step (where it separates it into slides) and there are further options in the "View mode steps option" to do the following:
    1. View
    2. Try
    3. Test

The great thing about it is that it lays out the video in different ways so you can detail edit it much more easily with callouts and highlights and stuff. You just don't get a continuous seek bar for what you edited.

But another thing you can do to get a continuous seekbar is to publish without one (once your edits are done) and then screen capture the edited video in the published version. Then you can import that as Video on a single slide.