Arlyn's Favorite Storyline 2 Features

Article Last Updated Dec 3, 2016

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"Storyline 2 gives you so many great ways to bring content to life. Check out my 26 favorite new features. I think you’ll love them, too." — Arlyn Asch, Articulate CTO

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Motion Paths
“I love that the motion paths in Storyline 2 let you move things anywhere on your slide. They’re a really powerful tool for building interesting animations and interactivity.”

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Move Trigger
“You’ve never seen motion paths like those in Storyline 2. One thing that sets them apart is the move trigger, which lets you trigger motion paths to start at any time you want.”

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Relative Start Point
“Storyline 2 opens up so many new possibilities for building animations, interactive activities, and games by letting you start motion paths from an object’s current position.”

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Slider Design
“When you add a slider interaction, you can style it to your heart’s content. In minutes, you have this really cool, totally customized interaction.”

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Slider Interactivity
“I’m amazed by these sliders—they’re very compelling and easy. Without any programming, you can create all kinds of interactive experiences that put learners in control.”

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Object Animations
“Check this out. Storyline 2 has 10 new entrance and 10 new exit animations, plus a bunch of options for each. So you have so much flexibility in what you can do.”

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Animation Painter
“It’s like magic. You trick out an object with entrance and exit animations, custom timing, and effects. Then you apply all that goodness to other objects with a few clicks.”

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When Animation Completes Event
“This is a really cool new trigger for working with animations. Now you can set any event to start when an animation completes.”

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Timeline Trigger Events
“Being able to make things happen at a specific cue point or point on the timeline was one of the most requested features. I’m really happy it’s in Storyline 2.”

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Timeline Triggers
“You can now trigger objects to pause and resume the timeline, making it even easier to build the interactivity you want.”

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Slide Transitions
“With 11 new transitions in Storyline 2, you have so many new ways to introduce content with style. You can even use transitions on slide layers, which is pretty great.”

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WYSIWYG Text Editor
“I’m so happy with the ‘what you see is what you get’ text editor. The text on your slide will always look exactly how it will when you publish. So you can easily get your slides to look just right.”

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Character Spacing
“Storyline 2 lets you format your text to look the way you want. You can adjust spacing between letters with any custom value to create the perfect look.”

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Paragraph Formatting
“I love that Storyline 2 has these great formatting features. You have such granular control over paragraph alignment, spacing, text direction, and indentation.”

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Custom Bullets
“There are so many bulleted lists in e-learning. And with Storyline 2, it’s really easy to customize them. You can even use special characters for bullets.”

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Special Characters
“Many fonts include special characters for things like ellipses and em dashes. And Storyline 2 supports them all, so your text looks totally pro without you doing a thing.”

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Typographic Ligatures
“In some fonts, letters are meant to change shape based on their position. But usually only design tools like Adobe InDesign fully support these font ligatures. Until Storyline 2.”

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Negative Scoring
“Storyline 2 gives you so much control over how you score learners. You can even subtract points for wrong answers, which is perfect for things like gamification and scenario-based quizzing.”

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Read-Only Seekbar
“Sometimes you don’t want your learners to skip ahead, but you want them to see their progress. Now that’s really easy to do with the read-only seekbars in Storyline 2.”

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Player Button Triggers
“You now have the power to control the Next and Previous buttons on the player. So if you want to hide the Next button until a learner has finished an activity, no problem.”

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Eyedropper Tool
“This is a really fun feature. The eyedropper tool lets you choose colors from anything on your slide or desktop to style your shapes.”

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Video Encoding
“Storyline 2 includes the latest video encoding technology, so videos look better than ever. And if your video is already the way you want, you can choose not to encode it.”

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Dockable Panels
“I love how easy dockable panels make editing complex slides. You can pull off any of the panels in your workspace, move them anywhere, and make them as big as you want.”

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Form/Slide View Toggle
“The new toggle between Form View and Slide View is such a timesaver. You can move back and forth with one click, making quiz editing so easy.”

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AutoRecovery
“If Storyline 2 closes unexpectedly, reopen the project and you’re happily notified that your unsaved changes have been restored. You’re totally covered.”

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Interface Localization
“Now you can work in your native tongue if you speak English, Chinese, French, German, or Spanish. Added bonus: you can easily switch the user interface between these five languages with a few clicks.”

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