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Articulate Storyline

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

If you are designing eLearning and need to load content into an LMS, this tool is for you. If you are a web developer looking to develop websites, this tool is not for you. If you need a drag-and-drop/WYSIWYG interface, this tool is for you. If you are a coder who uses an IDE, this tool is not for you.
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Synergy Education Platform

It is well suited for all K-12 education systems that are looking for effective ways to improve and streamline their information. It would not be as useful for a college or a university system as it does not have the complexity needed in order to carry out all of the specific functions that a university system would need.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
8.0
Synergy Education Platform
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Synergy Education Platform
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
8.2
Synergy Education Platform
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Synergy Education Platform
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Synergy Education Platform
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
7.0
Synergy Education Platform
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
7.9
Synergy Education Platform
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
8.0
Synergy Education Platform
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Synergy Education Platform
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
7.8
Synergy Education Platform
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
7.5
Synergy Education Platform
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Synergy Education Platform

Pros

  • 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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  • Analytics
  • Engagement Data
  • Streamlined Information
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Cons

  • 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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  • More education tools
  • Improve and cleaner design
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline6.0
Based on 21 answers
We can't imagine using any other software at this time.
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Usability

Articulate Storyline7.8
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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Support

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 10 answers
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 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
Implementing Articulate Storyline was a straight-forward and painless as humanly possible. There were no headaches found with other authoring tools not behaving well in existing systems, it really is excellently designed software. Everything was thought out so very well.
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Alternatives Considered

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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Synergy Education Platform seemed to be just as affordable as the software options that offer similar solutions but individually. Synergy Education Platform helps bring all of that data that is needed together in the same space for one lower and flat rate which has been incredibly useful for our organization. I would continue to use this product over the products of competitors
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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

  • Positive: The ability to use this tool for a variety of delivery methods has been great.
  • Positive: Ability to adapt older training to modern, trackable replacements.
  • Negative: It's pricey for multiple seats.
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  • Saved Time
  • Saved Money
  • Easier to Access Analytics
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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

Synergy Education Platform

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