Articulate 360 vs. Articulate Storyline

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Articulate 360
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
Articulate 360 is an e-learning course development subscription offering. It includes every Articulate authoring tool, including the latest version of Storyline and Rise, a web-based app for creating inherently responsive courses. The vendor offers a 30-day free trial.
$549
per year
Articulate Storyline
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Articulate Storyline is a learning content creation platform. It provides prebuilt and customizable content, along with gamification capabilities. Articulate emphasizes user-friendliness, including mobile accessibility. It is offered on a perpetual license.
$1,398
Pricing
Articulate 360Articulate Storyline
Editions & Modules
Academic - Personal
$549.00
per year
Academic - Teams
$699.00
per year
Freelancer - Personal
$1,099.00
per year
Teams
$1,399.00
per year
Storyline3
$1,398
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Articulate 360Articulate Storyline
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsArticulate 360 is available on the Articulate website and through Articulate Authorized Resellers. The Articulate 360 Teams plan is available for $1,399 per user, per year, and individual subscriptions perfect for freelancers are available for $1,099 per user, per year (all prices USD). Eligible educational customers receive a 50% discount on list prices.
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Considered Both Products
Articulate 360
Chose Articulate 360
Adobe Captivate would likely be the closest competitor, but it really cannot compete with 360 in that it doesn't offer the same range with regard to all of the applications contained within 360. Both have subscription-based models, but for the amount I use Captivate, the …
Chose Articulate 360
Articulate 360 is a suite of apps - including a 360 version of Storyline - so it's kind of an all-inclusive set of development tools; whereas the non-360 version of Storyline is Storyline alone.
Chose Articulate 360
Although Articulate is not completely reinventing the wheel in regards to authoring e-Learning courses it offers enough unique options to set it apart and if you have ever created a PowerPoint you can start developing with Storyline on day 1, on your first opening. In my …
Chose Articulate 360
Articulate 360 takes a slightly different approach to multi-device support compared to other authoring tools. Instead of true responsive design, which requires at least twice as much time to develop, it strikes a balance with the addition of the responsive player. Although …
Chose Articulate 360
The output for mobile elearning in Articulate 360's Storyline 360 is fantastic. It's a piece of cake to create on my end as the developer, and users just see a gorgeous course that works beautifully on any device.
Chose Articulate 360
Articulate 360 is a more modern, responsive interface with features that Captivate lacks. Things like locking the next button until a user clicks certain items. Can I do this is Captivate? Yes, but it takes 5 times as long as it does in Articulate's "Storyline" or "Rise" …
Chose Articulate 360
Articulate Storyline on its own merit already was a great contender with the rest of the tools on the market, now in this 'bundle of joy' you have all the tools you need to develop amazing elearning content. No need for anything else!
Chose Articulate 360
With the older version of Captivate, do not like the learning curve. Articulate 360 eliminates that obstacle. I love Storyline and Storyline 2. I used Articulate Studio for several years, and it is very good for someone that knows PowerPoint, or wants to convert PowerPoint …
Chose Articulate 360
Storyline 360 gives you similar output as Storyline 2, with responsive players and some new features, but does not produce a fully responsive course. It optimizes the page size based on the device screen like before. If a slide has a lot of content, it will be very difficult to …
Chose Articulate 360
I've used many other authoring tools in the past and by far, Articulate 360 is the most intuitive, easiest to use tool out there. The time needed to ramp up on the tool after training is minimal comparatively with the other tools I've used.
Chose Articulate 360
Much better end to end solution, the HTML5 output is industry leading, along with Rise for responsive authoring Articulate 360 should always be the first choice for development.
Chose Articulate 360
I've used Articulate Storyline exclusively for the past 5 years so there is no other option in my book. I'm incredibly loyal to the brand. That being said, I'm loyal because their products are very user-friendly and I don't need a programming background to use their products. …
Chose Articulate 360
This is really the first tool like this we've evaluated.
Chose Articulate 360
No comparison - Captivate is clunky, difficult to master, action script-heavy and lacking in the dynamics and organic UI that Storyline (now Articulate 360) is known for.
Articulate Storyline
Chose Articulate Storyline
AS, in my opinion, is more so for users who want to customized online course development. Articulate 360 takes the pressure of a a "novice" user which enables them to plug and play.
