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Articulate Storyline

Top Rated
167 Ratings

SumTotal Learn

10 Ratings

Articulate Storyline

Top Rated
167 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 101

SumTotal Learn

10 Ratings
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Score 4.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

We primarily use this product for computer based learning. It will publish your course for a tablet or mobile phone but is not automatically reactive. For quick mobile design, I might be lured into another tool that lends itself toward performance support. If you are a one-stop-shop designer that has to create eLearning it would be the product I would recommend. You will create engaging, visually stimulating, courses that meet the needs of your team and that does not create extra work for you.
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SumTotal Learn

It works well for just uploading SCORM compliant courses. We don't use it for managing ILT courses as it was complicated when we last tried it. We also do not sell courses, but I don't think that it's capable of doing that
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Pros

  • As a novice with software authoring tools and no coding ability, Storyline's basic platform was easy to learn. It has a PowerPoint type look and feel so it's less intimidating than many other tools.
  • The tutorials provided on the Articulate website quickly helped me move from basic slides to interactive visuals and question elements. They are available any time I am which was perfect!
  • While not part of the software itself, the Articulate community is beyond what I have ever seen for software I use. Other users answer questions, share their work, create templates, and give out information that helps me be successful with my eLearning courses.
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  • Easily customizable notifications
  • TMU tool allows for quick mass uploads
  • Configurable front end
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Cons

  • Pricing is more straight forward but I would have liked to see a monthly alternative similar to Adobe. The one size fits all may be too much for everyone. An a la carte option again similar to Adobe (Photoshop and Lightroom for a price) might be helpful in this case as well. (Storyline and Content Library for a price).
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  • JasperSoft Reporting - it is difficult to use and manage.
  • Exams could be more robust. Offering alternate types of questions.
  • Too many clicks on the administrator side. Adding new activities is not intuitive, you need to click through each section to determine what needs to be entered where. Would be better if it was guided for new activities, just prompting for 'required' fields.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline8.9
Based on 19 answers
We can't imagine using any other software at this time.
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SumTotal Learn6.0
Based on 5 answers
We have made an investment in SumTotal and changing our LMS at this point would be costly.
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Usability

Articulate Storyline7.9
Based on 15 answers
Overall the ease of use is one of its endearing qualities. You can open the program, start a new project and get going regardless of your expertise with it. If you have ever created a presentation of any kind you can get going with Storyline on day 1 the first time you open it
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SumTotal Learn6.0
Based on 1 answer
I do not find SumTotal to be intuitive. I feel we need to adjust our needs to meet the functionality available in the tool.
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Support

Articulate Storyline9.0
Based on 9 answers
The Articulate user community (including staff and users) is amazing. There are so many people willing to help each other and offer advice. You can tell people are passionate about this software and supporting new users who are struggling. When you're a new user, it really helps to know you're not alone if you get stuck.
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SumTotal Learn10.0
Based on 1 answer
They always answer my calls and, in most cases, are able to help me
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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
Not really.
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Alternatives Considered

Articulate is more intuitive to use if you are more familiar with Microsoft products. Captivate may be easier to use if you're more familiar with Adobe products. I would still choose Articulate over Captivate due to its intuitiveness, simplicity to add triggers and variables, and even due to minor items such as not having to import buttons you would like to use.
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SuccessFactors is more user friendly, however their service is less than stellar. SumTotal was chosen because of price and customer service.
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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

  • We have experienced very positive impact on our ability to develop and delivery high quality elearning programs!
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  • Having all training/learning records in one tool allows users to have their record follow them when they move in the business. This reduces the need for retraining and time spent on data entry.
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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

SumTotal Learn

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