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- Design is intuitive and easy to learn. Anyone familiar with PowerPoint can easily get into Storyline. While some elements require more advanced learning, the general basis of the software works excellently by leveraging knowledge of PowerPoint.
- Optimization. We have had staff comment on how the software adjusts based on the device they are using and responds effortlessly whether using on a mobile device or a standard computer/notebook.
- Learning curve. As simple as the more basic aspects of the software can be to use, the more advanced features can be complicated and take some time to get used to. This is something where you'll have to dedicate yourself to getting a full grasp of what the program can do.
- Cost. Articulate Storyline is a costly endeavour. While in the long run it is worth it, you'll need to consider whether the usage, and therefore ROI, is ultimately worth it for your organization.
We've had a variety of issues come up where Storyline wasn't originally considered for development. In the end, though, it was obviously the answer. From just SCORM holders for video, which required completion or retention monitoring, to an interactive map for a client in the exported format of a website, I've used Storyline for a variety of projects.
- The Online Community is an amazing conglomeration of professionals that are always willing to assist a developer with ideas, troubleshooting, and more. Just having someone available to talk to about how to create your vision within the software is invaluable.
- The user interface is familiar and easily navigable. If you've used MS Office products, then you'll know where you are and where to go find what you need. Since Office is everywhere, I'd bet you're familiar.
- I wasn't on board, initially, with the subscription model. I've found that it is a great idea for a variety of reasons. Interactivity with the other products (Review and Rise) is outstanding and flawless.
- The formats that are available for export are great as well. As I stated earlier, the ability to export as a website really helped me create something special for a particular client that has resulted in that website being used across thousands of locations worldwide. Pretty powerful stuff there.
- Precision is a sore spot when it comes to developing in Storyline. Much like trying to be precise with items using PowerPoint, it is a frustrating prospect. I'd imagine it has something to do with the product being rooted within the MS Office/PowerPoint format.
- While I'm familiar with the ribbon in Office, it's flawed for sure. I've found this to be the same within Storyline. Again, I'd imagine it has something to do with the similarity.
- There are never enough animations/transitions. Though I've managed to mix multiple animations, etc., It's never enough.
Knowing that I can always just drop a video onto a slide and then export the whole thing as a SCORM file is an easy way to get older pieces up to date so that we can make sure people are retaining the knowledge we're passing onto them.
- Articulate does a good job of making complex interactivity simple to obtain.
- Articulate does a great job of keeping their interface clean and intuitive for MS Office users.
- Articulate could do better with its screen capturing abilities.
- Articulate should consider adding additional interactivity features that make it more competitive with Adobe Captivate.
- Great for rapid authoring of e-learning modules.
- Can be used as a simulation or prototyping tool.
- Great for creating e-learning that leverages variables for personalized learning experiences.
- Some functionality is quirky. For example Arial font renders strange kerning issues that cannot be overcome.
- Image compression can be unpredictable. It is hard to include clean screenshots that require high-detail.
- Player control customization can be limiting.
- Storyline integrates with the Canvas LMS fairly seamlessly. There have been a few glitches, but for the most part, the interactions we have created will play directly in the Canvas LMS.
- Storyline is great for creating short drag and drop interactions for self-reviews or even graded assignments. Its many options for quizzes such as "answer reveal" or using tabs help the student get a different perspective on the content rather than just an "A, B, or C" answer.
- Storyline is great for tutorials or training sessions. There are many options to help guide the learner (or employee) through a process. it is not just linear, but you can branch the slides based on the answers. A great way to engage the learner or employee.
- As stated earlier, Storyline does work well with Canvas, however, there have been glitches experienced. Specifically, it is hard to narrow down the problems, but I think Canvas and Articulate need to do better at making sure that they are comparable.
- Storyline is not easy to learn, especially when you want to do more complex interactions. They do have a nice community set up to help with common problems and questions. However, it can be a longer learning curve when first starting out on Storyline.
- If you are working on a more complex interaction it can be a very tedious process. Working with many different slides and layers requires a lot of focus on the task. Definitely not a program you can multitask with.
- 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.
- I wish that you could customize the UI ribbons to bring features you use frequently to the front and to hide options you rarely use.
- It would be great if there was a way for non-technical collaborators (SMEs, management, etc) to be able to open a *.story file directly and provide comments. You currently have to publish the course, load it to the LMS, update the LMS, and then hope that users can find it in the LMS. A Storyline Viewer/Previewer standalone application would be awesome.
- The price is too high for freelancers to purchase and use. I no longer contract and work exclusively for the firm, but even with our resources, the high price limits the number of licenses available to use.
- Articulate Storyline has a very intuitive interface and is very easy to learn. My mother was the one who originally introduced it to me and she was using it before I was (and she's a librarian, not a content developer or training designer!).
