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Ridiculously easy authoring.

It’s course authoring the easy way. A user interface that feels familiar, features you understand, characters at your fingertips, templates to get you started.

“So impressed with the balance of power and ease-of-use. It’s a joy to use, even while learning.” — Judy Unrein, Instructional Designer
  • Intuitive User Interface

    Storyline is so intuitive, you won’t need any help to get started right away. The easy-to-use features and familiar user interface will make Microsoft PowerPoint users feel right at home.

  • Story View

    With Story View, you get the big picture of your course. See all the slides in your course, group them into scenes, and easily alter relationships between slides by moving the lines and arrows connecting them. You can even use triggers in Story View to control how learners proceed through a nonlinear course.

  • Multimedia Support

    With Storyline’s multimedia support, add Flash interactions to your course easily. Import video in virtually any format—without performing complex conversions. You can also add sound by importing audio, or simply record it right in Storyline. Storyline lets you insert and format images in multiple formats, then adjust brightness, contrast, and color tint. You can also apply effects—such as shadows and reflections—to any image or shape you create with Storyline’s familiar drawing tools.

  • Customizable Player

    Easily customize the player that learners use to view your course content. Choose which tabs to show, add your logo, or adjust colors, fonts, and position of elements. Then email it to other course creators to enforce brand standards.

  • Timeline

    Make sure objects appear in the right place at the right time by using the timeline to sequence objects. It couldn't be any easier.

  • Characters

    Connect with learners by adding more than 47,000 combinations of illustrated and photographic characters, expressions, and poses to your course. Insert a character, then change its pose, expression, and perspective with just a few clicks.

  • Content Importing

    Easily import content from Microsoft PowerPoint, Articulate Engage, Articulate Quizmaker, and other Storyline projects. If you want to bring existing projects into Storyline, no problem.

  • Animations and 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.

  • Slide Templates

    Rather not face a blank slate when you start designing a course? Just insert any of the static and interactive templates in Storyline—or download a template from the Articulate community and add it to your library. You can use a slide template as is, or tweak it any way you want.

  • Slide Master

    Save time by applying the same look and feel across multiple slides—rather than designing each slide separately. Use slide masters to create various layouts and assign them to slides with certain types of content.

  • Themes

    Easily create a compelling look for the slides in your course by applying design themes, which include colors, fonts, and the objects on your slide master. Choose one theme for all your slides, or mix things up by applying different themes to some slides.

  • Color Themes

    Creating an attractive look for your course starts with choosing a color theme. Use a built-in color theme or create a theme of your own to set color choices for text, shapes, backgrounds, and more.

  • Video

    Import video, record from your webcam, or embed video from websites like YouTube. Once you add video to your course, you can control the way learners interact with it. Set the video to play automatically, or display controls that let learners play, rewind, pause, stop, and replay when they want. With Storyline’s built-in video editor, it couldn’t be easier to crop and trim your video, adjust the volume, or add a watermark or logo.

  • 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.

  • Screenshot Tool

    The built-in screenshot tool gives you a quick and easy way to add screenshots to your course—there's no need to leave Storyline or use a third-party tool.

  • Zoom

    Grab the attention of your learners and give your course a slicker cinematic feel by zooming into important content. Magnify part of an image, video, object, character, text, or anything else on your slide. You can even get a cool panning effect by creating multiple zoom regions and using the timeline to start one zoom as the other ends.

Revolutionary interactivity.

You’ve never experienced anything like Storyline. We’ve made building interactivity so easy, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

“With Storyline, you can build complex interactions using a set of simple features, making Storyline THE tool for creating amazing e-learning. Your learners will love what you build in Storyline.” — Thomas Toth, dWeb Studios and Catapult Training Group
  • Slide Layers

    Slide layers let you quickly overlay objects, and trigger content to appear when learners take certain actions. No more duplicating and managing multiple slides. With slide layers, you create, edit, and manage multiple interactions on one slide—so you can author courses faster than ever.

  • Triggers

    Triggers make things happen. To build interactivity, assign triggers to an object and choose from a menu of easy-to-understand actions—such as “jump to slide” or “show a layer.” Then, designate when you want the action to occur, such as when a learner clicks a certain object. You can apply triggers to just about any object (shapes, buttons, images, characters, text…you name it) and combine triggers to create increasingly complex interactions.

  • States

    Make objects feel alive by setting them to react to a learner's actions. Set a button to change color after it's been visited, or change the expression of a character when the learner clicks the wrong object. The possibilities are endless.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Buttons

    With the submit buttons, check box buttons, and radio buttons in Storyline, you can rapidly create interactivity.

  • Hotspots

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

  • Data Entry Fields

    Get personal by capturing learner information, then presenting it later. For example, you can add a field for the learner's name, then address the learner by name later in the course.

