Articulate Storyline

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Articulate Storyline is designed for people who want to easily create interactive e-learning courses and content. Only Articulate Storyline has slide layers, triggers, and states—the features that let you create any type of interactivity you can imagine without programming.

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Articulate Storyline review by Timothy A.
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"Close to Perfect Rapid Development Authoring Tool"

What do you like best?

Quick, intuitive app that is great for developing a course quickly and efficiently. After watching the YouTube videos to get you started, you should have a course done in a decent amount of time. Branching is easy to create and track. Included assets, such as the built in templates and characters help the user complete a professional looking course. UPDATE: It can now publish to MP4! YES!

What do you dislike?

Eventually, I would like to see a browser-based version of this tool, so, Chromebooks could be used to create eLearning courses. And a more affordable version for individuals working on contracts.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the latest version of Articulate Storyline, in the 360 package. It will allow you to share content in a library and also allow others to easily review your course.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This authoring tool allows me to create dynamic eLearning courses quickly but also allows me to create large, project managed courses with the same quality as some graphically designed and coded courses.

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Articulate Storyline review by Eric L.
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"Not perfect but still the best on the market for course design"

What do you like best?

The software is super easy to use, though it does have a slight learning curve. It's not too different from Powerpoint. My absolute favorite thing about it however is the content library. There's so much to choose from between high res photos, characters in different poses, and customizable illustrations. And it's all royalty free as long as you have the subscription.

What do you dislike?

It's not the easiest to get used to. It's like using Powerpoint but like a dumbed down and confused version of Powerpoint. For as much as you get with graphical content, Text editing capabilities are severely lacking. Simple text drop shadows or other word art capabilities are inexplicably missing, which is odd given how graphical the rest of the software is.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We really haven't come across any better software for course design, and they're constantly making updates to it so it will only get better as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company is building a best practices course for our clients, so I can't really disclose much. The aim is for this to directly affect our customer engagement and profit-making though.

What Course Authoring solution do you use?

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Articulate Storyline review by Alejandra A.
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"Great for designing interactive learning resources"

What do you like best?

It has many options to help you create engaging interactions (triggers, states, layers). When you master this tool you can create amazing learning experiences for your learners.

What do you dislike?

If your working with Moodle you will face some challenges when register the progress of a course. It's something Articulate should improve, since Moodle is the most popular LMS and there are other tools that work smoothly with it. I was able to solve this issue just after spend a lot of time searching in forums and "cheating" the tool so the progress were registered correctly, but it should not work this way.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For most e-Learning developers this tool will meet their needs. But if you need a seamless integration with Moodle and a fully adaptive design, I'd be make to compare it with other tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work designing e-Learning courses, some of them are fully developed using Articulate Storyline while in other cases, specific interactions are created with this tool (for instance, formative assessments in MOOC). Since Storyline has a perpetuate license, it's a great cost-effective option. If you also need stock of images, hundreds of templates and being more flexible with the users who need the license they have an option based on annual subscription (Articulate Rise) which is also a great option.

Articulate Storyline review by Daniel K.
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"The Best E-Learning Creation Tool on the Market"

What do you like best?

One of my all-time favourite features is being able to animate individual objects of a group, and even still being able to animate the group itself!

But more generally, all the features come together very well to form what I know for a fact is hands down the best tool to create online e-learning content in HTML5 or *gasp* flash... It provides so many options and customizations that it will be guaranteed to work for your business needs.

Compared to the likes of Adobe Captivate, which has been around much longer, Articulate Storyline is already years ahead of Adobe. I was forced to use Captivate for a few months before switching to Articulate, so I can tell you first hand how terrible it was to work with Captivate, and how terrible their support team was.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that this is a Windows only application. I strongly hope they bring it to macOS in the future, as this is where all the creatives live. I am forced to use this application in a VM on my Mac, and the performance is hindered as a result.

I dislike not being able to move objects with the cursors pixel-by-pixel. I should be able to move by 10 pixels if I hold shift. This is a fairly common standard when it comes to applications like these, and it's unfortunate that Articulate doesn't support this interaction. I am forced to bring up the size/positioning window every time I want something to be pixel-perfect aligned.

The alignment guides are not very snappy, and somewhat difficult/annoying to use.

The animations are transitions are limited/archaic.

Generally, I would recommend looking to Keynote for inspiration when it comes to interacting with objects on slides, as well as animations. Keynote is years ahead of any type of slide creation tool I've ever used, and it would be really nice to see more of these types of features built-in to Articulate in the future.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are SOME (very few) features in Adobe Captivate that aren not available in Articulate. However, there are so many more features in Articulate that are not available in Captivate that make the switch very worthwhile. Not to mention the ease of use, better support, and vision for the future of Articulate that this company has.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are converting all of our old e-learning courses from flash to HTML5. The major benefit that Articulate offers us is in creating rich content that still somehow manages to stay low on file size once exported.

Articulate Storyline review by Rebecca M.
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"Robust eCourse Authoring Tool, Could Use Upgrade"

What do you like best?

With minimal training, I was able to grasp the basics of Storyline, enough to edit most aspects of the eCourses my company obtains from outside vendors. It is fairly intuitive for the most part, with a clean interface.

What do you dislike?

There are some issues I cannot fix in Storyline 2, for which I require an update to Storyline 360. This mostly has to do with being able to choose whether Flash or HTML takes precedence in the publish settings. Publishing can also be pretty slow, and large courses take up a lot of system resources and can slow down your machine considerably if you don't have a newer one.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend using Articulate 360 over Articulate Storyline 2 or any other version of Storyline. The more robust features of the 360 version seem worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In addition to being a Digital Content Manager I am also the LMS Administrator for my company, so I needed to be able to make edits to our eCourses that we obtain from external vendors. I also upload the published eCourse files to our LMS. Having access to this software has enabled me to manage this content more easily without having to ask our eCourse vendors for assistance.

Articulate Storyline review by Keari E.
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"One of the best tools for creating e-learning (SL360)"

What do you like best?

I like that you make a great looking e-learning in a minimal amount of time. I love that you can do quite a lot with motion paths and triggers. It's way faster to build a quality and highly interactive e-learning in Storyline than it is to code by hand.

What do you dislike?

That there's not else statement in the trigger conditions--makes more complex programming a lot harder. I also dislike that you can't use custom fonts for dynamic text. The program has lots of quirks and bugs that I find because I try to push the program to it's limits. Personally, I actually dislike the program because as someone who -can- code things by hand, creating e-learnings with Storyline is boring and tedious. It can take a lot more work to add more complex logic in Storyline than it would to just write a simple script. Sure you can add custom javascript and it execute it with triggers but you don't have full control over the Storyline elements with the custom javascript.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are willing to sacrifice some control for ease-of-use and fast development, Storyline may be a good choice for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storyline lets us create great e-learnings for our clients in a relatively short amount of time. It's so easy that anyone can learn how to use it. It still takes the same amount of time to write and design an e-learning but development time is reduced.

Articulate Storyline review by Juliette B.
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"Best E-Learning For Designers"

What do you like best?

The interface mimics Microsoft Office, so it's familiar and easy to use. Programming is so simple to understand and to create functionality for your slides. Overall it just works, and can be implemented on a wide variety of LMS servers. It also looks modern and clean and can be easily adapted to the branding of your company. It's extremely user friendly for designers, developers, and learners.

What do you dislike?

There are a few minor things that can crop up, mostly pertaining to formatting and text, but overall the software doesn't have any glaring issues or major hangups. There are a few tricks to ensure reporting is correct, but once you work with the program for a while you understand how to get it to do what your need it to. Version 2 is a massive improvement over the original software, but clients are still wanting 2 instead of the latest version 3. There is also the new 360 which no clients are asking for, but may be looked into for the future.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This should be the industry standard when it comes to e-learning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hard to update and often underpowered flashed based and web-only courses are being replaced with the sleek and simple Storyline course. The reporting is what clients really need, to see that their learners are actually going through the course and scoring on quizzing. Clients want a fully branded interface, and this software can accommodate them with a very modern clean look.

Articulate Storyline review by Michelle L. W.
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"Feeling like a Superstar with Articulate Storyline"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline makes be look like a superstar to my clients. I am able to create interactive and engaging eLearning that the learners love! And clients love it to because it is so budget-friendly and the interactive learning helps meet or exceed performance objectives.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing to dislike. I love working with Storyline!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Articulate Storyline is the whole package! It contains everything you need to create interactive and engaging learning objects - well, except the instructional design knowledge - you need to bring that to the table. Storyline will help you do everything else! And the community of practice, Elearning Heroes, and Articulate support are worldclass!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm solving the problem of creating interactive, engaging learning objects within ever-shrinking budgets.

Articulate Storyline review by Tanner S.
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"Seamless Drafting for eLearning Content"

What do you like best?

This tool makes creating eLearning software a total breeze! In just a few moments you can create content that can be shared online or through your LMS. It works almost as easily as Microsoft PowerPoint, with a lot of the functionality and formatting operating in the exact same way. The image placement and size editing tools are particularly useful, and the editing window can be left up across multiple slides to make changes extremely easy and time efficient. You can create Master slides that can be used again and again as part of a template to really save time.

What do you dislike?

This software is powerful, but there are some minor drawbacks that you will notice using the software regularly. I sometimes have to work with the States tool, this is a tool that creates different "states" of the same object depending on conditions, such as a rollover event, or clicking. This tool seems extremely tedious and slow and can make changing a large number of object or working on a large number of slides very difficult. There seems to be a minor delay between clicking the state to activate it and being able to work with it. It would be very useful if Articulate could possibly create a stage where the multiple states can all be viewed side by side and edited in a much more quick and uniform way.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Articulate Storyline is an excellent program and one of the most user-friendly eLearning technologies that I am aware of. You can go from installation to development to a usable course in a matter of moments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We create eLearning content for our organization. This software has replaced some of our other flagship products for eLearning development in recent months because it offers us the ease and flexibility that other products, such as Flash, did not have. There is a very small learning curve yet we are still earning new tips and tricks every day.

