Storyline 3 Gets Its Final Update in April 2023
Here are the new features and bug fixes we've added to Storyline 3 since its initial launch. Updates are free for Storyline 3 licensees. Download the latest update here.
November 2, 2022 (Build 3.19.29010.0)
- Enhanced: The following Storyline 360 features are compatible with Storyline 3: full-screen and question result variables, accessible result slide templates, accessible video controls, new chevron icons, triggers to print slides and toggle hidden/disabled states, custom feedback theme colors, and dialog layers. Learn more about compatibility.
- Enhanced: Following Microsoft's lead, we ended support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) and removed the publish-to-CD option from Storyline 3. Learn more.
- Enhanced: We updated the embedded version of Chromium to 101.0.4951.67 in Storyline 3.
- Fixed: We improved how Storyline 3 handles images during import and in the published output, resulting in crisper images.
- Fixed: Project files might not save due to low system memory on computers with Intel Iris Xe Graphics hardware.
- Fixed: We made several screen reader improvements, including incorrect announcements of some bullet symbols and bulleted lists.
- Fixed: We improved the overall focus order experience. For example, screen readers now follow the correct path for layers, and the focus indicator no longer disappears.
- Fixed: Segoe UI fonts could cause Storyline 3 to crash when previewing or publishing.
September 6, 2022 (Build 3.18.28642.0)
- Fixed: Firefox 103 wouldn't load courses with media on the first slide.
April 19, 2022 (Build 3.17.27621.0)
- Fixed: Project files wouldn't open after duplicating a text object.
April 13, 2022 (Build 3.16.27367.0)
- Enhanced: We removed Tin Can API references from Storyline 3 in favor of the official name of the LMS standard—xAPI.
- Enhanced: We updated the embedded version of Chromium to 94.0.4606.81 in Storyline 3.
- Enhanced: We upgraded the Microsoft .NET Framework dependency for Storyline 3 to version 4.8.
- Fixed: If learners spent over a minute on a slide, audio on the next slide wouldn't play when viewed in Safari.
- Fixed: Learners couldn't retry question bank quizzes that included locked questions.
- Fixed: The object name didn't update on the timeline when replacing one image with another.
December 21, 2021 (Build 3.15.26825.0)
December 15, 2021 (Build 3.14.26554.0)
October 13, 2021 (Build 3.13.26122.0)
- Enhanced: A "previous" button on the first slide of a course or on a lightbox gets disabled and skipped during keyboard navigation, improving the experience for screen reader users and keyboard-only users.
- Enhanced: The built-in widescreen (16:9) slide size is bigger—960x540—giving you more room to work.
- Enhanced: We updated the embedded version of Chromium to 90.0.4430.93 in Storyline 3.
- Fixed: The print results feature didn't work in CD-published output.
- Fixed: Audio on the final question slide in a quiz continued to play during quiz review.
- Fixed: Sometimes a hover state wouldn't appear when there were disabled objects on the same slide.
- Fixed: When viewing a course on a mobile device, learners might need to tap buttons more than once to activate them. Learners could also swipe to move between slides even when navigation was restricted and swipe gestures were turned off.
- Fixed: Tab-key navigation didn't follow the designated focus order on slide layers set to prevent learners from clicking on the base layer.
April 13, 2021 (Build 3.12.24693.0)
- New: Use text styles to control the visual appearance of paragraphs, headings, blockquotes, and hyperlink states (normal, hover, active, and visited). You can even create custom styles for other common text elements, such as button labels, image captions, and speech bubbles.
- New: Text styles also make courses easier to navigate with a screen reader by identifying each text element as a paragraph, heading, blockquote, or hyperlink. Storyline 3 accomplishes this by publishing courses with the proper semantic formatting so screen readers can paint a mental picture of the content and its layout.
- New: Let learners with accessibility needs change the visual appearance of text in a published course to make it more readable. Learn more about accessible text.
- New: Let learners personalize their learning experience. When you enable the new accessibility settings menu, learners can turn accessible text on or off and toggle keyboard shortcuts.
- Enhanced: Learners can now use keyboard shortcuts to mute/unmute, play/pause, jump to the previous/next slide, and more. Player controls also follow a more intuitive navigation order that's similar to popular video-streaming sites. Learn more about accessible player controls.
