The following tips will help you avoid unexpected behavior when creating, sharing, and publishing Storyline 360 projects.

Create, Edit, and Publish Projects on Your Local Hard Drive

Always save and publish on your local hard drive (typically your C: drive). Working on a network drive or an external (USB) drive can cause erratic behavior, such as file corruption, an inability to save changes, and loss of project resources due to latency.

You can place a copy of your project on a network drive or an external drive for backup purposes, but avoid re-opening the file until you've moved it back to your local hard drive.

Here's a pro tip for Articulate 360 Teams subscribers: If you use a work computer and a home computer to develop courses, upload your current project to your library of shared team slides when you're finished on one computer. Then download the project from your team slides browser on the other computer and continue working. Easily upload and download team slides right from within Storyline 360. Learn more.

Save, Version, and Backup Projects Frequently

Save your work often. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S is the fastest way to save. Do it so often it becomes muscle memory. You’ll be glad you did.

Create versions of your project during its development cycle so you can go back to earlier versions when necessary. Just go to the File tab on the Storyline ribbon and choose Save As, then give your project a slightly different file name. For example, you might make a new version at the end of each workday and add the date to the file name so you can easily identify it.

Versioning is also a good way to backup your work. Just save earlier versions to the cloud, a network drive, or an external hard drive for safekeeping. (But always save the current version on your local hard drive.)

Click here for more tips to avoid corrupting or losing project files.

Send Projects to Other Developers When You Need to Collaborate

If you need to share a project file with another developer, we recommend zipping it first. Then share the zipped file via email, external drive, network drive, etc. Recipients should save it to their local hard drives and fully extract it before opening the project.

If you have an Articulate 360 Teams subscription, you can upload slides, scenes, and entire projects to a library of shared team slides right from within Storyline 360. It’s the best way to share slides with team members, including project templates, slides that need to be in every course, and reusable slide content, such as interactions and quiz questions. Learn more about team slides.

Host Published Content Online

Viewing published content on your local hard drive or a network drive isn't supported. Security restrictions in these environments can cause various features in your content to fail.

To avoid unexpected behavior during playback, host your content in the location for which it was published. For example, if you published for web distribution, upload your content to a web server; if you published for a learning management system (LMS), upload it to an LMS.

The published output for a Storyline project includes multiple files and folders. For your published course to work properly, these files and folders must remain in the same organizational structure when you upload them to a server.

If you just need to test a published course or share it with stakeholders, publish it to Articulate 360, then view it in Articulate Review.

Optimize File Paths and Naming Conventions

Be sure the file paths to your projects and published output are well under the 260-character limit imposed by Microsoft Windows. (Publishing adds characters to the file path you selected. If it exceeds 260 characters, your published output will be incomplete.)

Avoid using special characters, accents, or symbols in your file paths and file names. Learn more about naming conventions in this Microsoft article.