What limitations besides the time?

What other limitations besides the 30-day detonation are included with the trial version of Storyline? Any functional, crippling, branding, advertising, etc.?

Now I don't know whether this information is provided somewhere and I'm just being a bit dense, but having spent some while searching the forums, and only after having first looked in the obvious places (under the product faqs, download link, etc.) I can't seem to locate the answer to a pretty basic question about your 30-day trial.

You would think, wouldn't you, that this would be a pretty commonly asked question, in fact probably the first question to occur to a person investigating any new software product that offers a trial version. At the very least, it's a pretty obvious piece of information that ought to be provided in a clearly signposted place.


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Christine Hendrickson

Hi Ben,

The trial version of the Articulate software is the same exact software as the full version. The trial version is fully functional and does not contain any restrictions. 

The only difference is that after you activate the software, the activation splash screen no longer shows up.

Trial versions of Articulate software should not be used for live production work.

If you’re using a licensed copy of Articulate software (not the trial version), then you own the rights to any and all content you create.

This means that you're entitled to use the published output as you please, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Post the output to any website
  • Distribute the output via email to anyone you’d like
  • Charge users a fee to access your content
  • Secure the content on a password-protected website
  • Host and deploy the content in a learning management system (LMS)
  • Distribute and sell the content on CD-ROM

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I hope this information helps! If you have any other questions, please let me know.



Ben Riller

Hi Christine,

Thanks for the swift reply. That answers my question about limitations. There'd be no harm and probably a lot of good in placing that information (as in the first three sentences of your reply) in a prominent place, since that question of mine is one most people ask of any trial version and likely to be asked by everyone curious to try out your product.

The other info about production / rights to content I had already found in your EULA when seeking an answer before posting here.

Thanks again,


Christine Hendrickson

Hi Sadhana!

The trial version is actually the same as a licensed version. The only true difference is the 30 day period for the trial download. 

If you need to share a project you created in a trial version, you'll want to send the .STORY file. This is the file that you'd want to share with any colleagues that will need to make any changes or test the project. 

Let us know if you have any questions.

Happy holidays!