Articulate Storyline review by Jessi Alia L.
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"Great tool for novice eLearning developers"

What do you like best?

I like that Storyline's interface is familiar - it is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint so it is fairly easy to navigate. The built in functions, templates, etc. are useful if you don't need to develop anything custom.

What do you dislike?

There are limits to customization and functionality in Storyline. I work at a custom e learning firm and find Storyline to be a frustratingly limited tool at times. We rarely use the built in Storyline templates and features because the software limits what can be customized within those built in elements. For example, the built in menu functionality is great, unless you want to use a single slide set across multiple modes (menu headings). We ended up having to build our own menu in order to "fudge" the tracking across the three different modes we had built functionality for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I do recommend Storyline for novice e learning developers, but not so much for custom e learning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work at a custom e learning firm. Clients are constantly requesting ability to edit courses in-house. Storyline is an easy-to-use tool that is also economical. We do have to set expectations for the client in that in order to keep the course editable for them, we advise building linear-flow courses and push for using built-in features.

Articulate Storyline review by Aaron B.
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"Pretty cool tutorial and eLearning development program"

What do you like best?

It's very similar in look and feel to PowerPoint, so the learning curve is relatively small.

What do you dislike?

Saving to anything other than a local drive can lock up your machine. But, saving these large files locally is not intuitive when working with a team (or for disaster recovery purposes).

Recommendations to others considering the product

They have a new version called 360, which I assume is cloud-based. I haven't tried that yet and figure that it's pretty solid. Their online community forum is super-helpful. The other users and moderators on there are pretty quick to respond and almost always give you the answer you need the very first time. :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Custom eLearning tutorials and modules that can provide just-in-time learning and training.

Articulate Storyline review by Derek C.
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"Have been developing with Articulate Storyline for 3 years."

What do you like best?

Storyline allows direct, visual linkage to multiple pages. You can easily see where each slide will take the user, removing a lot of the programming normally associated with multi-path lessons. I also really like the "Export for Translation" features, allowing you to easily convert your already developed course to multiple languages.

What do you dislike?

Working in Storyline is like trying to program with one arm tied behind your back. Although the trigger system has been decently fleshed out, you're extremely limited in standard programming functionality. "if" statements are only that. Need an else? Well, you're going to need two if's instead. On top of this, the program is extremely buggy when published to different platforms. Only half of the animations actually work in HTML5 so extensive testing is needed before development can occur.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for extremely basic interactions and animation, Storyline will work. You can output a course within minutes of opening the product. However, you'll never develop a "GREAT" course with this software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We develop eLearning for Fortune 500 companies across the United States. The benefit of Storyline is its simplicity. A half-trained monkey could use it. Articulate took PowerPoint, slapped in some LMS integration and now anyone can build an eLearning course.

Articulate Storyline review by Anthony W.
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"Probably the best tool for a dying breed of eLearning design"

What do you like best?

If you like slide based content, Storyline is probably the best tool out there. Advanced users can create some stunning content and beginners can get started quickly. I don't use Storyline much but it's handy to have in my toolkit to edit third party content and quickly create MVP content.

What do you dislike?

Slide based designs don't work well on smartphones. Although the package produces HTML5 content it is not responsive so is best suited to desktops.

Rather like PowerPoint, it is far too easy for people to produce the same old tired styles (rounded corners, Next in the bottom right).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Storyline to quickly create MVP content and edit other people .story files. Because it's not responsive, I can't use it for many projects (45% of my learners are on smartphones)

Articulate Storyline review by Administrator in Automotive
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"Interactive Creative Solution"

What do you like best?

Storyline provides the ability to make stagnant design content become interactive. It is multi-functional with different types of projects and/or training modules. You can make a living out of working with Storyline or just use it to accompany your daily job projects.

What do you dislike?

I don't "dislike" the product, if anything, you have to put a little work into getting to know Storyline. I would say that Storyline is not something you just open and start creating training masterpieces. You have to sit down and do a little homework to understand how it functions and how to make what you envision work in the long run.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to read the products FAQ's and How-To tutorials. They are beneficial and easy to understand when you are first learning how to use the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it in our career awareness program for members and some training aspects. It grabs the audiences attention and will hopefully make it a memorable take-away that is produced by our organization.

Articulate Storyline review by Victoria G.
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"Storyline 2"

What do you like best?

Each slide can be customized and replaced if need be. This makes editing eLearning much easier. I like the quiz features and the variety of built in questions. When eLearning is complete, the LMS can be automatically updated or an email sent to a specific account, and certificates can be printed. I like the customizable menu and player.

What do you dislike?

Music can not be played across all slides. Narrating is a hassle - must record in each individual slide. Fine tuning slides from video captures is very tedious. The slide layout pane does not always clearly identify the selected slide and isn’t very user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Training solutions - we create courses with confirmations of learning that can be sent out to all staff. Staff is spread out all over the state so it’s more efficient and very effective.

Articulate Storyline review by User in E-Learning
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"Great e-learning building tool"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline is extremely easy to use. Its user interface mimics that of Microsoft Power Point which a lot of people are familiar with, this allows you to do the basics pretty much instantly. It's compatibility with Power Point is also fantastic as al lot of projects are storyboarded in PowerPoint first before being produced in Storyline.

As a designer I find the imaging editing functions really useful, they allow me to instantly change the colour and transparency of an image rather than having to go into Photoshop and do it then re-need to stick to a company’s brand guidelines and their colour scheme.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately quite a few of Articulate Storylines functions do not work in HTML5, this means we cannot use some of the animations and functionality as they do not work on the Apple iPad. As iPads are one of the most popular tablets worldwide this is quite a large problem when creating mass market e-learning.

As a designer this can sometimes restrict some of the ideas we have for a project. On occasion I has also meant we have had to do extra work in a differ piece of software and add that in to get the desired effect.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a business Articulate Storylines ease of use and PowerPoint compatibility are a huge bonus. For us it means projects can either be storyboarded directly into Storyline or done in PowerPoint then dropped into Storyline. Enabling anyone to pick up a project immediately if necessary. It also means that if urgent amendment’s need to be made to a course, someone with no prior knowledge can go straight in and visually recognise a lot of the tools and make basic alterations.

Articulate Storyline review by User in Computer & Network Security
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"Looks like it's the best Elearning authoring tool out there"

What do you like best?

The flexibility. If comparing to Adobe's Captivate, Storyline has more use case when creating Elearning. Product support and the community are also fantastic.

What do you dislike?

Although Storyline still has a lot of things it can improve on (there must be tons of feature requests by now), I don't like the fact that recently (360 at least) whenever they release an update, some things could break. And when you're dealing with hundreds of projects, republishing them using the fixed version is a pain. Wish they will implement batch publish.

Accessibility is still an issue especially now with Flash gone and Chrome is the defacto browser. Accessibility for quizzes is still broken (the instructions being read by reader for selecting a choice doesn't work)

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to create beautiful eLearning courses, Storyline should be on top of your list of software to consider. It can be pricey though.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Create beautiful online training materials that's not your typical Poewrpoint presentation or demo video. There's a lot of interactivity that you can do when you use this software.

Articulate Storyline review by Nina M.
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"So much you can do with this software!"

What do you like best?

I use this software every day and I love it's ability to create a presentation that will do basically anything you want it to do. While there aren't very many "plug and play" features, there's a lot you can make this software do with your own knowledge and skill.

What do you dislike?

I dislike it's usability. There's a lot of small tweaks I feel could be made to the software, as well as features that could be added to make workflow faster and easier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great software for creating learning and training materials for users of every variety.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using this software to create interactive presentations that are engaging for students. We are using these presentations to replace videos and powerpoints that bore the students of today and don't effectively communicate the necessary information.

Articulate Storyline review by Michael C.
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"The best e-learning authoring tool available"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline lets users create beautiful, interactive, engaging training without having to have a coding background. Its GUI is familiar to apps like Powerpoint which gives it a low barrier to entry to start creating.

What do you dislike?

The price for a license of storyline is pretty expensive, its over 1000 dollars for a license which is tough for freelancers to get into.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn the keyboard shortcuts. This makes creating training that much faster!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating great training for the sales and marketing organization.

Articulate Storyline review by Nick E.
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"Top Software Company"

What do you like best?

Articulate creates products that solve problems we, the consumer, have. They don't push a "this is what you need" mentality on us. They find out what would make our jobs easier, and then they deliver. Don't we all wish every software company would do that?

What do you dislike?

There isn't much to complain about with this product. Maybe wishing it would be a little less expensive? But, you get what you pay for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out! Actually build a course/experience in it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storyline lets us get training to the field quickly. In a world where technology is changing at a fast pace, we need to be able to get learning content to our people as quickly as possible to stay ahead. With Storyline, we've created a host of solutions: soft-skills selling, CRM software training, scenarios on customer engagement, etc.

Articulate Storyline review by Administrator in E-Learning
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"I Absolutely Love/Hate Articulate Storyline!"

What do you like best?

There is really no other software for publishing e-learning that is as easy to use and has the best non-programmer customization as Articulate Storyline. I absolutely love what you can do with it and how it can be used in many, many ways.

What do you dislike?

I absolutely hate three things about Articulate Storyline. I hate the enormous cost. I hate the way they handle their customer support and the way they deal with their own product development. If the product didn't cost as much as it does, then these other issues would not be so terrible, but because we pay so much for it, there really should be excellent customer support and excellent product development.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need an e-learning tool, this is the best one even though it costs as much as it does. It is worth it. However, you need to be ready to understand a few things quickly. One thing you will learn is that they offer a discussion board and they have staff who are there to patrol and respond and help users, but it is not a help desk. When it comes to asking why something doesn't work, you will be told much of the time that it is working as designed but if it isn't quite right that you should submit a feature request and they don't do that for you as they should if they cared about the direction of the software. You should also know that there are many things about the product design that simply make no sense to anyone but the designers. They focus more on new features rather than fixing persistent problems that users continually complain about.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for training people (most of the time it is for my clients who need to train their employees), I use it for marketing (to educate clients) and I also use it to develop websites and kiosks.

