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Articulate Storyline provides a very intuitive and easy to use interface for e-learning course authoring. It is used by skilled course designers and also regular subject matter experts.

Because of intuitive interface it is possible to quickly get trained on Articulate Storyline and become productive quickly.

A very large number of people use Articulate Storyline to convey their thoughts through audio visual videos which can be played on regular computers, iPad and android devices.

Many icons used in the tool panel are similar to Microsoft Power Point , making it easy to comprehend the interface quickly.

It supports all the SCORM, AICC, TIN can compliant Learning Management Systems (LMS).

There is a very large community of content developers who recommend Articulate Storyline to people who wish to benefit from possible career opportunities available in the training, elearning and content digitization industry.

1. Importing Content from Word Doc, Power Points to build e-learning courses

You can very quickly import PowerPoint, Articulate Engage, Articulate Quizmaker, and other Storyline projects.

You can easily put interactive content from tools such as Raptivity into articulate storyline courses.

2. Best Use of Multimedia

  • Flash interactions can be easily added to courses
  • Video can be imported virtually in all formats without requiring conversion
  • Sound can be imported or recorded using inbuilt sound recorder
  • Articulate Storyline allows inserting and formatting images in several formats
  • It also allows control of brightness levels, contrast settings and color
  • Many effects can be applied to objects. For example shadows can be added from various angles. Also reflection can be added where appropriate

You can import videos or embed them from websites such as YouTube. The embedded videos can be manipulated to give various experiential possibilities for the learner.
Videos features such as following can be easily manipulated:

  • Play automatically
  • Play, rewind, pause, stop, and replay on choice

Articulate Storyline is unique because of a built-in video editor. It allows cropping, trimming, adjusting volume, adding watermark or logo etc.

3. Animations & Transitions to add interactivity without any flash programming

Various animations can be done. You may go for entrance and exit animations to various graphic objects. The graphic objects can be images, shapes, text boxes, characters etc.
You can even use a unique transition effect for various slides in the same learning module.

4.Adding Graphic Characters To add Life to E-learning Courses

  • Artistic characters are included in the storyline tool. One can change pose, facial expression, and viewing angle easily
  • The characters come in various look and feel, also several professions are represented in full of life male and female characters
  • These characters can invigorate the modules and make them much more engaging. Such Elearnings are becoming very popular in the market and as a leading content authoring tool, Articulate Story line has added this feature to make the learning development task a lot easier. Note that such a feature is absent in captivate provided by Adobe
    The characters reduce the dependence of course developers on graphic designers to a large extent

5. Screen Recording to capture keystroke level details

Articulate Storyline records full video. The rapid record and edit model allows extensive modifications to the recordings.
With this features Articulate has busted the safe area of tools such as Captivate and Epiplex. The captured recordings can be inserted into a slide into various mode such as following:

  • Demonstration mode
  • Trial mode
  • Assessment mode
  • Video mode

Record your screen once and Storyline automatically segments your activity into multiple step-by-step tutorials.
If you make a mistake, you can edit the recording whenever and however you want, there's no need to re-record. Let learners watch how to do a task in view mode, try the task in try mode, and test their mastery of the task in test mode.

Fine-tuning of screen recording can be done easily.
Storyline processes video only after capturing it, which allows corrections without impacting the master file of originally captured video.

6. Publishing Standard operating procedures from screen recordings

The screen recordings of any application can be converted into step wise description into a word document!
This is an amazing feature because the navigational path for any computer dependent process can be published into Standard Operating Procedure.
For example if some business user is an expert in invoice creation process, she can simply capture the entire invoice creation process using screen capture. This screen capture can be published into Step by Step description of invoice creation process along with screen shots of each step. Moreover the same process can be published as an Elearning.

Now the Elearnings can be used for training any other person in the department, about how to process invoice. Since during screen capture the voice can also be recorded the outcome can be very dramatic.
A learner can use such Elearning to first watch the video in "Demonstration Mode", then practice the invoice creation using simulated exercise in "Trial Mode". After getting comfortable, one may test the skill in "Assessment Mode".
Later if needed, the learner may print and carry the document copy of the same Elearning in Microsoft word format.
Many large BPO organizations have been using this type of feature when transitioning a process to a different location. Also when organizations scale up and set up many new branches, they use the simulated learning capability to skill enhance the work force. With simulations there is no danger to the master data in the system, while the trainee stills gets the life like experience of doing the process in a simulated environment.

7. Publishing For all devices and delivery preferences

It can publish course into formats suited for

  • iPads
  • Desktops/laptops
  • Android devices, and more

Storyline publishes to HTML5, Flash, and the Articulate Mobile Player, a native app that optimizes courses for iPads.
With such a wide publishing capability migration of legacy content into modern Elearnings and simulations can be easily achieved.

