Best Authoring Tools For Rapid eLearning Development – Comparison

Best authoring tools

Way of learning needs leads to creating various authoring tools to meet the learner requirements and the training models. Though there are various best authoring tools and each tool has its own identity to stand in the race of technology by integrating the components that are required for the learners so as to enhance the learning experience and retention.

Let’s see some of the tools that are tailored to meet the learner’s needs.

iSpring Suite:

iSpring is one of the rapid elearning authoring tools which is integrated with Quizmaker, Dialogue simulations, Interactive Templates, screencasts, etc. Even a novice can create an intuitive course with these features in iSPring toolkit. These courses are independent of the device and hence the user can access these courses in any device. As it is embedded in PowerPoint, you can easily convert PowerPoint presentations into an eLearning course. The output is compliance with LMS standards – SCORM, AICC and xAPI.

  • Interactive eLearning courses can be developed without any loss of animations, triggers, embedded video/audio, etc. when converted from PowerPoint.
  • Content that is published over the internet, can be accessed on any device with iSpring play app available in App Store and Google Play.
  • What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) interface helps you to create quizzes with ease.
  • This tool is available only for windows operating system.
  • Limited editing options when compared to competitors.
  • PowerPoint is a must to create a course.

Articulate Storyline 360:

Articulate Storyline is a collective package authoring tool that builds highly interactive, engaging, and customized eLearning courses that support almost any mobile device. Free high-quality assets like images, videos, audios, characters, and templates can be used from the library. It provides the best viewing experience on tablets and mobile devices through its responsive player. There are 20 different question type interactions. The courses can be published for HTML5 and Flash output.

  • Support touch screen gestures
  • Rich features and numerous interactions with customization
  • Need to invest time to master the tool
  • Supports only Windows operating system

Articulate Rise:

  • With internet connectivity, learners can access the content anywhere since it is a web-based application
  • Can create customized interactive lessons with pre-built lesson blocks and custom lesson blocks
  • Supports both Windows and MAC operating systems.
  • Can create only lightweight courses

Adobe Captivate:

Adobe Captivate, one of the most powerful eLearning authoring tool creates fully responsive courses with its in-built screen capturing feature. Software simulation at its best, allowing you to record and edit from within the application.

  • Interactions can be made besides complexity.
  • Most suitable for screen recording and software simulation.
  • No user intervention to design a course for a wide variety of platforms.
  • Limited animation effects when compared with other competitors.
  • Interactions don’t support fully on mobile devices.

Adobe Captivate 17:

  • Responsive design through the use of fluid boxes.
  • Single-click to convert legacy course as a responsive course.
  • Typekit integration to get access to Adobe font family.
  • Customized closed captioning.
  • Needs the training to master the tool.

Adobe Captivate 2019:

  • Virtual Reality Experience Learning
  • Automatic Device Preview
  • Fluid Boxes 2.0
  • 360⁰ Learning Experiences
  • Live Device Preview for VR
  • Interactive Videos with Overlay Slides
  • Smart Video Recording with Automatic Chroma Key Effects
  • PowerPoint to eLearning conversion with Ease
  • CSV Question Import Template

Lectora Inspire:

Lectora Inspire is one of the oldest desktop-based authoring tools which creates magnificent eLearning courses with greater flexibility. Its responsive design makes the content to automatically fit in all types of platforms. It allows you to create audio-synced content with a richer look and feel and custom functionality.

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  • Mobile learning courses developed at its ease.
  • The interface is very complex compare to the other authoring tools.
  • Budget constraints arise if not potentially used.

Lectora Inspire 17:

  • Course compliance standards SCORM, HTML, and xAPI.
  • Interactivity courses comply with WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) and 508 standards.
  • Well trained developers with programming skills are required to create courses.


All the eLearning authoring tools mentioned above have their own benefits and limitations but you have to ideally evaluate every tool and pick up the most suitable tool that makes your online courses at ease. Also, you need to be cautious about the software whether it serves you with better customer support.

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3 replies
  1. Vikky
    Vikky says:

    Good Comparison.
    In terms of VR, immersive learning, creating mobile responsive courses with Geotagging, integration with photoshop and multiple other video based features, Adobe Captivate 2019 is the best. It can take some time in mastering the tool but once that is done, it can be a highly customizable tool.

  2. Diane C
    Diane C says:

    Responsiveness is really important for elearning. If you see Captivate 2019, the fluid boxes have been enhanced even more. The Fluid Boxes can be resized by using a percentage or to the number of pixels. The enhanced fluid boxes auto aligns to devices or browsers. You can use the predefined options as well. The UI and UX is neat because it enables auto align and auto adjust. The number of options for mobile, ipad, desktop and web applications etc is more and can be customised to the area too. In tools like storyline, it has just 3 options and it is very limiting in terms of the range of devices used for eLearning.


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