Articulate Storyline review by Administrator
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"From License to Subscription, It is Hard to Continue Supporting this Product"

What do you like best?

I will say, though I do not like the product the e-Learning Community and user community support is phenomenal.

What do you dislike?

Where to begin? I dislike the license-based software because it takes at least 20 minutes to load and produces clunky, outdated online presentations. The idea behind it is innovative but in practice the software causes more problems than it's worth. I dislike that to be able to have working html-5 you now have to change from a 3-computer use license to a subscription.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are just starting out, know that Articulate is not going to produce beautiful content without a LOT of work. If you had the license, you know how clunky the interface can be, and it is hard to justify purchasing a subscription and having to pay each year for software that doesn't quite meet your user needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were trying to use it for online higher ed lectures.

Articulate Storyline review by Administrator in Pharmaceuticals
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"Up your training game!"

What do you like best?

I love the way that Storyline makes training not only exciting but fun! Training in a regulated environment is mandatory and often complicated so I love that Storyline makes it possible to add interactions and quizzes to confirm comprehension!

What do you dislike?

There is a sharp learning curve when you start using the program but a quick look online at blogs dedicated to the software will help even newbies learn! There are also issues with connecting the learnings through AICC to your learning management system but I believe those are more on the LMS side as opposed to a Storyline issue. It can make it frustrating at times though regardless!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider sending new creators of content to training. It will help them get up to speed faster and with more confidence!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We utilize this software to ensure comprehension through quizzes peppered theoughout the elearning and to spice up otherwise dry mandatory learning! People actually like to learn with Storyline created trainings!

Articulate Storyline review by Andrew K.
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"Long time Articulate Storyline user"

What do you like best?

Articulate has probably the best user based help group of any tool I have ever used. If you run into a problem you will find the answer in their forums, and if its not there someone will give you the answer usually within an hour or less.

What do you dislike?

It has been superseded by a cloud based product which makes me think updates for Storyline may dry up in the future

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have used Articulate products for more than 10 years. The original PowerPoint plugin Presenter, Storyline and Storyline 2. I love all their products, but I do not like the new cloud based products that are "sold" on subscription basis.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

eLearning course creation, both in-house and for clients

Articulate Storyline review by Chris H.
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"Storyline 2 - A horror story in support"

What do you like best?

Storyline 2 has some nice features and for simple tasks it works well

What do you dislike?

We purchased Storyline 2 with much excitement. Unfortunately we encountered a bug that the product could not handle background music. Performance becomes very slow. A presentation with 20 slides it would take over 1 minute to load a slide and the music was not continuous. The music restarts at the beginning of every slide. We contacted support and they said: "Sorry that is a known issue. It can't be fixed." No workaround was suggested. Subsequently we asked for a refund and that was declined. In summary, Articulate did not care about our issue.

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We purchased Storyline 2 with much excitement. Unfortunately we encountered a bug that the product could not handle background music. Performance becomes very slow. A presentation with 20 slides it would take over 1 minute to load a slide and the music was not continuous. The music restarts at the beginning of every slide. We contacted support and they said: "Sorry that is a known issue. It can't be fixed." No workaround was suggested. Subsequently we asked for a refund and that was declined. In summary, Articulate did not care about our issue.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Training staff to understand the company program in learning and development, designed to help them exceed their KPIs

Articulate Storyline review by Gretchen W.
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"Articulate Storyline 2 review"

What do you like best?

The editor is very user friendly. I love that the formatting menus mirror what you'd find in most MS programs like PPT and Word..this makes it way m ore intuitive and easy to work with.

What do you dislike?

The story view. I often get confused about how the "tree" is organized and how to break up into smaller bits, etc. The conditional formatting of triggers, commands is a bit complicated.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Employee and partner enablement

Articulate Storyline review by Marley H.
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"An exceptional authoring software"

What do you like best?

Articulate makes it easy to take materials developed for the classroom and turn them into high quality digital education. I can upload powerpoints and make them interactive in very little time. For quick turnaround, this is the best course authoring software available.

What do you dislike?

I haven't found much that I dislike about Articulate- occasionally, after uploading a Powerpoint, graphics and text will appear to have shifted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They offer a 30 day free trial- I highly recommend trying before you buy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need to turn materials into digital education modules quickly. Articulate is intuitive and allows me to translate previously created materials into an interactive elearning format.

Articulate Storyline review by Brandon B.
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"A Dependable Solution for Developing Education"

What do you like best?

This software is very simple to use and will take a minimal amount of time to get started, but will take some time to master all the features. Base templates are provided with some assets to get you up and running very quickly. Multiple export features let you output to multiple LMS'.

What do you dislike?

Storyline has some limitations when it comes to customization of your education as well as templating and creating a beautiful theme. With patience and time, you can hack your way around almost anything in this program though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Slow to role out updates and new products.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have found a way of quickly creating online learning courses with great functionality that's engaging and fun. Our staff who take the training seem to enjoy the courses we create.

Articulate Storyline review by Axel M.
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"Articulate Storyline 2 review"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline is an easy-to-use tool but very powerful. You can jump into the action and immediately you will be able to create your first online course.

But also you can create very enhanced online courses with triggers and variables.

The user community is very supportive. Real experts support you if you have any questions.

What do you dislike?

There is no Mac version yet for Storyline 2. So you have to run it via e.g. parallels.

Saving larger projects files needs a lot of time. If you have a project >500MB it can more that 2 minutes to complete the saving process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out, it is a very good tool - get started with browsing the community and then get some experience in the tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are producing a broad variety of online courses and every course has to be unique. The special value in elearning we are pursuing: Interactivity

The possibility to work with variable-driven interactions gives us the benefit to produce unique interaction patterns.

Articulate Storyline review by Nancy W.
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"Articulate 360 and Storyline are changing the way we do business...."

What do you like best?

It is a very easy to use product and has so many built-in features. Our current process was not SCORM certified. This product will help us tremendously with becoming in line with the industry standard.

What do you dislike?

No dislikes at this point. It has met our expectations and beyond.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is so easy to use and we love the content library.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is helping us build robust training courses

Articulate Storyline review by Cathy M.
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"Easy as pie and fun to use."

What do you like best?

I like the fact that this program allows you complete control of every aspect of your presentation. Matching sound to picture is extremely easy and adding to the graphics is a snap. Also, there are so many features available for improving your presentation, there will never be a "repeat" presentation.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that the program is not compatible with other similar products. I use this most often at work and we work with all 50 states plus federal agencies. In order for us to use this program, we had to offer to pay for a copy of this program for each of the agencies we work with in order for them to be able to use our resources. Also, the cost is a bit high.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a program that will easily combine all of your elements into one presentation, this is it. It is easy to use and can be fun to work with.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this program to develop nationwide training presentations. This product has allowed our office to be able to develop these presentations in house without having to outsource the work. This is very important for our organization as we are a non-profit. It is also a great tool because we are now able to spread training materials nationwide more cost effectively. The finished project is also easy to use which is a bonus for us as many of the people in our industry do not have much of a formal education. Many are laborers without a lot of computer experience either, so we are able to offer them a way to get in their training without a lot of complicated "click here for more information" buttons or please install a driver messages.

Articulate Storyline review by Diane H.
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"Ease of Use"

What do you like best?

This is so easy to pick up and work with.

What do you dislike?

While you can open and work in it, the subtleties are lost without more training.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to export text for translation and not having to rely on our overseas suppliers. I can update the files and make small changes myself the same day rather than waiting for a day or two to get it back.

Articulate Storyline review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Better and Better!"

What do you like best?

With the newest version released as part of the Articulate 360 suite, Articulate Storyline has become part of an efficient workflow for creating attractive, engaging digital course content. Collaboration is now possible through real-time commenting that can be seen by all users in the project. Though the built-in content library my be limited, there are some useful templates that come included. Overall, Storyline is years beyond any other digital course content creator available.

What do you dislike?

There are some design limitations from time to time, but these can usually be circumvented with a little extra effort.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would suggest getting the newest version if possible. It may be more expensive, but the new features are well worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The time and resources need to produce online learning activities and modules is significantly decreased and the projects display beautifully with little tweaking needed.

Articulate Storyline review by Blair P.
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"What you need to create any learning"

What do you like best?

Storyline can handle anything you throw at it, from simple click and read linear learning, to complex, multi branching scenarios. And it does it easily with an interface that is intuitive and feels familiar. The built in states simplify what was once a complex task, and layers will become your new best friend as you build interactions in minutes.

What do you dislike?

The only thing that really limits storyline is your imagination. If you can think it, usually you can create it. That being said, one of my biggest gripes is when publishing to HTML5 and viewing on an iPad. It puts a great big Play button at the beginning of the course. Not pretty.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To get the most out of Articulate Storyline join the Articulate E-Learning Heroes community. Plenty of resources and helpful tips, questions, and answers from the company and other users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Articulate storyline has helped us in the following ways:

quicker development time

more complex interactions built

ability to create screen recordings from within the software, not having to use another piece of software to do this (also cuts down on licensing costs)

Articulate Storyline review by Ralf B.
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"No easier way to Advanced Interactivity "

What do you like best?

I like best the very intuitive user interface and the very logical way to create advanced interactions.

I have held about 80 courses in Articulate Storyline as a software trainer and so I get an immediate feedback from new users of this tool. In nearly every course I get the feedback that the users grasp how easily they can create advanced interactions (e.g. with conditions and variables). Due to the fact that Articulate’s user interface is quite similar to Microsoft Office PowerPoint they feel comfortable with the software in no time.

Another important advantage is the community. If you have any questions or problems you'll get answers by the community members quite soon. The Articulate community is the largest community in the e-learning market worldwide and offers also additional information on design, instructional design, main ideas of e-learning, best practices etc.

What do you dislike?

