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Score 9.1 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb worked well for us for a number of years but once we started to push the limits of the software, the company and the product let us down. Support became unresponsive and the product enhancements that we were told were coming never did.
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Articulate 360

I can't imagine being able to do my job and do it well without Articulate 360. I am able to create simple linear training courses and complex branching courses with ease. Some of the greatest training courses involve a "choose your own adventure" feel with many branches and the outcome is based upon the points earned through the course. The better decisions, the better the outcome. Importing from PowerPoint is easy. The content library that comes with 360 is very helpful. Images are crystal clear, high-resolution, and able to be used with any use. No need for me to have subscriptions to other content services anymore. I love how easy it is now to create a video background with the content library included in 360.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
8.5
Course authoring
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
9.6
Course catalog or library
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
8.9
Player/Portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
8.6
Learning content
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
8.9
Mobile friendly
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
9.1
Progress tracking & certifications
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
7.8
Assignments
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
9.5
Compliance management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
7.2
Learning administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
7.7
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
7.2
Social learning
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Articulate 360
8.8

Pros

Absorb Anywhere LMS

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
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Articulate 360

  • Articulate 360 has lots of options: Rise is for simple, HTML-based course content delivery. Storyline is an animation/interactive eLearning designer that is robust yet easy to learn.
  • It totally simplifies the review process. When I want to have my boss look at a course I made, I create the Articulate Review link and he can make comments at any point in the course for suggestions/corrections, and the program takes a picture of where he is looking so I know exactly what he is talking about. I can also comment back.
  • The content library is high quality and professional. You can search images of people, backgrounds for Storyline projects, or entire project templates that you just plug your content into. It allows you to create content really fast and good looking.
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Cons

Absorb Anywhere LMS

  • Customer Support is unresponsive and poor
  • Inconsistent interface in the product
  • Reporting out of Absorb is cumbersome
  • No search functionality within courses.
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Articulate 360

  • I occasionally have issues with the launcher in 360, and can't get the program to open. It seems to be an intermittent bug on my computer that has to do with being enterprise-locked. The first time this happened, I reached to Articulate's world-class support, who helped me get up and running again. I've been able to fix the issue subsequently by following the instructions provided by the Articulate folks, so I'm happy with that!
  • I would like to see further integration with TinCan API (xAPI) in the platform. Right now, I believe that TinCan is only supported in Storyline, and that the statements it is capable of sending to an LRS system are limited to 6 canned verbs. While that is fine, there is no native support for sending variables directly to an LRS without doing some XML tweaking behind the scenes. I'd like to see Articulate lead the industry in xAPI use cases and support, since I hope that's the direction that the industry is headed.
  • I say this every time I have an opportunity, but I'd love to see Articulate develop a native version for the Mac. I've had some success running Storyline 360 on my Mac with Parallels and VMWare Fusion, but I'd like to free up my system resources to edit video AND develop courses, which is difficult to do when you're running a virtual machine.
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Usability

Absorb Anywhere LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Articulate 360

Articulate 360 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Once you get over the learning curve, the platform is pretty easy to use, but the learning curve itself is rather steep. Even once you are familiar with the feature set, it is easy to overlook a small setting, which can cause client-facing errors. Correcting these errors is kind of a tedious process due to having to load up the application, make your change, and re-publish the course.
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Support

Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb Anywhere LMS 1.0
Based on 1 answer
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
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Articulate 360

Articulate 360 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Support is always available.
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Alternatives Considered

Absorb Anywhere LMS

At the time of selection, we went with Absorb as they were one of the few that could handle online transactions for courses. We are in the process of migrating to Skilljar and will be discontinuing our subscription to Absorb in 2018.
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Articulate 360

I personally prefer Storyline over Captivate as it is a very easy interface to work with and I can create as simple or complex builds as I wish easily.
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Return on Investment

Absorb Anywhere LMS

  • We were able to lighten the work load on our finance team by moving course purchase processing to the online platform.
  • Learning team was able to reduce the amount of live training and travel.
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Articulate 360

  • We have been able to turn out content more quickly.
  • We have been able to share with subject matter experts while building courses.
  • We have been able to create more interactive learning and increase knowledge retention.
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Pricing Details

Absorb Anywhere LMS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Articulate 360

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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