The obvious choice: Articulate Storyline
Jeff Kortenbosch | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated December 23, 2014

The obvious choice: Articulate Storyline

Score 10 out of 10
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Storyline

Overall Satisfaction with Articulate Storyline

I've got two jobs where I use Articulate Software. Part time I run my own company. I am a e-learning consultant and I train professionals in other companies, from multinationals to e-learning agencies how to use Articulate Storyline. I also develop templates and training materials.
In my full time job I am the Senior e-learning specialist for the Global L&D department for a multinational with approximately 50.000 employees. We use Articulate Storyline thoughout the company to enable L&D professionals and Subject matter experts to design and develop their own online learning materials. We've been doing this for 5 years now and saved the company millions of euros by in-sourcing our e-learning development.
  • Very intuitive interface; you'll get started in a flash
  • Simple yet powerful; Articulate Storyline is the first tool that I feel grows with my experience. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned professional Storyline fits like a glove
  • Create anything you can imagine! From basic informational e-learning to software simulations and learning games. If your mind can conceive it, your hands can create it
  • Tap into the fast Articulate Community to learn how the software works, download amazing free templates, practice your skills with the weekly elearning challenges and connect to 1000's of amazing peers.
  • Articulate could do a better job at sharing their plans for the future: a roadmap would be really nice
  • It would be great if I could do more advanced video editing and audio editing in Storyline. The current options are quite basic and as an experienced developer I would really love to have more options to edit and clean up audio and video that I record in Storyline.
  • HTML5 is still wonky but that's just how HTML5 is as it is still in development.
  • Faster design and development
  • More control over maintenance and translations
  • Huge cost saver for e-learning spending by selecting it as our in-house authoring tool
Before selecting Articulate software as our main e-learning authoring tools I've been a Adobe Captivate user. I've also tested Lectora, SmartBuilder and various other products. None of them have the same usability, flexibility and stability the Articulate software has. On top of that is there is an amazing active community that will support you with any questions you might have. It's like having a couple of hundred extra colleagues that are there to help you and share amazing stuff.
Articulate Storyline is the best, most mature, authoring tool on the market. It's being used globally by all the serious agencies and is clearly a market leader. I truly believe almost anything can be achieved using Articulate Storyline.

A generic remark: If your focus is on building online learning for mobile devices and you're dependent on HTML5 you might want to check out older tools that publish to DHTML. However I'd suggest downloading a free trial at the Articulate website and give it a try before doing so.

Using Articulate Storyline

I've actually extended my previous 3 year contract with Articulate into a 6 year contract. After that I expect to add another 3 years... The cost for our licenses and any additional we might need is very fair and the return on investment is achieved in a matter of months, weeks even.

Using Articulate Storyline

I've never worked with a more intuitive and powerful tool.