The missing of some important system variables like slidecount needs some more rework. Also there is no mp4 output which would allow to import non-interactive courses to video platforms.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you use Articulate Storyline you can learn a lot from the community. Especially if you want to shorten your learning curve you get a lot of examples which helps to understand the triggers and their use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company creates mostly interactive training courses which should connect the user to the content and attract the user to watch content. Articulate Storyline allows us to produce advanced interactive content in a short timeframe.

Articulate Storyline review by Sylvia W.
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"What an incredible asset!"

What do you like best?

There are a lot of "like best"s with this program. I love being able to import previously created content from Powerpoint. I love the simplicity of the interface. BUT, I think what I love the most is the Community. Someone is ALWAYS available including Articulate staff to help when I get stuck or can't find the right place to go for answers!

What do you dislike?

They do not have a MAC version yet and they do not have very good vector graphic capability yet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely, give this a try for creating your training/learning needs! It just ticks so many of the must have buttons with ease of use being right at the top of the list. If you are a powerpoint user this will expedite and improve what you are doing!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving the problem of not having enough staff to meet training requests! Biggest benefit so far is its simplicity and effective interface.

Articulate Storyline review by Consultant in Events Services
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"New Articulate Storyline 360 is awesome as instructional design tool of choice"

What do you like best?

Migrating over to Storyline 360, I am is loving user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) especially the way it handles importing and managing PowerPoint content and the way all the screen formats just work! Tutorials right there in Help are excellent!

What do you dislike?

I really don't dislike anything about Storyline 360 so far.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do free trial and use their excellent tutorials.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Although most of my work has been with Adobe Captivate over a longer period of time, the timeline UI and UX is so similar, and tutorials so well executed that I am ramping up incredibly quick serving clients preferring Storyline work.

Articulate Storyline review by Tina T.
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"Articulate Storyline"

What do you like best?

Interface and Program is very user friendly. Easy to navigate and understand. I would recommend this product due to ease of use and getting up to speed.

What do you dislike?

Even though we bought a license it keeps telling me my free trial has expired and I have to keep putting the serial number in. It would be nice if it were easier to export existing files rather than copying and pasting into each slide.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need to be able to convert documents into SCORM files for our LMS System.

Articulate Storyline review by Meg B.
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"Easy to use, create complex elearning"

What do you like best?

Easy to create complex interactions and branching. No need to learn any complex coding-type tools, just read the triggers in plain English.

What do you dislike?

There are a few quirky or missing things. There's no text-to-speech engine, so we are using a very odd combination of software & strange workflow to sort that out. There's no way to publish as a movie/video file, so some projects we're still completing in Captivate. Also we've found that recording audio directly into Storyline limits your options - if you later export that audio, you will get 1 long file, of the original recording, without any of the edits made within the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider an audio editing software, and potentially a text-to-speech engine, separately.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've sped up our development timelines of more complex projects - or actually been able to create more complex projects within a fixed development timeline. We are a small group with a lot of responsibility, so any time we can save some time while still improving our deliverables, it's a win.

Articulate Storyline review by Tracy P.
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"Couldn't work without it"

What do you like best?

For me the best part was how easy it is for a new user to pick up and immediately be able to start creating online courses.

What do you dislike?

One thing I dislike is the lack of a "clear all variables" function. If you've added many in and then come to a point in the course where you want to reset them to default, that doesn't exist. A manual process get's it done, but that would be a nice addition.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Articulate has a 30 day trial. I recommend to new users that they download it and play with it for the 30 days before purchasing. I would also recommend looking around the eLearning Heroes Community via Articulate as it is an invaluable resource for learning the software and best practices from other users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this software for designing all of our online training. The biggest benefit to Storyline line is that I can make the courses as interactive as I need them to be. They can be simple click and advance courses, but they can also become highly engaging and interactive branching scenarios. You're designs are only limited by imagination.

Articulate Storyline review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"User-Intuitive Software Makes eLearning Easy"

What do you like best?

If you're not already familiar with the software and still stuck playing around with PowerPoint, you can easily import your slides and work off of the same platform, making it easy to transition and quickly learn the software. Very user intuitive.

What do you dislike?

The transition from Storyline 1 to 2 has been difficult in the Quiz Question arena. The builders could have made things a lot simpler.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's far easier to use than Adobe Captivate or some of the other publishing tools out there, and Storyline support is AWESOME! Plus, the amount of people using the tool and the Articulate community is great! Storyline users post their work and help out other users on the website, which is a great added feature/bonus.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solve educational problems. When huge corporations want to turn instructor-led training into web-based training, we generate eLearning courses using Storyline software. The benefits of the user intuitive software and the fact that anyone can easily use it has made it really beneficial to our cause.

Articulate Storyline review by Stuart R.
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"Storyline is a game changer... but needs more time in the game."

What do you like best?

Very robust features, combined with programming, makes this a very powerful tool for training development. Templates can get you up and running right away, but I like starting with a blank presentation. I like the power of triggers and variables; they enhance the interactivity and user experience.

What do you dislike?

Needs to allow multiple items on a timeline, similar to the way Adobe Premiere works. Having each items on it's own timeline results in a 'staircase' that's difficult to work with. Also, could use a Preview window, or mode, that shows exactly what the training looks like in real time.

Although the animated characters are fun and easy to use, I'd really like the ability to pose them manually (like being able to click on the arm and drag it to point directly to an object). Synchronized mouth movements to audio would also be great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

While it's still relatively 'new' and could use more features, it's clear that the developers are actively improving the product. As it is, Storyline is a must-have product because it gets you going strong right out of the box. It's worth studying the more advanced features and utilize the forums as much as possible,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building simulations and interactive modules really enhance the learner's experience. Articulate Presenter was alright, but the final result was limited and disappointing. Storyline adds a lot of flexibility, especially with triggers and layers.

Articulate Storyline review by Sarah V.
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"Great Software for Course Creation and Presentation Enhancement"

What do you like best?

User interface! The user interface in Articulate Storyline is much more intuitive than other course development software I've used.

What do you dislike?

So far, the only thing that has bothered me at all about Storyline has been the price! It's more expensive than Captivate, but it is an outstanding product. I think it's worth looking into for serious course developers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Join the Articulate eLearning community. It's a great forum for Articulate software users as well as instructional designers using other course development software because there are so many active and intelligent members. I enjoy looking at the course challenges that are posted every week.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm part of a technical training unit, and I develop all of the training materials and elearning modules which cover current and new workflows within our system's Electronic Health Record system. Our company's primary course development software is Articulate Studio, which is used by HR for soft skills training development. However, I wanted the functionality similar to Adobe Captivate, while staying in the same family as our HR department for a consistent look and feel in our elearning modules. In the last year that I've been using Articulate Storyline for software demonstration and interactive modules, I've been very pleased.

Articulate Storyline review by Michael W.
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"Articulate Storyline Review"

What do you like best?

States, triggers, and rapid development. The ease of use is great. The user interface is clean and easy to understand for anyone that uses PowerPoint (see dislikes for the cons of this layout). There is a lot of flexibility in design elements if you don't use a standard template. The mobile publishing option is fantastic and the ability for drag and drop interactions on a mobile device are stellar. The freeform questions for assessment add a level of complexity that is superb.

What do you dislike?

Limited template options, character sets available for purchase rather than included for the price of the software. The layout is fairly simplistic, which is good for rapid development, but advanced interactions requires programming (Javascript) or complex variable changes. The cost of Storyline is a bit on the high side coming in well above a subscription to Captivate. Additionally, upgrades require additional cost.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for an easy-to-use, out of the box solution for rapid elearning development, Storyline is for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rapid elearning development - we can create engaging elearning materials at the pace of business. Using Storyline has increased engagement with learning and has provided an avenue to raise the bar in instructional design.

Articulate Storyline review by Sarah S.
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"Quick to learn, easy to use, great product support"

What do you like best?

The product support and community is amazing .I know that no matter what my question might be I will get a helpful answer and some ideas very quickly. After many conversations and a few demos of other products, I really do think that Articulate Storyline is the best course authoring software out there.

What do you dislike?

There is only one feature that I can say I dislike; it is that the preview options are not as flexible as I would like them to be. You can preview on slide, one section, or the entire project, but sometimes I would like to very a few slides within a section without having to start at the beginning of that section. This would save me time when developing and reviewing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the trial first. Register for and take advantage of the Storyline community.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program allows us to host elearning content on our LMS and allows us to develop personalized learning remotely.This is a huge win in a retail environment when scheduling large groups off the floor during business hours for training classes is a burden.

Articulate Storyline review by Aaron A.
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"One of the best authoring tools on the market."

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline has greatly improved on the earlier versions of Articulate's authoring tool products. It has an easy to use interface and the ability to utilize a wide-array of functions to create very in-depth e-Learning modules. The quizzes/assessments are greatly improved from previous versions, as well as simply increasing the diversity of assessments that are available. Overall, this product is a clear contender for best authoring tool on the market.

What do you dislike?

The price. Articulate Storyline is a wonderful product, with a high cost to match. The cost certainly is decreased when being used throughout a large company; but, for small companies and/or individuals looking for the best value in authoring tools, the price may take the product out of contention.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If the price is in your budget, this is one of the best products on the market and will greatly enhance any individual or company's e-Learning efforts.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The primary use is for the creation of in-depth e-Learning modules.

Articulate Storyline review by Brandon S.
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"Easiest professional tool to create online training content!"

What do you like best?

I truly appreciate the fact that Articulate is an add-on feature to PowerPoint. While the foundation of any content can be built in this tool, Articulate still allows you to tweak and enhance your material.

Easy to use with professional results!

What do you dislike?

There are some things that do not transfer well from PowerPoint to the Articulate platforms, including both features and content. It's sometimes frustrating that after fining tuning the layout of slide, it does not appear the same once converted to Articulate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If PowerPoint is your tool, you've gotta have Articulate!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick tool for converting training material to online content. This benefits us by allowing us to deliver content across the country on an as needed basis, as well as creates a repository of information for future learners. We not longer have to fly in employees for training or take them out of the field for a scheduled training, and we don't have to consistently repeat trainings for one off learners or new hires that may come in at staggered intervals.

