Educators have used Articulate's Studio line of utilities for electronic learning. The Studio suite also caters to content developers who work in both the educational and enterprise fields and want to use aspects of PowerPoint to roll out a fully-interactive, scored and narrated lesson module.
The Studio suite – consisting of Presenter, Quizmaster, and Engage – gives developers very powerful tools to make learning modules with a tiny learning curve for just below $1,400, as long as users buy the product before May 15.
The latest version of Articulate Studio (Studio '09) is only offered for the Windows operating system, and the suite has been unable to produce any of its appealing graphics without Flash, making it difficult to run well on mobile devices, namely Apple's (News - Alert) iPad. Several content developers have been annoyed by the fact that they couldn't get their models onto an iOS platform.
Articulate has already made its intention to re-introduce the Studio with HTML5 and iOS compatibility, but it will only include this in Studio '12's release.
Right now, though, there's something else coming to the rescue: Articulate Storyline – another Windows-only training platform for $1,398 with a 30-day demo. Storyline dwells out of a PowerPoint base and enables developers to make a downloadable training module that can play through the Articulate Mobile Player app for the iPad, a free app found in Apple's App Store.
With Storyline, individuals can enjoy the use of ready-to-go slide templates and animated characters, making the learning modules more interactive. Users also get slide layers and trigger actions. Storyline's learning modules can understand variables, making it able to "remember" what a user does in one slide or throughout the module. Storyline also allows the creation of quizzes and screencasts.
Articulate Storyline will allow anyone to create an iPad/HTML5-viewable learning module to train people on every single mobile environment.
Edited by Braden Becker