A general rule in our eLearning development (and specifically with Storyline) is that a good template needs and deserves a good player. But what does a good player look like? And how can you build one? In one of my previous blogs, I talked about how you could turn the built-in, mundane Storyline player into a customized masterpiece. But what if I told you that you could have a player that broke the boundaries of an ordinary built-in player?
Well folks, today is your lucky day! Because with eLearning Brothers custom Storyline Players, you have complete control of how your player looks and reacts.With eLearning Brothers Storyline players you can place your buttons wherever you want on the screen in order to meet the specifications of your individual templates. You no longer have to settle for a player that feels physically and aesthetically segregated from the rest of your template.
Below, I will show you how to easily implement these custom players into your awesome templates or courses.
The first step in inserting the custom player is editing the built-in player to be completely empty. So all the checkmarks and views that can normally be added in the player need to be taken off. The custom player will have all of these features built in.
The next step is to go to the Slide Master View in the custom player project and right click on the top layout box found in the left hand corner and copy and paste it into the Slide Master View of your personal project. After you have pasted the layout into your Slide Master you will see lots of broken links and triggers. Don’t worry, all of those will take care of themselves in a few steps.
Now right-click on the canvas in your base layer and assign it the layout of the player that you just imported.
Now in the Slide View of Slide 1.1, you will want to copy the two shapes to the lower left (these are the “Initialize Variable” shape and the “Set Slide” shape) of the canvas and paste those into the Base Layer of your personal project. You will have to also copy and paste the “Set Slide” shape onto every slide so that the Slide Number will go up on each slide change. You will also need to copy the Close Caption Layer into your personal project, as well. Now, if you go and look in the Slide Master View at all the previously broken triggers, you will see that all of the variables and triggers have been copied and pasted from the custom player project, meaning that you now have no broken triggers found in your project.
You now need to copy and paste these two Slide Triggers onto every slide and layer. This will allow you to show and hide the Close Caption layer on each layer. After you copy and paste the triggers on the each slide, you now need to reassign the “unassigned” trigger to “Close Caption”.
The last step is to go to the Manage Variables button and modify the variable zTotalSlides to the number of slides you have in your personal project. Then, you have to go to each individual slide and modify the trigger on the Set Slide shape to equal the number of the slide it is on. For example if you went to Slide 56, you would have to change the trigger on the Set Slide shape from 1 (which is its default state) to 56.
And that is how to import the amazing custom eLearning Brothers player into your awesome project. Now that the player is imported, you can now edit the look and feel of the player. You can position the player any which way you would like. Whether that be on the top of the project or scattered about like a board of scrabble. Let me know how your experience has been with the custom Storyline Players and how they have amped up your projects. Don’t forget to get hooked up with one of our template subscriptions so you can get these wonderful custom players for yourself!