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Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Daniel Terán | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Kyle Trail | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Keith Lillico, M.Ed, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Michael Whatley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Mark Labbett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Benjamin Brogdon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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."
  • 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.
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Rebecca Mogollón | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Rebecca McKenna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Relton McBurrows | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Tracy Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Le Tu Quynh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Brandon Bakken | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
  • Limited functionality in areas of animation and coding unless you know Javascript.
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Jamie Drahos | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Kristin Broadhead | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Bruce Emmerling | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Matt Graf | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Duane Stitt | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 07, 2019

Powerful and intuitive

Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Course authoring (23)
8.7
Course catalog or library (12)
8.2
Player/Portal (22)
8.3
Learning content (17)
8.2
Mobile friendly (23)
7.6
Progress tracking & certifications (18)
8.1
Assignments (11)
7.9
Compliance management (13)
8.4
Learning administration (10)
7.8
Learning reporting & analytics (15)
7.6
Social learning (9)
8.6

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 Features

Has featureGet started building courses right away, without any training. Storyline is so intuitive to use, even beginners ramp up quickly.
Has featureCreate 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.
Has featureBuild 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.
Has featureAssess 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.
Has featureMake 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.
Has featureReach learners on virtually any device with HTML5 and Flash publishing options (Storyline 2) and a fully responsive player (Storyline 360 only).
Has featurePublish for learning management systems with Tin Can API 1.0, SCORM, and AICC support.

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  • 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

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Articulate Storyline Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android