- Enhanced: The Tab Order window is now called Focus Order to better reflect its purpose. It manages the tab order of interactive objects, such as buttons and markers, for keyboard-only users. It also manages the reading order of non-interactive objects, such as text and images, for screen reader users.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 no longer duplicates the slide master when you import more slides from a template or project you've already imported. New slides from the same source now use the same slide master so you only have to design it once with text styles and other thematic elements. The only time a new slide master gets generated is when the number of layouts differs between the existing slide master and the one being imported.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 can open Storyline 360 project files that use expanded quiz tracking, score only viewed questions, or track multiple completion criteria. Learn more about compatibility.
- Enhanced: Since Adobe discontinued Flash at the end of 2020, we removed Flash features, including the options to import Flash movies and publish Flash output, from Storyline 3.
- Enhanced: When you publish courses to Articulate Online, Storyline 3 reminds you that Articulate Online will shut down on December 31, 2021.
- Enhanced: We updated the embedded version of Chromium to 188.8.131.52 in Storyline 3.
- Fixed: With the introduction of accessible semantic formatting (see above), learners can now tab to hyperlinks in text boxes and activate them by pressing the Enter key. We also fixed links that didn't work when they were in a text box with a variable reference.
- Fixed: Buttons were cut off or hidden on player notifications, such as the resume prompt and the invalid answer message.
- Fixed: Storyline 3 could crash when applying the built-in player.
- Fixed: The playhead jumped back to the beginning of the timeline when previewing a layer.
- Fixed: A shape with a picture fill set to "tile picture as texture" didn't always look right on the slide stage, and it displayed differently in preview mode.
October 15, 2020 (Build 3.11.23355.0)
- Enhanced: Interactive markers are now fully keyboard-accessible. Learn more.
- Enhanced: We listened to your feedback and improved keyboard navigation for the slide controls. Now you can use the Tab key to access the play/pause button, the seekbar, and the replay button individually.
- Enhanced: View Tin Can API (xAPI) courses on your local computer before you upload them to your LMS. Details here.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 now publishes Tin Can API (xAPI) courses using version 1.0.2 of the LMS standard.
- Enhanced: We added support for hardware graphics acceleration so in-app previews perform better, more like learners' real-world experiences over the web.
- Enhanced: When you open an existing project file with this update, "submit results" triggers no longer appear on result slides that you aren't tracking. Since Storyline 3 only submits results to an LMS for the quiz you select at publish time, all other "submit results" triggers are unnecessary and will be removed.
- Fixed: Screen readers didn't announce alt text for states, such as selected states for interactive objects and disabled states for player navigation buttons.
- Fixed: Scrolling panels weren't keyboard-accessible.
- Fixed: Multiple-choice responses appeared in SCORM 2004 reports with a prefix of
- Fixed: The menu option to "show tooltip on hover" stopped working.
- Fixed: A timer could continue to display after moving past a quiz, and sometimes the "time limit exceeded" message would appear on a result slide.
- Fixed: Slides could be blank when previewed or published if they had variable references that used OpenType (OTF) fonts.
June 16, 2020 (Build 3.10.22406.0)
- New: Navigation just got a whole lot easier for screen reader users. Learners can use a broader range of screen readers on more web browsers and devices. Learners can also take advantage of more screen reader features and improved player controls. Learn more about the accessible player.
- Enhanced: Slide content is more accessible. Text is treated as normal document text by screen readers. Objects are correctly identified to assistive technologies. Hotspots and drop-down lists are now keyboard-accessible. And more!
- Enhanced: We redesigned the optional launch page for published courses so it’s accessible to screen readers.
- Enhanced: Audio now publishes at a higher sample rate of 44,100 Hz so your e-learning courses sound better than ever.
- Enhanced: Customize your player settings faster. The player properties window opens quickly, and the player preview instantly refreshes as you make selections.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 is compatible with Storyline 360 project files that have jump-to-time triggers, uncompressed audio, or disabled skip-navigation shortcuts. Learn more.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 lists the specific features that prevent a file from opening. You must have this update or later installed to see the new incompatibility details.
- Enhanced: We updated Storyline 3 to run on Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 Redistributable, which automatically installs with this update.
- Enhanced: We updated the embedded version of Chromium to 79.0.3945.130.
