Storyline Simulation w/ Text Entry

Mar 06, 2015

I'm working on a demo copy of Storyline to create a software simulation. The software that I'm demoing resembles Terminal/DOS, and requires text entry by the users. For example, on the first screen they need to press "7" & "Enter," which takes the user to the a sub screen of #7, where they choose #13.

When I preview the video, Storyline I can't get the text entry to work correctly. Articulate seems to think the user should put in:

7 (enter)


As 1 text entry. Does that make sense?

7 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Matthew, 

Did it split these into separate slides or that's all a part of one text entry? 

I know I've seen an issue in Excel where the data isn't split correctly or as expected in a screen recording - so this sounds similar. We've shared that with our QA team for additional review, but I don't have an update to share at this time. 

I'll include this thread in the issue filed with our team, and if you had a sample file to share that would be helpful to include as well. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Matthew,

That sounds similar to what I've seen with Excel, although Excel causes the breaks to occur at odd points without a lot of rhyme or reason. I shared this thread with our QA team in connection with the issue I mentioned for Excel - so they'll be able to look into it further. If you have a sample file, I'm happy to share that with them as well. 

In regards to a way to force it into separate slides, you could look at creating each of the individual action as as their own screen recording - it's a bit more work but would ensure you have the set up you'd like. You could also look at the options here for editing screen recordings if that is helpful. 

Katie Riggio

Hi Jessica. Thanks for reaching out!

In Matthew's case, our team found that it's not always possible for Storyline to capture input from a command prompt window. After inserting the screencast into your course as step-by-step slides, you might need to add data-entry fields, captions, or screenshots to fill in the missing instructions. 

For more details on the above, check out this article:

Let me know if you see something different. I'm happy to explore further!

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