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Articulate Storyline

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Edsby

Edsby is well-suited for day-to-day communication with students, either in the classroom, or at home. It makes planning course progression easier because of the built in day-by-day calendar for the semester. It is transferable, so the work one does in one semester can be copied over to the next, and modified as needed. Students can see the Lesson Plan which is projected onto the SmartBoard, but the font is quite small so they cannot read it from where they are sitting, so I use SmartNotes which has a larger font and then, if needed, attach that note to the Edsby day lesson planner.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

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

Pros

Articulate Storyline

  • The UI closely resembles the general UI that is used by Microsoft Office products. It is instantly familiar, decreasing the learning curve.
  • Storyline is very powerful. If you can imagine the design, you can develop it in Storyline. The built-in templates and player skins offer a wide variety of page layouts. I particularly like how Storyline organizes slides by scenes and provides a visual map to help you see the course navigation.
  • Storyline is not a resource hog. You can't simply install it on any machine, but you do not need a tricked-out rig with gaming specs to run. It runs very smoothly on an Intel i5 with 8gb of RAM with plenty of system resources available for Microsoft Office and Adobe applications to run in different windows.
  • Storyline output HTML is very clean. With other authoring tools, bad Javascript and poor CSS output really had a negative impact as you had to devise workarounds and implement patches for them to work with your LMS. Storyline is the closest authoring tool that I've found "just works."
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Edsby

  • Edsby is extremely easy to learn and use.
  • Students love the "social media" feel to Edsby.
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Cons

Articulate Storyline

  • Although the professional content library is available, it is still pretty easy for new users to make overly cartoonish looking pieces of training.
  • The program is very heavy load so you have to have a pretty powerful computer to run it effectively.
  • Final projects can be played by anyone but they can sometimes be glitchy because they are a bit heavy for users to run on their computers.
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Edsby

  • Edsby shows the last time a user logged on. Unfortunately, if someone doesn't log out you have no way of knowing if someone has seen a recent post or is really using Edsby to its potential.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 6.0
Based on 21 answers
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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Edsby

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 7.7
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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Edsby

Edsby 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It's very user friendly.
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Support

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 10.0
Based on 10 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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Edsby

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

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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Edsby

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 10.0
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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Edsby

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Articulate Storyline

I've used a few other products that are similar to Storyline. Captivate by Adobe is overly complex and frustrating at times, so that's gonna be a "no go" for most users. The addition of these new 360 applications (Rise, Review, etc) makes Articulate the top option when it comes to developing e-learning in my opinion.
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Edsby

There is no comparison. Edsby is a far superior product.
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Scalability

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.
Melissa Jordan profile photo

Edsby

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Articulate Storyline

  • We have been able to bring our training development in-house with Articulate Storyline. This has reduced the cost substantially of module development from about $120,000 annually to less than $50,000.
  • It is now possible for the subject matter expert to work directly in Articulate Storyline rather than have to work with a third party and try to explain what needs to be developed as far as content.
  • Articulate Storyline has a bit of a learning curve and not everyone takes to it quickly, so although the training development has been brought in-house, there is now a back-log of work for those who use the software!
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Edsby

  • For the most part, teachers, parents and students love the system. It provides easy access to the information that they need when they need it.
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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

Edsby

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

* per student

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline
8.8
Edsby
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline
6.0
Edsby

Usability

Articulate Storyline
7.7
Edsby
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Articulate Storyline
8.6
Edsby

Performance

Articulate Storyline
8.8
Edsby

Support

Articulate Storyline
10.0
Edsby

Online Training

Articulate Storyline
5.1
Edsby

Implementation

Articulate Storyline
10.0
Edsby

Scalability

Articulate Storyline
9.1
Edsby

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