Articulate Storyline review by Susan W.
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"Storyline is a huge step up from Presenter. Longer learning curve, but better user experience."

What do you like best?

Although it is more involved to create rapid learning (in comparison with Articulate Presenter) the tools are extremely flexible and very robust. Storyline uses a standard timeline development environment, which allows you to isolate specific layers, and provide true interactivity where you have full control. The screen record feature is a big plus as well, and there are three levels built in.

What do you dislike?

The files in Storyline tend to get pretty fat overtime - but that's mainly because of the rich media that can be added and included in the timeline.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the trial. Don't expect to get it right away - it takes time - its' very different, but it's a very good program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I develop elearning for pharmaceutical companies. My job is to roll out new hire training, as well as continuing education. I manage LMS systems and Storyline integrates fully with AICC, SCORM 1.2, and SCORM 2004.

Articulate Storyline review by Allison H.
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"Go-to software for mobile learning development"

What do you like best?

The user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. Because of the familiar PowerPoint-esque layout, ramp up time is much quicker than with other elearning development software. Courses can be simple or dynamic, branched, and interactive, and the player can be customized in many ways. We tested several products, and found that Storyline created the smallest files (to reduce download time as many of our users are on less than screaming fast wifi connections), and worked the best on ipads.

I love the function of the visual timeline, and the ease of using layers, triggers, and states to create interactive and compelling elearning.

What do you dislike?

I wish there were a way to set new default properties for slides and layers. The instances in which I want to use the actual default settings are extremely rare as compared to the times I want to use a particular set up that requires I change the settings on every individual layer. This is a pain, especially if I don't remember to do so as I go.

Storyline lacks some of the flexibility of Captivate or other software, but the trade off is ease of use. I do wish more of the animation options translated from Articulate Studio over to Storyline, but these seem to be getting boosted in upgrades.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take advantage of the free trial and play around with its capabilities. Whenever using a development software like Storyline, Captivate, Lectora, etc., don't let the software dictate the type of training you create. Rather, determine the type of training you want to create, and see if the software will do what you need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Storyline to create new hire training for retail associates and to develop custom courses for corporate office employees. The new hire training is to ensure that all new hires are receiving the same content in a consistent manner so that they are ready to hit the ground running once they are out of training. It also gives them a safe place to practice a variety of functions, resulting in greater confidence when they are on the job.

At the corporate office we're using elearning to push training in response to changes in major business procedures.

Articulate Storyline review by User in Retail
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"Best customer service by far"

What do you like best?

I love how EASY it is to find support and solutions. You can reach out to the community and get responses from both learning and development professionals as well as a rep from Articulate. They also have great customer service via chat and email. Very responsive which makes an already great program that much better!

What do you dislike?

Slow publishing / quirky bugs (here and there, often get resolved through updates)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn how the quizzing/scoring features work with your LMS. Always develop and test before rolling out, as you may have all published settings correct, but still encounter issues in your LMS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Consistent onboarding and messaging through training. Able to develop in house vs. using third party. Ability to roll out ongoing training efforts.

Articulate Storyline review by User in E-Learning
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"The best in e-learning courseware development"

What do you like best?

The ease of use, speed and community are easily what sets Articulate Storyline above the rest. I've used Storyline for just over a year now to develop e-learning courseware, having used captivate and Capterra previously and found it much easier to pick up and roll with. Anything I've not been sure how to do, a quick search within the articulate community forums has helped me immensely. And anything I couldn't immediately find help with was quickly answered by the community as well as their staff.

What do you dislike?

It's quite linear in what you can create. Whilst you can achieve fancy results, it is quite a lot of effort to create and does need a lot of testing as even the smallest trigger can break everything! It's not the best for gamification either due to the linear aspects of the software. For example, tracking progress only works from either counting the number of slides a user has visited, or from a designated results slide. You can't specifically state, if a user has visited a certain page, mark progress as complete.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They have a one month free demo available to try which I'd highly recommend using before buying as the price tag is on the heavy side.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work for an e-learning development company within the content department, creating courseware for use via our own online courseware shop or for bespoke customer content. Storyline has made it very quick and easy to turn a basic storyboard into a fully functioning online course.

Articulate Storyline review by Daniel M.
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"360 is nice improvement, wish there were a Mac version"

What do you like best?

The new html5 player significantly improves the tablet and phone experience and is worth the upgrade all by itself.

What do you dislike?

Wish there were more keyboard shortcuts for key tasks and that it used a better interface than the Office-style ribbon (which is not a very efficient interface for this sort of a product). There are just too many features buried in separate tabs and pop-outs. We currently run on our Macs view VMware Fusion, but would love a Mac-native version of this software (with the accompanying Mac interface).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this to develop recorded training modules, saving our staff the time to hold live trainings.

Articulate Storyline review by Christien L.
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"Great rapid e-learning software"

What do you like best?

It's PowerPoint on steroids. If you can use PowerPoint, you can use Storyline and Storyline 2 ... but unlike PowerPoint, with Storyline, you're able to create e-learning materials that work on any device. Wonderful.

The software really makes it easy to develop compelling e-learning materials.

What do you dislike?

The PowerPoint-like interface makes it easy to get up and running quickly, but the ribbon interface isn't the greatest in UX, I feel. I'd also like some more power under the hood. It's possible to use javascript code to add functionality, but that doesn't work on iOS devices. Would love to have a scripting system that works on all devices.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the trial. Play around. Buy the software!

If you're looking for a rapid e-learning tool, this is one of the best.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing e-learning materials for people learning a second language.

Have been able to recreate the look and feel of existing proficiency tests within Storyline, so users feel they are getting an authentic experience. This makes it easier to attract paying customers.

Articulate Storyline review by Rachel E.
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"Love Storyline Ease of Use"

What do you like best?

Like the ease of having everything on one tool. Love that it is easy to find templates to use without having to reinvent the wheel. Love that I can make content more exciting just by adding interactivity,

What do you dislike?

What you can do with the software isn't always evident. Often times it isn't until I look at someone's template that I realize I can do it in Storyline.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the trial and build a simple course. Once you do this, you will be able to determine if this software is for you. Download a few templates from Elearning Heroes and use these also during the trial.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As our business is growing, using e-learning as one source for product knowledge, makes it easier and quicker to educate employees. A course can be created in a relatively short time and the course can contain video, audio, graphics, etc. to help the learner understand the content.

Articulate Storyline review by User in Airlines/Aviation
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"My experience has been great. "

What do you like best?

The flexibility to develop a variety of things. There is also an online resource called elearning heroes. This online community is great to learn new things and see what other people have done.

What do you dislike?

There are sometimes issues when we go back in for maintenance on some files. Sometimes if another person opens up a file and they don't have the font downloaded used in that file it messes up the entire file.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the new pet of review in storyline you can't share that review with another teammate.

Articulate Storyline review by Emily U.
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"Storyline is an intuitive content development tool"

What do you like best?

Storyline was easy to learn. Once I mastered the basic building blocks of creating interactivity, I was able to use useful features such as layers, triggers, and hotspots to create engaging and interactive lessons for our customer base of adult learners. Publishing a SCORM package from Storyline is easy, and the ease of use makes it fun to play around, be creative, and explore new ideas.

What do you dislike?

Perhaps it's because I have an older computer, but I find that the length of time to save a file can be long. This is the only true disadvantage I have found. I also find that the template library can take a while to load as well. (Again, this could likely be attributed to my older computer.)

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend it if you want to create interactive lessons and assessments with you own look and feel, and if you want many options for create different questions types.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a complex solution to rapidly develop our course materials, and Storyline has allowed us to duplicate slides, templates, and colors in a way that makes it easy to create a consistent look and feel. Because of the features, our team has grown their eLearning design skills because they're able to be creative and play around with new ideas.

Articulate Storyline review by Aidreen H.
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"Great tool! Gold Standard"

What do you like best?

Storyline is so easy to use. . Creating interactions can be as simple or complicated as you like. I really like the screen recording feature and how simple it is to edit audio as well. The motion path feature is a nice addition to Storyline 2.

What do you dislike?

I wish it had a way to align items on an xy axis similar to InDesign etc. I wish it had a feature that would allow you to automatically add an animation pulse on objects other than markers. To my knowledge there's also not a way to add a table without jumping through some hoops. Adding a "paste in place feature would be awesome! It would also be nice if there was a library feature for commonly used items/media. Lastly I wish that users could have a little more freedom in tweaking/customizing the player. Autosave would be a WONDERFUL!

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is an awesome and powerful tool. There's always something new to try. I would highly recommend this product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Right now, I am in the process of making static content more interactive for our customers. I think this will help engage them a little differently than what they're used to.

Articulate Storyline review by Destery H.
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"Articulate Storyline: Easy to use and Hard to Resist"

What do you like best?

Storyline 2 is hands down the easiest e-Learning development software I have ever had to learn. It has a very intuitive user interface and with very little effort you can be up and running, as a new user, in a half an hour creating slides. Of course the more advanced stuff can take a while longer but what makes this software great is it's ability to help both the novice user and the more experienced create engaging and exciting courses. Storyline 2 has features that stack up well to any other e Learning software development tools on the market today.

What do you dislike?

The only real drawback to the Storyline 2 software is it's lack of responsive design features. This is really a minor issue at this time although it would have been a great feature to put in as more and more talk is of flexible mobile offerings. Storyline 2 does allow for development of mobile content it is just not responsive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for an easy to use just in time development solution for e-Learning I strongly recommend you try out Articulate Storyline. Not only is it a great product that will meet your development needs the e-Learning hero's blog and support forums are second to none. Even if you don't wind up using the product stop by and take a look. Lot's of great information on a daily basis makes it;s way out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storyline 2 has allowed us to reduces our process time and meet goals faster than before and allowed us to develop a more rapid prototyping/agile workflow to better suit our clients needs as well.

Articulate Storyline review by Juliette F.
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"The best tool ever made so far for elearning design"

What do you like best?

- Storyline makes it easy to design very interactive elearning modules.