Chose Articulate Storyline
Articulate 360 includes Storyline in a single package, as well as the online review of courses, and other really engaging tools that are all compatible with Storyline. We love Articulate 360 because it takes the best things about Storyline and adds upon them to make a full and …
Chose Articulate Storyline
Articulate Storyline is user friendly and integrates many features throughout with other modules in the Articulate Storyline suite that creates a seamless experience as needed. These integrations allow scaling the modules as well as quickly allows subject matter experts to …
Chose Articulate Storyline
We actually use both as they come in a pair and work amazingly well together to produce solid learning content. I can't see using Storyline without Rise as well.
Chose Articulate Storyline
Captivate is more advanced for sure. However, it requires a much higher skillet. Storyline is so much easier to pick up and run with.
Chose Articulate Storyline
Captivate (user since Version 3), Camtasia (user since version 2), Lectora Inspire (freaking awful software - makes using anything, including Moodle, a joy). Storyline just feels different from all of these "competitors". It's organic, fun to use, instantly engaging for the ID …
Chose Articulate Storyline
Although Articulate is not completely reinventing the wheel in regards to authoring e-Learning courses it offers enough unique options to set it apart and if you have ever created a PowerPoint you can start developing with Storyline on day 1, on your first opening. In my …
Chose Articulate Storyline
Much more robust, faster learning curve, wonderful community support
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User Ratings
Articulate 360Articulate Storyline
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(72 ratings)
9.3
(118 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(3 ratings)
6.0
(21 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(9 ratings)
7.7
(15 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(16 ratings)
9.1
(15 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
5.1
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(2 ratings)
10.0
(9 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Articulate 360Articulate Storyline
Likelihood to Recommend
Articulate Global, Inc.
I am not a fully trained instructional designer, but I found the user experience to be enjoyable. I have crafted my own revision of a course using Articulate 360 and while the process was lengthy, I found edits and changes to be relatively easy to implement. I also had a great deal of fun making tweaks, organizing and adding imagery. I think with regard to creating online courses/products for students to utilize, this is a great program and serves several levels of instructional design well (from me being brand new to this, to my supervisor who is newly certified, up to a longtime LD). I don't know that this is wholly relevant to courses that are live, be they in-person or virtual (Zoom webinars for example). Most of the material created in Articulate 360 tends to sit on the side of an on-demand, at-your-own-pace as far as coursework is concerned. A live course with an instructor, while it could be utilized in a live setting, the way it would be used I am unsure would be as dynamic or worthwhile as other more traditional options.
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Articulate Global, Inc.
In an office where you're planning to do a large amount of module-based training, Articulate Storyline will prove useful. A consideration to make, however, is whether your team members focused on training design will have the capacity to learn the software enough to create interesting and effective training modules. The basic functions can be simple, but the more advanced capabilities of the software take considerable effort to master and employ to create the more visually appealing presentations/modules you see in much of the promotional materials. If you have a small training team (or even without anyone dedicated specifically to training and development), Storyline is not a wise choice as the cost and effort required to fully make use of the software would be far too much of a commitment to make it worthwhile.
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Pros
Articulate Global, Inc.
  • Rise is clean and professional. It looks polished to users and is easy for learners to follow.
  • They have outstanding support.
  • Storyline allows you to create some very engaging intricate interactive learning.
  • Generally, their products are user friendly.
  • They are considered the Gold standard in elearning authoring.
  • Their courses can be read on phones, tablets computers. etc.
  • They also have a powerpoint add in for making really nice slides.
  • Their review tool, allows you to easily send the courses to reviewers who can update in course.
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Articulate Global, Inc.
  • 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
Articulate Global, Inc.
  • I'd like to see more variety in the types of interactions available. The ones that exist now (hot spot, drag n' drop, flip cards, etc.) are useful, but it would be nice to have more options without having to build something custom in Storyline to pull over. For example, I'd like a more elaborate sorting activity, customizable drag and drop activity, game options such as crosswords, options that allow user response, and more variety in the quizzing and assessment.
  • The built-in branching scenario feature requires a bit of trial and error. I'd like to see a snapshot, at-a-glance view of the scenario so it easier to see where the branching is, or where its missing.
  • The built-in assessment features are pretty limited - the Knowledge Check block has only multiple choice, multiple response, fill in the blank and basic matching. There is the option to pull in a test bank which is great, but it would be great to have more options built-in without having to develop something more elaborate in Storyline.
