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Animated mouse escaping from...Storyline
April 22, 2015
In Articulate challenge #76 we were tasked to show a practical example of animation, which is an effective way to illustrate advanced processes and help learners visualize change.
As an inspiration I used my 35 seconds long animation I created in Flash and uploaded few years ago to DeviantArt, which showed an animated mouse.
The move of the mosue was frame by frame animation (as you can see on the picture above) - every hand and leg was placed on its own layer and redraw in new frame.
I wanted to keep this funny drawing style in my e-learning example so I found a nice sketchbook background.
The concept was to chunk the animation into smaller parts and place them on different layers in Storyline, so I had to invest some time in Flash to create 6 new files and make every next chunk to start exactly in the same moment, where the previous one finished. The other important thing was to convert these files into videos to avoid problems with displaying .swfs by some browsers.
The rest of work in Storyline was much quicker. Small imported picture of a blue pencil was a great slider’s thumb. As an additional visual effect I created 6 short lines, so every time slider was moved, the line changed its’ colour and new animation was played.
On the top of the sketchbook some text explained what is just happening on the slide (I used Kristen ITC font for this one as it matches the comic style of the interaction very well).
(click image to launch the interaction)
9 triggers helped me to create this example, which gained a lot of positive feedback from the community. Thank you, guys! And special thanks to Nick Russell, whose comment encouraged me to write this post :)