Suggestions on using less memory when creating a course

Hi All-

I'm new to using Articulate Storyline and have started creating a mini course to test out some of the features I've learned. Yesterday I ran into an issue where I was not able to save my course because I received a message from Storyline saying my system was low on memory.  The thing that was surprising to me is my course is relatively small with about 20 slides. Each slide did contain about 4-5 layers. I also have a short video (3 minutes) included, as well as animations and motion paths.  I still did not think I would use up 2GB so quickly.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to design or create a course to use less memory? In addition, what are the biggest memory hogs in articulate storyline so I can be aware of these?


Thank you! 

9 Replies
Nathan Rightmer

Thanks Phil - I should have clarified my question more. I have 4 gb of system memory so that should be sufficient to support my needs.  What I'm curious to know if there is any way to design, create or publish a course to reduce file size?  Specfically, are there certain interactions within Aritculate Storyline that increase file size substantially (I.e. animations, layers, triggers, characters, etc?).

I'm sure video is a big culprit here, but I only have one 3 minute video currently. 

Emily Ruby


Videos are compressed in Storyline output, so the file size will be at the smallest rate. Do you know how large the video file or any images you have inserted are? You could try importing the file into a new file to see if this changes anything. I have worked with  a few files that were very large, but importing them reduces the size greatly.

Cody Salinas

Hey, Nathan.

If you're experiencing sluggishness or latency with SL2, you can always adjust the virtual memory settings on your PC or adjust the priority settings in the Task Manager.

Task Manager Priority Settings



Virtual Memory Settings

1. Right-Click on My Computer (if Windows 7), followed by Properties

2. Select "Advanced System Settings" from the left-hand column.

3. Click on "Settings" from the Performance section.

4. Click on the "Advanced" Tab, followed by the "Change" button.

5. Adjust the minimum and maximum size for Virtual Memory allocations. This may require some tinkering.




Nathan Rightmer

Thanks Emily! I tried to import my course into a new file and it did not reduce the file size by much, just 2.2MB (unless I did not do this correctly). The video I used was a 3 minute, standard definition YouTube video that I embedded in the course. Does an embedded video from the web take up much space? In terms of pictures, most of what I used was the included Arictulate Storyline characters, shapes, text boxes and a few clip art pictures, which were not more than 50KB.

Cody Salinas

I agree with Phil. As long as the published size is manageable and easily transmitted with little latency, the actual size of the file shouldn't matter much.

It sounds like the real issue is the amount of RAM (memory) you have on your system, rather than storage. Consider installing additional sticks of RAM to increase CPU response time when working with large Storyline files.