8. Publish to Microsoft Word

Publish courses to Microsoft Word to facilitate reviews by subject matter experts.
The Microsoft word publishing capability allows compliance with following:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Section 508 documentation requirements

9.Animations & Transitions

Give your slides style by applying entrance and exit animations to images, shapes, text boxes, characters, and any other objects you add. You can even choose a different transition effect for each slide.

10. Player

The content player can be customized by trainees/end users.
It allows to put customer branding in the modules. You can change the color schema, logos etc.
Emails can be sent out to course designer to communicate the changes.

11. Timeline

It is a great feature for sequencing the objects.
For any course author this feature is a great gift, because complex effects can be created to capture any learning need by timing the appearance of objects.
It simply make the content authoring process much more intuitive.

12. Slide Templates And Slide Master

You can use static and interactive templates in Articulate Story line. Community supported templates can also be added. This adds more collaboration to the Elearning development process. You can work systematically by storing your templates in a library. It is possible to easily change the templates or modify them. You can use slide master to apply same look and feel to many slides using slide master. Various layouts are possible.

13. Themes

Standardize the look by using themes, both design and color themes can be used.

14. Web Objects

Bring the power of the web to your course with web objects. It takes just seconds to embed visually rich web-based applications, games, videos, reference material, and other web content.

15. Screenshot Tool

The screen shots can be collected easily by operating the inbuilt screenshot tool.

16. Zoom To an Area

One can zoom to a part of Elearning and emphasise a part of the screen using this feature.
One can magnify any objects on the slide.
One can also pan effect by multiple zooms to regions along with timeline to start one zoom as the other finishes.

17. Story View For Summary

The story view visually summarises the entire course. You can easily discover the relationship between all the slides in your course, the arrows show the connections between slides very interestingly.
It is possible to tweak or change the transfer of control between slides easily using triggers.
As a matter of fact triggers are the best way to introduce complexity of business logics easily into your course.

18. Tracking and Reporting Usage of Courses on LMS

Storyline publishes in all the following modes:

  • Tin Can
  • AICC

Articulate Storyline Content can be easily placed into any third party, compliant, Learning Management System (LMS).
With full support to LMS distribution it is possible to get very granular reports for showing course usage by learners.

19. Support for Section 508 making accessible content for global users

Storyline features industry-leading Section 508 support, making it widely accessible to all your learners. For example, learners with screen readers can easily access your course content.

20. Language Support and Localization

  • Includes right-to-left language support
  • Includes double-byte character sets (DBCS), for translation into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages
  • Easily translate your courses into any language to localize your content for learners anywhere
  • Articulate Story line exports all text in course to Word or XML format. After translation one can simply import it back. Formatting is maintained during translation.

21. Slide Layers to rapidly

Overlay objects, and trigger content to appear when certain actions are performed.
Managing multiple slides is not required and you may create, edit, and manage several interactions on one slide, which enhances the course writing speed.

22. Triggers

Triggers make courses interactive, these triggers can be assigned to objects. The actions can be chosen from a menu containing commonly needed actions. Examples include 'jump to slide', 'show a layer' etc.
The timing of actions can be governed by learner's clicking action on the object.
Several objects can incorporate triggers, such as shape, button, image, character, etc.
Triggers can be combined to create very powerful and complicated actions.
This feature is one of the best things about Articulate Storyline, it sort of differentiates it against other rapid authoring tools such as Adobe Captivate.

23. States: to liven up the objects

This is a new feature which gives a programming type control to a course designer.
With control of states, the embedded objects can react to learner's actions if required in a storyboard.
One can designate a shape to change color after it's been visited, for example color of a button can be changed.
Also expression of a character can be changed based on right or wrong score.
This feature gives a further boost to interactivity of Elearning, which is desired by most industry veterans.
The craze for L2 Elearnings can be satisfied with such programming controls.

24. Variables

Add intelligence to your course using the variables feature, which lets you present dynamic content based on a learner's activity. Capture information, then evaluate, retrieve, and respond to it later in the course.
Remember learner input or assessment results and use the information later in your course if it meets your criteria.

25. Convert to Freeform

Experience the flexibility and power of turning any static content into an interactive question or activity.
Simply insert images, characters, shapes, or other objects and, with a few clicks, convert them to a
drag-and-drop interaction, a graphical multiple choice, and more.

26. Markers

Add hover-and-reveal and click-and-reveal call-outs to your course quickly and easily with markers. Just place a marker on a slide and choose the content you want displayed, from a pop-up label and descriptive text to audio and video. Content displays when learners click or hover over the marker. Add multiple markers to highlight locations on a map, features on an image, and more.

27. Lightbox

Lightboxes give you another easy, compelling way to present any type of content. Trigger lightboxes to pop up over a slide when a learner clicks a certain object or player menu item.

28. Hotspots

Hotspots let you make any portion of an object clickable from a character's head to an apple in a basket.
Simply layer an invisible hotspot over an area on the object, then trigger it to respond when the learner clicks.

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