- Fixed: We fixed several accessibility issues, including alt text in object states that wasn't announced by screen readers and keyboard navigation that didn't follow the correct tab order.
- Fixed: Audio wouldn't play and sliders didn't always work on iPadOS 13 devices.
- Fixed: Answer choices shifted or flickered when mousing over them, and result slides displayed a score of
Infinity% when resuming quizzes where slides were set to return to their initial states.
- Fixed: Zoom regions with a transition speed of "very slow" didn't zoom in completely.
- Fixed: The same media file used on multiple slides was duplicated in the published output.
- Fixed: The copying and pasting features in the Storyline editor sometimes stopped working.
- Fixed: In some cases, push transitions had gaps between slides.
January 7, 2020 (Build 3.9.21069.0)
- Enhanced: We added support for Google Chrome 80, which no longer allows synchronous XHR when a web page is closed. This update ensures your AICC courses always communicate a final status to an LMS.
December 3, 2019 (Build 3.8.20838.0)
- Enhanced: You'll now see an HTML5 preview in the player properties windows. It no longer relies on Flash. And that means Storyline 3 is officially Flash-free. You can still publish Flash output, but the Flash Player isn’t required to use Storyline 3. Learn more.
- Enhanced: On the Slides tab, we changed the name of the Basic Layouts button to New Slide and added the ability to insert slides with a single click. Click the top half of the button to quickly add a new slide with the same layout as the current slide. Or, click the bottom half of the button to choose from a list of basic layouts.
- Fixed: Animations couldn't be removed from multiple objects all at once.
- Fixed: Previewing a course could be slow or choppy.
- Fixed: White lines or borders could appear around slides in published content.
- Fixed: Text disappeared from lists with justified alignment.
- Fixed: Clicking a custom section header in the menu didn't jump to the first slide in that section.
September 10, 2019 (Build 3.7.20003.0)
- Enhanced: Add slides to your course with a single click. Click the top half of the New Slide button or use the Ctrl+M keyboard shortcut to quickly add a new slide with the same layout as the current slide.
- Enhanced: It's easier to add variable references to table cells. You no longer have to manually type them in your table. You can add references from the Insert tab on the Storyline ribbon.
- Enhanced: The default value for new true/false variables is false. Since it's the most common starting value, you can create interactions faster.
- Enhanced: Text variables now support these HTML formatting tags:
<font color="#xxxxxx">. Learn more.
- Enhanced: Feedback masters now have theme previews so you can quickly see how your feedback layouts look when applied to different design themes in your course.
- Enhanced: Now you'll see an HTML5 preview of your slide when you click the play button in the timeline panel. Timeline previews no longer rely on Flash.
- Enhanced: If a project becomes corrupt, Storyline lets you know if there's a working version in your temp files and makes it easy for you to recover. Details here.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 users can now open Storyline 360 project files with slide numbers. Learn more.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 is now compatible with Storyline 360 project files that use the latest media library enhancements. Details here.
- Fixed: Text and images could be blurry when viewing a course in Google Chrome or Safari.
- Fixed: Screen recordings could be blurry when inserted as view mode step-by-step slides.
- Fixed: Videos started over when revisiting slides even if they were set to resume saved states.
- Fixed: Some animated GIFs had purple outlines in published output.
- Fixed: Text overlapped in the triggers panel, making it difficult to read.
- Fixed: Numeric-entry fields displayed default values of zero after renaming their underlying variables. They should remain blank until learners enter values.
- Fixed: Text formatting on feedback masters didn't always carry over to layers in your course, and feedback layers didn't display on sequence drop-down and matching drag-and-drop questions when the "Hide objects on base layer" property was enabled.
- Fixed: Non-English characters and symbols made quiz data undefined in LMS reports, and the
imsmanifest.xml file in SCORM 2004 output had an HTML-encoded line feed character—
—that caused an error in some LMSs.
- Fixed: A result slide that merged other quiz result slides calculated the final score incorrectly and displayed
- Fixed: HTML5-only courses with logos or zoom regions had unnecessary SWF (Flash) files in the published output.
March 5, 2019 (Build 3.6.18134.0)
- Enhanced: Help improve Storyline 3 by sending usage data to Articulate or opt out by changing your privacy preference.
- Enhanced: We added support for Google Chrome 72 and Safari 12.0.3. If objects disappear when viewing a course in these browsers, install the latest Storyline 3 update and republish your course.
