Upgrading from Studio ’09 to Storyline

Hi everyone,

Some people have been asking whether you can upgrade from Articulate Studio ’09 to Articulate Storyline, so we decided to post on the topic for everyone’s benefit.

We’re sorry, but there’s no upgrade path from Studio ’09 to Storyline because they’re two distinct products. This Storyline vs. Studio page can help you decide which is right for you, and this Studio ’12 preview will give you a sense of what to expect in our next release of Studio.

The good news is that we’re offering some nice incentives to folks who have Studio ’09 and also want to buy Storyline.

First, all Studio ’09 customers who buy Storyline get a bundle of eight photographic characters (valued at $2,392) at no cost. Each high-resolution character pack in the bundle includes 140+ poses, plus torso and headshots, so you’ll have a total of 1100+ poses. These characters are a terrific way to add variety and realism to a course without hunting (or paying) for art online. 

Second, if you’re on the Platinum Membership Plan with your Studio ’09 license, you can convert your remaining Studio PMP term to Storyline. This will save you money on your Storyline license. Your Articulate rep can help you with the details. If you don’t know who your rep is, please contact us and we’ll let you know right away.

Note that you can easily import Presenter ’09, Quizmaker ’09, and Engage ’09 content into Storyline, helping protect your investment in Studio ’09.

Hope this provides the information you need. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Thanks!

12 Replies
Lynne Teale

I agree with Jill.  We have been waiting a long time for this upgrade.  When I originally purchased I was told it would be in the Spring, that is now.  I've now been told it might not be until November.  For those of us trying to make a business decision, I think we deserve a little bit more than "When it it ready".  Also, no answer from the Company for over a week is not very good customer service.

Adam Schwartz

We're really sorry about the delay in posting—we try hard to respond quickly and we fell down on the job this time.

Our approach to product development makes it nearly impossible for us to promise release dates. While some companies release software before it's truly ready so that they can meet a particular release cycle (often to the detriment of customers), we want our customers to receive only first class software from Articulate. We think it's really important to whip software into shape on our dime, not yours.

I'm sorry we can't be more specific at this time. We can say that the differences between Studio and Storyline are significant. If you like the PowerPoint environment and don't need software simulation or the freedom to create any type of interactivity you want, then sticking with Studio is the way to go. If you want the freedom to build virtually anything you can imagine or need to create software simulations, then Storyline is probably the right choice.

I hope this is helpful. Please don't hesitate to contact our sales team if you'd like to talk this through.

Gerry Wasiluk

Adam Schwartz said:

Our approach to product development makes it nearly impossible for us to promise release dates. While some companies release software before it's truly ready so that they can meet a particular release cycle (often to the detriment of customers), we want our customers to receive only first class software from Articulate. We think it's really important to whip software into shape on our dime, not yours.

 


I may be a broken record on this but BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO.  As a former learning manager, this philosophy made us extremely happy and impressed. 

Shane Solis

Great to hear.  How do you import Presenter ’09, Quizmaker ’09, and Engage ’09 content into Storyline?  I have finished content developed in presenter with each of these components, but I have not been able to import it into storyline as a single presentation.  Any help is appreciated.  Thanks!

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Shane and welcome to Heroes!

You won't be able to import it as a single presentation, but will need to import each as an individual file. 

I'd suggest to start with the Powerpoint file first, and remove the Engage interactions and Quiz files (.intr and .quiz files). Once you've finished importing the Powerpoint file, you can then go and import each individual Engage or Quiz file. 

For importing Powerpoint into Storyline,  here are some helpful things to consider.

These directions deal specifically with importing from Quizmaker into Storyline.

And these ones are for importing Engage interactions into Storyline. 

Hope that helps!