Best eLearning authoring tool integrated with PowerPoint
D Walwyn | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 14, 2018

Best eLearning authoring tool integrated with PowerPoint

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Articulate Studio

Articulate Studio is used for rapid deployment of eLearning content in my organization. It is primarily utilized by our eLearning department. The area the software really excels in is its ability to plug into PowerPoint with seamless integration. Most users of PowerPoint will be easily able to step right in. Eliminating the learning curve experienced with a lot of other eLearning Authoring Software.
  • Fast eLearning turn around time.
  • Eliminates a lot of the need to learn complicated eLearning authoring tools
  • Great interactions and templates built right into the suite.
  • It would be nice if Replay came included in this package for screen recording insertion.
  • More templates and interactions.
  • Integration with open source presentation software (OpenOffice, LibreOffice)
  • POSITIVE: Drastically reduces time to learning
  • POSITIVE: Reduces development of fairly simple information learning
  • NEGATIVE: Have had to upgrade due to compatibility issues with Powerpoint 2010/2013/2016
Wondershare is the only other comparable piece of Learning authoring that I have used and it did not measure up in terms of the amount of options that are available for configuration. Wondershare had 2 or 3 things that it did very well, whereas Articulate Studio did all of those same things and more. In the powerpoint plugin eLearning space, Articulate Studio is King.
Articulate Studio is fantastic for sharing information based eLearning content that can be developed quickly and easily by developers who are not well versed in programming, scripting or graphic design. It is less appropriate for eLearning that requires simulations or complex interactions as the bulk of the content is derived from templates.

Articulate Studio Feature Ratings

Course authoring
9
Player/Portal
9
Learning content
8
Mobile friendly
5
Progress tracking & certifications
7

Using Articulate Studio

5 - The eLearning developers team are the only ones in the organization to use this software.
3 - I would consider 3 of the people, myself included, to be 'experts' in the software. Becoming truly proficient means having a great imagination and being well versed in media and media editing tools as well as web design and some User Experience design as well. One must wear many hats to produce quality eLearning.
  • Rapid eLearning deployment
  • Provided to staff who are not well versed in other authoring tools
  • Gamifying simple learning
  • Gamification
  • Interactive Orientation
  • Escape Room type modules
  • Wayfinding
  • Our imagination will tell! I am always looking for new and off-the-wall ways to use the software.
There is very little chance that this software wold not be renewed. It has become an integral part of our standard software for elearning development.

Evaluating Articulate Studio and Competitors

  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Prior Experience with the Product
We decided to purchase Articulate Studio after taking a training course on the software and seeing how easy it is to use. From the training, our minds were racing with all of the different ways the software could be utilized in our environment. We have used it for way finding and gamification as well as traditional learning.
I would make sure that I had the newest version of PowerPoint so that I wouldn't have any compatibility issues with the software and need to upgrade either license (in PowerPoint / Microsoft Office or Articulate Studio) to ensure compatibility.

Articulate Studio Support

Overall support is great for issues that they are able to help with. Other times it seems like instead of fixing the bugs you are told to wait for the newest version so instead of getting a fix for free you have to pay to upgrade. I have found this frustrating.
ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Kept well informed
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
I had completed a product and it would not play in our Learning management system I contacted support after a great deal of troubleshooting and they expertly suggested that it was an issue with the MIME types in our Learning Management System. I forwarded that off to our server guys and the issue was resolved.

Using Articulate Studio

This is very useable software even for novice eLearning authoring users. People with some PowerPoint experience should be fine with this software and even Excel!
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Integrating videos and images are just as easy as powerpoint
  • creating quizzes are a SNAP in quiz maker
  • Using complex looking templates looks complicated, but you are walked through the steps with ease.
  • Switching between software in the suite
  • Integrating slides from other software in the suite into powerpoint
  • Making custom changes outside of the templates