Markers are a great way to reveal content when learners need it. Learners click them to see additional text and media.

Adding Markers

In the 360° image editor, you can add one or more markers to your interaction. Click  Marker on the ribbon, or right-click the image and choose Insert Marker. The marker appears with a customizable icon and blank label where you can enter a title, description, and/or media.

Changing Marker Icons

If you want to change the icon for an existing marker, select the marker, click the Icon drop-down arrow, and choose a different symbol from the preset icons or Content Library 360. If you prefer to not use an icon, click No icon.

The Custom section of the icon list displays every Content Library 360 icon that you add to the current 360° image interaction.

Marker icon selection window.

Tip: You can number markers sequentially (e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc.). Just select the preset sequential numbers icon at the top-right corner of the icon menu, then add as many markers as you need.

Resizing Markers

Change the default size of a marker. To resize an icon, drag any of its sizing handles.

Formatting Markers

Change the accent color for individual markers.

The default color for markers comes from Accent 1 of your theme colors. To change it, select a marker, click the Accent drop-down arrow, and then choose a color. (This updates the color for the selected marker.)

In the same list, you can flip the fill and icon color of the selected marker. Just click Invert Marker Theme.

Formatting Labels

Change the theme and style for all labels in your interaction all at once. 

To change the theme for your labels, go to the Interaction tab, then click the Theme drop-down arrow to select a light or dark theme.

Note: The light theme makes markers and all labels white and fills the icon with your accent color choice. The dark theme fills markers with your accent color choice, changes the icon to white, and makes all labels black.


In the same tab, you can customize the label style. Just click the Corners drop-down arrow, choose a square or rounded corner style, and decide if you want to hide or show the connector.

Controlling Marker Effects

Enable or disable the pulsing animation for unvisited markers by going to the Interaction tab, then clicking the Markers drop-down arrow to turn the animation on or off.

Understanding Marker States

Markers in 360° interactions have built-in states, as explained below:

  • Normal: This is the initial state for an object. 
  • Hover: This is how an object appears when learners move their mouse over it. When learners hover over a marker, its color dims or brightens depending on the theme (i.e., the color of the marker dims with the dark theme and brightens with the light theme), and the cursor changes to a hand.
  • Selected: This is how an object appears when it's selected. When learners click a marker, an outline in the color of the marker icon appears around the marker.
  • Visited: This is how an object appears after it’s clicked. 
    • If the pulsing animation is enabled, the pulsing circle effect stops and the marker returns to its normal state. 
    • If the pulsing animation is disabled, the marker simply returns to its normal state.

Note: At this time, there isn’t a way to customize the built-in states for markers in 360° interactions.

Changing Label Fonts

The fonts used for the label title and description default to your project's theme fonts.

To use a different font, use the font selector in the Marker tab to modify an individual label, or customize your theme fonts to change all the labels in your course at the same time. 

Adding Audio to Labels

Import audio from your computer, generate text-to-speech clips, choose audio from the media library, or record narration right in Storyline 360. Just select your marker, go to the Media tab on the ribbon, click Audio, and choose one of the audio options:

Audio from File

Use this option to import an audio clip from your computer.

Media Library

Use this option to insert an audio clip from the media library.

Record Mic

Use this option to record an audio clip.

Text-to-Speech

Use this option to convert your text to narration.

Options

Change your audio playback device and recording devices. You can also modify the recording volume level.


After adding audio, additional options on the Media ribbon become available, such as an audio editor, a volume adjuster, and more. To learn more about working with audio, visit Editing Audio and Using the Audio Tools.

To change the accent color for the selected marker’s media controls, click Accent on the Media ribbon, and choose the player’s accent color or a custom one.

To add closed captions to marker audio, select the audio and click Add Captions on the Media ribbon. Visit this user guide to learn all about working with closed captions.

Adding Pictures and Videos to Labels

Add an image or video to each marker's label. Just select your marker, go to the Media tab on the ribbon, click Picture or Video, and choose one of the following:

Picture

Content Library 360 Photos

Use this option to insert a photo from Content Library 360.

Picture from File

Use this option to insert an image from your computer.

Media Library

Use this option to insert an image from the media library.

Screenshot

Use this option to capture and insert a clip of your screen.

 

Video

Content Library 360 Videos

Use this option to insert a video from Content Library 360.

Video from File

Use this option to insert a video from your computer.

Media Library

Use this option to insert a video from the media library.

Record Webcam

Use this option to record a video with your webcam.

 

To edit a picture or video you've added to a label, visit these user guides:

Add alt text to all pictures and videos so they’re accessible to screen readers and other assistive technologies. Learn more.

Renaming Markers 

When you add markers, Storyline 360 gives each one a default name: Marker 1, Marker 2, etc. We recommend giving them more intuitive names, so they're recognizable when adding triggers.

One way to rename a marker is to enter a label title. The name of the marker updates to reflect its label title. Or, double-click the marker on the Markers & Hotspots panel, enter a new name, and press Enter on your keyboard.

Deleting Markers

To delete a marker, select it and press Delete on your keyboard. Or, select the marker and click Cut on the ribbon.

Another option is to convert the marker to a hotspot. Just select the marker, then click Switch Type on the Marker ribbon. Learn more about hotspots.

There’s more work underway to enhance 360° images. Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:

  • Accessibility: Empower all learners to have the same engaging experience with built-in accessibility features for 360° images.
  • Translation: Localize 360° interactions alongside the rest of your course when you export text to XLIFF or Word for translation.
  • Tooltips: Display tooltips when learners hover over markers and hotspots in 360° interactions so learners know what to expect before they click.

Stay tuned for more details!

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