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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate really excels at providing tools to create interactive, electronic learning sessions. We were able to create electronic training modules on how to use a Joomla based CMS system as well as with procedures for handling data forms. It was also helpful for creating short videos with screenshots for help guides. Perhaps the one area where the program might not excel as well would be with paper based instructions or training documents. Adobe Indesign or other programs are much more feature rich for documentation creation.
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Articulate Storyline

I think Storyline is great for self-reviews. It is fairly easy to set up a "Drag and Drop" slide with a few questions to drag over to the right answer. You can use pictures and graphics to make it more appealing and interactive. It is also very useful for training processes. For example, if you wanted to show someone how to use a specific program, you can use screenshots and screen video captures to help show the process. I think it would be harder to use Storyline for a class lecture or just for videos. For example, if you wanted to record a physical classroom, or record a screen capture in which you are just using screen captures.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
8.1
Articulate Storyline
8.0
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Articulate Storyline
8.5
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.4
Articulate Storyline
8.1
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.9
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.8
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Articulate Storyline
7.4
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Articulate Storyline
7.9
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.6
Articulate Storyline
8.0
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
8.8
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Articulate Storyline
7.7
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
7.0
Articulate Storyline
7.5
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Articulate Storyline
8.4

Pros

Adobe Captivate

  • Adobe Captivate records screen shots click-by-click. This allows us to control exactly what steps the users see.
  • Adobe Captivate allows voice-over dubbing. This feature lets us narrate the steps people need to take to learn the products we are covering.
  • Adobe Captivate allows closed captioning. This lets us add voice-over narration, but also allows users to turn off the sound and read the instructions. Many users participate in training from a cubicle where sound travels too broadly to listen to the voice narration.
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Articulate Storyline

  • Storyline integrates with the Canvas LMS fairly seamlessly. There have been a few glitches, but for the most part, the interactions we have created will play directly in the Canvas LMS.
  • Storyline is great for creating short drag and drop interactions for self-reviews or even graded assignments. Its many options for quizzes such as "answer reveal" or using tabs help the student get a different perspective on the content rather than just an "A, B, or C" answer.
  • Storyline is great for tutorials or training sessions. There are many options to help guide the learner (or employee) through a process. it is not just linear, but you can branch the slides based on the answers. A great way to engage the learner or employee.
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Cons

Adobe Captivate

  • I do wish it were natively able to adjust to all mobile devices like other programs.
  • I wish there weren't so much coding type work to make interactions work.
  • It takes up a lot of space, it should be cloud-based.
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Articulate Storyline

  • As stated earlier, Storyline does work well with Canvas, however, there have been glitches experienced. Specifically, it is hard to narrow down the problems, but I think Canvas and Articulate need to do better at making sure that they are comparable.
  • Storyline is not easy to learn, especially when you want to do more complex interactions. They do have a nice community set up to help with common problems and questions. However, it can be a longer learning curve when first starting out on Storyline.
  • If you are working on a more complex interaction it can be a very tedious process. Working with many different slides and layers requires a lot of focus on the task. Definitely not a program you can multitask with.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 9.1
Based on 3 answers
There is no doubt in my mind that we will be using Adobe Captivate for years to come. There are so many uses for the software that we are just scratching the surface. The more we use it, the better it gets. This is a great option for anyone looking for an eLearning authoring tool.
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Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 6.0
Based on 21 answers
I've actually extended my previous 3 year contract with Articulate into a 6 year contract. After that I expect to add another 3 years... The cost for our licenses and any additional we might need is very fair and the return on investment is achieved in a matter of months, weeks even.
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Usability

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Adobe Captivate does take some getting used to. There are features that are much more convoluted than they need to be, but overall it is a great product with a some excellent features. Being in a pretty small market, Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline dominate the space. They are not the same software, but allow for eLearning authoring. Each has their benefit and their downside, but, for me, Adobe Captivate edges out Storyline.
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Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 7.8
Based on 15 answers
It does what we need it to. We create computer based learning and occasionally have someone use the tool via a tablet. It works great for that! If you were going to use it on a smartphone, I am not sure it would be the best choice. Since most formal eLearning courses are better suited to a larger screen then I would rate it highly every time.
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Support

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 7.7
Based on 2 answers
The support team is good in responding and maintaining communication. Sometimes...well...almost always, you will find yourself having to use a 2nd attempt with more details and easier terminology to get the tech to understand the question or situation. These techs should know English 100% and their product 100% to be on a support team for the USA. I do not get the impression this is true.
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Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 10.0
Based on 10 answers
They are support-superstars and the software they use for support is excellent too (I don't know what it is). The model they use for support should be followed by all companies. It is a conversation/discussion forum model that shows everyone's questions in a knowledge base capacity so you can get the help you need in a speedy way.
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Online Training

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 5.1
Based on 3 answers
I love the fact that both a demonstration AND text version of the tutorials are available. Our firewall was blocking the demos until I requested my company allow them! Having the text version available still enabled me to learn from the tutorials. They are very well done and informative, and there is a tutorial for just about anything you need to learn to do with Storyline. I have always been more than satisfied with the support and training available to us for all Articulate products and I love the community!
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Implementation

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 10.0
Based on 9 answers
Implementing Articulate Storyline was a straight-forward and painless as humanly possible. There were no headaches found with other authoring tools not behaving well in existing systems, it really is excellently designed software. Everything was thought out so very well.
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Captivate

I have used Lectora and Storyline. All of these authoring tools have their pros and cons. Lectora: great for adding custom UI to a course, or branching. Can be complicated to learn though. Storyline: probably the easiest tool of the three to use. Can be limited. Captivate: excellent at screen recording and grabbing screenshots and making simulations/demos. Difficult to do a custom UI
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Articulate Storyline

Soft Chalk has similar features as Storyline. However, it is more geared towards building out classes. It is a good tool for developing content pages and has neat features such as pop-up windows. However, I do not feel it is as dynamic as Storyline. Soft Chalk is a little more user-friendly and many instructors would benefit from using it. Storyline is much more in-depth when it comes to quizzes, grade and analytic reporting and has more interactive features.
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Scalability

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 9.1
Based on 4 answers
It is easy to train new users and manage content. Being able to import older projects and PPT files makes it very easy to use for a lot of "moonlighters" in our department.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Captivate

  • It has enabled us to tailor our courses to the authoring tool that our client wants to use.
  • It lets us work with more clients.
  • It gives us more options in terms of authoring.
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Articulate Storyline

  • Storyline has allowed my team to take the eCourses vendors to provide to us and ensure that they function properly and look perfect. Vendors are not always reliable when it comes to copy editing, etc.
  • Our company has gotten bogged down with eCourses created in Storyline which makes it financially and administratively difficult to switch to another tool. In this regard, it has not provided very good ROI.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Captivate

General

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

Articulate Storyline

General

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

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