Comparing Authoring tools

Storyline is a product that I’ve wanted to try for some time; however, I didn’t think it was possible using a Mac. Before I downloaded Lectora, I decided to review Articulate’s products just in case they had developed a Mac version. Imagine my surprise when I realized Rise 360 is a web-based option!

Using Rise 360, I selected an interactive slide from my storyboard for this assignment. I wanted to compare the interactivity features in Captivate to Rise 360. Rise 360’s interface is much cleaner and easier to navigate. Creating content is simply a process of following the prompts and adding your text, graphics, videos, etc. Interactive elements in Captivate require numerous steps and take more time that Rise 360. Additionally, building the theme base is simple in Rise 360. Through the settings menu, the user selects each area to modify, indicates their choices, and saves. Voila! The new theme is set.

One thing that I did find lacking was the ability to make extensive modifications. Granted, this is my first attempt at using Rise 360, so my criticism may be based solely on my lack of experience with the product. Overall, the learning curve is much less with Rise 360 than with Captivate.

Honestly, the differences between the two products remind me of the differences between several Mac products and Adobe products. For example, Apple’s video editing software, Final Cut Pro, is similar to the Articulate product. The UI is very intuitive, navigation is simple, and even the advanced features are easier to locate and use. In comparison, Adobe Premier Pro is much clunkier and requires the user to perform numerous steps in order to accomplish basic editing. While anyone who is interested in producing professional quality products should pursue training in either product, both Premier Pro and Rise 360 allow the user to create great products without extensive training.

Articulate’s products are expensive, but the ROI is worth it for a full-time instructional designer. Now to convince my boss to purchase a license for our office.

The first screenshot displays a desktop view of the slide.

The second screenshot displays a tablet view of the slide.

The third screenshot displays the expanded content after clicking an icon.

Each icon click opens the following text:

  1. Communication Skills – Students develop higher level of communication skills.
  2. Relevant – Students strengthen the link between what they learn in school and their personal and work life.
  3. Growth – Students create connections with business leaders and community leaders contributing to their professional growth.
  4. Creativity & Collaboration – Students learn research skills and processes, create and implement models, and work collaboratively
  5. Critical Thinking – Students learn critical thinking through defining the problem, investigation and research, and developing workable solutions.
  6. Deep Learning – Students achieve deeper comprehension of the subject, engage in significant creative activities, and learn valuable professional communication strategies.
  7. 21st Century Skills – Students use real-world technology tools that are commonly used in modern life and the workplace.