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Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline


What is Articulate Storyline?

Articulate Storyline is a learning content creation platform. It provides prebuilt and customizable content, along with gamification capabilities. Articulate emphasizes user-friendliness, including mobile accessibility. It is offered on a perpetual license.

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Product Details

What is Articulate Storyline?

Articulate Storyline is software for creating interactive courses. It's designed to be simple enough for beginners, yet powerful enough for experts, enabling users 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.

Articulate Storyline Features

  • 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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Articulate Storyline Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android

Frequently Asked Questions

Articulate Storyline is a learning content creation platform. It provides prebuilt and customizable content, along with gamification capabilities. Articulate emphasizes user-friendliness, including mobile accessibility. It is offered on a perpetual license.

iSpring Learn, Adobe Captivate, and Lectora are common alternatives for Articulate Storyline.

Reviewers rate Implementation Rating highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Articulate Storyline are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Bo Folkmann ✔ | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Articulate Storyline 2 to develop and produce eLearning and blended learning for our customer.
  • It’s easy to use
  • It’s fast to produce and develop eLearning.
  • The supports from the community are excellent.
  • The down side of it is poor animation possibilities.

The key questions to ask during the selection process for eLearning tools are:

  • How easy is it to use the product?
  • How is the support, and how fast is it?
  • How is the design possibility? Does it have a possibility for moderns design?
  • Do I have access to different template I can use, and are the design modern? It’s fast to produce and develop eLearning.
  • In areas of quiz and scenario is Articulate Storyline 2 well suited?
  • Because it is easy to use we got a faster result and product.
  • We have easy access to everything on the same screen and don’t have to produce parts in other products e.g. PowerPoint.
Guido Roessling | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Articulate Storyline for training my students in various areas - using the editor they will be using for developing software, explaining basic programming concepts, and others. Another somewhat different and highly interactive course addresses how a teaching assistant or teacher can deal with a case of plagiarism.
  • Storyline is highly flexible, regarding its support for layers, the powerful yet easy to use concepts of triggers and helpful interactive elements such as lightbox slides and markers. These make creating interactive and attractive content easy and even fun!
  • The use of variables allows for another great deal of freedom in designing a course. Whether you only want to store the user's name and gender, or want to keep track of decisions or score is up to you. Storyline also lets you modify the content of slides based on the values of the variables, so you do not have to duplicate content but can simply vary it (hiding, showing, or modifying content) based on the value of some variable(s).
  • The integrated photographic character (more can be bought) and the sketched characters are highly flexible, provided in different poses and facial expressions. Adapting them to look as you want them to is done in a snap - and can, again, be changed based on a variable that tracked what the user has done before.
  • The main drawback for me personally is that there is no Mac OS X version of Storyline, forcing me to start up a VM (which slows down the computer) whenever I work on my content. I understand that developing a Mac version would be a lot of work - but having one would make my life that much easier.
Windows (native or in a VM) is required and thus a hard criterion. If you are interested in developing e-learning content - or showcasing your product - with ease, high flexibility, the chance for relevant interactivity, check out Storyline's three day demo and its huge support including tutorials and free content on their web page.
  • It is easier to engage students in a "show me" video with Storyline, as this can easily be spread out over multiple steps, or converted into "let me do it myself" interactive "video" - with nearly no effort.
I have also examined Adobe Captivate. Storyline has won easily for me for the following reasons:
- ease of use
- flexibility (variables, adaptable characters)
- support for internationalization
Also, since I am not normally a user of Adobe software such as PhotoShop, it was far easier to become familiar with Storyline - which is loosely based on PowerPoint UI-wise - than Captivate, which seems to be more patterned after PhotoShop and other Adobe products I am not really familiar with.
If the users master PowerPoint, they can work with Storyline. However, to teach users how to achieve goals with Storyline and think outside the (narrow and restricting) box of "what I can do in Powerpoint", a more hands-on assistance is required. This means outlining features, hinting (often) towards the great online documentation, and giving ideas on what can be done.
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  • Prior Experience with the Product
Storyline is easy and even fun to use, making the challenge of creating useful e-learning content a task to be (mostly) enjoyed, not a labour that "needs to be done, even if there is little fun in it". The high flexibility also makes you want to experiment with additional features to improve your course.
  • Vendor implemented
The online training options given by the online tutorials, forums, and "E-Learning Heroes" community are simply awesome. Examples galore, easy to understand descriptions including step-by-step guides, images, occasionally videos, and the "Articulate Insiders" sub-community give you more materials to learn about Storyline than you are likely to be able to read.
The online community and the folks at Articulate are both incredibly helpful. Many possible questions do not even need to be asked, as the answers can already be found in the "E-Learning Heroes" community that supports the products and their users. This includes lots of examples, free content, and "show me how X is done" tutorials.
"if you can use PowerPoint, you can use Articulate Storyline" (perhaps not its more advanced features, but enough to get going)!
Melissa Jordan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

When my company was looking for software to help us develop eLearning, I knew I wanted something that was easy to use and cost-effective, but I also wanted the ability to be creative and produce engaging courses that were interactive and eye-catching. After reviewing many software options, I recommended Articulate Studio because it met my criteria, and then some. We’ve been Articulate fans ever since!

When I first heard about Storyline, I was really excited! Articulate had been listening to its users and working busily to provide us with a tool that offered many of the features we had been asking for.

