Custom HTML5 timeline for Articulate Storyline 360

Custom HTML5 timeline for Articulate Storyline 360

Articulate Storyline, is one of the popular e-Learning authoring tools. Storyline is known for its ease in the workflow for developing an E-learning course. It is suitable for both beginners as well as experts due to its familiar interface. The look is very similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. Articulate Storyline uses a component called “Player” inside which our eLearning courses will be played. This player contains some global controls for our course like, Menu, resources, slide navigation controls, volume control, slide timeline etc.

Though storyline adds all these controls to our course player by default, many eLearning developers prefer to build their custom player controls that are client specific. And storyline allows us to fully customize the default player using the “Player Settings” option. But, there is one specific control that storyline doesn’t allow us to customize much. That is course timeline or seekbar.

We can only change the colors of the seekbar but it cannot be moved from its default position. Due to this many developers end up removing the seekbar functionality all together to achieve a fully customized look.

While working for one our client from Canada, they were unhappy with this decision to take off seekbar completely and insisted us to include a customized seekbar for the course which behaves like a default seekbar.

In order to achieve this functionality we have built a seekbar widget just for Storyline 360 which can be placed anywhere on the screen and it works like a default storyline timeline slider / seekbar.

In this blog, we will see how to use our seekbar widget in any Articulate Storyline 360 project.

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Latest Features of HTML5 Authoring Tools – Storyline3, Captivate 2017, Lectora 17 and Elucidat

Latest Features of HTML5 Authoring Tools - Storyline3, Captivate 2017, Lectora 17 and Elucidat

The eLearning authoring tools are playing a huge role in success of eLearning courseware. These tools provide great features to develop effective online modules suited for modern-day learning requirements. Amongst many features that have been developed over the years, responsive learning is the stand out feature that has been highly prioritized by almost every HTML5 elearning development authoring tool.

In this blog, we will go through the latest updates of some of the well-known authoring tools and know its progress towards providing truly responsive outputs and also take a glance at their key features.

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How to use Fluid Boxes for Web Responsive Design in Captivate 2017

Responsive Design in Captivate

Captivate 2017 is the recent launch by Adobe and is turning out to be A piece of cake for eLearning developers to create responsive ELearning modules. If I have to pick an eye catching feature from the tool I would surely pick “Fluid Boxes” which is one of the new features added to Captivate 2017. With Fluid Boxes, developers relish unique authoring experiences and develop responsive HTML5-based eLearning content faster, without programming knowledge. Read more

Articulate Storyline Advanced Interactions: Plugin to Drag and drop With Ease


In most of the HTML5 eLearning authoring tools like Articulate Rise, Elucidat, Adapt etc., all the eLearning interactions including drag and drop are very elegant with subtle and smooth animations. I always prefer to have such smooth experience in Articulate Storyline’s HTML5 courses as well. Since it’s not a default feature in HTML 5 version of Storyline,  I created a plugin specific for Articulate Storyline drag-and-drop interactions. In this blog, we will see how to use this plugin to enhance the user experience in Articulate Storyline. You can watch the video demo of the plugin and download it as well at the end of this blog. Read more

Seamless Play in Lectora 17 For a Better Elearning Experience

Lectora 17 Seamless Play Publish option

Trivantis is back again with its upgraded version, Lectora 17, the new eLearning authoring tool which is more focused on responsive eLearning design for mobile learning. As an eLearning developer, I look forward to seeing how Lectora 17 would accelerate eLearning development be it any format – HTML5 based responsive eLearning, video-based learning (Camtasia), custom eLearning, rapid eLearning, or mobile learning.

Let’s explore the new Seamless Play feature in Lectora 17 to find out how it can enhance user experience.. At the end of this blog, you can also view the demo sample that illustrates how Seamless Play publish option works in real time. Read more

Lectora 17: Using Camtasia for Simulation and Video-Based Elearning

Using Camtasia 9 in Lectora 17

The newly released Lectora 17, eLearning authoring tool, is now fully loaded with enhanced versions of Camtasia Studio and Snagit to help you create interactive eLearning. These screen recording and capturing tools within Lectora Inspire 17, especially Camtasia Studio, enable you to build custom eLearning / rapid eLearning, be it:

  • Video-based elearning and/or video tutorials
  • Simulation-based learning and/or software application training
  • Mobile Learning
  • Process training and/or product training

Creating video-based learning has never been so easy with the new Lectora 17. In this blog, you will learn how the new features of Camtasia 9 within Lectora 17 can help you build effective online video-based learning courses. You can also preview a free video-based eLearning course sample on Fire Safety training to see how it works. Read more

New Features in Lectora 17 to Enhance Custom Rapid Elearning Development

Lectora 17 New Features

Lectora Inspire – one of the powerful rapid eLearning authoring tools is now out with more exciting features. Trivantis has recently released Lectora 17, an upgraded version of Lectora. Lectora 17 – is now at its best to deliver better HTML5 support to create responsive mobile learning that an eLearning developer can ever dream of. The new features of Lectora 17 are here to support all the realms of eLearning, be it custom eLearning, rapid eLearning, mobile learning, gamification, microlearning, Flash to HTML5 conversion and so on.

