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Articulate Storyline

Top Rated
167 Ratings

Articulate Studio

Top Rated
25 Ratings

Articulate Storyline

Top Rated
167 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 101

Articulate Studio

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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline is very well suited for customer service type training or other sort of flashy demonstrations as it offers a lot of human character options and interactivity features. We use Storyline for our more technical training, however we only utilize about 20% of the program's features because the characters or animations are quite out of place in our modules. We need a much more academic look and feel in our material.
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Articulate Studio

Articulate Studio is fantastic for sharing information based eLearning content that can be developed quickly and easily by developers who are not well versed in programming, scripting or graphic design. It is less appropriate for eLearning that requires simulations or complex interactions as the bulk of the content is derived from templates.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
7.8
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
8.3
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
8.5
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
8.0
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
7.7
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
7.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
8.0
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
9.0
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
7.0
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
7.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
Articulate Studio
7.0

Pros

  • Articulate Storyline is especially adept at providing interactive training modules with the ability to add in various learning paths with animations and button selection. When done correctly it can be highly engaging for the user.
  • It is very easy to add voice over, screen shot, and screen capture video to your modules with the recording software built right into the program. This instantly eliminated our need for external software to fill these roles and was a huge time saver.
  • As we use multiple methods for module delivery, Articulate's publishing options are first rate. You can burn to a CD, publish as a SCORM package for a LMS, publish to a website, or even as a Word doc if you need to pass around just the content for review. This versatility serves all our needs.
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  • Interactive questions and answers
  • Non-linear presentation
  • Deliver on multiple platforms
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Cons

  • One very time consuming process in creating a slide is synching up animation with a voice recording. I find I spend a lot of time dragging markers, sorting through layers, and having to constantly fine tune each second of the slide. The tools are fine, and I am not sure how this could be made faster, but a more efficient way of doing this task would be a big time saver.
  • In the adult training world it is important that end products look professional and are able to reflect the style of the business using them. Although Articulate Storyline offers many options in its characters, animations, etc., it can sometimes be a challenge to avoid a juvenile feel to the training. Sometimes those characters are downright comical, and frustrating to work with when you're trying to provide a polished technical training module.
  • When I first approach a new training project it can be overwhelming thinking about how each slide should look and function, how I want the material to flow, and how the user will transition from one topic to the next. I would love to see a brainstorming/ slide layout/ or rudimentary storyboard function. Maybe something which could be published and shared with team members for everyone to provide feedback and ideas on before development begins on the actual module slides.
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  • It has a higher learning curve than just presentation tools, primarily because it can do more. With more complexity, there are more things to learn. There are many things you can do without using advanced features.
  • Would like to see higher definition options for presenting on an HD monitor.
  • Occasional problems with publishing that require some time to resolve problems or find work-arounds.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline8.9
Based on 19 answers
It goes without saying that Artculate's products are the easiest to use and offer a great deal of functions with flexibility. Once an eLearning author uses the product it becomes tempting to not use other methods, but one would be wise not to limit him or herself to a single learning authoring platform. On the other hand, if given a single choice of a tool for rapid eLearning development, Articulate's Storyline would be a top choice.
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Articulate Studio10.0
Based on 1 answer
There is very little chance that this software wold not be renewed. It has become an integral part of our standard software for elearning development.
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Usability

Articulate Storyline7.9
Based on 15 answers
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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Articulate Studio10.0
Based on 1 answer
This is very useable software even for novice eLearning authoring users. People with some PowerPoint experience should be fine with this software and even Excel!
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Support

Articulate Storyline9.0
Based on 9 answers
I've engaged with their support three times since I've owned the product. Each time, I was treated very professionally and the issues were addressed quickly. Even in situations where the problem was not due to their software, their engineers were able to assist and get the project back on track.
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Articulate Studio8.0
Based on 2 answers
Overall support is great for issues that they are able to help with. Other times it seems like instead of fixing the bugs you are told to wait for the newest version so instead of getting a fix for free you have to pay to upgrade. I have found this frustrating
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Online Training

Articulate Storyline5.1
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

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 9 answers
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

Atriculate Storyline is much more user friendly compared to Captivate. It is simlar in some ways but personally I found Captivate more clunky and less forgiving. There is also more of a community, from what I have found so far for Articulate. Maybe I just haven't looked hard enough but since finding and using Articulate I haven't looked back. By no means do I pretend to be an expert but from my experience it feels like you have to be an expert in PowerPoint to really get the full benefit of Captivate, whereas Articulate Storlyline does not require this. You can find your way round things and call on others for support due to the community available.
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I have used Captivate, Articulate Studio, Storyline 1 and StoryLine2 and participated in the beta tests for Articulate 360. Studio is the simplest of the items. I like any of the Articulate products more than Captivate. It has a steep learning curve and I don't think course change is nearly as easy if you need to do updates or changes.
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Scalability

Articulate Storyline9.1
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

  • I am sought out for my Storyline expertise, having the skill definitely increases my income as a freelancer.
  • It expands my business from just instructional design to development without being a coder.
  • I save time by reducing the amount of custom code I have to write, increasing efficiency.
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  • Our organization must create training for individual locations that may have as few as 2 and as many as 50 employees. When you do that you can't purchase training and you need to make a lot of site specific courses even to separate video components. This is a cost effective way of providing for that need.
  • The negative might be the cost of the software if you are not going to use it for a large quantity of course work.
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Pricing Details

Articulate Storyline

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

Articulate Studio

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