Storyline allows us to cut costs by training many associates with one course, without the need for travel or missed time from work. Because the product is so easy to use, we are able to develop training efficiently.

  • One of the very best “features” of Storyline is the Articulate Community and the fact that Articulate listens! I feel that the company really stands behind its product. Not only do they want their users to be able to make the most of the software, but you get the feeling that they’re supporting us to be the best we can be through what we design.
  • The community offers so many valuable resources: Helpful community managers who always try to answer questions quickly and clearly. A way to network with other users, share insights and creative ideas, or just show off our work. Weekly challenges to keep us engaged and thinking. A whole library of downloadable content.
  • I couldn’t ask for a better community or product support! Tom Kulhman and David Anderson are phenomenal – they are experts in the field of eLearning and course design and are always eager to share their knowledge, ideas, and tips/tricks. I have learned so much from their blogs alone, and was fortunate enough to attend an in-person workshop hosted by the both of them a couple of years ago. I feel like I never stop learning, growing, and getting better because Articulate supports me. I’m not just a nameless software user – I’m a community member and they care about my success and my opinion.
  • Storyline scores a 10 out of 10 for ease of use. Its ribbon navigation and layout feel familiar and are easy to navigate. I love the ability to move different windows/sections of the software – it allows me to configure a personalized layout that enhances my productivity.
  • Everything is relatively easy to find – I rarely have to hunt for a feature, and if I do Articulate provides helpful tutorials for everything. So it’s never hard to make the software perform the way I want it to. The tutorials themselves are a wonderful resource – I like that they include a video demonstration AND a text version of each tutorial.
  • I love that Storyline comes with some pre-built slide layouts and interactions. Even a beginner can engage learners in their courses – Articulate has done the work for them! The software grows with the user – you can make your courses as simple or complex as you desire. Though the software is easy to use, Articulate has included some powerful tools (like variables) which allow us to create games, interactive content, whatever we can imagine. The sky is the limit – buttons, hotspots, markers – whatever interaction I can imagine, I can create! So don’t worry about outgrowing the software – there’s very little you can’t do.
  • Course creation is simple and for the most part straight forward. First-time users can get started with very little training or experience, and the software is pretty easy to figure out. It’s the most user-friendly eLearning development software on the market, with a very low learning curve!
  • You can easily import PPT files or other Articulate projects, so upgrading from an earlier Articulate software is a breeze. We’ve had no problem converting any of our older Studio projects into Storyline projects. Template creation works the same as PPT, so it’s familiar and easy. Reusable content is a huge time-saver, and Storyline makes it very easy to create and reuse content. See a template or interaction in the community that you’d like to use in your current course? Importing them is simple and fast.
  • Sometimes an "advanced" feature is a bit buried, and not completely intuitive to find. I usually don't have trouble finding it once I google or search the community, but it would be nice to have a couple of heavily used features easier to access. Like course duration - it's a little hard to find how to view Storyline's estimated duration and that's something we use for each course.
  • I'd love to have a few features that we had in Studio, like the ability to loop background music throughout the course.
  • We have a standard for our slide note text, and it's hard to apply the formatting because the formatting paintbrush does not work on slide note text. Having to manually change the formatting for each slide is a bit tedious.
Articulate is great for creating interactive content and demos of websites or software programs.
  • The ability to provide "on-demand" content that associates can view at their own pace has been very well-received.
  • Using Storyline has cut our training costs because we only have to create a course once versus hosting many instructor-led sessions. It also removes the need for travel expenses and time off the job.
  • Captivate,Lectora
Articulate is just hands down easier to use, while offering the ability to create the same cool stuff that the other software allows. Articulate's support and community is second to none. Storyline is also more cost-effective.
HR Training - we train on soft skills, software/systems, product knowledge
The software is easy to use, and our team of dedicated eLearning Designers help field questions about course design, building interactions, finding/using popular features, and to share tips and tricks we have learned.
  • On-demand training for compliance materials.
  • A way to "advertise" our training - we create short "commercials" using the software.
  • We have used it heavily in sales training and product knowledge training.
  • To generate "buzz" about our training.
  • To showcase information at department meetings.
  • As a gamification element
  • Mobile learning
We can easily convert our older content into Storyline 2 courses, which makes updates a breeze. We've been well-pleased with the software, Articulate's dedication to releasing bug fixes and new features, and the fact that it is well-received by our associates and stakeholders.
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It was easy enough for a beginner to use, while powerful enough to grow with advanced users, and the community/support from the company is phenomenal.
I would not change a thing - we are very happy!
  • Implemented in-house
Change management was minimal
  • We honestly didn't have any.
No key insights - just install it and go.
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!
My manager made the decision to go with premium support when we upgraded from version 1 to 2 - but the regular level of support has been meeting our needs.
I feel that the company and it's employees honestly want to help me, they care about my success and my opinion.
Tom Kulhman and David Anderson are examples of exceptional support by Articulate - they employ these guys to eagerly share helpful information, insights, and creative ideas with the community, so I never stop learning and I never stop increasing my skills.
  • Recording software demonstrations
  • Designing interactive content
  • Text formatting can be a bit cumbersome at times.
We don't currently use it, but have tested it and were pleased with the translation from a standard course to a mobile version.
It is so darned easy to use - you just install and start developing. Virtually no learning curve.
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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