Articulate Storyline Tutorial – When to Use States Instead of Variables

I often see newer Storyline developers latch on to variables once they know that they are there and how to use them, but, sometimes variables aren’t the right tool for the job. This video provides an example of when you can use states instead of variables, as well as providing a high-level overview of when variables are the right tool for the job.

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    2 thoughts on “Articulate Storyline Tutorial – When to Use States Instead of Variables

    Phil Eagles
    June 5, 2017

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only other developer who favors using states over variables. I too find states can achieve much of what variables are trying to achieve in much more efficient and tidy way although sometimes the use of variables are necessary for more complex interactions.

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      June 7, 2017

      Hey Phil! I do believe you are the first commenter on the site, where do I send your check for 1 million dollars? I joke, I joke.

      90% of the time, if an interaction can be encompassed in a slide, I’ll use states, if I need to remember things through multiple slides, I’ll use variables. Sometimes I’ll even get hacky with states (off screen stuff) just so I don’t have extra variables bloating my course if some new developer comes…it’s easy to mess up variables, to mess up the states they’d have to delete the objects off the slide and then would get the red error text “unassigned”.

      Come back soon!

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