Change Audio

Articulate Storyline Tips to Save Time

I haven’t been working with Articulate Storyline for all that long, and most things I’ve picked up have been self-taught, so I thought I’d share a few of those little tips that have truly saved my life (well, a lot of time anyway) so to speak!

Working for an eLearning development business, we are often asked by clients to restrict users from moving forward in the course until any audio has been completed. That’s an easy one – use a true/false variable applied to the media, then a condition applied to the next button. BUT, what happens if you want to change a bunch of audio recordings (for example the client changes the terminology they use, and want to refer to ‘organisations; instead of ‘businesses’)? If you delete the media and reload the new recordings, you then need to adjust all the variable triggers to refer to the new audio file – aaarrrgghh what a pain!

As with pictures, I was looking for the ‘Change Sound’ option on right-click of the speaker icon, and had assumed that this option wasn’t available. UNTIL I discovered the ‘Change Sound’ button in the Sound Tools! This handy little button allows you to replace the old file with the new file, and retains all the original settings, formats, links to triggers/variables etc, as the Change Picture option does for image adjustments. VOILA! Easy as pie when you know how!

Another great tool is the Audio Editor, where you can select an audio file, and modify it by adding in silence, removing words, and even cutting in other recordings to create one seamless audio file – this one’s great to have a play with!

The last tip I wanted to share with you was something that confused me for quite some time, and had me re-building entire slides (well ok, it only happened once – thank goodness for clever colleagues!) I had been given a project with the slide below, where you could see one of the layers from the base slide – very weird! I thought this must be a Storyline glitch (although I do remember being told once, a good workman never blames his tools!)

What I saw on the base slide

What I saw on the base slide

I could see one of the layers from the base slide, and I thought Storyline was broken! Until my clever colleague directed my attention to the eyeballs at the left of the layers in the layers panel:

Layers

Layers

See how the layer is visible, but we’re viewing the base slide? Turning the layer visibility off meant I could avoid having to re-build everything!

Actual base slide

Actual base slide

This feature is actually a useful tool in Storyline, because it allows you to check your alignments between layers and base slide, so you can keep everything consistent across your course.

I know, seems logical, but this seriously had me baffled, and no amount of Googling could help me figure it out – hence the re-building!

Hopefully someone, somewhere finds this useful, and it saves you some time in the future!

Comments
  • Hi Trish! Thanks for sharing some of your Storyline experiences so far. I had never once noticed that there was a “change sound” option before. Such a great find and useful feature. Well done!

  • Karyn Giglietta says:

    Hi Trish – I haven’t started using Storyline yet, but these tips are good to know BEFORE I get going! Thanks.

  • The layer visibility tip is a helpful feature to visually align layer objects on multiple slide layers. It works differently than programs like Illustrator where users (typically) keep the eye icons open for visibility. It’s really useful, but you’re right that you need to remember to disable the view for normal development.

    Thanks for sharing some really great production tips!

  • Robyn Lambell says:

    Hi Trish, can you do the same with the audio with a web object? We have an articulate studio project that we have bought into storyline and it has imbedded navigation tools. If we put a next and back button when the user presses next it skips all the other embedded slides in the web object. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Trish Chin says:

      Thanks so much for your question Robyn.
      The properties of the Storyline navigation only operate the slides in storyline, so any on-slide navigation or embedded navigation would be overridden by the Next/Prev buttons in the player.
      I would perhaps suggest some on-slide instructions for your learners. You might also like to add the ability for learners to review the web object at any time later in the module as a lightbox slide, which can be added to your player as a player tab.
      Good luck!

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