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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

Product Knowledge Training: eLearning Translation and Localization for a Distributed Sales Force of a Fortune 500 Company

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Product related educational material is transformed into online multi-lingual eLearning programs for global workforce in their native languages.

Highlights

  • Convert learning content from English language to widely spoken global languages – Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, German and Russian
  • Stringent development standards to deliver high quality elearning solutions to one of the fortune 500 company
  • eLearning authoring tools and compliances used – Storyline 2, SCORM 1.2, and Adobe Photoshop

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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

Articulate Storyline: Sending Learner Score to LMS Using JavaScript

Articulate Storyline: Sending Learner Score to LMS Using JavaScript

JavaScript can be of great help to take your eLearning courses developed in the Storyline to the next level, be it Storyline 1, Storyline 2 or Storyline 360. It lets you extend the functionality of the built-in tools in Storyline that come by default. With JavaScript, you not only can update the Storyline variable, but it also comes handy while working with the eLearning courses that are going to land up in an LMS after eLearning development.

Articulate Storyline JavaScript gives you control to manipulate and use the information coming from LMS and being sent to LMS. Few popular examples of such scenarios are:

  • Getting the student’s name from LMS
  • Getting the student’s status
  • Getting and setting Lesson status
  • Getting student’s Language preferences
  • Sending user score to LMS

In this blog, we will discuss on how to send learner score to LMS using JavaScript. 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 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.

Summary

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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What’s New in Articulate Storyline 360?

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The recently released Articulate 360 comes with a gamut of eLearning products that simplify and speedup custom and rapid eLearning development.

Most eLearning developers awaited and expected the upgraded version of Storyline 2, Articulate’s core eLearning authoring tool. Contrary to this belief, Articulate introduced Storyline 360, an updated version Storyline 2 with enhanced features. Apart from these enhancements, the Articulate team majorly focused on mobile learning and came up with a new ‘Responsive Player’. In this blog, we will quickly explore what’s new in Articulate Storyline 360.

Articulate Storyline 360 – What’s new!

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