  • Mouse Objects

    Use the mouse objects feature to add a mouse cursor to a screenshot demo or update cursors in software simulations. You get to choose what the cursor looks like—and how it behaves.

  • Scrolling Panel

    If you don't have room to display large images or text boxes in your slide, just add a panel that lets learners scroll the objects vertically.

Flexible assessment.

Assess learner progress any way you want. Storyline is packed with powerful, yet simple tools for creating virtually any type of question.

“I'm constantly amazed by the flexibility and power of Storyline's quizzing features. Who knew creating drag-and-drop activities could be so easy?” — Gerry Wasiluk, Retired LMS/E-Learning Manager, 3M
  • Quizzing

    Storyline combines the simplicity of form-based authoring with the flexibility of slide-based editing. The result: it's easier than ever to create 20 different types of questions. Plus, with free-form question types, you can build a question using any objects on a slide.

  • Drag-and-Drop Interactions

    Creating drag-and-drop interactions is now a breeze. Simply add objects to your slide, choose "drag and drop" from the menu, then assign drag items and drop targets using the form-based editor.

  • Multiple Quizzes

    Test learners as much as you want throughout your course—and offer results at multiple points, such as at the end of every chapter or section. Submit results from the final test to Articulate Online or your learning management system (LMS) or combine results from multiple scores to create and report a final score.

  • Question Banks

    Create a question bank to easily group and manage the questions in your course. You can do question pooling from banks—and even randomize questions. If you want to reuse a bank in another course, just import the bank.

Screen recording, without the hassle.

Storyline records full video, so you get to choose what to show learners. Record once and edit again and again without re-recording.

“The screen recording capabilities in Storyline are like none other. It's pretty awesome, and that alone should win some awards for Storyline.” — Linda Ross, Principal Leading Architect
  • Screen Recording

    Show learners exactly what you want them to grasp by recording your screen. Insert your recording into a slide as a demonstration, trial, assessment, or video, then easily add captions, characters, and zoom-and-pan effects.

  • Software Simulation

    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.

  • Action Fine-Tuning

    Fine-tune your screen recording quickly and easily. Storyline processes video after capturing it, so you can fix mistakes and make edits without impacting the original video file. If you want to change the starting and ending frames for each slide, just use the action fine-tuning editor to adjust them—without re-recording your screen.

Publishing for all learners, everywhere.

Storyline does all the heavy lifting. Just click Publish to deliver content to learners everywhere.

“The Articulate Mobile Player iPad app rocks! Love, love, love that I can publish Storyline content for iPad!” — Elizabeth Miles, E-Learning Developer, VCU School of Nursing
  • HTML5, Flash, and Mobile Devices

    Now you can get courses to learners wherever they are. Build your course once, then publish it with a single click to multiple formats so learners can interact with it on their iPads, desktops, laptops, and more. Storyline publishes to HTML5, Flash, and the Articulate Mobile Player, a native app that optimizes courses for iPads. Learn about publishing content for iPad.

  • Publish to Microsoft Word

    Publish courses to Microsoft Word to facilitate reviews by subject matter experts and address Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Section 508 documentation requirements.

  • Tracking and Reporting

    Storyline publishes Tin Can-, SCORM-, and AICC-compliant content, so it works seamlessly with your learning management system (LMS). With one click, you can also publish your course to Articulate Online, a cost-effective way to track how employees and customers interact with your course.

  • Section 508

    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.

  • Right-to-Left Languages

    Make it easy for learners around the globe to access your courses. Localize your content with Storyline's right-to-left language support. Storyline also supports double-byte character sets (DBCS), so you can even translate your courses into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

  • Translation Support

    Easily translate your courses into any language to localize your content for learners anywhere. Storyline lets you export all text in your course to Microsoft Word or XML format. After you’ve translated the text, simply import it back in. Storyline preserves all of your formatting.

Extend your Storyline experience.

Share what you know. Learn from others. Add more content. It’s all just a click away.

“Another feature of Storyline that cannot be overlooked: this amazing, helpful community of passionate people who share what they know. It's easy to find answers and full of lots of free resources and tips.” — Jill McNair, E-learning Designer
  • Articulate Community

    Get even more from Storyline by joining the industry's largest, most active community. Curated by widely recognized leaders in e-learning, E-Learning Heroes gives you access to a nearly endless supply of ready-to-use, beautifully designed templates—for free. Watch tutorials and get practical tips, free downloads, expert advice, and more. Join user discussion groups to learn about best practices, shortcuts, and tips for building the ultimate e-learning course in Storyline.

  • Template Sharing

    Save your Storyline project as a template, then share it with the Articulate community. Or, email the template to team members, helping standardize course design across your organization.

  • Character Packs

    Build your Storyline character library with additional photographic character packs featuring a range of ethnicities, ages, and clothing.

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