- Based on the PowerPoint UI, the software is very easy to use...

- ...yet flexible enough to enable users to produce great elearning content.

What do you dislike?

Some features of the software won't work with certain settings, notably a custom player. But it wouldn't be fair to blame Articulate for that since there's almost always a solution to customers' needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As I said, Storyline is both easy to use and flexible. You can create virtually any elearning content with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In our company, we use Storyline more than any authoring tool on the market. With Storyline, we produce high quality elearning content tailored to our customers' needs.

Articulate Storyline review by User in Professional Training & Coaching
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"Lacking Controls"

What do you like best?

Storyline makes great use of importing Powerpoints and the ability to create courses quickly.

What do you dislike?

This is not a programming tool. Any sort of complex triggers and interaction have to be created with work-arounds and they are not easily editable. This software is filled with limitations and the company's support team is lacking. Bugs exist for years without being addressed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Storyline to rapidly create eLearning courses. It's great for simple, text based courses where you want to add some basic interaction.

Articulate Storyline review by User in Financial Services
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"Articulate Storyline"

What do you like best?

Articulate is easy to learn, they also offer so many tutorials to assist with whatever you need. The forum is a good resource as well, so many people willing to help you grow as a user.

What do you dislike?

There isn't much to dislike with Articulate, if I had to list one thing; it would be great to have a chat room so when you are in a bind and can't figure out something you need right away. Also it would be nice if you could add an audio track (music) that would run the extent of the course instead of per slide only.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Anyone interested should download the free 30-day trial to see for themselves. They will be very satisfied with Articulate Storyline!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This organization has always been old school with manuals and written materials. At one point I began searching out other methods to use and tried to persuade management to slowly progress towards this goal. When we purchased Articulate it began flourishing and continues to win over more areas of the company. We have cut training time and testing to a minimum which leadership is very pleased. With numerous branches eLearning cuts down on traveling which also saves the company money and the time lost while reaching a certain branch for the training.

Articulate Storyline review by Adam L.
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"Storyline works great!"

What do you like best?

The ease of use is great. Having the ability to quickly create products either from a PowerPoint or from scratch. Its so simple to pick up and get going.

What do you dislike?

The out put to Tin can API, and to html5 has it limits but they seem to be improving. it would be great to do responsive web. that is very limiting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

look at all your options

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its easy to quickly create products.

Articulate Storyline review by User in Higher Education
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"Excellent product. Great for a flipped classroom"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline is a product that has a seemingly endless array of features. There are many templates to choose from, giving your lesson a very polished feel from the get-go. There is a lot of adaptability and flexibility, and you don't need to use all the features presented to give a great lesson.

What do you dislike?

I'm not sure (at the moment) that there is much to dislike about it! The online forums are a great resource when things are not intuitive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a great product to have in the toolbox when you are working on flipping a lesson to the online format. It is much better to have an interactive feature such as this, rather than a boring powerpoint.

Articulate Storyline review by Kate A.
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"Articulate Storyline Ahead of the Pack!"

What do you like best?

My team and I love the amount of customization we can do within this software, and it is easy to use. SCORM complaint.

What do you dislike?

We would to be able to customize the animation styles, and the fact that is is not responsive. It would be great if you could publish it as an app. Can't import vectors.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Articulate have a great online community where other users are quick to respond and give advise. The user interface is easy to use and the internal triggers and variables make it fun to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The software is flexible for our customization needs and suits all our e-learning needs. We are able to create bespoke solutions for our clients, whilst keeping the costs down.

Articulate Storyline review by Phil M.
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"The best authoring tool got better!"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline is one of the most intuitive authoring tools available and with the introduction of Storyline 2 it has got better. Storyline 2 introduces sliders, pause/resume timeline trigger (one of the most powerful features when you realise what this can achieve), a new cleaner interface, the ability to publish for Android devices as well as iOS and much more.

Storyline is designed to look like powerpoint so you will be comfortable from the moment you start using it, but it has so much more power that Powerpoint.

What do you dislike?

It would be nice if there was a built in feature for captioning/transcript and also more ways of customising the player.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try out the 30 day trial, it is better than the competition.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We work developing solutions for other businesses and have developed financial training, compliance training, online interactive games with leaderboards. We have also developed training to improve sales for organisations and to train sale representatives to sell better and smarter.

Articulate Storyline review by Alexander S.
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"Simple yet powerful: Storyline2"

What do you like best?

Easy user interface and formatting functions. Storyline allows you to start from scratch without missing a beat or pick up a free template from its Elearning Heroes Community. The support is unparalleled. If you run into any problems you can get an answer within minutes not only from their support staff but, also any of the thousands of expert users worldwide. The various samples I publish and others share are very helpful and can save you a ton of time in development.

What do you dislike?

Like any other software it has its bugs and PowerPoint conversions is not its best feature.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the free trial and complete e-learning challenges to practice the use of its powerful features. If you are a PowerPoint user it would not surprise you to see Articulate used the same .net framework from Office 2013. I really like its unique features like Image States, Sliders and Drag n' Drop interactions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time reduction, cost reduction for travel associated to traditional training. It save me over $20, 000 in travel costs. It's SCORM compliant and works well with my LMS. I have also eliminated retraining costs as e-learning is available 24/7 to our staff and when they need it.

Articulate Storyline review by David L.
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"Great product, great company!"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline is an easy-to-use yet powerful product. It is my go-to e-learning software. In addition, it has the best user community in the market, hands down. Storyline makes it easy to jump right in and start developing, whether you are a beginner or expert.

What do you dislike?

Built in functionality for closed captioning would be a nice feature.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are unsure, give the 30-day free trial a spin. Also, check out the wonderful community to see a wealth of resources, tutorials, downloads, and generally helpful people - both staff and users. Not sure how to do something? Go through one of the detailed tutorials on the site. Still not sure? Post a question in the forums and you will have multiple responses of how to address the problem and sometimes even suggestions for alternative solutions. Another wonderful resource to review and participate in are the E-learning Heroes Challenges. These help build skills and showcase creative solutions to common e-learning issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have built various e-learning courses for healthcare, construction, and e-learning vendors on topics such as compliance training, disease prevention, business principles, etc. Clients have been happy and expressed successful roll-outs of training initiatives.

Articulate Storyline review by Tracey S.
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"Great Tool for Interactive Learning"

What do you like best?

I use Articulate Storyline 2 to create interactive tutorials. It's the best tool I've seen for projects that involve scenario-based learning and soft-skills online training. It is very easy to "program" what you want the tutorial to do without any programming experience. It actually doesn't even seem like programming. You can use it to include variables like a learner's name, etc. and use it throughout the learning tutorial. You can use logic and branching which works well for scenario-based learning. I also like Storyline's quiz and test capabilities. It's superior to Adobe Captivate for these 2 features.

What do you dislike?

I use both Articulate Storyline 2 and Captivate 8. For software demos, I have to say that Captivate 8 is superior. I have to pay close attention to details in my demos and I can edit down to a much finer scale with Captivate 8 than Storyline for this type of training. Also, Captivate 8 has a way to build responsive screens for different devices and Articulate Storyline 2 does not have this feature at all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Articulate Storyline 2 if you're going to use it for scenario-based learning or soft-skills learning. I would still recommend Adobe Captivate over Storyline for software learning (demos and simulations). I also recommend Storyline for building quizzes, tests, and surveys. I will say that Storyline is quite expensive and I think overpriced compared to Adobe Captivate. Also, Storyline 2 does not come with all of the "Characters" like Adobe Captivate does (except for when Storyline has a sale!) There is also no subscription pricing available for Storyline.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I create mostly software tutorials at a software company. Although I prefer Captivate for those types of tutorials, I prefer Storyline for quizzes, tests, and soft-skill and scenario-based interactive learning. My tutorials are put into our software products but we also put them into our LMS. The projects I use Storyline for are mostly for internal training with our employees.

Articulate Storyline review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"New leader in the e-learning development space"

What do you like best?

Love that it's timeline animated! Audio syncing is much easier to edit in Storyline compared to Lectora.

The animation and transitions are much speaker than Lectora.

It's like a blend of PowerPoint and Flash, so PowerPoint users can pick up pretty quickly, with how it uses Master Slides.

What do you dislike?

The variable usage/triggers is a bit clunkier than Lectora. No if/else statements.

The media is all contained in the file - no external folders.

It tends to crash quite a bit when publishing to HTML5, so save frequently! Also is a performance hog. Temporary files need deleted a lot (when it crashes, it creates temporary files)

Recommendations to others considering the product

The support forums are great - Articulate has staff dedicated to monitoring.

If you know PowerPoint, this is easy to learn, opposed to Lectora.

If you are a regular programmer, some things about Storyline will frustrate you. If you come from a PowerPoint background, you'll find Storyline easier to use than other programs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Clients are trending to buying Storyline over Lectora due to cost.

Clients like the slick default UI options in Storyline which saves their budget as we don't always need to custom design something.

Auto HTML5 publish is good as a lot of clients want iPad courses but there's a play button that you have to code out of the publish

Articulate Storyline review by Ryan P.
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"Unleash Highly Interactive eLearning Courses with Ease with Articulate Storyline"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline (and Storyline 2) make it easy to build incredibly interactive eLearning courses with minimal training needed. The interface is intuitive, the user community is incredibly supportive, and there are a wealth of resources available for developers wanting to learn the tool or take their skills to the next level. We are able to build things that, 5 years ago, it would have taken professional Javascript and Flash developers months to build in a matter of hours. We are big fans.

What do you dislike?

There are some areas that could stand for minor improvements. In Storyline, there is no auto-save feature, which was difficult to deal with. Storyline 2 has since solved this, but it will require an upgrade to get that feature. I think Articulate Replay should be integrated into the feature set of Storyline, and it would be nice for Storyline to provide a better way to control states and layers on the project level (to initiate features like seamless closed captioning, etc.).

