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Designed with you in mind.

Every feature’s been optimized for simplicity AND power.
So you can start small — and end big.

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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

What learning curve? We’ve designed Storyline from the ground up to simplify your life. It’s so intuitive and easy to use that you can get started right away—there’s no training required. If you’ve used PowerPoint, you’ll feel right at home.

Slide Templates

Build your slides from scratch or start from a template. You can even use templates with interactivity common to e-learning courses already built in. Easily customize a template to make it completely yours. Don't see what you want? No problem. Free slide interactions and course templates are posted to E-Learning Heroes all the time. Simply download and then access your new templates from within Storyline.


Connect more fully with learners by using characters in your course. It’s easy to add up to 47,500 combinations of illustrated and photographic characters, expressions, and poses—there’s no need to hunt for art online. With just a few clicks, you can insert characters, then change their poses and expressions. Extend your character library with additional Articulate character packs.

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

Drastically simplify how you create interactivity with slide layers, the innovative new way of building multiple interactions on a single slide. Slide layers let you quickly and easily overlay objects, and trigger layers 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.


Build interactivity by choosing 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 user clicks on a certain object. Combine triggers to create increasingly complex interactions.


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.


Add intelligence to your course using variables. Present dynamic content based on a learner’s activity and other conditions you define. Remember learner input or assessment results—and use the information later in your course if it meets your criteria. For example, if learner responses aren’t up to par, present additional slides at the end of the course to help them master the material.

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


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. Advanced users can take advantage of additional simple yet powerful quizzing tools, including question pooling, randomization, and the ability to score a learner’s progress at multiple points in the course.

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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.

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 Learning Architect

Screen Recording

Show learners exactly what you want them to grasp by recording your screen. 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 make edits without impacting the original video file. If you want to change the key frames, no problem. Use the video 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 Flash, which is supported by a vast majority of personal computers, and to the Articulate Mobile Player, a native iOS application that optimizes courses for iPads. Storyline also publishes to HTML5, an increasingly popular format for delivering content with rich multimedia and interactivity. Learn about publishing content for iPad.

Section 508

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

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, customers, and prospects interact with your course.

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—including text on slides, notes, and the player—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, the Articulate community 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 on 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. Each set of photographic characters includes standing poses, headshots, and torso crops, so you can quickly find the right look.

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