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Articulate Storyline 3 First Look: What’s New and What’s Improved?

Articulate Storyline 3 First Look What's New and What's Improved

Articulate Storyline 3, the much anticipated version of Storyline 2, eLearning authoring software, has been released with new features and enhancements. Unlike Articulate 360 (Storyline 360), a cloud-based annual subscription service, Articulate Storyline 3 comes as a perpetual version – a standalone authoring tool. With the multi-device learning gaining momentum, Articulate has focused on responsive eLearning powered with enhanced interactivity bringing productivity in custom eLearning content development for training needs. Read more

Converting Legacy eLearning courses to Articulate Rise – Read Before You Do It

Converting Legacy eLearning Courses to Rise

Articulate Rise, the new online authoring tool, is gaining momentum since it has been launched. It can be a major player in driving eLearning demand for multi-device/mobile learning in 2017. It carries brand value from its predecessors Storyline and Storyline 2.

Since the beginning of 2017, we have received many enquiries to check ‘feasibility’ of converting legacy eLearning courses developed in Storyline 2, Lectora, Captivate, etc. to Articulate Rise. Read more

Top 7 eLearning blogs of 2016 by Swift

Top 07 Elearning blogs of 2016 - Swift Elearning

The year 2016 was a busy and productive year for Swift eLearning. We tried to help readers with our blogs covering different eLearning topics and trends.  As a result of our work, we got applauded with good feedback which would stand as a great sign of encouragement to increase our quality for next coming years. In case you missed our blogs, we’ve summarized you to have a glance over our top 7 eLearning blogs of 2016 based on the traffic we received. Read more

Open Challenge Given by the Boss to the Project Managers and to All the Team Members

Swift Elearning Team

What started as a personal competition between two co-workers, people (Amjad -the Boss and Mirza the Project Manager) has resulted in a positive shift for all the Swift staff.

Someone once said, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” and there is no doubt that it takes a lot of strength and self-discipline to change ourselves both professionally and personally.

Amjad has recently returned from Australia where whilst living there for a couple of years he was introduced to CrossFit exercise whereas Mirza is a muscular man who enjoys regular workouts at the gym. Both of them love what they do. Read more

What’s New in Articulate Studio 360?

Articulate Studio 360 New Features

Articulate Studio 360 is a presentation-based eLearning authoring tool that comes with Articulate 360 suite.

With Articulate Studio 360, you can quickly and easily develop interactive eLearning courses from existing PowerPoint based legacy courses.

On top of that, Articulate Studio 360 also provides you with a user-friendly interface that is quite similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. This makes it easy for both novice and expert eLearning designers to develop courses on the go without spending much time in getting familiar with the eLearning tool.

With Articulate Studio, in a shortest possible time, you will be able to complete complex eLearning /online courses.

Articulate Studio comprises three easy-to-use tools:

  • Articulate Presenter
  • Articulate Engage
  • Articulate Quizmaker

Let’s understand the role of each tool while highlighting the new features within Articulate Studio 360.

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Getting Started With Motion Path Animations and Triggers in Storyline 360

Motion Path Animations and Triggers in Storyline 360

Have you ever tried to replicate Flash animations in Storyline? It is now possible with Articulate Storyline 360 with motion path animations.

Articulate Storyline 360 has an array of entrance, exit and motion path animations that you can use to orient objects. In this tutorial, we’ll discuss how to create eLearning interactivity with new object based triggers for motion path animations in Articulate Storyline 360 courses. Read more

Storyline 360 – New Publishing Formats

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Articulate Storyline 360 is out with more publish formats.

While we develop an eLearning course, apparently we’d expect it to serve the primary purpose of reaching out to all our learners, be it through mobile, tablet or desktop. Achieving such multi-device compatibility was tedious and expensive, but this is not the case anymore.

The most awaited feature in Storyline is out now with Storyline 360 – “multiple publish formats”. This new feature in Storyline 360 provides freedom to the eLearning Developers to choose a format they desire, making the life easier in getting what is required. This feature is also available in Articulate Studio 360.

Storyline 360 and Studio 360 Publish formats

By default, the eLearning courses published in Storyline 2 are deployed to both Flash and HTML5. Though this was a decent solution, it led to chaos.

Publish to HTML5, Flash in Storyline 360

Storyline 360 provides the flexibility to choose publish format of our choice from the Publish Formats options dialogue. It’s simple.

  1. Click the Formats property on the Publish window to open the Publish Formats dialog
  2. Drag the ‘Publish As’ slider and choose the desired publishing options
    • HTML5
    • HTML5/Flash
    • Flash/HTML5
    • Flash

HTML5 Only

Picking HTML5 only option, publishes our eLearning course absolutely in HTML5 output. Since HTML5 is becoming the new favourite to most of the eLearning professionals, this option is a great addition in the new Storyline 360.