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for an easy to learn rapid authoring tool, look no further than Articulate Storyline. The simple interface, combined with powerful feature set makes Storyline our go-to tool for eLearning development.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a tool that would allow us to quickly create interactive courses without spending countless hours doing so. We have saved over $40K in the past 6 months using this tool, in terms of time savings alone. Our courses are more reliable, test easier, and are faster to deploy.

Compared to the other tools on the market, the learning curve for Articulate Storyline is much more flatter than with tools like Adobe Captivate and Lectora. We love the product and the benefits it has provided us!

Articulate Storyline review by David G.
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"Best of Both Worlds: Powerful and Simple"

What do you like best?

Storyline has really taken off since it's initial release, and once you use it, the reasons are clear.

It is extremely powerful. Loaded with features ranging from PPT import for elearning designers that as common starting point, to exporting to Word for SME review, to allowing programmers who really understand code to use Javascript to write custom interactions. There are very few limitations to what is possible. And, it publishes to all the most used and common standards as well as the emerging standard, xAPI.

But, the biggest reason for me to recommend Articulate Storyline is ease-of-use. In working with a team of 7 and having one of Storyline's lead competitive products in our department, we saw tremendous issues. Bugs and non-responsiveness of the vendor was one; whereas Articulate's support is second-to-none. But, truly the biggest issue was the learning curve. Most other products, my team would tap out very quickly or create products with a lot of issues because of the complexity. When we got Storyline, it all changed. The team became extremely productive in a very quick period of time with a high level of competence in the tool. All the issues we saw with the prior tools disappeared, and we accomplished more in 6 months with Storyline than we did in the prior 3 years with it's competitor.

I highly recommend a trial so you can experience it for yourself. Recommendations are great, but experiencing the difference yourself will truly allow you to understand the value of the product.

What do you dislike?

If I had one complaint about Storyline, it would be how it handles responsive web. Of course, this is a judgement call, and the argument on the other end makes a lot of sense- specifically in the area of work that I do regularly (software simulations).

If Storyline allowed software simulations recorded from desktop proprietary software to attempt to render differently for size and orientation of a tablet or mobile device, it would no longer be representative of the software.

So, it's just a judgement call- and in most cases, it makes sense. It just takes a bit of time to orient to the perspective- once you get it, it is actually easy to design for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Engage in the community- the breadth and depth of resources offered are of tremendous value.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Storyline across many industries and companies across softskills and high fidelity software simulations in highly regulated environments. We have been able to create compliant, highly audited simulations that validate skills and report results back to a Learning Management System for deep analysis. Users love the hands-on, and engaging training we create using the product. Developers find it easier to develop these great elearning solutions over competitor's tools.

Articulate Storyline review by Egor S.
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"The tool which can help to build your career"

What do you like best?

Most of all I like interactive opportunities (states, triggers, variables) which allow me to develop rich learning experience. The ability to modify look and feel of player is also a great feature. Recent upgrade to Storyline 2 brought lots of new animation features and triggers. Sliders give the more natural control for users.

What do you dislike?

I need more capable design tools built in Storyline. For example, there is no blurring option or deleting picture background. Articulate should bring more opportunities for mobile learning design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is the right balance tool in terms of easiness of working with and opportunities to implement your ideas.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Articulate Storyline to produce eLearning modules on many aspects of company's business. Recently I accidentally found a new application. I could create an interactive menu and fit it into corporate SharePoint site.

Articulate Storyline review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Professional Training & Coaching
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"Easy to learn, comprehensive and well-supported authoring tool with lots of configurable options."

What do you like best?

It is close enough to the Articulate Presenter tab in PowerPoint that it was an easy and natural progression to learn how to use Storyline. There is more than one way to accomplish the same effect, so you can use whatever method best suits your style.

What do you dislike?

Some quirky bugs that without the experience of knowing the product you don't know about and therefore have a hard time dealing with. Biggest pet peeve is probably how unintegrated copy/pasting is with other products and software applications.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely the easiest elearning tool on the market to learn and use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an instructional designer, so I use it to create elearning courses for compliance and other training needs.

Articulate Storyline review by Guido R.
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"Great software for authoring flexible e-learning content"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline is easy to learn, and allows me to do what I want to do, without getting in my way. Many interesting features make creating new e-learning content both easy and fun - and some features make you think on how you can best adapt them for your courses.

The online community is simply great, many helpful online video tutorials let you easily grasp how to do X. And if you don't get it, chances are someone will quickly explain it to you in a forum.

Among the features I personally find very helpful are layers, variable, the ability to use and modify (free and/or additionally bought) photographic or sketched characters, and how you can combine the latter two - changing the expression of the character based on a variable value. Also, the flexible motion paths and the support for internationalization are a great help, and the built-in quizzing options are great.

What do you dislike?

Alas, there is no Mac OS X version, so I have to switch to a VM to use it. I really would love having a Mac version...!

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are at all interested in creating e-learning content or online courses - or just showcase your new product and let the user "play with it" on the web page -, you should download the free 30-day trial and give it a test run.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I want to present alternative learning approaches for our lecture materials to our (very) large student community. Storyline allows me to go way beyond PowerPoint, and makes creating interactive content easy. This way, students can take a quick quiz at the end of a course and see how well they (probably) have grasped what I wanted them to understand.

Articulate Storyline review by User in Online Media
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"Storyline Has Been Disappointing"

What do you like best?

I like how it uses templates and master pages to make page building easier. I like the ability to see the courses I build as flow charts and the ability to move the scenes around in the flow chart. I like how the layers work and the ability to add interactions quickly. After finding a support guy that I could count on to help me, he solved or at least helped me through several problems with the many bugs in the software.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that the product is unstable and crashes continually, that every month or so I need to strip everything off of the computer, reload Windows 8, and reload Storyline, and start over. The mobile iOS player is unstable, doesn't support many of the Html5 features and is unusable for any of the commercial clients I have. Also there appears to be no dev path to correct those issues. (I was on their mobile users advisory group that met only once so I had a little peek behind the curtain). There are multiple bugs in the system that have not been fixed in the 2 years I have used the software and have seen multiple requests but no action. Recently YouTube changed their API which disabled courses with video that were in the field and the response from Storyline was to get the users to complain to YouTube rather than fix the problem in Storyline. They have great marketing, but poor development. I refused to buy 2.0 because the new version only made surface changes to the interface and did not address the multiple problems that were part of version 1. This application has limited business uses for serious course development.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Unfortunately the competing products in this space are not any better and in some cases much worse than Storyline. If you are trying to build creative, high level courses that integrate into an LMS and operate in a mobile environment, Storyline is not for you. If you want simple cookie cutter courses that are limited in scope, Storyline is minimally OK. The cost in my opinion is way to high for the value returned.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was building multiple courses for a government client, Storyline minimally fulfilled what I needed but also caused enormous problems throughout the process due to the instability of the software. I'm not sure of any benefits I realized using this product, I was able to finish and deliver the product on time but that was in spite of Storyline. I will not use it again except for limited scope projects.

Articulate Storyline review by User in Financial Services
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"I use this tool to create online training. "

What do you like best?

Storyline and Storyline 2 provide a robust set of features that allow instructional designers to create media rich, dynamic learning experiences.

One of the most powerful and time-saving features is the on board quiz maker. With just a few clicks you can create quiz questions that can be tracked by an LMS.

Storyline integrates with PowerPoint and uses many similar interface functionalities. It also uses a layering system similar to Photoshop. Some of the most powerful features of Storyline include built in screen recording which includes an audio edtor. You can import the most common media files into Storyline, but often the onboard recorder is most convenient. This is especially true if you want to create a step by step video. Storyline records the video and separates it into individual slides based upon the actions taken while recording. For example, if click a menu, Storyline creates a slide. Click another menu, and you get another slide. Use the optional captions while rendering the video, and most of the work is done for you. Just clean up the wording and positioning of the captions as necessary.

New users will lovce the available training tutorials, and the high degree of support from eLearning Heroes, Articulate's eLearning community. Users can post questions and interact with other users and staff support to solve problems and continue self education about the product.

Storyline is a powerful, user friendly tool with an amazing support community. I highly recommend giving it a test drive.

What do you dislike?

Even though the on board audio recorder is convenient, the editor is severely lacking. Tracks cannot be cut into smaller chunks, and there is no ability to adjust for background noise or use any of the most advanced features found in other tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you already have PowerPoint content, you can easily import it into Storyline. Your learning curve will be much less steep if you're an advanced PowerPoint user.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storyline allows me to quickly create interactive learning experiences with advanced features and track progress in the LMS.

Articulate Storyline review by Meghan W.
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"Love love love"

What do you like best?

I love how easy it is in comparison with Captivate. The features are intuitive, especially if you know Microsoft PPT. I like that the skins are easy to customize and everything about it.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I hate is the slow time it takes to preview it. You have to wait a few seconds to preview the pages and see the movement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would look at the templates sent by Storyline. Some of them are super fun to use and/or spur new ideas for me to create!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are struggling with video working on our network. We have put our courses in Brightcove (which we have to do for our field office bandwidth issues) and it makes the videos take a long time to start. One or two videos in a course are fine but we have one course with basically video on each page.. and it is a big problem. We LOVE that our participants can go through courses on mobile devices and don't have to be in the office to go through a training!

Articulate Storyline review by Daniela B.
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"What was a pleasure to use."

What do you like best?

The ease of adding triggers and layers. Hot spots were great for me to use for popups giving extra information. I also enjoyed the feature allowing screen recordings for demonstration purposes. The interface is also very easy to use and understand.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really stood out for me as a dislike. The price is quite steep, but you get quality for what you pay.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am creating a eLearning lesson as part of my honors project. My aim is to research the methods and applications of distance education. This kind of software is such a great help and is really contributing to growing the industry of eLearning.

Articulate Storyline review by Debra S.
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"Fabulous authoring tool"

What do you like best?

Ease of use is amazing. Articulate has incorporated only the most-used features of authoring tools to create a product that a novice ID can learn quickly, while simplifying more advanced features to make them more accessible to all. Compare to Adobe Captivate, which has many more features, but a steeper learning curve. The Articulate community members support each other not with just problem fixes, but creative ideas.

