Upgrading to Storyline 3
Just so I can get things straight when advising clients on buying Storyline here is my current take on where Articulate are at:
To get the whole suite of tools Articulate 360 (including the responsive Rise) is 'good value' at $999 dollars annually but less good value if you don't use all those tools on a regular basis.
If you (or your organisation) is reluctant to move to a 'subscriber' model then you can now buy a 'perpetual license' of Storyline 3 for $1,398. OK so it costs $399 more but you don't need to spend any more after that unless you want to upgrade to the next version. Storyline 3 is effectively Storyline 360 freed of the subscriber model.
Speaking of upgrades you have two key choices: upgrade to Storyline 3 from Storyline 2 for $699 or upgrade from Storyline 2 to Articulate 360 for the tempting sum of $599 but don't forget that in 12 months time you will have to pay out $999 and then every 12 months after that. If you take the latter option then you'd better use the 'add-on' tools a fair amount. Rise is probably the most valuable add-on and that is likely to be improved considerably over the next 12 months or so.
One thing I find frustrating is that there is no 'pay monthly' subscriber option as there is with Adobe Captivate - this provides a great way for freelancers and smaller organisations especially to buy and use software.
Is there a plan to introduce a more affordable monthly subscriber pricing model?