Articulate Storyline 3 vs Articulate 360: Which product should I invest in?

Articulate Storyline 3 vs Articulate 360: Which product should I invest in?

We provide a lot of training using the Articulate software and one of the most common questions we are asked is which one of these products will give me the best value? Which one is the most user friendly?

There is no right or wrong answer because both will help you create captivating online courses. The question should be which one is more appropriate for the elearning I am creating?

We rounded up the details of both new Articulate software below.


Articulate 360

Articulate 360 comes with a variety of tools as opposed to Storyline 3 which just gives you the upgraded version of Storyline 3.

With your subscription to 360, you get access to the following tools:

  • Storyline 360 – Industry standard for creating interactive elearning SCORM content
  • Studio 360 – Transform PowerPoint presentations into Courses.
  • Rise 360 – Build fully responsive courses in minutes, right within your web browser.
  • Content Library 360 – An ever-expanding source of course assets, with over 3 million images/videos + characters & slide templates.
  • Review 360 – Simplify project reviews with your stakeholders with instant upload & sharing, comments, and notifications.
  • Replay 360 – Record and edit personalised screencastsn.
  • Peek 360 – Record screencasts and instantly upload to Review for sharing.
  • Articulate 360 Training – Gives you the training you need from eLearning experts.

One nice new feature available in Storyline 360 is Text-to-Speech, it allows you to convert text to speech right in 360. This is a powerful feature, we still feel the voice narration created sounds a little computer generate.

Articulate 360 is a subscription-based software. This means you have to pay a monthly fee for all that Articulate 360 has to offer. This is ongoing, so if you only want to fork out the payment one time, this solution probably isn’t for you.


Articulate Storyline 3

Storyline 3 is the same great product that we have come to know and love. Storyline 3 is a perpetual license, which means you pay the lump sum for it now and don’t have to pay again, that is until the new version of Storyline comes out and you want to upgrade.

Storyline 3 comes with the added features:

  • Allows you to structure text with tables, which can be great for organizing your content.
  • Create and add closed captions. We have worked with WCAG and Section 508 in the past and this feature is an added bonus if you do any work for disabled employees.
  • The motion paths are much more advanced and new trigger events let you create content that is more game- like.
  • A new responsive player that will look great on tablets and mobile phones.

To put it simply, Storyline 3 is an upgraded version of your old Storyline. If you only want to spend the money once, are happy with your current Storyline 2 and don’t need access to a reviewing tool or the content library, this is the product for you. If you are happy to go with a subscription, Articulate 360 gives you access to more tools to work with. It is continually getting upgraded so you reap the benefits of the advancements.

Still not sure, click here to compare features across all Storyline versions.

How to reduce the Storyline published file size?

How to reduce the Storyline published file size?

If you have large images, audio or video in a Storyline file and you need to reduce the size of your published output, simply edit the quality settings by following the steps below:

1) Click the Publish button
2) Under Properties, Quality: click Custom optimization
3) Click Custom and then adjust the Video, Audio and Image quality.

Storyline Publish Quality


How to reduce the Storyline published file size?

How to calculate your course duration

Have you ever wondered how long your e-learning course is? Storyline allows you to do this by automatically calculating the duration of the course timeline. Follow the steps below to find out how:

How to calculate your course duration

1) Click the Publish button

Storyline Publish Button

2) The following popup will appear, then click the button highlighted below:

Publish Popup

3) Next to “Duration”, highlighted below you will see the estimated course duration

Storyline Project Info

How to reduce the Storyline published file size?

New features in Articulate Storyline 2 you must check out!

Articulate Storyline 2Articulate Storyline 2 been released and bundled with a heap of new features. Rather than go through them all we have chosen some of our favourites that will allow you to take your courses to the next level.

1. Motion Paths
We have been waiting for this feature for a long time and it doesn’t disappoint. Now you can create motion paths that can be triggered anywhere on the timeline. How often have we wished we had the ability to make objects move in Storyline like we do in PowerPoint? Now we can.

2. Dockable Panels
If you are so inclined, you can move the triggers, slide layers, timeline, states, and other panels to somewhere else on your desktop, or to a second monitor. This will let you have room to focus only on the scene you are working on.

3. Auto Recovery
I don’t know about you but I am one of those people who have opened their project to begin work and realised that I didn’t hit save last time and have lost hours of work. Now this won’t happen anymore. The Auto recovery feature allows you to start where you left off whether you didn’t save or your computer crashed.

4. Slider Interactions
This is one of my favourite new features. Storyline has created an interaction that allows users to manipulate data, explore relationships between objects and principles and to make it even better it looks great in your course.

5. Read only seek bar
Often I want a learner to have their own control over the course navigation, but still enforce some sort of time accountability on a slide. Through a read only seek bar, learners have to stay on the slide for the allotted amount of time but still have their own autonomy when clicking next. It’s a win win!

5. Trigger to hide the next button
In Storyline 2, the Trigger Wizard has new events, allowing you more options to control objects on the slide. The flexibility to hide the next button until users have completed the slide is a helpful new option that we already see ourselves using again and again.

6. Copy and Paste Layers
We see this as a huge time saver; we love having the ability to copy and paste layers. No more having to create and re-create the same layers for new slides.

7. Animation Painter
We love format painter and use it all the time. We are so excited about the new Animation painter for adding the styling to all of our animations!

8. Character Spacing
This new feature lets developers space characters any way they want. With this feature we have can make text look any way we want. Time to get creative!

9. Question Import
Remember the pain of having to manually write each question and its answers into the question field? With this new feature, we can import questions from an excel or a text file and to create assessments efficiently.

A Negative:
One thing we really wish Articulate would provide further support in is HTML 5. Although it is supported, we still find any courses that are sizeable or have videos; audio or advanced variables can have trouble on an iPad or mobile device.

Text Box Font Sizes and Alignment

Text Box Font Sizes and Alignment

Have you ever been frustrated trying to align text size within a textbox in Articulate Storyline? Well the default setting when you create a textbox is to automatically adjust the text size to fit the textbox you create. To stop this from happening all you have to do is change the textbox to not auto-resize.

Simply follow the instructions below:
1) Right click on the textbox
2) Select Format Shape
3) Click textbox in the menu on the left
4) Under Autofit, click Do not Autofit
5) Click Close

You can make the settings, then copy and paste or multi-select boxes and then make the settings.

Format Shape