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Learning Articulate Storyline

Learning Articulate Storyline [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Harnett
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Storyline is an authoring tool packed with out-of-the-box features that don’t require any special knowledge to operate. That’s right; this is a programming-free zone! E-learning authoring is no longer limited to developers; the doors are now wide open for subject matter experts with their content, writers with their storyboards, and designers with their media to work in conjunction with developers to collectively create some very cool e-learning projects.

"Learning Articulate Storyline" introduces the powerful and easy-to-use features that are changing the landscape of e-learning development. You will learn about the new paradigms and features that set Storyline apart from other development tools. You’ll gain insight into how you can best leverage your skills and some best practices when working with Storyline.

Storyline rocks! And you’re about to discover why. The aim of this book is to help you bring content to life in interesting and engaging ways, customizing the learner experience, allowing for hands-on participation, and optimizing your production processes to streamline your efforts. This book will help you enhance your skills and become an accomplished e-learning author and Storyline user.

You’ll work on several different projects, all created from scratch by you as you work through this book. Each task focuses on a set of complementary topics to complete the project. You’ll be up and running building your first project within 10 minutes of starting this book and will add content, animate it, and control object and slide behavior to complete your first project. You’ll then move on to more advanced topics to incorporate media elements, quizzing, and scenarios, then conclude by publishing your projects.

When you finish this book you will be able to confidently create shining examples of e-learning done the right way, and it is this skill that will set you apart from the crowd.


This book provides one-on-one tutoring to help you quickly get up to speed with the basics while also learning how to best apply Storyline features in the context of the work you do.

Who this book is for

If you’re an e-learning developer, writer, designer, subject matter expert, or all or any one of these, this book is for you. This book is not just for novices, but also for seasoned developers, transitioning from PowerPoint and Articulate Studio ’09, and for those who are already working with Storyline.

About the Author

Stephanie Harnett

Stephanie Harnett is a learning consultant who has over 20 years of training and communications experience. She has worked with business leaders, key stakeholders, and project teams, designing, developing, and delivering collaborative solutions, online learning, and interactive communications. Her areas of expertise include governance, compliance, operations, human resources in oil and gas, and government.

Stephanie is passionate about learning and technology—it is her work and her hobby. You will frequently spot her in the global community of learning professionals, sharing her knowledge through guest blog posts and tutorials. Her contributions to the community can be viewed on and by following her on Twitter (slhice).

Over the years, she has developed a keen awareness of adult learning in a corporate setting and uses her research and analysis, instructional design, writing, presentation, and technical skills, along with a dash of common sense, to produce effective, engaging, and on-target results that meet business challenges.

Away from the office? This is a foreign concept for Stephanie. She weaves learning and technology when she works and when she plays—finding new devices and effective ways to communicate, collaborate, work, play, learn, and share, no matter where her GPS coordinates are.

Specialties include instructional design, writing/communications, technical writing, storyboarding/layout/design, advisory, and technical support/training.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6791 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (26 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849694230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849694230
  • ASIN: B00E7NCB08
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great primer 1 Sep 2013
By Leslie
I have used Storyline, on and off since its first release, I think they are at update 3 now, so I took the book to browse whilst on holiday - with no computer or phone :-) - thinking I knew enough about the software to review the book. I thought the contents of the book were very good, logical layout and structured guidance for the newcomer.

However, browsing the book without the opportunity to try the exercises turns out to be quite dull, so I was much happier when I returned to my PC and managed to try out some of the exercises in the book. I didn't do them all, but all those I did try out worked perfectly, which is quite a surprise for a cookbook type of book.

This book will help the novice eLearning developer and newcomer to Storyline to quickly build confidence in what they are doing.

For those that are experienced with Storyline then this is probably a book you may refer to occassionally, although probably the online comunities will be more helpful to you


if you haven't tried Storyline yet or are new to the software then this is a book that will help you evaluate the full potential of the software as an eLearning development tool.

Download the 30 day trial version of Storyline, and use this book to help you develop and try your first "stories", and I think you will end up buying Storyline when you find out how easy it is to produce some meaningful output :-)

Enjoy both the software and the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good way to get started with Storyline 17 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Earlier this year I was delighted to be asked by Packt Publishing to act as a Technical Reviewer on their new book Learning Articulate Storyline. The book was recently published and not long afterwards a copy arrived by post. Even though I hadn't done the hard work of actually writing the book, it was still exciting to see the finished product after having played a small part in its development.

I'm a big fan of the practical approach adopted in Packt's books, and Learning Articulate Storyline is no exception. If you've never used Storyline before you can be confident that after working through this book you will be able to use it to develop elearning content.

There's no unnecessary theory or explanations; after a quick introduction to Storyline you get stuck into building the first part of a course that you will continue to develop as you progress through the book. You're introduced to new concepts at the point at which you use them, so there's always a clear link between theory and practice.

At less than 280 pages you might think that the book is a little short, particularly when compared to typical IT books, but don't let that fool you. It's a testament to both to the simplicity of the tool and the practical approach of the book that it covers everything you need to get started - and I should be clear that getting started is what it's all about.

The book is aimed squarely at novices and it meets their needs well, but this isn't the book for you if you're looking for advanced techniques. I can happily recommend it to anyone who is just getting started with Articulate Storyline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good tutorial structured book for new users 15 Sep 2013
By Holly MacDonald - Published on
I recently read the book Learning Articulate Storyline by Stephanie Harnett.

I've always admired Stephanie's work and was excited to see how she approached her book. You can see Stephanie's work at her website (all built in Storyline) and in her super-informative Screenrs.

