Trouble inserrting mathematical equations and fractions

Mar 10, 2014

Hi there,

I am currently doing a module on mathematics which requires that I insert decimals, powers and fractions into the content. When I copy and paste my text into the slides, my fractions "disappear".  How do I insert these? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you. Tanya

15 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Tanya,

Storyline doesn't have a mathematical editor, so some items like fractions may not be translated in correctly. You may want to look at setting them up initially in Powerpoint and making images out of them. I have also seen a recent reply about a math editor that you could use and insert the elements into Storyline. 

Alphonso Hendricks

Its the old story. Appears that not enough maths and science teachers use SL so our feature requests (from as long ago as 6 years) don't ever make it to the top of the feature request selection meeting. 

Without an equation editor or the ability to use Latex, we can't grow the number of maths and science users. So our requests will always fall to the bottom of the pile.

All I can suggest is: Patience and maybe Prayers.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Alphonso,

We aren't able to share information on a timeline or ETA for a particular feature. 

A lot of pieces have to come together before that information is available to share, but as soon as we have more info we'll always update as many discussions as we can. This one is linked to the request in our team's hands, so I'm certain we'll share details here if they become available. 

Jonathan Sam

I am feeling this pain more and more these days. I work at an engineering company and nearly all the technical training I have to produce contains fairly complex math equations. My SME engineers are constantly using the Cambia Equation took in their PowerPoints with StoryLine chokes on. I'd like to see the ability for Storyline to correctly import equations made in the PPT tool first, and then have an equation editor added into Storyline.

With all the emphasis on STEM programs and education, I'm surprised Articulate hasn't addressed this. 

On a side note, does anyone know if Articulate Presenter can handle equations built using the PPT equation tool?

Dorina Grossu

I used Articulate Presenter until it was discontinued and the reason I purchased Articulate Storyline 3 was that I thought that the features will continue. 

I found myself now in an impasse as I spent a lot of time trying to insert formulas as png.


Why this conversion was not carried from Articulate Presenter to Articulate Storyline 3?

I have images that do not get converted.

Ren Gomez

Hi Dorina,

Thanks for reaching out! Articulate Presenter is an add-on to PowerPoint, whereas Storyline 3 is a stand-alone application. Some features imported from PowerPoint will have different behavior, and some aren't supported, such as Equations. This article shares more:

You'll want to look at the Equations section specifically. Depending on the PowerPoint file type, the equation will import differently but will ultimately be added in as an image.

How PowerPoint Equations Are Imported into Articulate Storyline

I hope this helps clarify what you're experiencing!

Ren Gomez

Hi Dorina,

Thanks for the follow-up! As mentioned, Presenter is an add-on to PowerPoint, not its own application. We are tracking a feature request to support a mathematical editor in Storyline, and I'll be sure to add you to the list!

Also, to help clarify, Presenter 09' and 13' will no longer be supported due to the sunsetting of Flash. We will still support Presenter 360 that is part of the Articulate 360 suite.

Dorina Grossu

Hi Ren,

Most have the slides done in PowerPoint that has already the math and
statistics features. The issues are also with conversion of these these
slides to swf instead of text. That is why we were told to use Articulate
Storyline 3 as the Presenters were discontinued.
Many products that have incomplete development does not help us.

Most of the students have poor internet connections etc. so we need
products that are easy to be used by students. While videos are fine for
some countries, in other countries students would have troubles watching
them. That is why we use PowerPoint with formulas. I can not insert the
voice over text module (we have hundreds of texts so no person will record
their own voice) since the conversion is done to swf.

Best regards,
Dorina Grossu

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