Answers to Common Questions

Why can't I access the storytop application from school?

If you are on a school network, there may be a firewall which blocks all sites that aren't on a "whitelist". Contact your network administrator or IT specialist and ask if can be added to the list of approved sites.

The stories I created aren't showing up in my story list

The storytop application uses a cookie to uniquely identify you. This cookie is simply the precise time, down to the millisecond, of when you first created a story. It relies on this cookie to match up requests from your browser with stories in the database. If the cookies in your browser are deleted, the application won't be able to identify you. To avoid this situation, you can create an account with a username and password.

Is there any reason to create an account on

Yes. While you don't need to create an account in order to save and share stories, there are several reasons why you may want to create an account. First, if the cookies in your browser get deleted, there is no way to identify yourself to the application and retrieve your stories. If you create an account, you can access your stories from different browsers or computers. Also, if several students are using the same computer, they will only see their own stories in their story list if they have created an account. No personal information is collected when creating an account.

What are the steps to creating a story?

1. Scroll through the list of backgrounds and find one you would like to use. Drag it to the storyboard.
2. Select another category from the dropdown list, such as 'people' and drag the images you want to the storyboard. You can also select the 'text' category and add a dialog box with text for your story.
3. Click the 'Save' button at the top of the page. You will be prompted to enter a title for the story and will then receive a confirmation message. This confirmation message includes a link to the story that can be shared with others. The name of the new story will also be displayed in the 'My Stories' list.
4. If you want to share the story at a later time, you can click the 'Share' button to obtain a link to the story.

How do I remove an image from the storyboard?

Drag the image back to the selection bar on the left side of the page.

How do I change the size of an image on the storyboard?

First click on the image to select it. Next, click on the resizer icon at the bottom right corner of the image and drag it out to make it larger or drag it in to make it smaller.

How do I add text to my story?

Select 'text' from the drop-down box in the selection bar, pick the dialog bubble that you want to use and drag it over to the storyboard. The dialog bubble should now contain a red border. You may start typing text in this box. If the dialog bubble you want to add text to does not have the red border, click once on it. If you select another image on the page, the red border will disappear.

How do I move a dialog bubble to another location in the storyboard?

Click once on the dialog bubble. Now, place the cursor between the outer border and the red border and drag it to the desired location.

What if the text runs past the border of my dialog bubble?

Increase the size of the dialog bubble by dragging the resizer icon at the bottom right corner of the text box.