How do I get articulate on my Mac?


I recently accepted my first position in E-Learning, and it is a temp position, so I have to shine from the start.

The organization I am working for will be using Articulate, but I am used to Captivate.  Hence, I wanted to download the free software to my computer; however, I have a mac.

What is the easiest way to get Articulate on my Mac.  I have read something about Parallel, but that seems confusing.

Thanks for your help!!

19 Replies
Ken Steele

We just tried to load Storyline on a Macbook Air and it wouldn't work at all! No program, no matter what size, would open for editing. We would get an error message telling us that we needed to close down other was basically saying that it didn't have enough memory.

Long story short, the Mac has a Retina display and only 512M of video memory.

Disable the Retina display and re-set the video memory to 1024M. Storyline will work fine after that.

Apparently the Retina resolution took up too much video card memory for the software to work with inside any courses. Once we resolved that, the issue went away.

Steve Flowers

Hey Ken - 

I've been running Storyline on a 13" Macbook Air 2011 version since release without problems. However, I'm using VMWare Fusion and WindowsXP to reduce the footprint. Also have it running on a 15" MPB Retina through Windows 8 on Fusion. Didn't have the issue you indicate above. However, the default resolution didn't work for me. I ended up turning off Use Full Resolution for Retina Display and setting the display resolution to 1440 x 900.

I haven't seen video memory setting in Fusion. Might be a Parallels setting. 

Sonya McChristie

Bootcamp, of course, how could I forget about Bootcamp! The best thing about Bootcamp is that you get full performance out of your hardware, but the advantage of running in a VM is ease of sharing files between the Mac and the PC.

My installation of Storyline on a Windows 7 VM (Parallels) has been behaving somewhat erratically, and I think I have just discovered the cause thanks to this article: I was working on files, and publishing to the desktop of the computer, which Parallels was effectively mapping as a network drive so that the Desktop on Windows was the same as the Desktop on the Mac. As soon as I started publishing to a location on the actual C drive all of my problems were resolved.

Phil Mayor

you can enable sharing and create a folder directly on the C: drive.  When you enable sharing all Mac drives and therefore your documents and desktop become network drives (at least windows thinks they are).


I generally have no issues publishing but when I do I publish to the folder I created on the C: drive

Matthew Bibby

I use VMware Fusion on a mid 2011 iMac and it works really well.

Like Phil, I just share one folder between the two operating systems and have also had success publishing to a shared folder. That being said, I'd strongly caution against working on. story files that are saved in a shared folder as things can go wrong. 

I keep projects that are in progress stored in the Windows C:\ drive and then move them to my Mac (via the shared folder) when the project is complete.

Keep in mind that you'll want to consider backup solutions for both your Mac and Windows environments.