Access Another Application within Storyline

Is there a way to access another application within a storyline course? I'm designing software training and I have created a simulated environment in the past (using screenshots, hotspots, and triggers) but it's extremely time consuming to build. I'd rather have my learners practice in the application itself without having to leave the course. 

If not, does anyone have any suggestions on how to make a simulated software environment better or easier to build?

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