Comparison between Articulate Storyline and Lectora Inspire

Does anyone have a comparison between Articulate Storyline and Lectora Inspire?

Comparing on the features, usability and functions...

Or what makes Articulate Storyline stands out comparing to Lectora Inspire?

I haven't used Lectora or seen the features or functionality of it. A prospect is considering between the two tools.

Please help.

9 Replies
Dave Neuweiler

I've used previous versions of Lectora, as well as Articulate Presenter (V5, '09, and '13). I won't dwell on the technical comparisons, as the choice of tools was driven by customer preference rather than my choice.

The one comparison I will make is that Articulate seems to be on a four-year cycle for new versions, with software updates in between as needed. Lectora seemed to have a new version on an annual basis, and they lobbied hard for folks to upgrade every year. My memory might be failing me here, but I don't recall any software updates/patches in between new version releases.

That's a marketing decision, in my opinion. But I much prefer not being asked to buy a new version so often.

Sergey Snegirev branchtrack.com

Dave Neuweiler said:

The one comparison I will make is that Articulate seems to be on a four-year cycle for new versions, with software updates in between as needed. Lectora seemed to have a new version on an annual basis, and they lobbied hard for folks to upgrade every year. My memory might be failing me here, but I don't recall any software updates/patches in between new version releases.


Lectora 10 (marketed as Lectora X) was launched in 2009 and had 6 major updates and several smaller updates in 4 years, until it was replaced by Lectora 11 in early 2013. It's current version is 11.3.2 - that's 3 major updates and several smaller updates within a year. Lectora 12 isn't even announced yet, so it is definitely not on an annual cycle. So your information is not correct. 

Having said that, I think the best comparison is TRIAL. Just download trials for both softwares and try to build a simple course. 

Ralf  Baum


This is a really very interesting link. I was forced to produce several projects with Inspire last year so I can compare both programs a little bit.

Inspire is a nice application but with too many bugs. Especially in the publish process. Colors or fonts were not correct. Without knowledge in xml it would have been quite impossible to finish the project without getting mad

I do not know if the updates/new versions reduced the bugs but this was an quite unsatisfying experience.

Nancy Woinoski

I agree with Sergey, download both the Storyline trial and the Lectora trial and try to build the same course in each. This is a quick way to compare "apples to apples" so to speak. One thing to be aware of - with the Storyline trial you can build a fully functional, useable course but with Lectora the output is watermarked as a trial version and therefore can not be used for real production.

Tonya Thomas

This was a pretty thorough comparison, too:

http://jennifervalley.blogspot.com/2015/01/captivate-8-vs-lectora-v12-vs-storyline.html

As an avid Storyline user, contemplating using Lectora in my new work environment, my curiosity is certainly peaked. Wondering how Storyline is addressing the lags in comparisons.