Articulate Studio vs. iSpring Suite

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Articulate Studio
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Articulate Studio is a PowerPoint plugin used to develop elearning course content. It includes assessment, on-screen recording, and interactions integrations.N/A
iSpring Suite
Score 9.0 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 content in the familiar PPT interface without spending time on specific training. The toolkit supports the creation of professional courses, video lectures, role-play simulations, and a range of assessments that display and work on any device. With the iSpring Suite Max…
$470
per year per user
Pricing
Articulate StudioiSpring Suite
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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
Articulate StudioiSpring Suite
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
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Community Pulse
Articulate StudioiSpring Suite
Considered Both Products
Articulate Studio

No answer on this topic

iSpring Suite
Chose iSpring Suite
Slightly cheaper, maybe not so powerful but easy to use straight away on day 1. We had to make a quick decision and so didn't have time or resources to test and compare products. We looked at reviews and decided to try one on a free trial basis. It worked well so we bought it.
Chose iSpring Suite
Since you have to purchase the whole Articulate 360 suite to get Studio, iSpring is less expensive.
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
User Ratings
Articulate StudioiSpring Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(16 ratings)
9.3
(42 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.4
(2 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(7 ratings)
9.6
(20 ratings)
User Testimonials
Articulate StudioiSpring Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
Articulate Global, Inc.
Articulate Studio is constantly surprising in terms of what it can do. It is like a "Swiss Army Knife" of functionality. I've used it to build portfolios, whole interactive websites, authoring videos and I often discover novel ways to make it useful on a pretty regular basis. What would be a situation where you would not want to use Articulate Studio? Well, even though you can use it to author video and to publish websites, it's not a replacement for a video editing package or a web platform like WordPress, but there are times when it will do certain things in an astoundingly simple way superior to other tools.
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iSpring Solutions, Inc
This is one of the best authoring tools in the market. As a strong user of most of them, we ran across iSpring Suite years ago when the product was still evolving. Who would have thought that having these tools embedded inside PowerPoint would make such an impact? There is nothing I can't do with iSpring Suite that others claim is unique to their authoring products, and some things that I can do even better.
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Pros
Articulate Global, Inc.
  • They made it very easy to understand how to add new content to the courses, including images, videos or audio, of course, you are still able to do text-based content as well.
  • Creating quizzes has never been easier. The ability to add controls to each question and what actions each answer creates, whether an additional question or passing to the next section. Customizing these actions are very easy to learn and add to your course.
  • Being able to use your own scoring mechanism is awesome! I like SCORM but there are many options to use including a custom one of your own. This ability allows you to pass your students over to a proprietary system that enrolls them in the next course, or use the built-in utilities to provide the next course or quiz, the choice is yours!
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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.
  • The audio editor is awful. Sometimes when you cut a section, it actually takes a different section that you selected. Especially when in zoom mode. You have to then undo the action, and re-do. Also, scrubbing through the audio is difficult. If you're exporting audio, it can glitch during the process. I avoid using the audio editor whenever I can.
  • After all these years, it's still a buggy program. You can be doing your recordings, and a sudden message appears saying that something went wrong and needs to close. I've done re-installs, contacted support, and I constantly clear the temp folder. Still happens. Also, it's a good idea to export your audio, and there have been times the program freezes up on me, and the audio file (in the .ppta file) gets corrupted and all audio is permanently lost.
  • The program can get slow when publishing, previewing or opening the audio editor.
  • The included Engage program is pretty good, but it needs more customization options. And I think they can add more modules that provide a little more engagement.
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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.
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
I would give it 10 but I also like to try new solutions.
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Usability
Articulate Global, Inc.
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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iSpring Solutions, Inc
The software integration was appealing to our department--particularly to the faculty who had not, prior to the pandemic, taught online--because it integrates with an already known entity: PowerPoint. Furthermore, iSpring's assessment builder with its wide variety of questions is extremely easy to use--basically plug and play--for any level of comfort that a faculty member has in terms of online teaching.
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Support Rating
Articulate Global, Inc.
I've never really had any major issues with the product (Other than the registration loop error)and my ten out of ten rating is based on the assistance I got when we initially set up the extension in Power Point. I found the support folks to be professional, helpful and friendly
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iSpring Solutions, Inc
We haven't had an issue with iSpring support in the time we have been using the application. The few times we have reached out for advice, we have been sent replies within a day. This is only due to the time zone difference. There have been times when troubleshooting has resulted in a message that the function we were looking for or the content we were looking to create is not possible, but in every case, our request has been passed onto the development team for follow up and possible integration with future patches.
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Alternatives Considered
Articulate Global, Inc.
Articulate Studio is very much a leader in the e-learning space. It stacks up well against other tools designed to quickly and easily build and update CBTs by managers and super-users versus needing to invest time and effort in dedicated e-learning developers. Process improvement initiatives and cross-functional departments are empowered to develop their trainings themselves and identify areas for future development.
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iSpring Solutions, Inc
Therer are several other interactive video creation tools out there, such as Camtasia, Adobe Captivate and even PowerPoint on its own, but none of them come close to offering the galaxy of features that is served up by iSpring Suite, and it's the easiest to learn and use with affordable price tags
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Return on Investment
Articulate Global, Inc.
  • I only see positive impact since it is a very easy to use tool for rapid learning. The only point is to know what is possible to develop using this tool to avoid any kind of frustration afterwards.
  • Another positive impact is that we don't need a diversified development team. There is no need of technical professionals, and a creative instructional designer is enough to develop effective learning content using Studio.
  • The third positive impact is that Studio makes possible to realize short-term projects, mainly when there's already a PowerPoint presentation.
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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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