Adobe Flash and Articulate Storyline are the two widely used authoring tools to develop eLearning courses. Both these tools allow you to create animations, interactivities, simulations, games, scenario-based content and do much more.
Having worked on both the tools, I would like to share the major differences between Adobe Flash and Articulate Storyline:
1. Developing Interactivities:
Using Flash, we can develop simple and complex interactivities. Simple interactivities such as click on tabs, click on images, rollovers, flip-cards and so on can be created. Complex interactivities like drag and drop, dropdowns, matching cases, branching’s, etc. can be created using this powerful tool., Complex simulations like TRY, WATCH and DO simulations can also be developed using Adobe Flash.
Using Articulate Storyline, we can develop only simple interactivities but, with Storyline tool, we can develop courses quickly, when compared to Flash.
2. Creating GUI:
In Flash, Graphical User Interface can be customized the way you want. Storyline doesn’t provide same degree of flexibility to customize the GUI as Flash. We can only change the colors and position of objects in the GUI.
3. Internal Assessments:
Using Flash, we can create assessments such as single select, multiple select, drag and drop and so on. We can also use gamified elements, animations and complex interactions.
Storyline comes with 10 predefined templates and we can use only these templates to create assessments. It is not possible to develop complex assessments using this tool.
It is easy to develop animations and videos, using Flash. Animations created using Flash, look great and provide excellent learning experiences.
Storylinesupports 5 types of animations that are also available in PowerPoint by default. The animations supported by Storyline are Fade-in and Fade-out, Zoom-in and Zoom-out, Fly-in and Fly-out, Spin and Spin & Grow.
Courses developed using Flash is compatible with PCs, Laptops, and all browsers. To make the course complaint to SCORM or AICC, a programmer needs to define some specific functions and variables.
Storyline is compatible with PCs, iPads, Laptops and Smartphones and all browsers. AICC and SCORM output can be generated with a single click, using Storyline.
Flash is a highly “flexible” tool and allows you to customize the GUI of your course. You can also customize the interactivities and assessments as per your needs. You can unleash your creative power, using this incredible tool from Flash.
Whereas In Storyline, we have some limitations.
Adobe Flash and Articulate Storyline are wonderful tools that allow you to create highly effective courses. To make a choice between the two, you need to consider your developer’s skills, your project time frame and the level of interactivity you need. I hope the comparison of these two tools helps you take an informed decision. What do you think?