Storyline vs. Captivate Part 3


Today is a continuation of this ongoing comparison. For a full comparison, check out this post.

Feature Captivate 8 Storyline 2 Notes
Characters Captivate includes a decent selection of characters, each with a good number of poses. While it offers more built in character options than SL, each character does not have as many pose options. While SL offers only 1 photographic (and 40 illustrated) characters, you can purchase more packs. However, each character comes with a large variety of poses and expressions. The illustrated characters are even fully customizable – you can combine different expression and poses and decide which way you want the character to face. In addition, the use of states makes it easy to change poses without too much worry about alignment. Characters can allow you to do some neat things with your eLearning course. They can “interact” with the learner, “talk” to each other, be the face of a scenario, or be used to tell a story.
Screen Captures & Software Demos Captivate allows you to pan across the screen as you are recording. Sometimes I find this feature doesn’t work as smoothly as I would like, but it can come in handy. In addition, it can be much easier to edit text entry when you make a typing mistake. Also, while not really an issue with screen captures, the audio editing in Captivate is a bit easier to use if you plan to add audio once you have recorded the demo. In SL, you can record one video and use the same video in different modes. This is a huge feature as you aren’t stuck re-recording if you decide to use a simulation as a try-it-out instead of a demo or assessment. In addition, the Action Fine Tuning feature allows you to easily cover up mistakes. Both of these have similar capabilities, allowing you to use screen captures as a video, demo, try-it-out exercise, or full on assessment. The items listed to the left are the advantages each has over the other.
Rollovers You can insert rollover areas that make a text caption, image, or little slidelet appear. Slidelets are like mini slides within a slide. They have their own timeline and you can insert a variety of objects. The downside is that you can’t really make these stick once you take the mouse off the rollover area. This is where SL really starts to distance itself from Captivate. It’s use of triggers, states, and layers makes rollovers and slidelets extremely easy to build out in a very customized way. The possibilities here are endless. Rollovers can be an interesting way to give directions or more information to learners without being too intrusive. They aren’t 508 compliant though.
Zoom Areas By inserting a zoom area, you allow a zoomed portion of the screen to appear on your slide. A zoom area will zoom the entire slide into the highlighted area. The application of zoom areas is borne out very differently in these applications. Captivate is best to highlight a small feature. Storyline is best to draw attention to something. Both have issues with pixelation and you can really only use them as part of a presentation, not as part of an interaction.

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