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Articulate Global, Inc.
  • I wish that you could customize the UI ribbons to bring features you use frequently to the front and to hide options you rarely use.
  • It would be great if there was a way for non-technical collaborators (SMEs, management, etc) to be able to open a *.story file directly and provide comments. You currently have to publish the course, load it to the LMS, update the LMS, and then hope that users can find it in the LMS. A Storyline Viewer/Previewer standalone application would be awesome.
  • The price is too high for freelancers to purchase and use. I no longer contract and work exclusively for the firm, but even with our resources, the high price limits the number of licenses available to use.
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Likelihood to Renew
Articulate Global, Inc.
Articulate 360 is an essential tool in our organisation's workflow. The money that we make through its use, far outweighs the cost of renewing our licenses. Articulate 360 has exposed us to new clients that we may not have otherwise encountered if we did not subscribe to the Articulate services.
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Articulate Global, Inc.
We are moving away from the standalone eCourse model, so depending upon when that shift happens, we might choose not to renew since we won't be supporting eCourses built in Articulate Storyline anymore. As long as we are still selling and supporting those eCourses, we will continue to renew the licenses we have.
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Usability
Articulate Global, Inc.
I rate the overall usability of Articulate 360 ​​with an 8, because of the many possibilities the software offers me. The software ensures that almost anyone without knowledge of coding can develop an interactive online course in a fairly simple and pleasant way.
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Articulate Global, Inc.
The basics are easy to learn but you won't get really robust activities from using just the basics. However, if you can invest the time in learning how to use all of Storyline's features, you'll have tremendous learning development power at your fingertips. I do have to say, though, that there is a beautiful logic to how everything in Storyline works. Once you learn a few of the advanced features, you can learn them all because there's a similar underlying logic. The interface is also very appealing and friendly.
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Reliability and Availability
Articulate Global, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Articulate Global, Inc.
Installed software so alway available
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Support Rating
Articulate Global, Inc.
It took forever to get someone to respond--either by email or by phone--directly to a pricing and licensing question. It is unfortunate that a company that has such potential as a streamlined course building/authoring tool not only missed the boat with service but also proves itself to be all fluff and no substance.
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Articulate Global, Inc.
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
Articulate Global, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Articulate Global, Inc.
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 Rating
Articulate Global, Inc.
It is pretty straight forward and easy to implement is you are already creating eLearning. If you have old courses created in other versions of Articulate I recommend you update them to the new version even though it is not necessary (especially From Storyline3 to 360) but if you don't you may find difficulty opening and keeping things straight
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Articulate Global, Inc.
Outside of having to dedicate a powerful enough PC for the installation and having to update Flash in our browsers there really isn't much pain involved in using Articulate. For the most part this is an easy to implement and roll-out product. The installation occurs quickly and smoothly with no additional steps needed.
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Alternatives Considered
Articulate Global, Inc.
Adobe Captivate has a ton of incredible functionality. You're able to fully customize user experiences through interactive elements, buttons, transitions, hiding and activating various elements, and so on. But overall Captivate is insanely difficult for someone new to the tool to learn. Most of what I learned about Captivate, I had to do by trial and error or by watching Paul Wilson's YouTube videos. I find Articulate 360 to be far more intuitive
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Articulate Global, Inc.
Articulate Storyline is the only authoring tool we have used with our LMS to date. We are seeing different platforms now, as opposed to LMS platforms. And, many of those have their own content. However, we will always need to create/author our own because of the nature of what we do and how we do it. I'm a big fan!
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Scalability
Articulate Global, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Articulate Global, Inc.
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
Articulate Global, Inc.
  • I am an independent user so far so no ROI; however it has clearly made a positive impact on my course as my students love the clear navigation interface and know exactly where to find content.
  • On point to consider is that it has no forum option on its lesson option so this hinders some asynchronous users from interacting with others on the course.
  • Users have expressed many positive feedback from using Articulate 360 which increases productivity and engagement.
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Articulate Global, Inc.
  • Allows for on-demand training that is accessible to anyone in the organization instantaneously.
  • Heavily reduces travel expenses by eliminating the need for in-person training classes.
  • Gives my department creative liberties in designing content that can be customized to each and every subject/business group in the organization. No two courses are ever the same.
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