Let’s quickly dig deep into the new features to see what makes Lectora 17 one of the best authoring tools. Read more

Articulate 360 Rise: Creating Mobile Learning Apps For Micro-Learning

Convert Articulate Rise eLearning courses to Android Apps

Rise is one of the best online authoring tools to create responsive eLearning courses and provides flexibility to convert them into mobile learning apps as part of micro-learning strategy.

Why an App for eLearning?

Smartphones and their apps have become an integral part of our lives. In this smartphone era, mobile learning or mLearning is now a hot trend in the eLearning industry as it supports learning anywhere and anytime. Most of the organizations have already started implementing “Bring Your Own Device” or “BYOD” policy as part of corporate learning. A mobile learning app is designed especially for bite-sized learning / micro-learning; whenever a learner needs just-in-time information. These mobile learning apps enable learner to access the content without any internet connection.

Mobile Learning is the future of eLearning. So, it is the right time to convert your eLearning courses into mobile learning smartphone apps.

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Articulate 360 Subscription Model – An Insight Into Pricing

Articulate 360 Subscription Model

Articulate 360 is Released! You might have probably heard this big news in the eLearning industry. With this release, Articulate shifted its gears from perpetual licensing to cloud-based subscription model and brought all its products under one umbrella – Articulate 360. This all-inclusive subscription comes as a complete eLearning authoring package and comprises:

  • Rise, Preso and Peek (brand-new eLearning authoring tools)
  • Articulate Storyline 360, Articulate Studio 360 and Replay 360 (Upgraded versions)
  • Articulate Live, Articulate Review and Content Library

We’ve already covered these features in our Articulate 360 product review blog earlier. So in this blog, we will primarily focus on the decisive move by Articulate from perpetual licensing to subscription-based pricing model and what this means for you.

What This Means For You

Articulate’s flagship product, Storyline 2 came as a perpetual license for about $1,398 and it continues. This means once purchased and installed, you can keep the software forever and it’s a one-time payment. This licensing model also provides a flexibility to upgrade the version or still use the existing one. However, you need to shell out the money for software upgrades or updates which is quite cumbersome.

On the other hand, the new Articulate 360 subscription model comes with an annual subscription of $999. This means you can use the package as long as the subscription is active (Valid only for one year). Once the subscription ends, you again need to pay $999 for renewal. During the subscription period, you will be receiving the support and latest updates from Articulate for free.

Articulate 360 Teams

Articulate recommends you to consider Articulate 360 Teams accounts if you have more than two people in your team. You need to pay $1,299 per user per year. With this account, you will get benefits like:

  • Volume discount for more than 10 seats
  • Simplified account management
  • Priority support from experts
  • Unlimited team access to Articulate 360 for all team members
  • One consolidated annual bill
  • More storage

Upgrading from Storyline 2 to Storyline 360 is Easy

Existing Articulate customers can now avail loyalty discounts for the first year.

  • Individual subscriptions – $599 per user
  • Articulate 360 Teams subscriptions – $799 per user

Articulate has been known for its customer support through user-community and webinars by experts. With Articulate 360, you can access Articulate Live and enhance your Instructional Design and eLearning skills. As this is a cloud based eLearning suite – you don’t have to download or install eLearning software on your machine.


The new single subscription lets you access entire applications of Articulate 360 eLearning suite. Given the new features like responsive player, content library, better HTML5 output and other key enhancements, it is worthwhile to switch to Articulate 360. It would be ideal move if you are looking for a fully responsive mobile learning courses. But if your eLearning requirements are not mobile-first, you may still want to go with perpetual license. However, it depends on the kind of eLearning requirements and budget you have.

If you want to future-proof your eLearning and stay updated with the emerging eLearning technologies then Articulate’s subscription model would be the best investment. End of the day, no matter which authoring tool you opt for, it should yield a better eLearning return on investment (ROI). Finally, the decision is yours.

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