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Articulate Storyline is software for creating interactive courses. The vendor states it's simple enough for beginners, yet powerful enough for experts, and with it users are able to create virtually any imaginable interaction, in minutes. The vendor further provides that with their new perpetual version of Storyline, users can deliver mobile and accessible courses with enhanced interactivity, faster.
- Supported: Get started building courses right away, without any training. Storyline is so intuitive to use, even beginners ramp up quickly.
- Supported: Create engaging interactivity, easily. If you can imagine an interaction, you can easily build it with Storyline. Let learners click, hover over, or drag any object to trigger any action. Build engaging interactions in minutes with buttons, sliders, markers, and hotspots. And create dynamic, personalized interactivity with intuitive variables—no programming required.
- Supported: Build immersive, engaging learner experiences with video and simulations. Record screen activity, add screencasts from Articulate Replay, and import any type of video. To create software simulations simply record your screen once, then edit whenever and however you want.
- Supported: Assess learners any way you want. Turn objects on your slide into a decision-making activity–or use 25 different question types to create quizzes quickly. You can test throughout your course to get a clear view of performance, and combine results from multiple quizzes for a final score.
- Supported: Make it easy for every learner to access your content. Storyline supports right-to-left languages and double-byte character sets and includes Section 508 and WCAG support.
- Supported: Reach learners on virtually any device with HTML5 and Flash publishing options (Storyline 2) and a fully responsive player (Storyline 360 only).
- Supported: Publish for learning management systems with Tin Can API 1.0, SCORM, and AICC support.
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- 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.
- User Interface
- Content creation in-app
- Very easy to learn if you know PowerPoint
- Great training offered if your business can afford it
- Screen recording feature could be more accurate
- Free webinars could be offered if not already
- Storyline allows working with layers for the creation of interactive scenarios.
- Storyline allows you to control the user's progress, to configure it freely and directionally, we can also program advances by accumulating points.
- An opportunity for improvement is that the software allows creating responsive courses in offline mode to be able to design them at all times.
- You could include an editor or character creator within the same storyline.
- A full suite of software that you cannot get from other software.
- It is updated regularly.
- You can only get the additional software if you pay for a yearly subscription.
- If you do not get the subscription you do not get updates as often.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.