Before programs like Articulate Storyline came along, PowerPoint was a fan favorite for most training and development folks. It was useful in a live instructor-led training scenario, but you could also create kiosk-type presentations that would be self-running or even have some level of interactivity, but it was very limited. The fact is, you may have many presentations based on a number of learning projects in the past and the good news is, you can use those here in Storyline. In fact, you can begin your brand new project using an existing PowerPoint presentation.
That's what we're going to do right now. Once you launch Storyline from the splash screen, you'll go under the Create a new project section and click Import PowerPoint. If you have the exercise files, you'll now go to the Chapter 2 folder of those files, where you'll find KinetEco_employee_orientation. Now, this slide deck has been used in the past for employee orientation session Now we're going to pop it into an e-learning project here in Storyline by selecting it and then clicking Open. Now, depending on your slide presentation, the number of slides, and the content of those slides, this could take several minutes. So we'll let Storyline do its thing, reading the PowerPoint project, analyzing the slides, and then they all appear here, where we can choose to import them all By simply clicking import or pick and choose the slides that we want to bring in.
This is also the case after the fact if we want to import slides from a presentation to an existing project that we've already started in storyline. So with everything highlighted, and you'll notice a select all option to select everything, and none, to deselect everything. You could then go pick and choose using the control key on your keyboard. Or the shift key to select a group of slides that are contiguous, but by default, all of these slides are already selected. We have 24 of them here. Where will they go? By default, into a brand new scene, a single scene, so we might need to split things up a little bit later on, which we will do in this course.
But for now, we'll let them go into a New Scene. If this was an existing project that we were importing slides into, we could click the drop down and import them into a current scene. But we'll leave New Scene selected. Notice the scene name will be the same as the name our presentation. If you want to change that, you can. I'm going to change it from kinetEco employee orientation to New Hire Orientation, like so. Now it's time to import the slides. Click the import button and then just simply sit back and wait for each of the slides to be imported into your brand new project that is being created on the fly.
Another thing to keep in mind is the slides of the slides in Powerpoint. If they were created, like this presentation, using a 16 by 9 aspect ratio, that's going to be the size of your story. And once we get into Storyline, you'll find a number of similarities to the Storyline program. That you see in PowerPoint for example. So lets just give this a minute to import, and then we'll be ready to continue. Alright, eventually all of the slides are imported into our brand new scene, which we renamed New Hire Orientation. We can rename this at anytime just by double clicking this information at the top.
And inside the scene, you'll see each of the slides. You'll also see how they're linked from one to the other. So in this case as you can see we have from our untitled slide at the top, options that take us to the new hire orientation. Or over here on the right which looks like a quiz, and you might want to scroll down to see the full length of this scene. Lots of slides all in the right order, all numbered automatically. And if wanted to make changes to any one of these slides, we simply double-click the slide. I want to do this.
Let's double-click the very first slide so you can see what it looks like. And next, we'll go up to the Design tab and choose Story Size. From here, you'll see that it's actually using a 16-by-9 aspect ratio, one of the presets that you can choose from here in Storyline, but that's based on the slide size, as it was created in PowerPoint. So all that came across. Let's click Cancel. Also you'll notice we have text boxes, we have objects that came across. If you go up to the logo and try to click it.
You'll notice it's not selectable. It was part of the PowerPoint template or master slide in the background, and that's the case here as well. It's also in the background part of the master slide which we can edit of course by simply changing views. So all of that comes across nicely here in Storyline, and we're ready to continue. Let's close up this untitled slide. We're back to story view, and now we need to start thinking about getting organized. In the next movie, we'll talk about creating separate scenes and inserting slides into those scenes.
- What is Storyline?
- Understanding elearning
- Starting a new project from scratch or from PowerPoint
- Inserting new scenes and slides
- Adding images
- Recording narration
- Inserting video
- Creating review questions
- Publishing your project for web or mobile distribution