- Enhanced: We added support for the latest autoplay changes in Google Chrome 71+, so learners see a play button when they launch or resume a course that has audio or video on the first slide.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 users can now open Storyline 360 project files that use the quizzing feature that allows learners to review and retry only the questions they get wrong. Compatibility details here.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 is now compatible with Storyline 360 project files where the author imported assets directly into the media library. Learn more.
- Fixed: On iPhones, the "drag up for fullscreen" hint didn't always disappear, and the on-screen keyboard closed when tapping a text-entry field. On iPads, text could disappear in landscape mode.
- Fixed: In drag-and-drop interactions, drag items could disappear, move unexpectedly after you dropped them, or fail to move with your mouse.
- Fixed: If a layer appeared while learners were tabbing through objects on a slide, the yellow focus indicator would jump back to the first object on the slide.
- Fixed: We fixed some video issues, including volume sliders that stopped working and closed captions that disappeared.
- Fixed: Right-to-left text could be reversed, out of sequence, or spaced incorrectly.
- Fixed: Text with variable references could have the wrong formatting, such as size, color, or line spacing. In some cases, a variable reference was missing from the published course.
- Fixed: Modern text would sometimes become invisible in the Storyline editor but would still show when previewed or published.
- Fixed: A course could freeze or lock up when retrying a quiz from a question bank.
August 16, 2018 (Build 3.5.16548.0)
- Enhanced: The variables window is now resizable so it's easier to manage lots of variables in a bigger window.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 users can now open Storyline 360 project files that use the modern player style. Compatibility details here.
- Enhanced: The "Browser size" player property is now dependent on the "Launch player in new window" property. Many modern web browsers don't allow you to programmatically control the size of the browser window unless you first open content in a new window. Learn more.
- Fixed: We improved the performance of the Storyline editor so it no longer slows down when multiple slide layers are visible at the same time.
- Fixed: Learners couldn't print slides when viewing HTML5 courses in Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge.
- Fixed: Courses are no longer blurry when you preview them in Storyline or view the HTML5 output in Google Chrome.
- Fixed: Audio on the first slide of an HTML5 course wouldn't autoplay when viewing the published output on your local computer in Google Chrome.
- Fixed: Audio would sometimes mute when dragging the seekbar in HTML5 output.
- Fixed: The play button that allows courses with media on the first slide to play in Google Chrome and Safari wasn't keyboard accessible. Now learners can tab to the play button and press the spacebar or Enter key to activate it.
- Fixed: Disabled buttons could be triggered with keyboard navigation.
- Fixed: To keep courses from timing out when idle, HTML5 output would send a message to the LMS every 60 seconds, regardless of the actual frequency defined by the FORCED_COMMIT_TIME variable in the Configuration.js file.
- Fixed: HTML5 courses could hang or freeze after closing a lightbox or when layers had certain animations (bounce, spin, spin and grow, swivel).
- Fixed: Illustrated characters could flicker or blink when changing states or expressions.
May 8, 2018 (Build 3.4.15731.0)
- Enhanced: We added support for Google Chrome 66. If audio or video content in your Storyline course stopped working in Chrome 66, install the latest update and republish.
- Enhanced: Since Apple no longer allows videos to autoplay by default in Safari 11, learners now see a play button when they launch or resume a course with a video on the first slide. Clicking the play button allows the video to play as expected. Learn more.
- Fixed: Storyline could become sluggish or display a low memory error, especially after several hours of use. We found a memory leak and fixed the problem. We're sorry for the frustration it caused. And thank you to everyone who reported it!
- Fixed: Closed captions could overlap for back-to-back audio clips on the same slide, and hidden characters in closed captions could cause the publishing process to fail.
- Fixed: File names wouldn't appear when hovering over audio tracks in the timeline panel.
- Fixed: In some cases, HTML5 courses could get stuck or stop advancing.
- Fixed: Hebrew characters could be out of sequence or spaced incorrectly in HTML5 output in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
- Fixed: Player text labels had incorrect Czech translations.
March 6, 2018 (Build 3.3.15007.0)
- New: The new text-rendering engine for Storyline 3 allows text to flow beautifully with consistent spacing and readability on every device. And learners will always see the correct fonts for variable references and data-entry fields in HTML5 output. Learn more about modern text.
