Traditional tools no doubt help in developing highly interactive eLearning courses, but they consume a lot of time; sometimes it takes 3 to 6 months to develop a single course. This constraint paved the way for the advent of rapid authoring tools, which can develop courses effectively and quickly.
However, the choice of tools should, ideally, be based on your content types, available skills set, devices on which it has to be deployed, the budget and timelines. Authoring tools enable faster development of eLearning courses.
They have considerably simplified the eLearning course development process. Rapid authoring tools like Lectora, Captivate 6, Articulate Studio, Articulate Storyline are individually well known for their unique features. Here is an infographic that infers comparison of eLearning course development time using the above mentioned authoring tools.