Articulate Storyline – Format Painter

Format painter seems to get forgotten in the long list of so many excellent Articulate Storyline features. I know several of the Articulate folks have mentioned it and Jeanette Brooks even did a great tutorial about having multiple hotspots in a quiz question where she mentions format painter. As someone considered an Articulate Storyline consultant in Canada, I use this tool so often that I felt it was worthy of its very own blog post. What is it? Format painter allows you to copy the formatting from one object (any object in Storyline – text box, shape, buttons, etc.) to another object. What’s so great about that? Sure, just copying formatting isn’t enough to knock your socks off. In addition to copying the styles (font, colours, lines, shadows, etc.) it also copies the states from one object to another. This is where format painter becomes my favourite tool. Example please? Imagine that you’re building a slide with several images. When the learner hovers over each image it will highlight the image by changing the colour, adding an outline, and even a text description underneath. This is a “hover” state. You also have a state for when the learner has visited that image (clicked on it). That’s a lot of states to create on each image on a single slide. Without format painter you’d have to add each of the states to each individual image and also add all of the styles to those states, plus the text boxes, etc. Cue format painter. Format your first image, add all the states and format those including adding any text boxes (like...
Dress Code – An Instructional Design Case Study

Dress Code – An Instructional Design Case Study

For quite a while I couldn’t really talk about any of the many eLearning and other instructional design projects I was working on because they were covered by either a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or other restrictions. I really wanted to start building my portfolio so I embarked on journey to create a fictitious company with a fictitious performance problem. The company’s name is Gas Eight. You can read the company profile I created here. In short, the fictitious company was having challenges with employees not following the dress code. The end result was that employees needed a refresher on the dress code and managers needed new ways to discuss infractions with their employees. In another post I’ll go into more about some of the reasons why I chose the performance improvement plan that I did. For now, I’d like to let you see the demonstration of the simple, scenario-based course I designed to relaunch the dress code to Gas Eight’s employees. The course isn’t complete in the demo but I’m sure you’ll get the idea. Why did I choose scenarios? In this case, scenarios would allow employees to explore various situations that were common dress code violations at Gas Eight. By presenting employees with choices and then asking employees to back up those choices with further choices, it allowed employees to demonstrate and practice. Why not just make them sign off on the policy and review key points? Wouldn’t that be faster? In cases like these, employees often have been asked previously to read the policy (doesn’t just apply to dress code; this can apply to any policy) but...
Articulate Storyline 2 – review

Articulate Storyline 2 – review

I’m so happy Articulate decided to come out with a new version of Storyline and even happier that they worked in some amazing new features.  I’m a little late to the game since Storyline 2 was released last September but I figure “better late than never” right? I have yet to explore all of the cool new stuff but a few things I’ve found I thought I should mention. Animations This is one of the big new features and they don’t disappoint. I can’t wait to play around with the new motion paths but even just the new basic animation options are a huge improvement on Storyline 1. I don’t use a lot of animation in my courses but Storyline 1 was very limiting even for the small amount I need. I’m happy to say that I haven’t run into any limitations just yet. Import I was working with two older Storyline files that even have some old Articulate Engage interactions in them. The import into Storyline 2 went very well. I do have to say that the first couple of times I tried the import it failed but then I read this knowledge base article about not working off of a network or USB drive. Once I moved my files to my desktop everything worked flawlessly from there on. Easy Transition  I created a new course from scratch and found it just as straightforward as before to work in the tool. I had no trouble orienting myself to where old features are now nor did I have any trouble with the new features. However, as I worked, there were...