20 – Articulate

Up a further 3 places in 2018. This is the most popular e-learning authoring tool provider

Articulate’s stable of e-learning authoring tools includes Authorware, Storyline and Rise

Website: articulate.com
Cost: Commercial. Free trial
Availability: Download

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 10
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 31

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 23.   2017: 25    2016: 25     2015: 26     2014: 21    2013: 25
2012: 37    2011: 46    2010: 43    2009: 24      2008: 25    2007:22

Comments from some of those who selected Articulate as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

“Articulate keeps adding new features and making a great authoring suite better and better.” Mike Taylor, USA https://mike-taylor.org/2019/07/02/mike-taylors-2019-top-10-learning-tools/ 

“I use Rise, Storyline and Presenter to create engaging elearning courses, and interactive job aids for our company.” Instructional Designer, USA

“Storyline – Easy to use authoring tool that works very much like PowerPoint.” Instructional Designer, USA

“Articulate Storyline is so powerful and flexible, yet straightforward to use and fun to learn, especially with the support of the Articulate Community” Senior elearning designer and developer, USA

“Storyline is a great tool to produce learning content.” Learning Consultant, Germany

“Storyline: Great for creating eLearning courses.”

“Storyline: Gives us the ability to create eLearnings. The new 360 version also has templates, photos and icons that make it easy to design an eLearning without being a coding expert. Rise has allowed us to create On the job lessons that are easily read and understood and deployed online. All has ability to create simple quizzes attached to information.” Staff Instructor/Curriculum Designer, USA

“Storyline” Defacto standard of eLearning development tools.” Developer, USA

“Rise: Super clean, beautiful layouts for eLearning, job aids, etc. Super easy to use, too.” Senior elearning designer and developer, USA

“When it comes to interactive e-learning, the most prominent brand and name that you can think of is Articulate Storyline” Instructional Designer, India

“Storyline is robust and better suited for creating e-learning modules for a business and educational environment.” Instructional Designer, USA

“This is a favorite. Any Powerpoint can become interactive and now it doesn’t even require flash.” Online educational technologist, Canada

“I use every tool in the Authorware suite so it’s good value.” L&D Specialist, Australia

Previous comments

“Tom, David and the Articulate crew continue to lead the way in helping e-learning pros find their inner rock star. New tools, continual updates and awesome people are an unbeatable combination.” Mike Taylor, 2018

“Storyline – if I have to “push” learning this is my preferred platform, even if I am currently “between licences”. Version isn’t particularly important, but 2 is where I have been most active, but 3 looks awesome.” Dan Roddy, L&D Manager, UK, 2017

“Storyline – we use this for quick and simple eLearning but it produces nice results.” Victoria Schmidt, USA

“Storyline 2 or 3, Its just the easiest to do e-learning with especially complex pathing” E-Learning Developer, South Africa

“I think there will always be a place for elearning authoring tools. There isn’t much to add about Articulate.” Mike Taylor, USA

“great update with new modern look and feel” William Probeck, USA

“In my opinion, Articulate Storyline offers the best combination of power and ease-of-use of any eLearning authoring tool I’ve ever used.” Mike Taylor, USA, 2016

“easy to use and excellent support and community” L&D Consultant, USA, 2016

“Storyline: use it as a wrapper for screencasts, it has amazing compression” Daniel Johnston, Instructional Designer, USA, 2016

“Storyline: fun to use way to create branched learning” Kerry Johnson, e-learning developer, Australia, 2016

“Storyline: fantastic tool for rapid development of eLearning with great tutorials and resources, a readily accessible staff and an active and engaged user community to help troubleshoot issues” e-learning developer, USA, 2016

“Storyline: For non-linear, exploratory design” Louise Puddifoot, L&D Manager, UK, 2016

“Storyline: dependable traditional eLearning authoring tool.” L&D Manager, USA, 2016

“Storyline2: to design and develop eLearning delivered across the province and internally to staff” Lynette Kissoon, Canada, 2016

“Storyline2: authoring tool of choice for content distribution and for developing support tools.” Ian Gardner, L&D Manager, UK, 2016

“Storyline2: Helps you get productive with little or no drama. Learned how to use it in a few hours and became productively immediately.” Annette Leeb, e-learning developer, Germany, 2016

“Storyline 2; The learning curve for Storyline 2 is very easy yet the tool is so powerful. Articulate Replay; Great screen/video capture tool and it integrates into Storyline” Jeffrey Riley, 2015

“Storyline2: Love this product! So easy to use and create engaging modules. I have recommended this product to many of my peers” Trina MacKay, 2015

“Articulate Storyline because of the built-in interactivity and multiple learning paths” Marie Desjardin, 2015

“Storyline2: Create 95% of courses” Marty King, 2015
“Great authoring tool” Wiebe Dijkstra, 2015

“Storyline: Hands-down this is the easiest elearning authoring tool I’ve ever used. And the Articulate community is second to none – welcoming, active, helpful and just a collection of fun people. Want to get the most out of your Storyline experience?”  Brian Washburn, 2015

“Storyline: I could write many articles on why, but I can sum it up with two statements. First, “folks get it”. For whatever reason (my team trialed several competing tools), folks become more productive with Storyline- faster than their competitor’s tools. And second, “community”. Even if you aren’t an Articulate user, join the Articulate community and benefit from the resources shared.” David Glow, 2015

“Articulate Storyline – let’s my imagination run wild. Articulate Presenter – when I just need it done quickly. Articulate Quizmaker – to help build skill” Beth McGoldrick, 2015

“Articulate Storyline – for great results with minimum effort” Sergey Snegirev, 2014
“Articulate Storyline – fantastic elearning tool” Mike Collins, 2014
“Articulate Storyline – powerful but easy” Robert Joyce 2014
“Articulate Storyline. I like its tools. You can build interactive impressive educational content” Despina Kamilali, 2014
“Articulate Storyline – Powerful yet simple to use and a community whose value is priceless” 2014

“Quizmaker – A very versatile quiz tool which allow you to developed interactive branching quizzes. It allows you take advantage of blank slide that are not assessed giving you flexibility”  Alice Denham 2013
“Storyline (Articulate) a good tool but aimed at users that are used to tools that require programming e.g. Flash”  Alice Denham 2012
“Articulate Storyline – I use this to develop courses”  Zifang Su 2013
“Articulate Storyline – to develop engaging online learning”  Mathew Guyan 2013
“Storyline, develop easy and nice e-learning”  Paul Jacobs 2013
“flexible with a lot of wonderful built in features to facilitate rapid course development” 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“A great elearning author tool, we now use this for many projects as it means our clients can edit the content. It doesn’t do ‘everything’ but what is does it does well.” Rob Hubbard

“This is my favourite tool for rapid design, particularly in it’s better integrated and more versatile 09 version.” Clive Shepherd

“Along with its big brother, Articulate Presenter, Engage is rapidly becoming a key part of my content development strategy. With Engage, I can quickly produce good-looking Flash-based materials with embedded media navigated using one of a set of pre-defined interfaces. These interfaces include (among others) a timeline, concentric rings, image hotspots, pyramids with layers and FAQs. Yes, you are limited to the interfaces available. But they pretty much cover most situations. I use Engage when I need to deliver something that looks good and covers a small amount of content. As a component part of a content strategy it’s ideal.”  Mark Berthelemy

“Presenter – Great tool for PowerPoint conversions, especially for quick turnaround compliance course creation.Quizmaker – Just plain works when you pair this with Articulate Presenter.  Need standard knowledge checks in your presentation? Works well all the time.” Ed Lamaster