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Gerry Wasiluk

Tables and additional needed text editing features were one of the things many of us asked for and discussed in the beta.  Articulate responded that this would be something looked at in the future TBD.

In the interim . .

1) Create as a graphic (like a PNG) from another program (like PowerPoint or Word) and import into SL.

2) Use a web object with HTML-ized columns or tables.  Or embed something like Google docs spreadsheet.

3) Create the slide in PowerPoint and publish out with Presenter.  Insert the SWF.

4) Create in PowerPoint and export out as a movie file and use in Storyline.

Rachel Nickson


Just to tag on to the end of this converation - I've just tried a) to create a table using shapes - painful and can't get the too align perfectly no matter how many times I try and b) to create an image as a png, a tif and a gif and the image, no matter how big I make it is always blurred around the text....I need it to be crisp!

The file is fine when I open it in photoshop, but the moment I put it in Storyline is goes all rubbish, any ideas?



Gerry Wasiluk

NP --though I would say, the way I usually do tables is to create it in PowerPoint and then copy the table and paste it into Storyline.  It does come in as a graphic, however.  If I have to make a change to the table, I just edit the old table in PowerPoint and paste in again.

Lot easier than a local web object with a HTML table, though I've done that also sometimes.

I usually keep a single PowerPoint file with my Storyline .story file (in a local folder) since I still do a lot of things in PowerPoint and paste them in to Storyline (e.g., like some text effects, PPT movies, tables, etc.).  Whatever I do in PowerPoint, I save and keep in one file.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi All,

Gerry, I agree that PPT can be a huge help along with SL. I use it all the time for various and sundry reasons.

Rachel, I was also going to suggest what Phil had, that the align tools should make it relatively easy. I threw this table together in about 5 minutes using rectangles (it actually took me longer to write this up!) Here were my steps:

  1. Turned on the ruler (I ALWAYS have the ruler on actually)
  2. Created a rectangle shape that was 1", using the ruler as a guide.
  3. Duplicated it 5 times.
  4. Dragged the 4 other rectangles across and lined them up next to each other border to border.
  5. Selected them all (Ctrl + Click)
  6. From the Format tab Align > Align Top
  7. From the Format tab >Align >Distribute horizontally
  8. Select the entire row (Ctrl+Click, remember)
  9. Copy/paste
  10. Drag down and align top/bottom borders.
  11. Repeat for 3rd, 4th, 5th rows.

IF you need to double check size or position on any to be sure they're lined up properly, click on one, let's say the cell in the first column and row, click the Format tab, and drop down the size and position dialog box by using the little arrow in the Size group.

With the dialog box open, click along in each cell to be sure it's the right size


With the dialog box still open, click "Position" on the left" and click along in each cell to be sure each one is at the "same" H and V position as the others.

In both cases, adjust if necessary.

If that's a bit too much info/too confusing, please ask away and I'll be happy to reply.

Antony Snow

Hi Rachel,

When you create a shape and then click on it and drag it around your slide, do you see the snap-to markers as indicated here?

Using these a guide, you should be able to align the various shapes exactly in a table as per the attached .story file (it took me a lot longer to type the content than it did to create the table )