Online learning content is a vital resource in today’s fast-paced learning environment. Professionals in virtually every sector now rely on e-learning content for training purposes. Online courses are also a ubiquitous feature in modern education. A key criterion for creating high-quality, effective e-learning content is to select the right e-learning authoring software. With the right tools, you can easily create engaging, didactically sound learning material.
Let’s look at how two of 2019’s top e-learning authoring programs – Easygenerator and Articulate 360 – stack up against each other in terms of features, support and cost-effectiveness. This comparison is intended to help anyone who’s searching for the right e-learning authoring tools for their organization.
Easygenerator and Articulate 360 have both gained devoted followings within the e-learning community. Articulate offers various authoring products, so for the sake of clarity, this article is focusing solely on Articulate 360. While the two tools have similar purposes, they differ on several key points. To compare the two, we’ll focus on those differences rather than the general authoring features that both programs more or less have in common.
In terms of features, Easygenerator offers a highly accessible, intuitive user experience, along with many options for customization. Meanwhile, Articulate 360 is considered a “heavier” program that offers lots of interactive features.
Easygenerator is a fully cloud-based, SaaS solution, whereas Articulate 360 needs to be installed locally on a (Windows) PC. That means Easygenerator is the better solution for Mac users. If you want to run Articulate 360 on a Mac, you’ll need to use a virtual desktop or other workaround.
In terms of mobile-friendliness, Easygenerator also edges out Articulate 360. Easygenerator’s content automatically adapts to mobile display on iOS or Android devices, so it’s hassle-free for content creators and easier for content users to access. You simply have to visit the Easygenerator site on any device and log in to access your e-learning content.
Articulate 360 offers a unique option that provides a quick course overview. This helps you organize slides and the various stages of the course as a content creator. Yet, some users find this feature counterintuitive, because it involves toggling between slide mode and the story view.
When it comes to maintaining an overview, Easygenerator gives authors a clear view with no need to switch between different display modes.
In short, Articulate 360 offers more features, which implies that it could offer more design options than Easygenerator. Meanwhile, Easygenerator’s minimalistic design is easier to navigate and use. This makes Easygenerator a good choice for beginners, while Articulate 360 seems to be designed for users with lots of course design experience.
Another pro for Easygenerator is its built-in learner tracking and monitoring features. These enable course authors to keep track of learners’ progress. Articulate 360 lacks built-in tracking features, which means it is not a standalone solution. Articulate 360 requires a separate learning management system (LMS) to provide these functionalities.
Usability is an essential criterion when selecting an e-learning authoring tool, but so is price. How do Easygenerator and Articulate 360 compare in terms of value for money?
Both tools offer a free trial, which gives potential buyers the option of checking out all the features before making a purchase decision. Easygenerator stands out once again here by offering a limited-functionality free trial without time limits.
Easygenerator also goes the extra mile by offering a live demo walkthrough. Considering how easy it is to learn Easygenerator’s features, this is almost too good to be true. However, Easygenerator takes its customer support very seriously, offering dedicated one-to-one sales support, as well as on- and offline customer support. These options are important to consider when deciding on a software supplier.
So, what kind of prices are we looking at for a full version of these tools? Articulate 360 asks for a yearly payment of $1,299 per author. This entitles the buyer to a yearly license, though update options are limited. Easygenerator follows the same subscription-based SaaS model, but with flexible prices that range from $40 to $82 a month for each author (and no limits on the number of learners).
The bottom line
The right tool for your organization’s needs depends on many factors. When choosing an authoring tool, you’ll always want to consider your authors’ experience level, along with your organization’s learning needs and objectives. Cost is also a factor, as with any business decision.
If we focus on these two tools, it’s safe to say that Easygenerator offers an all-around easier user experience, while Articulate 360 may be preferable to experienced instructional designers in need of more complex authoring settings. If your main objective is to set up an authoring tool and start creating e-learning content quickly, Easygenerator may be the better choice here. Its features are easy for beginning authors to learn and start using right away, plus they offer solid support in case of any issues. In terms of its free trial option and pricing, Easygenerator also has the advantage over Articulate 360.
Lastly, because of Easygenerator’s universal compatibility with Mac and PC, desktop and mobile, it seems to take a more modern approach than Articulate 360. This is just one more advantage of a cloud-based solution compared with locally installed software.
Now that you know the key differences between these two powerful tools, the choice is up to you. We recommend you start with a free trial and see the difference for yourself!