The "Next" button does not work in the last layer.

Seems that this topic was brought up in this discussion, but still no satisfactory resolution  - just work-arounds with conditions and variables - so I'm raising the same question.

Each slide has a button to advance to next slide (or to show the next layer if there is more than one layer). This is in addition to the "Next" button on the Player.

All works well except on slides with more than one layer.

  • Next button (Player) on the Base layer: both buttons work OK, showing the next layer.
  • Final layer: Clicking the additional button advances to next slide but the "Next" button on the Player does nothing.

This only happens on slides with more than one layer.

Any suggestions?

23 Replies
Brian Quinn

Seems like this is an old issue, but I am having the same problem. I set up a slide using the default setting - user advancing the slide using the Next button on the player.  However, when I have more than one layer, the Next button on the player doesn't allow the user to advance the slide after the timeline on the last layer has reached the end. 

I have found a workaround - hide the last layer after the timeline of the last layer ends. This seems to reactivate the Next button on the player. But it's also pretty inelegant because it then shows the base layer.

All I really want is for the user to go through 2 or 3 layers and then at the end of the timeline of the last layer, click the Next button and advance to the next slide. Is there an easy way to do this?

Brian Quinn

Thanks. In my slide there are only two layers. At the end of the baselayer's timeline it disappears and the second layer appears (I'm not using the Next button in between layers).  At the end of the second layer's timeline, I'd like the user to be able to click the Next button on the player to advance to the next slide. That doesn't work though.  The thread you point me towards suggests I should be using inverse trigger order and make my second layer the base layer. Is that right? 

Bonnie Greflund

I have been having the same problem with the NEXT button and layers, but I've got it narrowed down to  the  Navigation Restriction.  It works well when on "Free" but it randomly works when on "Restricted" or "Locked".  Can you add me to your list of people for this issue?  I have a course that needs to be Restricted that needs to be published by mid-December.

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Bonnie!

I took a look at your file that you have shared and did not notice an issue, but of course then I realized you had it set to Free navigation.

I adjusted the navigation to Restricted and still did not have an issue. I'm curious, are you skipping ahead, so that by the time you reach the last layer, the timeline is not complete perhaps? The next button would not work in that case.

Let me know how to recreate your issue so that I can better understand and assist you.

Bonnie Greflund

Hi Lesley,
I've tried waiting for the timeline to finish and also dragging the seekbar to the end and it makes no difference. Interesting that I'm having issues when it's not on "Free" and you're not.
Thanks for responding so quickly!
Bonnie

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Bonnie Greflund

Ha! So if I don't have it on "Free" and I click on the question mark or box before the seekbar reaches the end (either naturally or dragging it) then the next button doesn't work. I'm sure I must have done this in my investigation but it worked this time.
Thanks for helping me work this out - I must have spent 4 hours on this today!
Is there anything I can do other than make it "Free"?
Thanks,
Bonnie

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Michelle Miller

Hi Bonnie - I'm having a similar issue and posted about it the other day. My issue is not yet resolved, however when Emily (see thread) posted the slides that were having the issue into a new file, the first slide worked. Since your file is only showing the one slide, I'm assuming maybe that is why it is working here, but not for you in your original file. Try posting a sample with 2 or 3 slides and see if the issue is replicated. Just a thought!

https://community.articulate.com/discussions/articulate-storyline/issue-with-navigation-controls-on-layers

 

Bonnie Greflund

Thanks Michelle,
I did put a "next" slide in, but I'll try adding a few more. Leslie did find that when I pre-empted the seekbar and clicked on the question mark / box early then it didn't work, but I'm a bit perplexed because I know I've had the problem when I just let each layer progress naturally.
I might just have to make the course "Free".
Bonnie

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Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) | T: (905) 855-4203

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Leslie McKerchie

Okay, I just took another look. If the user does not complete the base slide timeline and skips to layers, then the timeline never completes because you have it set to pause while viewing all of the layers.

Not sure how you'd want to work around that if you need Restricted Navigation, unless you want to close the last layer so that the user could finish the base slide or prevent user from going to first layer until audio completed on the base slide. Up to you really :)

Bonnie Greflund

I configured it that way because some people who moved ahead had audio overlaying the base audio.  Those were internal people that I questioned whey they would want to skip my wonderful audio!  :-)  I'll have to ponder what's the best course of action.  Good that I understand it now.

Thanks for your help Leslie and Michelle (and for the tip about my signature - that's a drag!)