- The support team is EXCELLENT. If you ever run into any glitches, issues, or confusion, you can contact Articulate Support and they will respond quickly with a high rate of solving your problem (at least mine, anyway!).
- Articulate provides a content library of images and templates that can effortlessly make your finished Storyline projects high quality and professional-looking.
- 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.
It is not very well suited for exams, although they do advertise as having a robust exam feature. While the exam feature is indeed robust, it is also a heavy load for users' computers so a classic HTML-based testing software is very much preferred!
- It is a versatile tool that can create a wide variety of eLearning experiences.
- It interfaces well with SCORM Cloud, which is what we use for dispatching eCourses to clients.
- It is fairly inexpensive for a single user license.
- The way it handles variables is confusing and not intuitive. This could be streamlined.
- Attaching documents to an eCourse resources section presents problems when the documents are not located on the computer that is publishing the course.
- Sometimes the courses do not work in Safari.
- Articulate is very intuitive to use. If you know PowerPoint, you can get a good start with Storyline.
- Storyline allows for an editable import of PowerPoint slides. Most of our content starts as PowerPoint files.
- Articulate is full of features to create interactive lessons
- When creating quizzes and forms within Storyline, it would be helpful to be able to embed multiple data entry modes (i.e. radio buttons & pull-down).
- Storyline also lacks the ability to apply an audio track across multiple slides.
- Storyline's narration interface is cumbersome. It lacks the ability to record voiceovers while in the slide, allowing users to track with animations.
- User interface replicates PowerPoint, so it is very easy and natural.
- Content Library is a fantastic asset.
- Collaborating on a project is maybe its best feature.
- Sharing content without an LMS is possible.
- Expanding the interactions would be nice.
- Opening more than one project at a time requires opening the program again.
- Good content library.
- Dynamic built-in templates.
- Various trigger types allows unlimited creativity.
- More adaptive and unique function for mobile.
- Able to draw charts and visualize data.
- Draw lines and boxes with connected points like powerpoint.
- Free stock library.
- Multiple output options.
- Multiple ready to use layout and design options.
- Constantly updating and bugs being removed and added.
- Large bugs appear occasionally and can completely stop your production.
- Compatibility with learning management systems. Storyline has remained up-to-date on SCORM standards and now xAPI development. We have had minimal issues with courses working within our LMS.
- Mobile compatibility. This is one area that Storyline has really upped their game as of late. Their modern course player is a very nice experience on mobile.
- The breadth of tools in a familiar package. When you open Storyline it looks very much like Microsoft Office, which is familiar to many enterprise users. However, once you dig in, you find that it has a wide range of tools to develop eLearning.
- I would like to see a better set of video editing tools built into Storyline. The program offers basic editing for a video recorded using the screen recording function or added from an external file, but it could be better.
- I would like to see faster save times. I have a very robust workstation that I use to edit 4k video, however, saving a large Storyline project seems to take a very long time. I would like to see this improved so it doesn't slow down my workflow.
- An easier way to work with variables. Variables in Storyline can be a very powerful tool. However, the program does not give you a straight-forward way of learning how to use them or walking you through the process. This could be improved to help users go even further with their eLearning development.
- I appreciate the screen record has the option to auto-populate the text for events on the screen.
- You don't have to be a graphic designer to understand how to use the software.
- Publishing options are great! You can export to Word and even MP4!
- I wish there was more of a library for people cut outs.
- The publishing time seems to take significantly longer than other software I've used.
- The file seems to get corrupted when saved on the cloud. I suggest saving local and backing up to the cloud.
- Articulate Storyline does a great job of providing interactive learning experiences.
- The program is fairly easy to learn and utilize for ISD professionals and those with Adobe Captivate experience.
- The interactive learning modules are responsive and flexible in design for different platforms.
- Like other e-learning tools, Articulate can lack some development tools for fine-tuning an e-learning module. One wishes there was a back-end feature for hand coding design elements.
- For some, the program may lack help or supportive features for training developers.
- Not all browsers may work with modules developed in Articulate. This is also an issue with other e-learning tools.
- The fact that Storyline works on pretty much any device is great.
- It is user-friendly, which is very important when it is being used by people from a wide range of tech-savvy (or non-savvy) backgrounds.
- It just looks good! The way you are guided through the creation of your e-learning content helps make your content look really great.
- I don't think there is anything we noticed in our time using it that we didn't like. It was very fun and easy to use.
- Storyline is very user intuitive. If you are familiar with using PowerPoint, it is an easy transition, with much more powerful tools.
- Storyline provides helpful tools for interactive learning - branching scenarios, drag and drop, multiple choice, etc. The ability to turn any slide into a quiz slide allows for great flexibility and creativity.