As an avid Articulate Storyline developer, I wanted to find a resource that I could use with my contractors and even clients to get them up to speed on how to use the software. Since there is no official "user manual", this book offers a really nice self-directed learning resource to learning the product, with some bonuses:

-Stephanie's deep understanding from an instructional authoring perspective. While I know Stephanie is a talented instructional designer, it really shines through in her approach to the book. She gives advice that is both feature rich, but more importantly, it's written from the perspective of "why should I do this".
-Her "voice" shines through - everything she explains reads exactly like she was sitting beside me talking me through things.
-Samples and examples she points to at the beginning of Chapter 4: Adding Characters and Audio, and the additional resources/links in the summary of Chapter 7 are like instructional design gold!
There are exercises to follow along step by step with the flow of the book, which was nice. Since I have experience with the software it's hard for me to know how a complete novice would find the structure of these exercises, but they were logical and easy to follow for me .

Minor things I'd like to see in future editions:

-I would have liked to have seen some of the tips in the chapter: Rapid Development show up in the beginning of the book, as she raises some great points about setting up for re-purposing which might affect how you approach a project from the beginning.
-I would have also liked there to be a bit more visual distinction in the "follow along" sections, just to make them pop (I was working with an epub version), but that's a personal preference. Additional icons would enhance the navigation of the book.
-I would have loved to seen the types of examples provided in Chapter 4 for other chapters: Quizzing, States and Layers, Variables and Adding Visual Media.

Overall, this is a great book to help someone get up to speed quickly on Storyline and even a seasoned user will pick up a tip or two.

You can hear Stephanie talk about her book in a recent eLearnChat episode.

If you want to win your own copy, check out Articulate's review of it: [...]

Even if you don't win a copy, you should consider adding this to your bookshelf!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners 22 Aug 2013
By C. Howery - Published on
I started using Storyline (SL) a year or so ago, and this is the first book I get to read since then. If you are an SL beginner this book might be a good start for you. The first chapters will provide you with a lengthy explanation regarding SL's interface, and creating and saving projects. Storyline's interface is very intuitive, and if you are familiar with PowerPoint then Storyline will be easy, but this book gives you pretty good basics on how to start.

If you are impatience like me then you may enjoy jumping to the chapter exercises. These are very descriptive (great for beginners) as the steps are accompanied by screen captures. I would've loved counting on an appendix with some of Storyline's shortcuts keys. These always come handy. Some of them are similar to those used in PP, but obviously there are new ones. I found some I had no idea about.

There is one chapter regarding Storyline variables. This is very important if you want to add more interactivity or control paths or actions based on specific conditions. Being a former computer programmer using variables in Storyline was a bit easy, but I admit that having a book with this information would've helped me more.

Overall I like the structure of this book as it guides you from the basics through more complex features that Storyline offers, but like I said this is good for beginners. The Articulate Community has tons of resources for those with an "exploratory" nature. You can review Articulate Community video tutorials and learn a great deal. If you feel lost with the videos then you may want to carry a handy-dandy resource like this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Solid but Imperfect Introduction to Articulate Storyline 18 Aug 2013
By Andrew Sellon - Published on
I was asked by the publisher to review this book. I agree with much of what has been said by others here; the book includes all the topics one would expect for an introductory book about Articulate Storyline, and most of the information is very clearly presented. I was not troubled by the absence of discussion about how to handle client reviews, etc., as I would consider that a bit outside the realm of a book aimed at teaching functionality of a software program. It would be a "nice to have" item for a book with broader scope, to be sure. But what did trouble me in this book was the high number of copy editing and proofreading errors, some of which made for confusing reading. All in all, it's a solid book, if you're willing to overlook the flaws in its text. As others have observed, this book seems clearly aimed at a new user, who will probably appreciate all the step-by-step exercises that take up a fair amount of space through the course of the book.

One thing I did note in my review is that Articulate Storyline has now been out 18+ months, which means users are expecting a new version 2 of the software in coming months. I'm hopeful that Packt Publishing will take the opportunity of correcting all the little editing/proofreading issues when they update this book.

For anyone curious, my full review is available on my consulting web site: [...]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair. E-Learning Uncovered Is Better 22 Dec 2013
By William Corsair - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The first thing that really put me off was the use of a strange, stylized script font for the callouts in the various screen shots. The font is also slightly fuzzy as it's rendered on the page, straining one's eyesight to see what's being written. As others have noted, there are enough proof-reading/copy-editing errors that the publisher and author should really be embarrassed. It's a minor point, but there were also times when I had to re-read a sentence several times to figure out what was being said because of the differences between British English and American English (the book was written by a Brit and published in the UK).

This book is good, but "E-Learning Uncovered: Articulate Storyline" was an easier read for me. Explanations are a bit better, and the graphics and callouts clearer. That said, however, "Learning Articulate Storyline" does have sections that provide more detail. For example, early in both books the authors make reference to the fact that not all PowerPoint features will be imported and/or be functional in Storyline. "Learning Articulate Storyline" details what those features are, and gives a deep Web link for further information, whereas "E-Learning Uncovered" just makes a passing reference.

I purchased the "E-Learning Uncovered: Lectora X" title a couple of years ago and found it extremely helpful in learning a steep-learning-curve software platform, so I already had a preference for that series of well-written books.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful with some glitches 10 Sep 2014
By usrjm - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Book is a great tutorial for those starting to use Storyline. A number of errors I found had to do with the creation of Storyline files, some of the examples are incorrect . The reader has to jump around in the book and use the files provided in order to get a better understanding of how to get proper functionality. However, THIS is a GREAT beginning and intermediate book. Well written
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