Why “HTML5 Only”?
HTML5 is no more just an alternative technology to develop mobile-friendly eLearning courses, but it is a new industry standard in eLearning and is adopted widely by many.

HTML5 has now become the primary option for eLearning courses that are developed with a mobile-first approach. And the reason behind this is native support to HTML5 in all the modern mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Few key benefits of using HTML5 for eLearning are:

  • Widely supported
  • Superior accessibility to learners
  • Less limitations on multimedia integration
  • No plugins required
  • Light weight

When to use “HTML5 Only”?
Choosing “HTML5 Only” output will be a good idea when we are developing eLearning course with mobile-first approach to reach mobile learners.

HTML5 / Flash

Going for HTML5 with Flash fall-back, will bundle up our eLearning course in both HTML5 and Flash outputs. HTML5 output is rendered first at the user’s end, but if the user’s device doesn’t have support for HTML5 then Flash Output is rendered as a fall-back. Choosing this option is like staying ready with Plan B when Plan A fails, where Plan A is HTML5 and Plan B is Flash.

Why “HTML5 / Flash”?
Though HTML5 is the new industry standard, it is still evolving. Most of the older devices and web browsers do not support HTML5, such as Internet Explorer 8 and below. The old devices and web browsers have Flash support built in. So, picking HTML5 / Flash might be a good idea.

Few advantages:

  • Reaches every learner
  • Universal support
  • Greater accessibility to learners
  • Still follows latest standards of eLearning industry
  • Possibility for very effective animations and interactions

When to use “HTML5 / Flash”?
When the eLearning course built with an intention to reach out every one, both classic and modern users HTML5 / Flash may be the best option to rely upon.

Flash / HTML5

Choosing “Flash / HTML5” will also package our eLearning course in both HTML5 and Flash, the only difference is, here Flash plays first at the user’s end and if Flash is not available then HTML5 output comes into play.

Why “Flash / HTML5”?
Even though HTML5 is continuing to grow, many people still like using Flash for their eLearning courses. Here Flash is given priority over HTML5, but it does not completely eliminate support for HTML5. Where Flash is not available, HTML5 is readily waiting to fill that place as a fall-back.

Few advantages:

  • Never misses a single learner
  • Classic support
  • Stable
  • Still follows all the eLearning industry standards
  • Possibility for very effective animations and interactions

When to use “Flash / HTML5”?
Flash / HTML5 output is apt when we want to deliver eLearning to the classic learners who still use their desktops as a primary means to access the eLearning courses. For example, some classic companies use dedicated desktop computers and traditional LMS to train their employees. In such cases going for “Flash / HTML5” will be a smart choice.

Flash Only

Opting “Flash only” as output format will publish our eLearning course exclusively in Flash (.swf) format, this option is a blessing for Flash lovers. Flash is still loved by millions for its limitless possibilities for building interactions, creative animations and remarkable graphics. For quite a time, Adobe Flash stood as the most popular authoring tool for developing eLearning courses. As a result, many people still use Flash for developing their eLearning courses.

Why “Flash Only”?
Flash has incredible support for animations and graphics unlike other eLearning authoring tools. People love Flash because of it endless possibilities to literally build anything we can dream of. It allows freedom for customization and eliminates all kinds of limitations. Most of the effective and engaging eLearning courses are built using flash. Since it is classic and has been around from quite a while it is supported in most of the older devices and browsers.

Few advantages:

  • Incredibly rich graphics and animations
  • Limitless ways to build high-level interactions
  • Stability
  • Classic support
  • Larger community support

When to use “Flash Only”?
We can use this option while building media-rich animations and engaging eLearning interactions that solely target the learners who use desktops or older web browsers. “Flash Only” would be an ideal choice especially when our clients use an older LMS that supports Flash only outputs.

Verdict

This new feature gives freedom to the eLearning developer to choose the desirable format that suits best for their eLearning requirements. This enhancement in Storyline 360 is here to make eLearning developer’s life easier.

Articulate 360 – Everything you need to know

Articulate 360 Product

Our ongoing series of blogs give you an insight into the newly released Articulate 360 and covers key features, reviews, pricing and much more.

WHAT’S in Articulate 360 for You?

Articulate 360 – Initial Product Review
Articulate has released Articulate 360 as a complete eLearning authoring package. It encompasses an array of exciting features and applications to enhance eLearning development focused on responsive eLearning design. Read more…

What is New in Articulate Storyline 360?
The new Articulate Storyline 360 is an updated version of Storyline 2 which comes with the key features such as Responsive Player, Integrated Content Library, Inbuilt Articulate Review app, multiple preview options and much more. Read more…

Replay 360, Preso and Peek to Develop Smarter eLearning Experiences
Under the umbrella of Articulate 360, three tools – Replay 360, Preso and Peek, though separate from mainline development but amazing enough to jazz you up. Preso and Peek are two new technological advancements included in Articulate 360 package. Read more…

WHY is it Ideal for eLearning Development?