- Enhanced: Storyline 3 users can now open Storyline 360 project files that have text-to-speech narration, random number variables, and course completion triggers. Compatibility details here.
- Fixed: Published content stored on your local computer wouldn't play in Google Chrome 64 and later.
- Fixed: We fixed some drag-and-drop issues in HTML5 output, such as drag items that wouldn't drop on targets, interactions that were marked as correct even when learners answered incorrectly, and hover colors that were wrong.
- Fixed: We fixed some triggers that didn't work consistently in HTML5 output, including key-press, hover, and click-outside triggers that didn't fire when expected.
- Fixed: Right-click triggers displayed a context menu in some HTML5 browsers.
- Fixed: We fixed some HTML5 quizzing issues, such as the Review Quiz button not working when a course was set to never resume, matching drop-down choices that overlapped during quiz review, and question banks that displayed the same set of questions after three quiz attempts.
- Fixed: We fixed some issues with HTML5 output in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, such as flickering that appeared when navigating between slides and crashing that occurred when text had shadow effects.
- Fixed: Videos wouldn't replay when revisiting slides in HTML5 output in Firefox.
- Fixed: Lots of videos in a course could cause slides to lag or lock up in HTML5 output, and they could be sized or positioned incorrectly during preview.
- Fixed: Audio continued to play in HTML5 output when switching to another browser tab, causing animations to become unsynchronized.
- Fixed: JAWS screen readers would announce selected answer choices as "not checked" in HTML5 output.
- Fixed: Zoom regions wouldn't work in HTML5 output when they were set to start at the beginning of slides, and they wouldn't always return to their initial states when revisiting slides.
- Fixed: Data-entry fields didn't have focus when slides loaded in HTML5 output, so learners had to click inside them before entering text.
- Fixed: We fixed some issues that could occur after upgrading project files to Storyline 3, such as blank slides, white borders around slides, and brief flashes or flickers between slides in HTML5 output.
- Fixed: In the responsive mobile player, the seekbar was interactive even when it should have been read-only and the course menu would sometimes jump to the wrong slide.
- Fixed: Closed captions in Flash output didn't display special characters, such as accented letters and apostrophes, and the captions were the wrong size after changing the player font size.
- Fixed: We fixed some LMS issues, including accented letters in course titles that were replaced by question marks in SCORM output and courses tracked by the number of slides viewed reporting a Passed status rather than a Completed status.
- Fixed: When the audio editor was zoomed in, you couldn't always delete portions of the waveform, and the waveform might be out of sync with the audio.
September 11, 2017 (Build 3.2.13213.0)
- New: Create and edit closed captions right in Storyline 3. Fine-tune imported captions or quickly add new ones with the help of caption placeholders that are already synced with your audio and video content.
- New: Localization just got easier. Storyline 3 now supports XLIFF 1.2 and 2.0, which work with more translation tools and give translators more information.
- Enhanced: When you restrict or lock navigation, you can now choose whether it impacts just the course menu or also disables the Previous and Next buttons. And you can use triggers to override restricted navigation for individual slides. Learn more.
- Enhanced: Courses published for CD are now HTML5-only, so learners no longer need Flash plugins.
- Fixed: JAWS screen readers wouldn't always read text in the notes panel.
- Fixed: Flash output wouldn't play in Internet Explorer with Compatibility View enabled.
- Fixed: Text would sometimes be missing after importing a translated Word document.
- Fixed: Sometimes Storyline would detect missing fonts when opening a project file even though the fonts were installed on the computer.
June 13, 2017 (Build 3.1.12115.0)
- New: Structure text with tables. Tables are a valuable accessibility feature, communicating to screen readers how data is organized and providing context for learners.
- Fixed: Storyline would crash when publishing on some computers with non-English system locales.
- Fixed: A slider's yellow sizing handles wouldn't change the size of the track or thumb as expected.
- Fixed: The Notes tab on the course player would always be visible in HTML5 output, even when it was disabled for individual slides.
- Fixed: The right edge of notes text could be cut off in HTML5 output.
- Fixed: The player color for Tab >> Selected Text wouldn't work in HTML5 output.
April 4, 2017 (Build 3.0.10762.0)
- New: Storyline 3 launched! Build any course you can imagine for any device imaginable—no programming needed.