If you have been doing some researches about professional e-learning software, you’ll easily recognize that there are many programs out there to choose whether offline or cloud-based tools. It’s a great chance for content creators to choose an appropriate tool that best suite their needs. However, it becomes more difficult when there are so many similar choices. That’s what we come in today.
After evaluating more than 20 different elearning software, we picked up 3 most professional, powerful yet cost effective ones for you in this article. This list includes top 3 professional elearning software for Windows which are capable of creating fully responsive elearning courses rapidly whether you are an individual or a team of course creators.
First off, I would recommend you to spend 5 minutes read about key features of professional elearning software that we wrote in another topic. I am sure that it is helpful for you to define which features are important to look at in an elearning program.
Top 3 professional e-learning software for Windows
ActivePresenter is an all-in-one professional elearning software you can use on any Windows computer. It has everything you need to create fully responsive elearning courses in various scenarios, gaming elements, software or product training. Like other professional elearning programs, ActivePresenter also includes a high quality screen recording tool and an advanced built-in video editor to use for creating screencast videos.
Though ActivePresenter is free to download and use without any limitation on Windows, the HTML5 output will be watermarked. To remove the watermark, you’ll need to consider to purchase a professional license which is $399 per license/ lifetime. Take a look at this short introduction video to see how it works.
- Smart and simple to use with intuitive user interface like MS PowerPoint.
- High quality screencasting tools with built-in screen recorder and video editor.
- Various shapes, effects and transitions for polishing training videos and software demonstrations.
- Dozen of ready-to-use courses templates and smart annotations.
- Easy to customize responsive course layout to fit specific devices.
- Various type of interactions: button, mouse click, text input and so on.
- Possible to customize Java Script.
- Preview courses in HTML5 without using an LMS.
- Report and tracking in LMS.
- Low cost compared to other similar tools
- Lack of built-in character library.
- No integrated LMS.
2. Adobe Captivate 9
Adobe Captivate has been a very popular name in the elearning software game for years. This is also an all-in-one program like ActivePresenter. It also has all necessary tools for creating any kind of lessons seamlessly. With Adobe Captivate 9, you can go seamlessly from storyboarding to responsive eLearning design. Dip into the exclusive 50,000+ asset store or use assets from Adobe Stock to enrich your content. Create elearning courses that run seamlessly across desktops and mobile. You can also create story-boarding to responsive elearning, create virtually any kind of professional looking and instructional sound content using a single tool. Add interactive elements to transform static content with just a few clicks. Call on the power-packed functionalities from within an intuitive UI that makes authoring easy and efficient.
Frankly speaking, the license price of Adobe Captivate is not a bargain compare to its features. When we test Adobe Captivate, the software need more resources to work than we expected, especially when we start a recording. To decide if this software is suitable for you or not, you’ll have to try it yourself.
3. Articulate 360
Articulate 360 is a combination among four famous products from Articulate which are Rise, Articulate Review, Content library and Articulate Live. Simplify and speed e‑learning development with Articulate Review. Gather and share feedback on all Articulate 360 content in a simple web app—no download required. The ability of stakeholders to give feedback is invaluable – From Articulate.
We have carefully reviewed all the features in this software and had to admitted that Articulate 360 is a professional and powerful elearning software but simple to use even for the novices. Articulate seems to have taken a step ahead of the other opponents in the elearning game with this new tool. However, I don’t think they can sell this package well on the market now because of many other similar tools has much cheaper price (Articulate license price is $999/ annually for personal and $1299/ annually for team).
No matter which software you choose, remember that these are elearning software for professionals. It will take time for you to get familiar with all of their functions. So, make use of free or trial version as long as you can to be 100% sure that you are satisfied about the tool before you purchase it. If you see our post valuable, please share with your friends. Don’t forget to follow us to receive more valuable post notifications in the future.