Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate?

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Which software is best for e-Learning design in the evolving e-Learning field?

In the innovative field of e-Learning many are turning to authoring tools like Articulate’s Storyline and Adobe’s Captivate 9 to create and manage content. These desktop applications are used by teachers, learning developers, and education companies to create online lessons and course content.

However, many users struggle to determine which software to use. Here are some of the pros and cons of each platform to help you decide which is right for you.

Adobe Captivate 9

First and foremost, Captivate is the cheaper of the two tools. It can be rented at a monthly rate of $29.99 or purchased for $1,099, and teachers and students can acquire it for $349.

But beyond the price tag there are some things that make Captivate stand out. It’s compatible with the entire Adobe Creative Suite and will be easy to use for those familiar with other Adobe programs.

For those unfamiliar with the previously mentioned programs, Captivate can be difficult to learn. However, there are a number of video tutorials online for users to familiarize themselves with the tools.

One of the things that makes Captivate unique is that it has text-to-speech options and auto-text captions which are necessary for developing content for those with accessibility issues.

In 2015 Captivate was named #1 in the “Mobile Authoring” category and in 2014 it won for “Best Simulation” at the Best of Elearning Awards.

Articulate Storyline

The first thing you should know about Storyline is it that it does not work on Mac computers. However, content can be accessed by users with iPads or iPhones. In fact, Storyline has a free mobile application that lets users access content on both iOS and Android devices

Many say Storyline is easier to use than its competitors and a lot of that has to do with its similarity to Microsoft PowerPoint. But it also has a responsive online support community users can turn to when they experience problems.

And like Captivate, Storyline has also been recognized with awards from Elearning. In 2013, it won top honors in the category of “Rapid Development Tool,” “Simulation Solution,” and “E-learning Development Tool.”

It’s also important to note that articulate recently release Articulate 360 which offers the same tools as Storyline and more at an annual fee. Articulate 360 offers tons of additional features and an extensive content library you can’t access with Storyline alone.