- Setting up triggers and page interactions is simple, with a comprehensive list of choices for button actions, timing options, image transitions, etc.
- Quiz results are not able to be compiled and emailed to the trainer outside of an LMS system.
- Some transitions cannot be combined - for example, motion along a path and zoom cannot happen at the same time.
- Articulate Storyline allows users to hit the ground running in a fairly short time. It was easy to learn the basics quickly in order to begin creating our courses right away.
- If a user knows PowerPoint, then they know much about Storyline. I was not a PowerPoint user before but now have a much greater understanding of that product, too.
- Storyline provides regular, excellent training webinars that are some of the best I have ever attended. And, as a bonus, you often get source files from those sessions.
- Because we are a software company creating how-to eLearning for our own products, we use a lot of screen recordings. It seems that many (maybe most) users of Articulate do not do this type of content creation. We have run into a few issues with screen recordings.
- Because of the type of application that this is, there are regular updates. And, with updates, things sometimes get broken. We have had a few issues along these lines but, for the most part, they have not been things that were difficult to work around.
- They have focused much of their development on their Rise application. Unfortunately, that doesn't work for us (screen recordings again), so that hasn't helped us. I do wish they would place more focus on Storyline. But, I do understand their logic.
Use of Articulate Storyline addresses the problems we often face with the expense of sending trainers to conduct a training class in person. Using web-based content is efficient in saving time and money so that the knowledge applied can be more hands-on and convenient.
- Articulate Storyline is a timeline based editing software that allows all imported graphics, audio, video, and text to be seen simultaneously and adjusted on the timeline by overlapping (send to front, send to back).
- Articulate Storyline has a customizable player that allows you to coordinate color schemes, organize resources, display of buttons/tabs, include notes or captions, audio controls, and sizing options for the browser window.
- The Articulate community provides you with pre-made templates for slides and quizzes that you can import directly into your course through the application window. They also provide characters that range from realistic to illustrated and can be instantly imported directly from the application.
- Articulate Storyline doesn't always allow the copying/customizing of every pre-built interaction (i.e. quizzes) and can be difficult to use at times.
- Working on slide layers has limitations with what can be done using triggers and states outside of the base slide.
- The modern player style does not allow for publishing with Flash and can cause a weird font issue if only using HTML. The modern player looks so much nicer than the classic, but only allows for HTML publishing.
- WYSIWYG editing (What you see is what you get). It's very helpful to be able to immediately see how actions and scripts affect each piece of the puzzle.
- The flexibility of exams/quizzes is extremely beneficial. From the different question types available to the ability to randomize answers.
- The integration of multimedia is super user-friendly—video (hyperlink or direct upload), audio, narration, etc.
- The opportunities to utilize the motion of objects is extremely limited.
- I don't like that you can't preview the full workings of the slide if it contains a video upload.
- The menu visual options are fine, but not super intuitive. I'd like to have more control here.
- Easy to pick up if you know PowerPoint
- You can easily transform PPT docs into interactive eLearning files
- Great online support forums
- It’s hard to create eLearning where you can go backward through the course if you miss something.
- Nowadays we are seeing more video eLearning. Storyline is a little outdated
- Lack of on the job training tools
- Easy to build content.
- Ability to utilize complex and logic-based workflows.
- Lots of training and resources for designers.
- Ability to customize completely.
- Some limitations on dynamic customized movements.
- Ease of use
- Ease of editing
- Ease of converting to usable files for uploading
- Difficult to copy and paste while keeping integrity of templates
- Difficult to have multiple programs running at the same time. Storyline freezes up if more than a few programs are running concurrently.
- Intuitive. It works similar to PowerPoint in terms of slides and structure. Adding assets and narration is fairly straightforward.
- They have a good stock library. Also, you can add different characters in a variety of poses for added effect.
- Lots of flexibility in navigation and buttons. Variables and basic scripting makes it easy to customize.
- Animations are lacking. Limited to real basic types of movement and animations, which can look dated and not as profressional.
- Lacks a time feature (how much time is used, how much time is left). I know that can't always be accurate due to interactive navigation, but the option to put one in would be nice.
- Customization of the player is limited.
- 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.
- 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.
Articulate Storyline Scorecard Summary
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About Articulate Storyline
Articulate Storyline 2 is designed to make it easy to create any interactive e-learning a user can imagine. The vendor’s value proposition is that it’s simple enough for beginners yet powerful enough for experts.
Articulate Storyline 2 is sold as a perpetual license. The latest version of Storyline is continuously updated with new features. The vendor offers a free 30-day trial.
Articulate Storyline Competitors
- Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
- Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
- Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
- Entry-level set up fee?No
Articulate Storyline Support Options
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Articulate Storyline Technical Details
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