If you’re like many instructional designers, you’ve spent most of your career designing slide-based e-learning courses in desktop authoring apps like Storyline 360. But in the past few years, more and more web-based authoring apps—like Rise 360—have started popping up. These web apps have brought about a whole new course authoring experience. To help you understand how authoring courses in Rise 360 is different, we put together this side-by-side comparison table:

Rise 360


Storyline 360

Work Online 

Because Rise 360 is a web app, you’ve got nothing to install—just log into your account via your browser to create courses. As you work, your courses are saved to the cloud automatically. 

Work Locally

Since Storyline 360 is a desktop app, you install on your hard drive and work on your courses locally. While you’re working, you’ll need to save periodically or check the auto-save option to ensure no updates are lost.

Build Web-Based Courses

Rise 360 lessons aren’t slide-based. Instead, they’re web pages that learners navigate by scrolling from top to bottom, like a website.

Build Slide-Based Courses

Storyline 360 courses are slide-based. Learners navigate from one slide to another using the previous and next buttons.

Use Pre-Built Interactions

All the interactions in Rise 360 are pre-built, so all you have to do is pop in your content. 

Build Custom Interactions

With Storyline 360, you can build virtually any custom interaction you can imagine—without any programming skills. 

Responsive Course Content

With Rise 360, your course content behaves like a modern website—dynamically reflowing based on the learner’s screen size and orientation to optimize the experience.

Responsive Course Player

The Storyline 360 course player is responsive. It scales to fill the screen, tucking away browser chrome and menus to optimize screen real estate. However, the content itself behaves like a video—rotating depending on the device orientation without changing the aspect ratio or the position of objects on your slides. The Storyline 360 player supports gestures like swipe and pinch to zoom and allows you to restrict orientations (portrait or landscape) to optimize the experience. 


Hopefully you found this comparison useful! The great thing about Articulate 360 is that you get access to both Rise 360 and Storyline 360, so you can decide which app is most well-suited for your project. For more tips on choosing the app that’s right for the job, check out these resources:

Let me know if you feel like there are any important differences that I’ve left out by leaving a comment below.  

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