Is Articulate 360 Effective Enough to Create Fully Responsive eLearning Courses?
With Rise, the new web-authoring tool, Articulate 360 lets you create truly responsive eLearning courses. Rise automatically adapts to any screen size and orientation to provide an optimal learning experience. Read more…


Articulate 360 Web App – Articulate Review to Simplify eLearning Project Sign-off
Articulate Review is a new web-application to keep all the reviewers on the same page throughout the project. It brings all the project stakeholders to one common platform and makes the e-Learning project review easy. Read more…

Conversion of Legacy Storyline Courses to Articulate Storyline 360
Articulate 360 to be major trendsetter in legacy course conversion. Conversion of existing Storyline courses to Articulate Storyline 360 can give you an upgraded look and effectiveness. Read more…

HOW can it be Leveraged?

Storyline 2 to Storyline 360: Updating eLearning Courses
Articulate Storyline 360 is now packed with Responsive Player, HTML5 gestures, improved animations and brand-new interactions. And this makes a reason worth updating/upgrading the existing Storyline courses to Storyline 360. Read more…

Articulate 360 Subscription Model – An Insight Into Pricing
Articulate shifted its gears from perpetual licensing to cloud-based subscription model and brought all its products under one umbrella – Articulate 360. This single subscription lets you access entire applications of Articulate 360 eLearning suite. Read more…

Articulate 360 Web App – Articulate Review to Simplify eLearning Project Sign-off

Articulate 360 Web App – 'Articulate Review' to Simplify eLearning Project Sign-off

Articulate 360 Introduces Web App – Articulate Review

Articulate is no more just an eLearning authoring tool; it is more than that. The newly released Articulate 360 is now equipped with powerful features to help you manage eLearning projects efficiently. It lets you effectively collaborate with project stakeholders in every phase of eLearning development and helps you get client sign-off quickly.

Articulate Review is a web-application to keep all the reviewers on the same page throughout the project – Starting from raising the bug/comment until it gets resolved.

Gathering e-Learning review feedback and fixing has never been an easy task especially when the team is located virtually. Articulate Review app brings all the project reviewers/stakeholders to one common platform and makes the e-Learning project review easy. Each reviewer can see the same work what other reviewers are up to.

Salient Features to Supercharge eLearning:

Web Platform to Ease Rapid Authoring
Articulate Review is an online review tool to help you collaborate with multiple reviewers around the globe any time. All you have to do is send the online review link to the reviewers and get the consolidated feedback.

Articulate Review page with browser address bar

Consolidated Review Feedback
For a single slide, you can view a chain of comments and replies as discussion threads from multiple reviewers providing a consolidated review. This consolidated review feedback helps you develop consensus among the reviewers and other stakeholders at one place.

Articulate Review page with feedbacks from multiple reviewers

Specific Bug Indication
Articulate Review helps you avoid confusion and rework. For each slide, it captures the screenshots once the reviewer makes the comments. It provides visual cues to eLearning developers indicating specific areas of improvement that needs to be addressed.

Articulate Review screen shot with a bug and the slide screenshot

Closing the Bug
Once the reviewer provides the comments, you can simply address and update them as Resolved. To sort unresolved comments, you can also hide the resolved comments.

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To sort unresolved comments, you can also hide the resolved comments.

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Versioning
Version handling is another prominent feature which Articulate Review offers for project management process. It allows you to re-publish the same project for regression. This way, you can refer the comments while having final review on each slide.

versioning

Project Protection
Articulate Review protects your project from unauthorized access using password protection feature.

Password-Protected

Conclusion:

Articulate Review as a collaborative tool can help you manage all the feedback at one place. This is definitely an impressive tool and you can start your free Articulate 360 trial to see how it works. So take time to explore and leverage Articulate Review to ensure your e-Learning development is more efficient with rapid course sign-offs.

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Storyline 2 to Storyline 360: Updating eLearning Courses

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Articulate has come up with its new improved Articulate 360 eLearning suite to address modern learning needs such as responsive eLearning and micro-learning.

Articulate Storyline 360 provides incredible features such as Responsive Player, HTML5 gestures, improved animations and brand-new interactions. This makes a reason worth updating/upgrading the existing Storyline courses to Storyline 360.

Good news is, converting the Storyline 2 eLearning courses to Storyline 360 is a piece of cake now. So let’s quickly walk through the significant changes you will see in your eLearning course once you update it to Storyline 360.

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