Articulate Storyline Comparison: 9 Notable Differences between Storyline 1 and Storyline 2

Articulate Storyline Comparison: 9 Notable Differences between Storyline 1 and Storyline 2

A number of new features have been introduced in Articulate Storyline 2 compared to Storyline 1. There were not many formatting options for course text in Storyline 1, a lot of customization options are now available in Storyline 2. Motion paths were introduced in Storyline 2 along with an increased the number of animations and transitions. Publishing HD quality videos was not possible in Storyline 1 but added in Storyline 2. Negative scoring, import of questions from a spreadsheet and text file were also introduced in Storyline 2. You cannot import a course developed in Storyline 2 to Storyline 1 to work. However, you can import a course developed in Storyline 1 to Storyline 2. L There are a number of differences like these when you compare Storyline 1 and Storyline 2. Let’s explore them in detail.

1. Authoring Content in Storyline 1 vs. 2

Storyline 1 doesn’t have Auto Recovery, Adjustable interface language, undockable/redockable panels, and streamlined interface with form/slide view toggle features. When Storyline 1 was introduced for authoring content, it had only two basic options – custom sizes for course slides and section 508/ accessibility support. These features were continued in Storyline 2 and the new features mentioned earlier were added.
The table below clearly shows the features that are not available in Storyline 1 and the features added in Storyline 2

Authoring Content

Storyline 1

Storyline 2

Streamlined interface with form/slide view toggle

Yes

Undockable/redockable panels

Yes

Adjustable interface language

Yes

Auto Recovery

Yes

Custom slide sizes

Yes

Yes

Section 508 support

Yes

Yes

2. Text Editor in Storyline 1 vs. 2

Storyline 1 doesn’t support right-to-left text, crisp text publishing, OpenType fonts, em & en dashes, ellipses & smart quotes, custom bullets & numbering, and custom spacing. All these gaps were filled in Storyline 2. In a sense, more customization and formatting options are possible with Storyline 2 than Storyline 1.

Text Editor

Storyline 1

Storyline 2

Supports all languages

Yes

Yes

Superior handling of right-to-left text

Yes

New WYSIWYG text editor

Yes

Publishes crisper text

Yes

Supports ligatures in OpenType fonts

Yes

Supports em dashes, en dashes, ellipses, and smart quotes

Yes

Supports custom bullets and numbering

Yes

Supports custom spacing for characters, lines, and paragraphs

Yes

3. Animations and Transitions in Storyline 1 vs. 2

The number of animations has been increased from 5 to 15 in Storyline 2. Motion Paths and Animation Painter were introduced in Storyline 2. Slide transitions have also gone up to 43 in Storyline 2 from 20 in Storyline 1.

Animations and Transitions

Storyline 1

Storyline 2

Entrance animations

5

15

Exit animations

5

15

Motion Paths

Yes

Animation Painter

Yes

Slide transitions

20

43

4. Interactive Objects in Storyline 1 vs. 2

Timeline-based triggers and Sliders are introduced in Storyline 2. All other features are the same in both versions.

Interactive Objects

Storyline 1

Storyline 2

Slide Layers

Yes

Yes

Object states

Yes

Yes

Triggers

Yes

Yes

Timeline-based triggers

Yes

Variables

Yes

Yes

Buttons

Yes

Yes

Sliders

Yes

Hotspots

Yes

Yes

Markers

Yes

Yes

Data-entry fields

Yes

Yes

Scrolling panels

Yes

Yes

Mouse cursors

Yes

Yes

5. Media in Storyline 1 vs. 2

Storyline 1 cannot support uncompressed videos in the published output. This was rectified in Storyline 2 so that course developers can upload large videos too.

Media

Storyline 1

Storyline 2

Record, import, and edit audio

Yes

Yes

Record, import, and edit videos

Yes

Yes

Supports uncompressed videos in published output

Yes

Native screen recording

Yes

Yes

Software simulations

Yes

Yes

Articulate’s illustrated and photographic character libraries

Yes

Yes

Interactive Flash files

Yes

Yes

Web content

Yes

Yes

6. Quizzes and Interactions in Storyline 1 vs. 2

You can’t import questions from a spreadsheet or text file with Storyline 1 but this can be done with Storyline 2. Negative scoring for incorrect answers was also not available in Storyline 1 and is now possible in Storyline 2.

Quizzes and Interactions

Storyline 1

Storyline 2

Create custom interactions

Yes

Yes

25 question types

Yes

Yes

Drag-and-drop questions

Yes

Yes

Import questions from a spreadsheet or text file

Yes

Support negative scoring for wrong answers

Yes

Calculate total score from multiple quizzes in the same course

Yes

Yes

7. Import Options in Storyline 1 vs. 2

You can’t import content prepared in Studio ’13 and Storyline 2 to Storyline 1. That means, if you prepare online courses in Storyline 2, you can’t open them in Storyline 1. However, Storyline 1 courses can be opened with Storyline 2.

Compatibility

Storyline 1

Storyline 2

Import Microsoft PowerPoint presentations

Yes

Yes

Import Articulate Studio ’09 content

Yes

Yes

Import Articulate Studio ’13 content

Yes

Import Articulate Storyline 1 content

Yes

Yes

Import Articulate Storyline 2 content

Yes

8. The Player in Storyline 1 vs. 2

Disabling or hiding navigation buttons isn’t possible with Storyline 1. Reversing the Previous/Next buttons for right-to-left languages was also not possible with Storyline 1. Both these features have been added in Storyline 2.

Player

Storyline 1

Storyline 2

Customizable player

Yes

Yes

Option to make the seek bar read-only (non-interactive)

Yes

Temporarily disable or hide navigation buttons with states and triggers

Yes

Reverse Previous/Next buttons for right-to-left languages

Yes

9. Publishing Options in Storyline 1 vs. 2

Online courses developed with Storyline 1 couldn’t be published to Android devices. Android support for publishing was introduced in Storyline 2. Responsive output is not possible with both Storyline 1 and 2.

Publishing

Storyline 1

Storyline 2

Flash output

Yes

Yes

HTML5 output

Yes

Yes

Articulate Mobile Player output

Yes

Yes

iOS support

Yes

Yes

Android support

Yes

AICC

Yes

Yes

SCORM 1.2

Yes

Yes

SCORM 2004

Yes

Yes

Tin Can API

Version 0.9

Version 1.0

Pricing and Support

Storyline 1

Storyline 2

Discounted pricing when upgrading from Articulate Storyline 1

Yes

Access to the community and support

Yes

Yes

Hope you know have a comprehensive idea of how Storyline 2  scores over Storyline 1.

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