Articulate Storyline - an inside evaluation
August 18, 2015

Articulate Storyline - an inside evaluation

Ralf Baum | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Articulate Storyline 2

Overall Satisfaction with Articulate

Articulate Storyline has been used in my organization since 2008. This software allows users to build rapid elearnings in a very reliable way. A lot of companies face the problem that a subject matter expert should deliver content for a larger audience. The SME not have the time capacity to work in a complicated application. The SME needs to create courses with a intuitive tool.
  • Storyline offers very intuitive working [experience] with the application. If the user has some skills in Microsoft PowerPoint it will be easy to learn to work with the graphics tools.
  • It is useful to have the ability to create simple courses in a short time or create quite sophisticated courses. You can create short narrative courses or you can create courses with variables, if-loops and multiple triggers.
  • Fast support by Articulate Community. If you have a problem you can get help from the Articulate community where users all over the world help each other.
  • The screenrecording function does not offer many functions, at least if you compare it with products in the same business range.
  • The color layout scheme is not very intuitive
  • There are no specific responsive design functionalities. You can only scale the final files to fullscreen.
  • The software is very intuitive so even beginners can start working efficently after a short time of introduction. This reduces the production time of elearnings significantly.
  • The flexibility of the application allows you to use different learning materials (graphics, audio and video) which increases the motivation of the employees to watch the training courses. Increased motivation for learning = better learning result.
  • Adobe Captivate,SAP Performance Suite,Lectora
I am an experienced trainer in both Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline and I know the specific advantages of these tools. They have mostly similar functions but from my perspective Articulate Storyline is much easier to use. Articulate Storyline has its advantages when it comes to creating shiny interactive content.
There are usually 2 different types of elearning:

  1. Software simulations
  2. Learning content (interactive or non-interactive)
So the important question is:
Which kind of elearning content do I want to deliver?

Mainly if you want to create software simulations then you can think about other alternatives but If you want to create interactive elearnings with a lot of elaborate interactions on a slide IMHO there is no more intuitive software than Articulate Storyline.