This is my last blog post about Storyline sliders…ever…I promise! Since sliders were introduced in Storyline 2, I have used them to slide/move all sorts of things, from 3D models, large images, to videos. I feel like I covered this topic end-to-end, and then some.
Someone had sent me a link to an article this morning with ‘before & after images’ of the Berlin Wall. He asked if these types of sliders could be done with Storyline and, if yes, how difficult it would be to implement. “Of course this can be done”, I replied. Then I made myself a coffee and set out to recreate one of the sliders shown in the article. It couldn’t have been simpler. One of the images is simply the thumb of a slider that sits on top of the other image. Finito, done, stick a fork in it.
No triggers, no layers, no variable gymnastics… nothing. Just a single slide with an image and a slider with a transparent track and an image as the thumb. The hardest part was to extract the images from the article’s URL and to create the transparent drag handle for the slider.
I purposely switched the order of my images, just to prove that I’m not cheating by simply showing the original slider in a web object. My slider doesn’t exactly mimic the online version in that it moves the top image rather than revealing/hiding it as the slider is moved. But I proved my point and stuck to the ‘one-coffee’ time limit! I even had time to do a second, slightly different version.
Besides the fun factor and nice visual effect, this type of slider could be useful in training as well. Imagine a course about a digital camera with all kinds of filter settings. A slider could be used to show a picture with and without specific filters applied.
Edit 09/24/2015: For weekly eLearning Challenge #100, I stuck with the ‘Berlin Wall’ theme and just put a slightly different spin on it. I had seen a nice interactive map in an online newspaper and thought it would be easy enough to recreate. Nothing fancy here, just an image object with two states that is part of a group. The group is moved up/down/left/right with simple motion path animations and a bit of math.