Need to distribute a course offline? Storyline 360 has an option for that. Just publish for CD, then deliver your course to learners via CD, DVD, USB drive, network drive, kiosk, or email.

  1. Enter Title, Description, and Folder Location
  2. Adjust the Player Properties and Quality Settings
  3. Choose to Publish a Slide, a Scene, or the Entire Course
  4. Publish
  5. Distribute Your Published Course

Step 1: Enter Title, Description, and Folder Location

  1. Go to the Home tab on the Storyline ribbon and click Publish.
  2. When the Publish window appears, select the CD tab on the left.

    Publishing Articulate Storyline 360 Courses for CD or Other Local Media
  3. Enter the Title the way you want it to appear in your published output. It defaults to the name of your project file. (Changing the title won't affect the name of your project file.)
  4. Click the ellipsis button (...) beside the title field to define additional project information, such as the author, duration, and version number. Currently, this information is only used in the Articulate Mobile Player, so it won’t be visible when you publish for CD.
  5. Use the Description field to give learners a synopsis of your course. Currently, the description is only used in the Articulate Mobile Player and Articulate Online.
  6. Use the Folder field to choose where you want to publish your course—for example, your computer desktop. Click the ellipsis button (...) to browse to a location. Storyline will create a new folder in that spot with all the files needed to operate your course.

    Important: Always publish to your local hard drive. Publishing to a network drive or a USB drive can cause problems with your published output. After publishing to your local hard drive, copy the output to a CD, DVD, USB drive, network drive, or kiosk.

Step 2: Adjust the Player Properties and Quality Settings

Use the Properties section of the Publish window to make last-minute changes to your course player and quality settings.

  1. The Player property shows the name of the player currently assigned to your project. (The player is the interface learners see around the perimeter of your course.) To make adjustments to your player, click the player name to open the player editor.
  2. The Quality property lets you control the compression settings for audio clips, videos, and pictures. The quality settings default to whatever you used the last time you published a course. To change them, click the Quality property, make your adjustments, and click OK.
    • Choose Standard if you want to use the default settings: optimal video quality of 5, audio bitrate of 56 kbps, and image quality of 80%.
    • Choose Custom if you want to define your own quality settings. Drag the slider for any of the three values to change the compression. Higher values give you higher-quality output but also larger file sizes (which means longer download times). Lower values give you smaller file sizes and faster download times, but the visual and audio quality will be lower as well.

      Tip: Image compression only applies to JPG files.
    • Mark the Optimize Audio Volume box to normalize audio throughout your course for consistent volume.

      Tip: If your course audio already has consistent volume, you can speed up the publishing process by unchecking this option.

Step 3: Choose to Publish a Slide, a Scene, or the Entire Course

By default, Storyline will publish your entire course. However, you can now choose to publish a specific scene from your course or even just a single slide. This is helpful when you want to publish multiple courses from the same project file.

Just click the Publish property, then choose the entire project, a single scene, or a single slide.

Step 4: Publish

When you're finished making selections, click the Publish button. When the publishing process is complete, you’ll see the Publish Successful window with several follow-up options.

View Project

This launches the published course via an executable file.

Email

This opens a new email message with a zipped file of your published course attached.

If you email it to learners or reviewers, instruct them to extract the zip file on their local computers then double-click the Launch_Story.exe file to view the course.

FTP

This opens a window where you can enter your FTP credentials and transfer your output to a server.

Zip

This creates a zipped version of your course files in the same location where your course was published.

Open

This opens a file viewer where you can see the files Storyline just created. There will be multiple files and folders for a published course. The file that launches your course is Launch_Story.exe.

Step 5: Distribute Your Published Course

After publishing, copy the output to a CD, DVD, USB drive, network drive, or kiosk. You can even email it to learners. See the following tips for each distribution method.

CD

Your course should automatically launch when it’s burned to a CD and viewed on a Windows PC. If it doesn’t, instruct learners to double-click the Launch_Story.exe file to launch it.

DVD

When your course is burned to a DVD, it must be played in a computer DVD drive. It won’t function in a DVD player connected to a TV. Instruct learners to double-click the Launch_Story.exe file to launch the course.

USB Drive

Instruct learners to double-click the Launch_Story.exe file to launch the course.

Network Drive

Zip your published output and copy the zip file to your shared network drive. Instruct learners to download and extract the zip file on their local computers, then double-click the Launch_Story.exe file to launch the course.

Kiosk

Place a shortcut on the kiosk desktop that opens the Launch_Story.exe file, or instruct learners to double-click the Launch_Story.exe file in the published output.

Email

Zip your published output and email it to your learners. Instruct them to extract the zip file on their local computers then double-click the Launch_Story.exe file to launch the course.