Literally the WORST program I have ever used. It seems like such a wonderful program then, WHAM, "This project is invalid or corrupt and cannot be opened. It may have been created in an earlier version of Storyline." error message appears and EVERYTHING you have done is lost.
I've lost so many projects, weeks of work, only to start over.
So, make backups, you say, Yup, made 4 of them and they are now all corrupted. There are no backup files, though it is set to save automatically, which is useless as the file is corrupted.
Literally, saved the project. Closed it out. Opened it back up to make a correction and the error message popped up. And guess what, there is NOTHING I can do about it. Search the community, it's like oh, sorry, sucks to be you, sort of attitude. This is NOT a product for professional usage, especially when you have deadlines and all your work gets corrupted.
Note: I had no other programs working. I've been saving versions 1, 2, 3, so I have additional copies. Today, after making additional copies, from a version that worked mere seconds before, all of the files came up with the corrupted message.
I have contacted Articulate and opened a case. EVEN if they can get my projects back, I'm stuck sitting here writing a review of how horrible the product is, instead of working on my projects.
Review by Wilfrid2 years ago
Articulate produces best of class CBT authoring tools, especially Storyline. While a novice user can get "up to speed" within just a few hours, it is robust enough to support full-featured engaging CBTs.
Review by Torry Barsamyan2 years ago
I've truly been impressed with Articulate in all facets. From their thoughtful software design to their support systems for designers--these folks do it right. The software is easy enough for a first-time designer, but also has enough advanced features to keep a seasoned designer intrigued and offer the tools they need to create exceptional courses.
Review by Plasmays2 years ago
I have used various e-Learning, video capture, presentation, and resource tools in the past. Those include Captivate, Lectora, Snagit, PowerPoint, and Elearning Brothers, etc. What I found is that I had to go from place to place to accomplish what I needed, often having to memorize several logins and/or buy expensive and hard to use software. Along comes Articulate with Storyline, Replay, Elearning Heroes and now Articulate 360 where I can now access all of their best tools in one place with additional features such as Rise that lets you create intuitive and responsive learning web pages. Articulate even has their own content library for access to high resolution photography of characters to use in my e-Learning creation.
My biggest complaint about being a training developer is that I have too many tools to use. Articulate thought of everything because they asked users and created a resource that meets ALL of an instructional designer's needs. That's my biggest vote in favor of Articulate, they ask what designers need and then they deliver - big time. I've never seen a software developer commit so much to serve their customers. That makes Articulate exceptional and that translates to the software and services that they make available to anyone, from a simple web login. I am continually surprised at their attention to detail and commitment to raising the bar on providing tools for developers.
Review by ThereseC2 years ago
I have been using Articulate products for about 4 years and could not be happier with what they have provided. The software is well priced, easy to use and gives users so much freedom to design courses where the only limit is the developers imagination. The support available is also second to none; you will never buy a product and then be left struggling to get the most out of it. I would consider Articulate to be the only option to consider if you are wanting to develop online training materials and with their new 360 product, everything is brought together in one place making your life that much simpler.
Review by Rhossili2 years ago
I use Articulate products on a regular basis, mostly Storyline, and my team and I are very happy with it. We are able to easily scale the project to fit the scope that we need. The user interface is quite intuitive and there are lots of resources and guidance available for people that are new to the product.
Review by Carolann2 years ago
I know that each software has one special quality that makes it better than others. With Articulate you, in my humble opinion, get the whole package. I have been using Articulate for about 8 or 9 years and was an early adaptor in my company. Not only is the company attentive to its customers I think that they have cultivated one of The best user communities and from Gabe and the Word of Mouth blog to the E-Learning Heroes. My experience with Articulate as a design tool and with the company has been nothing short of amazing.
Review by Carrah2 years ago
I use Articulate Studio 13 and Articulate Storyline - e-learning creation tools by Articulate. Both tools are quite robust and easy to use. They are supported by an online user community that is moderated by Articulate staff. Questions are answered quickly, and answers are usually quite thorough, providing multiple options. Love this software!
