I wanted to share my experience with Articulate Storyline. I had a copy of Storyline 2.0 that was given to me as part of a grant project. I didn’t find it easy to work with or useful for the work I was trying to do. This may have been because I was a confident user of Adobe Captivate. Captivate, has a steep learning curve, but once you’ve got it the results are amazing. It seemed to me that Storyboard was the lesser known sibling of Adobe Captivate and it was far more expensive, so I was loathe to take the time to learn something new when I could already create what I wanted with a program I knew well.
Recently, I was given the option of receiving a new version of Storyboard as part of a program I am working on. It wasn’t just Storyboard but the new Storyline 360. I admit I was not thrilled at first, but decided to check it out and see what had changed. Well, I’m glad I did because the changes are amazing!
Here’s a list of what’s changed and what you need to know:
- Cost – Storyline’s price was one of the reasons I stayed away from the program. It is still higher than Captivate (approximately $159 for an educational license) at around $700 for an educator, but they now allow for multiple users for an additional cost and have far more to offer for the price.
- Users – Articulate now has a version for multiple users, as I said above, that costs only a bit more. When we used it last, it was the same cost for each user, which was prohibitive and the cost was a good bit higher with a lot less to work with.
- Free Trial – You get a full 30 day free trial to really get to play with the program and see if it is something you are interested in using.
For a much longer list of comparisons between the old and the new, check out Storyline 2 VS Storyline 360. As anyone who has read John Medina’s Brain Rules knows, vision trumps all other senses, so I would like to share some examples of Storyline games with you. They are interactive and useable with laptops, tablets, phones, etc.
- Drag and Drop interaction – An office scenario where the user needs to pick the correct office for their issue.
- Drag and Drop Meal Planning – An interactive, visual way to show how many calories are in food.
- Earn your chef hat challenge – A fun memory game.
- Font Challenge – A very entertaining and informative lesson on the parts of a font. I have to admit this was a favorite.
- How many cupcakes can you buy? – A cute math quiz for kids.
- Horizons Space Tours – A fun game about space.
- Interactive Org Chart – A new way to display an org chart. Simple and visual.
- Interactive commercial quiz – A new way of creating a commercial and more.
- Interactive prep quiz – An interesting way to think about what you need to know for a job interview.
- Storyline 2: Master Chef Challenge – A fun way to work with attention, reading, following directions for any budding junior chef.
There are many more, but this should give you a sample of what you might be able to do with the program. Give it a try and let me know what you think.