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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.
Tony Chilvers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Articulate is our recommended tool for building eLearning to be hosted on our Corporate LMS. The ease of use is a major plus, but the simple way it embeds into the LMS is a major defining fact in why we advise departments across a 65k+ employee base to use the software. Beginners pick it up very quickly and the more expert users are often asking me how to "push the boundaries" just a little bit more.
  • Ease of SCORM publishing
  • Fantastic user based community that is well maintained by the staff, who are always on hand to offer advice or solutions
  • Scalability and expandability to build eLearning exactly how you want it
  • Need to be able to add your own character packs
SCORM exporting is brilliant and resilient
  • Faster load times into our LMS with less testing required
  • lectora,html,captivate
better interface and a lot easier to use
Learning designers with some graphical skills
Simple to use but extremely versatile.
Installed software so alway available
Ionut Marin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Articulate Storyline was chosen to be used in our company, after we tried several softwares to create eLearning content that was easy, fast, cheap and compatible with our eLearning platform. This tool is used by a single department in our organization. This software covers all kind of requests from business lines, product presentations, software simulations, and quizzing.
  • You can easily and quickly create a presentation, course or software simulation.
  • You can learn this tool quickly from video tutorials posted on the forum.
  • You can download free templates.
  • More options and triggers on timeline.
The first question is - what is the price of the software? The second question is - does it cover all requests? Is the maintenance price per license or per month, etc.? On the other hand, how easy is it to use? Does it need specific training or certification?
  • ROI is bigger, because if you create eLearning content from a course that you normally deliver in class, you can save a lot of money in terms of logistics.
  • courselab
Articulate Storyline is the best eLearning tool. It is easy to use, cheap, easy to learn tips and tricks. It allows you to join in a big community; you can find free templates to download; you can send them notifications and suggestions. The really care about customers’ suggestions. In one word - great!
Once you start using Articulate Storyline you just love it, and nothing can convince you to forget about it. More than that, they are on trend with new changes. They implement new features in their software releases that allow you to create awesome presentations or eLearning courses. In one work - great!
Easy to use. Cheap. It has a lot of features.
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.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Vendor Reputation
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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