Articulate Storyline, whose interface looks very similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, is one of the easiest tools to work on for all courseware designers. It has made all the functionality work so easy that any interactivity can be created using its default features. The basic feature that makes it is so easy is the trigger wizard.
What is a Trigger?
The word trigger itself gives you its meaning. It is what you add to an object to execute an action. Like, the trigger of a gun, which when pressed, fires a bullet. Once you understand the logic, it is up to your imagination to create any type of interactions, games, or customized features.
The basic way of creating a trigger is to create an action using the trigger wizard, and associating it with an object (clicking a button) or an event (the starting or ending of the time line).
The trigger wizard basically comprises of four parts. They are:
- Action that has to be performed.
- When the action should be executed.
- Object that the trigger should be associated with.
- Conditions on which the actions should be executed
I will show you how to create a basic trigger.
Here, the action I want to perform is to navigate to the next slide. So, the action in the trigger wizard I select is “Jump to slide” and the slide will be “next slide”. Now the question is, when this action is to be executed. I want the user to click a particular object to navigate to the next slide. So I select, when “user clicks” the object “Rectangle 1”.
Now with more options available in each drop down list, and with your logical thinking you can create various triggers. For example, if I want a media to play/pause when user clicks a specific object, I would create a trigger as shown below:
These are the examples where the triggers are associated with objects. Here are some examples where the triggers are associated with an event:
I want a layer Tab_01, which I’ve created, to show up when the timeline of my slide ends. I will create a simple trigger as shown below:
Now here, I want a media to play when the timeline of my slide starts. So I will create a trigger as shown:
This was creating basic triggers. For more exciting features, like the variables and conditions that makes functionality so easy in Articulate storyline, stay tuned to my blogs.