Sharing player templates and color schemes in Storyline

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You can share Storyline player templates and color schemes among developers and computers.  Here's how:

Export the player template

First, export a copy of the player template you want to share:

  1. In Storyline, go to the Home tab, and click the Player button.
  2. When the Player Properties dialog opens, click the Current Player button, and select Export from the drop-down menu that appears.
  3. Browse to a location where you would like to export the player template, and give it a recognizable file name.
  4. Click the Save button.

Import the player template

When you receive an exported player XML file from another developer or another computer, import it into Storyline. Here's how:

  1. Open an existing Storyline project or create a new one.
  2. Go to the Home tab, and click the Player button.
  3. When the Player Properties dialog opens, click the Current Player button, and select Import from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. Browse to and select the player XML file that was sent to you, and click the Open button.

Save the color scheme from an imported player template

If there's a custom color scheme associated with a player XML file you imported into Storyline, that color scheme will only be available in courses where you're using the imported player template.

However, if you want to use the custom color scheme in other projects without using the imported player template, you can do that, too. Here's how:

  1. Open an existing Storyline project where the imported player template is being used, or create a new story and apply the imported player template.
  2. Go to the Home tab, and click the Player button.
  3. When the Player Properties dialog opens, click the Colors & Effects button.
  4. The custom color scheme should be displayed in the Color Scheme drop-down list. Click the Save button to the right of the Color Scheme drop-down list.
  5. Assign a recognizable Name to your custom color scheme, or use the name that is already assigned to it.
  6. Click the OK button to save the color scheme to your local hard drive. For reference, custom color schemes get saved to the following directory, depending on your version of Windows:
    • Windows Vista or later:
      C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Articulate\Shared\2.0\Frames\StoryFrame\ColorSchemes
    • Windows XP:
      C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Articulate\Shared\2.0\Frames\StoryFrame\ColorSchemes

Now you'll be able to use this custom color scheme in any project and with any player template.

Note that you can tell whether a custom color scheme has been saved to your local hard drive or whether it is only stored in the active player template by looking at the name of the color scheme in the Color Scheme drop-down list. If it displays (on disk) after the name of the color scheme, it has been saved to your hard drive and you can use it in any project. If it does not display (on disk), it means that the custom color scheme is only available in the active player template.