Business for upgrading to Articulate '13

Hello,

I love the new interface of Articulate '13 in the brief time that I had to demo it but a nice new look and feel just won't cut it in a business case.  So our IT department would like a business case for why I should upgrade to Articulate '13.   Let 'em have here.  I appreciate personal experiences of how the product has helped you.

Thanks for your time!!!

6 Replies
Steve Flowers

A few major differences in the new version. You can see an overview of what's new here:

http://www.articulate.com/products/studio-whats-new.php

A few highlights

  • ActionScript 3 support for embedded Flash movies. The older version was stuck in AS2. If you don't do much custom interaction development in Flash, this might not be a point of value. 
  • HTML5 and iOS player output. If your audience is using mobile devices and you'd like to support them on that platform, this could be an interesting point.
  • Tin Can API support. You might not care about this new standard this year, but as time moves on (I think) this will become more important. Essentially, it frees your content from the confines of the LMS so you can access it anywhere and still track everything you would in SCORM and more. There's more to it than that But, in a nutshell, that's one of the value propositions.
  • Custom slide sizes. Rather than being locked into one proportion, you can customize the slide size.
  • Better video support.
  • Replay tool for free. It's a pretty neat tool by itself.
  • Quizmaker question file export and import.
Nancy Woinoski

Here are a couple which may or may not apply to your situation.

1. You have the ability to publish your courses to Flash, html5 and a mobile App on the iPad which gives your users more choice in how they access and view your material.

2. The new user interface does a better job of integrating Engage and Quizmaker into the overall course which means users can navigate with one set of controls. This simplifies the course navigation making it the course easier to use - this could potentially reduce the number of support calls you get.

3. You can insert a wider range of video formats into Articulate 13 and you get the new Replay application as part of the package. Replay is a really cool video tool which you can use to create professional looking software demonstrations ( among other things). If you do a lot of software training then this will save you a ton of development time and eliminate the need for tools like Camtasia or Captivate.

4. Publish and preview times have been greatly improved so this should increase your productivity.

5. There are some built in character sets which you can use to create more engaging scenarios - this might save you time and dollars if you currently use stock images.

6. There is a new quiz question import function that enables you to import questions directly from an excel spreadsheet or text file into Quizmaker which saves you countless hours of having to type in each question manually. This is particularly useful if you are getting your questions from Subject experts. Note: the Excel sheet and text file have follow a specific format for the import to work).

7. There are new learning interactions in Engage and there is a really cool drag and drop feature in Quizmaker that enable you to create richer learning experiences for your audience.

That's all I can think of off hand. Hope this helps

Nancy

Maria Darst

Does support of AS3 mean that I can insert a Captivate .swf directly into Presenter instead of a web object?  I like the Replay tool as well but have that with Storyline.  Currently with Articulate I'm running into a problem with Web objects hiding the attachments.  It's a pain point that I would like to have fixed.

Thanks for your reply.  I like the Tin Can API and I see the potential.

Maria.

Helen Tyson

Hi Maria

+1 to Nancy & Steve's comments, also...

One of the advantages of the new player design is that you can move the Attachments list (now called Resources) so it appears in the Sidebar - you can have it sat behind the course menu. This fixes the problem that a Web Object would always sit on top of the Attachments tab.

H

Michael Hinze

Maria Darst said:

Does support of AS3 mean that I can insert a Captivate .swf directly into Presenter instead of a web object?  I like the Replay tool as well but have that with Storyline.  Currently with Articulate I'm running into a problem with Web objects hiding the attachments.  It's a pain point that I would like to have fixed.

Thanks for your reply.  I like the Tin Can API and I see the potential.

Maria.


Regarding your question about Captivate: Yes, with AS3 support, you can directly insert a Captivate-based .swf file.