Display Settings for Software Simulation

Feb 28, 2020

Do I need to make changes in my computer display settings to make sure that software simulations that I record using Articulate Storyline match the story size? I want to avoid white spaces. Also, I want to ensure that the whole software is visible in the simulation. This simulation is for online software. I want to make sure that I can hide the browser and other tabs that are not of any use. Any tips?

7 Replies
Allison LaMotte

Hi Rachna,

Great question! I've never adjusted my display settings, but I have adjusted the size of the window so that it matches the recording size. I'm interested to see what other people have done in the past.

While I'm at it, I thought I'd share some resources to related to building software simulations:

Hope that's helpful! :)

Rachna Ghiya

Thanks Allison. I read every single article on this but didn't get the solution. I didn't find the recording process hard but my only concern is how to get to that perfect size for recording when the application is online. I tried few things keeping this article as base but couldn't figure out the proper dimension - https://blogs.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/heres-a-simple-screencasting-tip-that-will-save-time-and-frustration-2/

Few specific questions:
- How to determine the pixel size for the application to determine the 4:3 aspect ratio? Like in this article, Tom figured out that Powerpoint looks good with 1096 pixels as width. I couldn't figure out how to calculate that. Also I want to crop the browser and title bar.
- What to do if we can't fit the application in 4:3 aspect ratio?
- I am not sure if what I am recording would look perfect to other learners. 

I think this could be common questions for people doing software demos. Can we have a detailed article or webinar on this? 

Allison LaMotte

Do you have to stick with the 4:3 aspect ratio? If you do, know that as long as the "keep aspect ratio" box is checked, if you change either the height or the width, the other box will automatically update with the amount of pixels necessary to maintain the 4:3 aspect ratio. 

If not, you can choose either 16:9 or a custom aspect ratio in Storyline, if that works better with the application you're recording.

Is that helpful?

Rachna Ghiya

Hello Allison,
Thanks for the help again. Is there any criteria to choose a certain aspect ratio? According to what I read I got to know that most screens have 4:3 aspect ratio so I tried keeping the training in the same aspect ratio. I somehow figured the dimensions (keeping 4:3 as aspect ratio) but when I am previewing that in tablet mode then a part of the screen is not visible. How shall I make sure that the simulation looks proper on all the screens or at least on desktops and tablets?


Allison LaMotte

It's really up to you to decide which aspect ratio makes the most sense. These days it seems like more and more people are using 16:9 instead of 4:3 since a lot of screens are widescreen now. It's really up to you! I would play around with it and see which one you think looks nicer. 

It concerns me that you're saying that part of your screen isn't visible in tablet mode. The player should be automatically scaling to fit every screen size and orientation and your content shouldn't be cut off. If you're still seeing that issue, I would reach out to our Support Team so they can take a look. You can submit a case here.

In the meantime, if there's anything else I can do to help, please let me know!

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