Review by Talon2 years ago
Articulate is one of the best LMS investments we've made. We started out by turning our static PowerPoint training into exciting and interactive training programs we now use for onboarding new and existing employees. One of the easiest programs to learn with an incredible network of information and knowledgeable users.
Review by Wenxiao Taffine2 years ago
Out of all of the e-learning authoring tool companies out there, Articulate regularly outperforms the competition. No other company has a more evident dedication to their base of users and the end-users; our clients and their learners. Articulate offers the most intuitive and user-friendly authoring tools, and continues to elevate the field with new releases like Articulate 360. Perhaps the best part is the comprehensive level of support that is offered by Articulate staff and the user-base in the E-Learning Heroes Community—there simply is no better option out there for product support and opportunities to further one's skills in the Instructional Design and E-Learning development fields.
Review by Nazarbek2 years ago
I love the community that comes with using this tool. It's easy to use, but when you do have a question, a huge user community is there to help you out. Plus they offer free templates and resources all the time.
Review by Topias2 years ago
Using SL2 is a fairly decent process, with some friction points when getting into the nitty gritty of using the software. I do like that you can import translations directly and that makes building courses anew in another language must faster. I do like the versatility of layers, states and triggers. As well there are many valuable templates created by community users that can be gleaned and updated for your own needs. When working with a module that is large, the SL2 file can become unstable and corrupt - which is no fun - and in my experience not recoverable. It does not create a good mobile user experience unless you build a course that is specifically designed for the mobile experience, so that means multiple courses for the same content.
Review by Damaxoxo2 years ago
I has used Captivate for some time, so when I initially made the switch (expanded actually) to Articulate I was apprehensive at first - as it can be when learning anything new.
However I found it quite straight forward to get the hang of. One of the strongest points is that It is so much easier to produce great looking e learning content. I feel this is important because it makes it more inviting for users meaning they spend more time learning ans less time questioning.
Customer support is excellent and there is a strong active network of experienced pro's to draw from.
I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on Articulate 360 and using the new features like rise which seem like it will speed up work flow.
Review by Jahmillrobinson Wotell2 years ago
As a former virtual teacher and a current professional development coordinator, I have used multiple learning platforms for instruction. I started using Articulate for professional development and wish I knew it existed (or could get approval for purchase) when creating materials for my virtual classroom. It is so easy to use and understand and worth the price. Since users aren't tracked with licenses, the creator is the only one who needs the software. Once the materials are created and posted, anyone can access your course as often as they need to.
The support community provides expert advice and encourages peer sharing. The online support community is still growing but I already am able to find an ample amount of templates and resources I need to build my courses.
We are able to fulfill a large portion of our training needs using storyline. I am able to create modules that target specific learning goals. I can create paths that target each of the 9-11 different divisions within our organization. I have learning checkpoints and assessments throughout the modules. I can instruct virtually with this tool. So much flexibility to create whatever you need!
Review by Ledya2 years ago
My original review: Articulate's new 360 offering is a suite of products designed to help anyone who works in the process of creating e-learning. Their team has done an incredibly impressive job of developing this integrated solution that makes developing training, which can be an enormously complex process, as smooth and simple as possible for developers and subject matter experts at nearly any skill level. Well done, Articulate! :)
My update after using it a bit longer: I especially love the Articulate Review tool that lets me painlessly and seamlessly upload courses for stakeholders to view and comment on. Going through project review cycles can really be a pain point - and a place where things can fall through the cracks or miscommunication can happen - and this tool takes away that pain. Other than that, I still love the fact that mobile output is gorgeous and as easy as can be, and that the Content Library is filled with images and templates I can really use. Yaaaaay Articulate 360!
Review by Thieving Derrow2 years ago
I left a review about the Articulate suite of goodies about one year ago. Since then, Articulate have moved to the Cloud and introduced new products such as Rise and Review. They have also greatly improved the number and library of templates and characters. Rise and Review are exceptional additions to the Articulate family.
