As we know, the two most popular authoring tools creating a buzz in the market today are Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate 7.
I have used both the tools to develop interactive eLearning courses. Though both the tools allow you to capture screens, create quizzes/ assessments and create scenario based content, the question that still arises is “Which tool do I select Storyline or Captivate”? My answer depends on two factors, one is what type of projects you work on most (like soft skills training, technical training) another ease of learning and development.
In this blog post, I would like to share special features of each tool, so you will be able to select the tool that fulfills your requirement.
Storyline has been called a game changer and it is much better than Articulate Studio. Using this tool, an eLearning developer can develop an interactive eLearning course by adding various built-in interactions, rather than starting from scratch. Let’s look at some of its most influential features:
Storyline has the ability to create a slide with all the functionalities and then use that slide as a “Lightbox” from any other slide in the project. In the output when you open a lightbox slide, the background becomes dim and the referred slide appears over the dimmed slide.
We also have an option of having navigation controls to the “Lightbox slide”.
As we know that, it was once very difficult to translate a course into the languages like Arabic and Hebrew, as they require right to left alignment. Now Storyline supports “right-to-left” alignment and we can easily translate a course into these languages as well.
Convert Slide Content to freeform Questions
This feature allows you to quickly convert your slide content into a freeform question/ interaction. For example, you can insert some text, images or any other objects onto your slide and then convert them to a hotspot, drag and drop, pick one or any of other forms of interactions available in Storyline.
Reusability of Interactions
Storyline allows you to easily reuse the already built interactions, anywhere in the project, without loss of triggers.
If you are looking to develop Compliance, New employee orientation, Process and HR trainings, then Storyline is your option.
Adobe Captivate 7
Adobe Captivate 7 is a powerful and precise tool. This tool has always been known for software simulations, which now is one of the features in Captivate 7. Now we can create any kind of eLearning with the various interactive scenarios, interactions and drag and drop questions.
Let’s look at some of its best features.
Export of “Advanced Actions”
Captivate 7 allows you to share “Advanced actions” among the lessons. So now we can easily reuse the interactivities anywhere in the project. This feature is a big plus for those who had the headache in rewriting “Advanced actions” across slides/ pages.
Drag and Drop Possibilities
Now it’s an added attraction for Captivate users to have drag and drop possibilities. In the past, we have had to use external widgets. This feature adds so much to instructional design capabilities. You can quickly add drag and drop questions into your project, without having to test your programming skills.
Support Right-to-left Languages
This tool supports “right-to-left” alignment and we can easily translate a course into languages like Arabic and Hebrew.
Captivate 6 had 11 wizard-based interactions. All of those have been updated and 13 more new interactions are added. Now we have total of 24 interactions.
When you would like to develop Simulations and demos, Product, compliance, soft skills, and technical trainings then you can go with Captivate 7.
I hope now you will now be able to make your decision easily, as you can see there are many features meet your requirements. I would appreciate your comments on what you think about Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate 7.
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