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Choosing the Right Authoring Tool for Your eLearning Course

Beatles or The Stones…Zeppelin or The Who….Storyline or Captivate? These are the great debates of our lifetime.

Ultimately, the choice between Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate will depend on your specific needs and preferences. If you are looking for a more intuitive and user-friendly interface with a focus on narrative-driven courses, Articulate Storyline may be the better choice. If you are looking for a more feature-rich tool that emphasizes simulations and responsive design, Adobe Captivate may be the better solution.

At Allegro Media Design, we tend to nudge clients in the direction of Storyline. They have historically been far more proactive about implementing updates user feedback. However, there have certainly been some projects over the years where Captivate was the better solution for us. Let's take a look at both.

Key Differences Between Storyline and Captivate

Here are some key differences between the two.

  1. User Interface: The user interface of Articulate Storyline is more intuitive and user-friendly, with a simpler design and layout, while Adobe Captivate's interface can be more complex and daunting for beginners.
  1. Content Creation: Both tools offer a wide range of multimedia options for creating interactive and engaging eLearning content. Articulate Storyline has a greater focus on creating narrative-driven courses and offers more options for creating complex branching scenarios. Adobe Captivate, on the other hand, has a greater focus on simulations, software demonstrations, and responsive design.
  1. Quizzing and Assessment: Articulate Storyline provides a wider range of quiz and assessment options, including graded and survey-type questions, drag-and-drop activities, and randomized question banks. Adobe Captivate also offers similar options, but with a stronger emphasis on the use of branching scenarios and scenario-based questions.
  1. Mobile Compatibility: Both tools are mobile-compatible and allow for responsive design, and both include features specifically designed for mobile devices, such as gesture support and mobile-friendly playback.
  1. Pricing: Articulate Storyline offers a one-time purchase cost as well as an Individual/Team subscription model, while Adobe Captivate is a subscription-based service. The pricing for both tools varies depending on the version and features selected.


Which eLearning Authoring Tool is Right for You?

Still not sure which is right for you? When choosing an authoring tool for an eLearning course, there are several factors to consider. Here are some steps you can follow to help you choose the right authoring tool:

  1. Determine your course requirements: Before choosing an authoring tool, you need to have a clear understanding of your course requirements. For example, do you need to create interactive quizzes, videos, or animations? Do you need to support different languages or mobile devices? This will help you narrow down the list of authoring tools that meet your specific needs.
  1. Evaluate ease of use: The authoring tool should be easy to use for both the course designer and the end-users. It should have a user-friendly interface and intuitive navigation that allows you to create and publish your eLearning course quickly and efficiently.
  1. Consider your budget: Authoring tools come at different price points. You need to consider your budget and determine how much you are willing to spend on the tool. Some authoring tools require a one-time purchase, while others are subscription-based. You should also consider any additional costs, such as licensing fees or maintenance costs.
  1. Assess compatibility: The authoring tool you choose should be compatible with the learning management system (LMS) you plan to use. This will ensure that your course is easily accessible and compatible with your LMS.
  1. Look for support and resources: It is important to choose an authoring tool that comes with good customer support and resources, such as tutorials, forums, and documentation. This will help you troubleshoot any issues that may arise during the course development process.


Still can’t decide? Here’s our recommendation…download both! They both offer free trials. Spend an hour in each creating the same slide from a storyboard to see which works better for you. If you’re still undecided after that, hit us up at Allegro Media Design and we’ll do the build for you so you can focus on more important matters….like deciding between the Beatles and the Stones.