Unleash Your Creativity with Articulate Storyline 2
April 07, 2015

Unleash Your Creativity with Articulate Storyline 2

Ryan Parish | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Storyline 2

Overall Satisfaction with Articulate

We are an eLearning development and consulting firm that produces both client-facing work, as well as products geared toward corporate and healthcare end users. Our company is a content and product creation entity, so everyone who works at Inception Labs has to get familiar with (and proficient at) Storyline and the associated product suite. Everyone on the team has some role in the development process-- whether it is content creation, editing, scripting, or storyboarding, all of our work is done in the Storyline interface when we are developing for eLearning.

For us, one of the biggest business problems that Storyline addresses is in streamlining our workflow. Now, rather than scripting in Microsoft Word, storyboarding in PowerPoint, and developing in Storyline, our team uses the Storyline interface to build rough mockups of what the final products will look like. Using Storyline Template files, we are able to combine everyone's work into one central course.

Versus our previous product experience with Adobe and Lectora products, Articulate Storyline has saved us about 30% of our time, and even more in budget from needing to hire additional developers. We love the product.
  • Creation of Flexible Situations: Articulate Storyline allows you to store unique bits of information in variables, which offers huge flexibility in the creation of interactions. When other platforms try to do this, things break or take all day. Storyline makes interactions with content the default, rather than the exception to the norm.
  • Dockable Panels: Articulate Storyline allows you to undock certain parts of its interface so that you can use multiple screens to find a nice layout for improved workflow. We love this feature because Storyline doesn't assume it knows how you like to work.
  • Publishing Options: Articulate publishing is frightently easy, and I have yet to have any issues with publishing to any SCORM or AICC format. There is no worry about multiple SCO's, or any of that. Storyline makes it easy to publish your course to a variety of different platforms.
  • I'd like to see a more centralized storage solution for states and layers-- logic that can be ready by all states in certain situations. Right now, all of this information is held on the slide level.
  • The timeline can be a bit finicky at times, although this seems to be improved with each update.
  • Zoom regions are only available on the base layer of a slide, and must be ended prior to the slide's conclusion or learners are stuck with a zoomed view for the rest of the course.
  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Decreased turnaround time
  • Increased operational capacity
  • Improved professional reputation (through better crafted courses)
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Storyline is, hands down, the best of the rapid eLearning development tools I've tested. I selected Storyline because of the free trial. After playing with it for a couple of hours, I was already creating better courses than I had ever created in any other tool. And this was without any training. After getting my hands on some tutorials that covered the layer, state, and variable topics, I felt like I was a force to be reckoned with -- much more so than my colleagues using "lesser tools".
I'd say that if you're developing courses for compliance only, and want a simple solution that allows you to create courses from existing PowerPoint presentations, you'd be better off going with Articulate Studio. On the other hand, if you want to build highly engaging, scenario based training courses, you can't go wrong with Articulate Storyline. While the price may be a bit steep for some buyers, the 30-day free trial helps sell the business case.