Storyline 3: Tips for Importing Microsoft PowerPoint and Articulate Presenter Content

Article Last Updated Apr 4, 2017

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When you import PowerPoint slides into Storyline 3, most PowerPoint and Presenter features will work as expected in Storyline, but some have different behavior and some aren't supported.

PowerPoint Features

Presentation Size

If your PowerPoint slide size is different from your Storyline slide size, you may need to make adjustments to the size and placement of objects after importing them. For the best results, change your slide size in Storyline to match your PowerPoint slide size before importing content. Click here for details.

Embedded Fonts

Storyline doesn't support embedded fonts. If a font in the PowerPoint presentation isn't installed on your computer, Storyline will substitute Arial for the missing font.

Entrance and Exit Animations

PowerPoint entrance and exit animations are supported in Storyline and will be imported—though some will be converted to Fade animations. Click here for details.

Emphasis Animations

Emphasis animations aren't supported in Storyline and won't be imported.

Motion Path Animations

PowerPoint motion path animations that have equivalent counterparts in Storyline are supported and will be imported. Motion path animations that aren't supported in Storyline will be ignored during the import process. Click here for details.

Slide Transitions

PowerPoint slide transitions that have equivalent counterparts in Storyline are supported and will be imported. Transitions that aren't supported in Storyline will be ignored during the import process. Click here for details.

SmartArt Graphics

SmartArt Graphics will be imported as images.

Non-Native Shapes

PowerPoint shapes that aren't native to Storyline (e.g., heart shape) will be imported as images.

Tables

Tables will be imported as images.

Equations

Equations will be imported differently, depending on your PowerPoint file format. Click here for details.

Slide Numbers

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.

Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs will be imported as static images. After importing your presentation into Storyline, replace the static images with the original animated GIFs.

Line Thicknesses

Line widths may appear slightly different due to different units of measurement between PowerPoint and Storyline.

Presenter Features

Annotations

Annotations won't be imported, but you can create your own in Storyline using interactive markers or animated shapes.

Attachments

Attachments won't be imported, but you can attach the same resources to your Storyline player.

Advance Behavior

Advance behavior will be imported. When a slide is set to advance automatically in Presenter, Storyline will add a trigger to jump to the next slide automatically when the timeline ends.

Branching

Branching will be imported. We recommend double-checking the navigation triggers in Storyline after importing your presentation to make sure they work as you expect.

Slide-Level Locking

Slide-level locking won't be imported, but you can use variables and triggers to effectively lock slides in Storyline.

Player Settings

Player settings—such as navigation, text labels, and colors—won't be imported. You'll need to configure these settings in the Storyline player.

Sidebar Videos

Sidebar videos (also called presenter panel videos) aren't supported in Storyline and won't be imported.

Learning Games

Learning games from Presenter '09 aren't supported in Storyline and won't be imported.

Playlists

Playlists aren't supported in Storyline and won't be imported. (Slide audio is supported and will be imported.)

Presenter Bios

Presenter bios aren't supported in Storyline and won't be imported.