What do you dislike?

Cost is high, especially for individual users. Cannot be used on a Mac.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is my go-to authoring tool for SCORM-compliant self-paced instruction.

Articulate Storyline review by Maddie G.
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"Storyline is a robust yet easy tool"

What do you like best?

1. Has a simple, known interface (PowerPoint).

2. It is pretty intuitive.

3. The branching view makes it easy to create non linear scenarios.

4. It still has the power of variables and triggers to allow creating more than basic elearning.

5. Really love the ability to create the different state of buttons to let the user know what content they have already viewed.

6. Easy to publish for the LMS.

7.Awesome community.

What do you dislike?

It isn't really a dislike but some features are sort of tucked away in the story view. It takes some time and remembering that they are there.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate all the other tools and see your users' preference. Do they like tools that are easy to learn or do they need total control, or are they looking for something to create software demos. What is your budget?

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I create elearning for my company and research tools that are easy and can yet create robust solutions, and have a shorter learning curve.

Articulate Storyline review by Veronica B.
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"Why I became a 'Storyline Developer'"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline's best attribute is its versatility. It is suitable for those just starting to develop e-learning and for those who want to create complex and sophisticated interactions. It can be enhanced with Javascript and other third party applications like animations created in Edge Animate to take it to another level.

I like the familiar interface too. For anyone transitioning from elearning design to elearning development, it is easy to find your way around the WYSIWYG interface.

With the release of Articulate Storyline 2, some of the added features are awesome: more and better animations and transitions, the addition of motions paths and the ability to make things happen at certain points in the timeline.

I would highly recommend Articulate Storyline!

What do you dislike?

One big challenge for Articulate Storyline is to improve its HTML5 compatibility, much like it is for any software or app development company. HTML5 is still young and new, but users want more and more to be able to access content on their devices. Organisations want their employees to access their online training anywhere. I see this as Articulate's 'next big thing'.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The main thing I would say is to watch that HTML5 compatibility. If you are developing for mobile, make sure you test often and check with the community for support and workarounds.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My clients are varied-- I develop e-learning for the corporate world, the university sector and the not-for-profit area. I have been able to help my clients fill a gap in both their capacity to develop their own training and their capability in doing so. As an expert user, my clients come to me when they need complex and interactive e-learning solutions.

Benefits? I have created a business around developing e-learning using Articulate Storyline software!

Articulate Storyline review by Steven M.
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"Create Robust, Interactive eLearnings with Articulate Storyline"

What do you like best?

You can create very robust, interactive eLearnings. Very easy to use and there is great support for the product. The company is open to feature request. There is a vast user community on the forums on Articulate website. Both other users and company experts are very helpful with tips and tricks to help solve your problems.

The ability to create software demonstrations where employees have to click through as if they were using the software off of a screen capture.

What do you dislike?

Cannot copy zoom regions to other slides so they are in the exact same place. There were some issues with converting from Storyline 1 to Storyline 2 where the text would change and move on the slides.

No ability to automatically generate page numbers. They have to be manually added to each slide.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to create eLearnings with many interactions allows our employees to better remember the material. We are able to create software demonstrations so users are better prepared when they actually use the software. Users get a taste of the software without have to log into a test region.

Articulate Storyline review by Bridget M.
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"Storyline, to E-learning and Beyond.."

What do you like best?

It's really hard to pick what I like best about Storyline, while the software is amazing and deserves all the praise it gets... The community behind Storyline is amazing! Not sure how to do something, look it up or start a post. People are always there to help and brainstorm!

Also, the features that Storyline has also you to create, beautiful and well organized E-learning courses. I love Storyline and always remain excited to see what's the next new thing!

What do you dislike?

There is not that much that I necessarily dislike about Storyline... Rather, I'm realistic in the approach that there is no one software that has everything you need at the highest quality. (Not saying that Storyline lacks high quality things), rather that I am not unrealistic in my expectations... It definitely has all the basics needed to develop amazing courses, and if it doesn't have the exact design feature; the software still remains flexible and manipulative to your needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I really think you will be extremely happy using Storyline! I know I am! :-)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problem I am solving deals with the need for the conversion and optimization of internal training material to become self-paced/WBTs for different sections of the company. Storyline definitely brings our learners a number of benefits to keep it simple, I can create a full course, a guided demo, an assessment, as well as an html interaction all in one software, which works well within our LMS.

Articulate Storyline review by Melanie M.
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"Excellent and exciting to use."

What do you like best?

If you've worked with PowerPoint it's easy to upgrade to Storyline 2. If not, there is an incredible amount of help available fro the Articulate community. It's easy to add interactive activities that keep the interest of the students, especially if you're teaching using computer software. Students are able to view how to use the software, and then practice right in the program. Love it!

What do you dislike?

There are so many things you can do with the program that initially it might be a bit overwhelming. But if you take it presentation by presentation, and work with the members of the community when you need a helping hand, you'll soon find yourself developing program you never thought possible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm working with small to mid-sized companies and organizations that need a safety or training consultant, but don't a full-time or even part-time person. I'm able to easily modify training programs to meet the specific need of the company and do it inexpensively.

Articulate Storyline review by Lesa B.
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"Articulate Groupie"

What do you like best?

The best thing about all the Articulate tools is all the support and resources that comes with them. Not only do you get your questions answered right away by either an E-learning Hero or by a member of the vast user community, but these wonderful people also provide free downloads, templates, and graphics for you to actually use in your project! Along with that is the fact that they are constantly hearing what users need and implementing the changes. This is because the developers use the tool too and they know what needs to be changed.

What do you dislike?

Only the price of Storyline 2 for current Storyline users who want to upgrade. My company won't allow us to upgrade due to price and I'm so sad because it looks like they have made some amazing changes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend getting both the Presenter and Storyline (2) tools because you can use them all together. I haven't used Stoyline 2 yet but I know Storyline is amazing, easy to use, and allows you to maximize your creativity. You also have a great community of people that are at your disposal who will look at your project or answer any questions - AT NO CHARGE! I highly recommend this company.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to put employees new to creating e-learning on their tools with very little learning time. Other e-learning tools are not so easy to learn. And if they have questions they get them easily answered by asking their support community. Also we are able to publish courses to multiple locations.

Articulate Storyline review by Charlie H.
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"Articulate and Course Creation"

What do you like best?

I think the reason Articulate is so easy to use for a lot of learners is because the similarities it has with PowerPoint. There are a lot of things you can do design wise with Articulate that can make every course you produce completely different. I've been using this program for almost two years now and still don't think I've mastered it yet. I am excited to see and use all the new tools in Articulate 2.0!

What do you dislike?

I've been doing a lot of video recording and uploading into Articulate as of late. Articulate doesn't seem to support video that well, from what I've seen since I've been using it. The video quality is pretty poor compared to the quality in the program I build the video in. This is an area in which Articulate could get better in.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend this product to anyone looking to use eLearning as the basis of training for their company.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits of Articulate I think are pretty obvious. It allows us to turn any ILT (instructor led training) we may have into an easily accessible online eLearning. This eliminates the stress of staff having to commit valuable time to attending a classroom training.

Articulate Storyline review by Angie B.
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"Why Articulate Storyline 2 is the best authoring tool for online eLearning courses"

What do you like best?

Articulate Storyline 2 is one of the easiest and most intuitive software products on the market for eLearning course creation. Plenty of online, self-guided tutorials that have you up and running in no time flat. No programming knowledge necessary, yet you can create interactive layers for 'pull' learning. It helps translate some very boring, scientific or mathematical curricula into an exciting and fun learning environment. One other favorite inside of articulate storyline is that it has a built-in audio editor so that you don't have to open outside audio editing software.

What do you dislike?

I have yet to find anything on Articulate Storyline 2 that I dislike. Did have some initial error message upon the release of the updated Storyline 2 but since they have sent update to fix the software. Just growing pains of a very intricate piece of software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Articulate offers full software trial (free) for 30 days, giving you a chance to view the tutorials and begin to build and test out the various components. I highly recommend Storyline to anyone that wants to create interactive online eLearning. Other Articulate products are great, but this is the product with all the bells and whistles.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've blasted through several courses, adding relevant and interesting interactive activities. Speeds up the creation of courses and benefits the company by keeping creation in house as opposed to having to pay outside vendor $65-$85/hour to create the courses.

Articulate Storyline review by Jason P.
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"Incredibly Powerful!"

What do you like best?

There are unlimited pathways to create incredible eLearning with Storyline and all within an easy-to-understand interface.

What do you dislike?

I miss the 'Remove Background' feature that I'm so familiar with in PowerPoint.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've used this software to build everything from software simulations to eLearning to presentations. With this tool in our hands there's unlimited potential in how we can use it. Their training partner, Yukon Learning, also offered a very in-depth training course that only lends to the success of using the software.

Articulate Storyline review by Radosław K.
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"Make everything You wish"

What do you like best?

Storyline gives You freedom with creating e-learnings. You can make everything You wish, probably. Triggers, layers, variables, states are very powerfull tools - combined together are irresistible.

What do you dislike?

Player customization is very complicated. Only few build-in color templates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Articulate Storyline to anybody who want create e-learning, quizzes and instructional moves easy and quickly, but at the other hand nice looking and technically advanced.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storyline is a great tool for build e-learning courses, quizzes, instructional movies. I can develop all this thing myself and save a lot of money.

Articulate Storyline review by Consultant in Hospital & Health Care
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"A must for doing instructional design!"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that I can create a Jeopardy-style game without having to use my programming skills. I have no problems coding but articulate simplifies things to the point that I do not need to use those skills. All I need to do is add triggers and variables and the the program guides you through the process.

What do you dislike?

The saving process can be time consuming. However, it could depend on one's computer processing power. My computer is definitely not top of the line. I also feel like the ribbon interface is not the greatest feature of it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the free trial and start using it. Ease of use will make you addicted.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been designing e-learning materials for educational and mentoring purposes.

I have also been creating training material to help with some projects. I can not even imagine doing it without Storyline.