If Microsoft PowerPoint is your starting point for developing eLearning content, you can reuse that content in any of the top eLearning development tools including Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, and TechSmith Camtasia Studio.
This week I'm going to show you how to use Articulate Storyline and PowerPoint to jump start the eLearning development process.
You can either create a new Storyline project using a PowerPoint presentation or import PowerPoint content into an existing Storyline project. In the image below, notice that there is an Import PowerPoint menu item on Storyline's Welcome screen.
- Imported text may not look the same way it does in PowerPoint. You may find some variations in font size, line spacing, alignment, colors, or bullets.
- Presentation size: If your PowerPoint presentation is a different size than your Storyline project, you may need to make adjustments to the size and placement of objects after importing them. Or, you can change your story size to match your PowerPoint presentation before importing.
- Embedded fonts: Storyline doesn't support embedded fonts from PowerPoint. If a font used in the PowerPoint presentation isn't installed on your computer, Storyline will apply the default Articulate font to the imported text.
- Animations and slide transitions: PowerPoint entrance and exit animations are supported in Storyline and will be imported--though some will be converted to Fade animations. Similarly, some PowerPoint slide transitions are supported in Storyline, while others get converted to Fade transitions. Emphasis animations and motion paths aren't supported and won't be imported into Storyline.
- SmartArt Graphics will be imported as images.
- Tables will be imported as images.
- Equations will be imported as images.
- Slide numbers won't be imported into Storyline.
- 3-D rotation: Objects with 3-D rotation will be imported as images without 3-D rotation.
- GIF images: Animated GIFs will be imported as static images.
- Line thicknesses: Border and line widths may appear slightly different in Storyline.