Storyline 360 vs. iSpring Suite

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Storyline 360
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Articulate's Storyline 360 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
iSpring Suite
Score 9.3 out of 10
N/A
iSpring Suite helps users build courses that are mobile-ready and adaptive. It’s integrated with PowerPoint, so users can create the…
$470
per year per user
Pricing
Storyline 360iSpring Suite
Editions & Modules
Storyline3
$1,398
Academic. iSpring Suite
$470
per year per user
Freelancers. iSpring Suite
$490
per year per user
Academic. iSpring Suite Max
$670
per year per user
Freelancers. iSpring Suite Max
$690
per year per user
Business. iSpring Suite
$770.00
per year per user
Business. iSpring Suite Max
$970.00
per year per user
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Storyline 360iSpring Suite
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAcademic, non-profit, government and volume discounts are available.
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Storyline 360iSpring Suite
Considered Both Products
Storyline 360
Chose Storyline 360
Captive is also a powerful software for eLearning, but Articulate has a much faster learning curve, in a couple of weeks the factory team could already design and produce with Articulate.

Another advantage of articulate is that it has a very large repository of resources and …
Chose Storyline 360
Articulate is more user-friendly and has an enormous content library.
iSpring Suite
Chose iSpring Suite
iSpring Suite is more suited to create PPT based content. It doesn't handle long text with the ease Articulate does. iSpring Suite has a less steep learning curve than Articulate.
Chose iSpring Suite
Great support, easy to use, and a great time saver!
Chose iSpring Suite
iSpring Suite is easier to use, as robust, but in a format that makes it easy to share with customers.
Chose iSpring Suite
When we compared a number of competitor products, the animation triggers in iSpring were easier to use, in our opinion.
Chose iSpring Suite
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Chose iSpring Suite
Producing e-learning is a member service, and not a core objective of our association, so we have a small staff and a limited budget. iSpring Suite costs less than other premium products that build e-learning. It's much easier to learn how to use. We can also take PowerPoint …
Chose iSpring Suite
We found that the price point comparison was vastly different from some competitors. iSpring is a relatively cheap authoring tool but delivers so much capability for the price. It may not have the capability of some other tools, but it also has a very small learning curve, …
Chose iSpring Suite
Since you have to purchase the whole Articulate 360 suite to get Studio, iSpring is less expensive.
Chose iSpring Suite
Articulate 360 offers Storyline in their suite, which is a much better tool for customized and advanced e-learning development, iSpring could compete with them in the field of responsive authoring tool (iSpring Page) and tools for stakeholder's reviewing.

Considering conversion …
Chose iSpring Suite
I think iSpring is very similar to other main competitors (that we have evaluated) in terms of features and resources. The great difference is pricing, since iSpring has a low cost per license. It is very easy and quick to download, install and use, even during the trial period.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Storyline 360iSpring Suite
Small Businesses
iSpring Suite
iSpring Suite
Score 9.3 out of 10
Articulate 360
Articulate 360
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
iSpring Suite
iSpring Suite
Score 9.3 out of 10
Articulate 360
Articulate 360
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
iSpring Suite
iSpring Suite
Score 9.3 out of 10
Articulate 360
Articulate 360
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Storyline 360iSpring Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
9.4
(118 ratings)
9.3
(88 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.0
(21 ratings)
9.1
(3 ratings)
Usability
7.7
(15 ratings)
8.2
(30 ratings)
Availability
8.6
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.8
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(15 ratings)
10.0
(15 ratings)
Online Training
5.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(9 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Storyline 360iSpring Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
My training is focused on disability support workers and health professionals. It has addressed the needs of these two groups really well. I like being able to create, for example characters I include on the slides and show them, for example, at the local pharmacy. Enables you to make them relatable across the presentation and to put in aspects that the audience will relate to
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Pros
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
  • iSpring integrates with PowerPoint extremely well and enables the user to develop training in PowerPoint with ease.
  • iSpring characters are fantastic. They continue to add more regularly features regularly.
  • The voice recording and ability to integrate music is a very easy process.
  • Customer service is fantastic. They are quick to respond and their training is easy to follow.
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Cons
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
  • Adding audio narration to interactive slides is easy, but still perhaps a bit repetitive/clunky
  • The way you add playlists works well, but wish it was "project/course specific", instead of carrying over from project to project. Easy to delete playlists, tho.
  • If you have a common set of learner resources to make available over many courses, you must manually add the URLs and/or PDFs manually each time. Would be so nice to be able to create a "reference list" and import it to each course with a click or two. This is the most annoying thing I can think of about iSpring.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
I would give it 10 but I also like to try new solutions.
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Usability
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
iSpring Suite is a perfect tool overall to create contents in collaboration with colleagues. There are some difficulties though in usability but the usability is OK in total. We are fully satisfied with the customer support. There are simple online tutorials and a team of competent support colleagues. The support content is sometimes not simply accessible, you need to search for them longer.
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Reliability and Availability
Articulate Global, Inc.
Installed software so alway available
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iSpring Solutions, Inc
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
Great software is only exceeded by their fantastic support. Prompt responses, complete with clearly outlined steps to follow, are just the beginning. There are tremendous resources and continual webinars to challenge what we think we know about the iSpring Suite. I often use PowerPoint to lay out marketing slides, add music and narration, then publish them as an MP4 video. I can count on iSpring support to assist me when I need help.
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Online Training
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
Ultimately, I selected iSpring Suite because of the ease of use and small learning curve. I needed to be able to start creating content immediately, and after doing trial periods with iSpring as well as some of the other options, it was clear that I could be up and running the quickest with iSpring. I don't see any features that are missing for what I need, and it was also the cheapest option.
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Scalability
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
  • We allow potential customers to sample training and feedback is our offerings differentiate us from our peers.
  • Having the ability to offer an accessible training catalog and self-enrollment is also something our customers comment on positively.
  • The training developed in iSpring has allowed our customers to prepare for further interaction with our processes and projects on their own timeline, and has positively impacted the ease with which we are able to execute project rollouts.
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ScreenShots

iSpring Suite Screenshots

Screenshot of iSpring SuiteScreenshot of the customizable course player — the layout can be changed as desired.Screenshot of a role-playScreenshot of course interactionsScreenshot of the online collaboration toolScreenshot of Video lessons and screencasts