Top eLearning Authoring Software Products

Two team members using elearning authoring tool to develop a learning course

Our clients often ask us what eLearning authoring software we prefer when it comes to eLearning solutions development. Because each project is different with different goals, requirements, and limitations, there is no simple answer to the question above. However, we do have our 4 favorites. Here’s the software most used here at eLearning Company:

1. eLearning Widgets by Cluelabs

Why we like it:
With the launch of Cluelabs cloud service for eLearning, the educational technology industry gained access to eLearning widgets that any developer can use to enhance their courses produced in Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate. As of right now, eLearning developers have access to the following eLearning widgets provided by Cluelabs: Location, Leaderboard, Dynamic Text Labels, Custom List, Chart or Graph, Comparison Chart. These widgets can provide dramatic improvements to the learning courses as well as give us access to the technologies that weren’t readily available to elearning developers until now.

2. Articulate Storyline

Why we like it:
It allows us to deliver interactive courses to every device—without tweaking a thing. We simply create the modules in Articulate Storyline, then click publish. The courses natively play on all devices. In addition, it’s easy to get started with Articulate Storyline right away with an intuitive, simple interface. We can make objects, animations, trigger events, and other elements appear in the right place at the right time with the intuitive visual timeline–everything you need to create custom eLearning on the fly.

Articulate Storyline 360 – UPDATE

With new ways to collaborate, get feedback from stakeholders, and customize your content, Articulate 360 is even more powerful. Here’s just some of what’s new:

  • Share a collection of team slides in Storyline 360: Build a shared collection of templates, slides, and scenes in Storyline 360 that anyone on the team can access, right from within the app.
  • Collaborate on courses in Rise: Now Articulate 360 Teams subscribers can work together on Rise courses, creating and editing content at the same time.
  • Publish from Rise to Articulate Review: Easily gather consolidated feedback from stakeholders on your Rise projects by publishing to Articulate Review.
  • Closed caption editor in Storyline 360: Create, edit, and fine-tune your closed captions right in Storyline 360. No third-party tool needed!
  • And more! Check out Articulate website to learn more about the latest new features in Articulate 360.

3. Adobe Captivate

Why we like it:
Adobe Captivate lets us go seamlessly from storyboarding to responsive eLearning design. It also comes with exclusive 50,000+ assets and is compatible with Adobe Stock that allows to tremendously enrich training content. In addition, Adobe Captivate allows us to import the PowerPoint slides into eLearning projects. We can bring in objects, animations, and multimedia, easily update the content, and keep the PowerPoint and Adobe Captivate projects in sync with the dynamically linked import options.

Adobe Captivate 2019 Release – UPDATE

For the 2019 release, Adobe Captivate reimagined the way interactive eLearning is created for a multi-device world. Here are some of the new features and enhancements introduced in the 2019 release of Adobe Captivate:

  • Immersive learning with VR experiences
  • Fluid boxes 2.0
  • Interactive videos
  • Live device preview
  • 360⁰ learning experiences
  • Automatic chroma key effects
  • Smart video recording – webcam + screen
  • CSV question import template
  • PowerPoint to mobile learning
  • Automatic device preview
  • Overlay slide

4. Trivantis Lectora

Why we like it:
Trivantis Lectora publishing feature enables smooth transitions within our courses—for both desktop and mobile—giving the end user a more immersive view of the course. We can easily create scenario-based eLearning with BranchTrack and add scenarios right into our Lectora courses. Another useful feature is that we can have objects maintain their location on the page, even when the view is scrolled. This is perfect for use in mobile courses to anchor logos, headers/footers, navigation controls, images, and videos.

Lectora 17 – UPDATE

Including the popular Responsive Course Design feature introduced in Lectora 16, Lectora 17 makes creating multi-device courses easier than ever with great new features:

  • Seamless Play
  • Auto-play Media on Mobile
  • Anchor Position
  • BranchTrack Integration

Bonus: See how Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate Compare Side-by-Side

Storyline vs. Captivate: Features of Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate Compared Side-by-Side


eLearning Company Blog | February 24, 2017