In my previous blogs, basic features of Articulate Storyline to get started – Part I and Part II, we have explored the features of the welcome screen and Story View of Storyline. In this blog, we will see the components of the Slide View and the Ribbon.
The above screenshot shows the slide view.
- The white space you have in the middle is the stage on which you will design the content.
- On the left side, you can see all slides of the scenes as thumbnails.
- On the right side, you have the Triggers panel where you can manage the triggers.
- Below the trigger panel, you have slide layers panel which allows you to manage your slide layers.
- On the top, you have the Ribbon which contain various tabs.
- At the bottom, you have the timeline which helps you to manage the timing of your slide and the animation of any object.
- You have states panel, which allows you to see the state of any object.
- You also have the notes panel, where you can add the transcript for your courses.
Ribbon : In the above screenshot of the Ribbon, you can see the tabs – Home, Insert, Design, Animations, View and Help.
Home tab : This tab is similar to the Home tab we have in Microsoft PowerPoint. Additionally, we have the player settings, preview and publish options.
Insert tab : This tab allows you to insert slides, illustrations, media, text and interactive objects into your slide.
Design tab : This tab also is very similar to the Design tab in Microsoft PowerPoint; you can use the default themes available, and the most important option is the story size where you can edit the dimensions of the project.
Animation tab : This tab allows you to add animations to pictures, shapes, captions, text, characters, movies, and any other object you’ve inserted into your slides. You can also add transitions to the slides.
View tab : We have the Slide Master and feedback Master in this tab.
Help tab : This is the usual help and support tab.
Format tab : We can see this tab when we select any shape, picture, text or any other object on the slide. It contains the options to stylize the selected componentand perform actions such as changing the color, aligning it, changing the dimensions and so on.
If you observe the screenshots of the tabs, you will notice that the common option available in all the tabs is Preview.
As I said in my earlier blog, the ribbon is used to perform all functions. Using Storyline, without knowing these functions, is difficult. In my next blog, we will explore the Player setting feature of Storyline. So, stay tuned.