My only concern is the pricing strategy. I understand moving to the Cloud with all of the benefits that provides in terms of stability and upgrading applications. But at a projected annual subscription of $999 and no projected facility to pay for individual applications, I wonder whether this might be off-putting for those, like me, who create eLearning for charities and seek no payment and for those who do not use every application this might cause hesitation in commiting to products that could not later be amended.
For me, at the moment, the suite of applications and the most exceptional community are benefits that would lead me to persuade she who holds the purse strings that I could not live without them!! But my task would be made much easier if there was a more flexible pricing strategy.
Review by HunterHoskinson2 years ago
I've been authoring online courses and tutorials for almost 10 years and have a choice about which tools to use. Storyline 2 is my "Go To" and is the sole tool I use.
* is easy to learn
* is intuitive
* offers a tremendous amount of flexibility
* gives me all that I need to produce high-quality, interactive products that have changed our learning landscape.
I would highly recommend it!
Review by Amraa2 years ago
With each update and release Articulate learns, grows, and surprises! Articulate 360 is the best yet! Not only have they improved ease of use, but now they include everything you need to create, review, and design incredible learning experiences.
The online content library contains a nice variety of assets to use. As always, the Articulate community has great tutorials and challenges. The addition of being able to view your creation in different modes...PC, tablet, mobile..is so helpful! The review software simplifies customer and SME review process which ultimately makes them much happier! Thank you, thank you, thank you Articulate! Job well done.
Review by Tannika2 years ago
Articulate has really stepped up their game with the new 360 launch. The Articulate Review service is brilliant and has greatly reduced the amount of annoying tasks we have to go through to review Storyline files internally. Rise is an excellent way to quickly and easily build e-learning projects, while Storyline remains a strong, much more complex partner. The content library is full of great stuff that can easily be used in projects.
Review by Busarakham2 years ago
It's difficult to quantify the benefits we've realized since we started using Articulate Storyline in 2012. I know that Adobe Captivate has made many advancements since then, but when we switched the efficiency and ease of use of Storyline immediately impacted our course creation time, and more importantly we were creating better learning experiences.
Here are a few of my favorite things:
- Incredibly easy to use. If you can use PowerPoint, Storyline is very easy to pick up. We had a new team member creating rather complex courses within days.
- The concepts that are more advanced than PowerPoint, such as layers, triggers, and variables, make sense and don't take long to grasp.
- These same advanced options are what allow for better learning experiences and flexibility in how content is presented and pulled by the learner.
- Articulate continues to innovate and enhance their products.
- Their support is great! Although I haven't needed it much, when I do, they are quick to respond and very helpful.
- The user community is the best I've participated in. You can easily find ideas and solutions.
The other Articulate product we use is Replay. It's intended as a screen capture and webcam recording tool, but we've found it incredibly useful as a simple video editor. We often pull in other videos and find the ease and speed of being able to edit within Replay far outweighs the loss of advanced features that you may have in a true video editor. (We still have one of those that we use for some projects, but Replay is great when that's just not needed.)
I have no hesitation in highly recommending Articulate products.
Review by Duneland2 years ago
No matter what your question or what time of day or night, the Articulate community is always there to help you! It is nice to know they have your back.
Review by Derm Omundsen2 years ago
A brilliant eLearning authoring tool that's easy to pick up and use - even if you have limited techy skills. Publishes automatically to SCORM, and is cross-platform ready with loads of built in features meaning you don't need to understand coding, HTML, flash etc to be able to produce great, engaging learning.
THe support is amazing with elearningheroes.com and fast response to any queries. It's also well-priced against its competitors
Review by Eyespies2 years ago
It's really easy to get up and running with Storyline 2. If you know PowerPoint, you're almost there! It's also easy to learn the additional functionality for eLearning authoring. I have been able to learn how to do pretty much anything I can dream up and help is easy, fast and free from the eLearning Community via the E-Learning Heroes site. I heartily recommend Articulate Storyline.
Review by Jajaida Grumelec2 years ago
Articulate Storyline is both simple to learn, and robustly featured. Anyone familiar with the look and feel of Microsoft Office can get started and be producing professional-level online learning within a day. Yet Articulate is full-featured enough to give the user complete control over the look and feel of the learning solutions produced.