Storyline allows you to add interactive SWF files, also known as Flash files, to your stories using the Insert > Flash option.

Note that you can also add SWF files in Storyline using the Insert > Video > Video from File option (see Adding Videos). So, how do you know which method to use when you are inserting a SWF file?  It depends on whether you want the SWF file to be synchronized with your slide or if you want it to play independently of the slide.  Here's how to decide:

  • If your SWF file is a movie that requires no interaction from users, you can use the Insert > Video > Video from File option, which synchronizes the video with the slide's timeline.
  • If your SWF file contains interactive elements, you will probably want to use the Insert > Flash option described below, which will play the SWF file independently of the slide.

Adding Flash Files

Here’s how to add interactive SWF files as Flash objects in Storyline:

  1. Go to the Insert tab.
  2. Click the Flash button.
  3. Navigate to the SWF file that you want to insert, and click the Open button.

Note: If your SWF placeholder in Storyline is hard to see (it may appear as a white, black, or transparent rectangle), you can right-click the placeholder, and select Set Poster Frame.  Then browse to and select an image file to use as your placeholder.

Adjusting Flash File Properties

To adjust the properties of an embedded SWF file, do the following:

  • Click once on the Flash placeholder to select it.
  • Then click the Options tab on the toolbar.

The options that you can modify for interactive SWF (Flash) files are the same as those for videos.  For a detailed explanation of each of these options, see Adjusting Video Properties.