What do you like best?
In one word, Articulate Studio 13' is APPROACHABLE. Since the major components of the package (Presenter and Quizmaker) are built right into the PowerPoint interface, it is easier than ever to turn content into SCORM-ready eLearning. Now, this is not to say that anyone who uses PowerPoint is now an instructional designer, but it is nice to be able to have access to a tool with such a fast learning curve.
What do you dislike?
For what it is meant to be, there's not much to dislike about Studio. For most of my heavy lifting instructional design work, I use Storyline exclusively. But when the content is in PowerPoint, or when I want to be able to quickly crank out simple courses without a lot of fuss, Studio is my go-to tool. Also, I don't like the fact that Presenter and Quizmaker can't be run as standalone products for those times when PowerPoint is misbehaving. But that's a very minor gripe.
Recommendations to others considering the product
If you're looking for a highly-interactive way to build engaging eLearning courses from the ground up, I would suggest Articulate Storyline 2 instead of Studio 13. That being said, I use Studio VERY regularly to convert and improve existing PowerPoint training offerings into a more interactive form. Because of its integration with PowerPoint, and the flexibility of the Engage part of the suite, it is possible to build wonderful courses within a couple of hours of learning the software. In other words, Studio is friendly and approachable.
I love using both products-- Studio and Storyline at work, but they are not the same product. Take advantage of the free trial to see which is a better fit for you. And if you're like me, you will find a reason to buy both!
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I work in healthcare education-- by day at a healthcare consulting firm, and by night and weekend as a small business owner, specializing in Instructional Design solutions. Most of the time, building interactive courses is my primary focus, but sometimes, being able to quickly turn great training into eLearning is very useful. Studio makes the conversion process a breeze, and puts the tools at your fingertips to boost the production value of these presentations with the Quizmaker and Engage products.