Compare The Best Affordable elearning Software: iSpring Suite VS. ActivePresenter

Side-by-side comparison of the best affordable elearning software for Windows and Mac: iSpring Suite VS. ActivePresenter.

Both iSpring Suite and ActivePresenter are professional e-learning authoring tools for Windows and Mac with amazing features for e-learning development. We’ve tried both of them for few months and discovered some differences between them. If you are wondering which program is better for creating your first e-learning course, you are in the right place now. Our below side-by-side comparison can help you to decide the best suitable program for your needs.

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Summary of what you can find here

  1. Overview about iSpring Suite and ActivePresenter
  2. Pricing comparison.
  3. Side-by-side comparison table between iSpring Suite and ActivePresenter.
  4. Differences between two programs.
  5. Editor’s conclusion.

Ok, let’s do it now!

iSpring Suite and ActivePresenter Overview

iSpring Suite is a fast and reliable PowerPoint’s add-in that you can use for creating adaptive e-learning courses for PC, Mac and mobile with extensive LMS support. The program is free to try within 14 days. After trial period, you are no longer able to use the program if you don’t purchase a license from this vendor.

iSpring suite interface

ActivePresenter is a stand-alone rapid e-learning authoring software, meaning you also need to download and install the program on your computer: Windows or Mac before you can use it. Like iSpring Suite ActivePresenter is powerful enough for e-learning professionals to create responsive e-learning courses which are possible to run on any modern web browsers and any devices. This tool can also export your projects into HTML5 in SCORM and xAPI (Tin Can) that are widely supported by many Learning Management Systems (LMS). ActivePresenter is completely free to use for personal and none commercial purposes.

ActivePresenter Working Area
ActivePresenter Working Area

iSpring Suite and ActivePresenter Pricing Comparison

iSpring Suite full service package will cost $970/ year where you can get iSpring Suite at $720, iSpring Content Library at $397, iSpring Cloud at $297 and Priority Support + Unlimited upgrades for $794.

You can also choose to purchase iSpring Suite separately at $720 if you don’t really need their additional packages.

ActivePresenter Professional Edition (mainly used for creating e-learning courses) cost $399 per license/ lifetime with unlimited support and upgrades.

iSpring Suite and ActivePresenter Pricing Plan

iSpring Suite and ActivePresenter Feature Comparison

Feature iSpring Suite  ActivePresenter
Vendor iSpring Solution Atomi Systems
License price $720 per license  $399 per license
Software type PowerPoint Add-in Stand alone
Usability Easy to use Easy to use
Record screen  Basic Advanced tools
Record Webcam No Yes
Record full screen  No Yes
Customize cursor path  No Yes
Trim, crop video Yes Yes
Split, merge videos No Yes
Blur moving objects No Yes
Zoom-n-Pan No Yes
Video transition Fade in/ out only Advanced
Picture-in-Picture No Yes
Split screen video No Yes
Closed caption No Yes
Adjust video speed No Yes
Chroma key/ Green screen effect No Yes
Highlight video area No Yes
Spotlight effect No Yes
Resources bin No Yes
Spelling check Yes Yes
Import PowerPoint Yes Yes
Annotation tools Yes Yes
Customized Java script/ CSS No Yes
Intuitive responsive design preview No Yes
Export video WMV, MP4 MP4, AVI, MKV, WebM
Quizzes Yes Yes
Interaction Yes Yes
Software simulation Yes Yes
Export to HTML5 Yes Yes
Customize player settings No Yes
Preview HTML5 No Yes
LMS support Yes Yes
Convert Text-to-speech No Yes
Content library Yes No
Login ID Yes Not require
Free upgrade No Yes
Online support Yes Yes
YouTube tutorial Yes Yes
Frequent update Yes Yes
Trial time 14 days Free to use (with watermark on HTML5 output)
Operating system Windows/Mac Windows/Mac
Best for Training videos, presentation and responsive learning courses Screencasting, how-to videos, product demos, software simulation, responsive learning courses

So we have a table of features of both programs now. Can you recognize the differences between them? Here are what I found:

iSpring Suite and ActivePresenter differences

  1. iSpring Suite is only an PowerPoint add-in, meaning you need both Microsoft’s app and iSpring Suite to start creating your first learning course. ActivePresenter can work independently.
  2.  ActivePresenter is 1/2 cheaper than iSpring Suite. You’ll get almost the same features with half price if you choose ActivePresenter.
  3. iSpring Suite has its own content library while ActivePresenter doesn’t. Anyway, it will cost $397 more if you don’t choose full service package from iSpring Solution.
  4. iSpring Suite offers 14 days as trial while ActivePresenter is free to use.
  5. ActivePresenter is more powerful than iSpring Suite in recording screen and editing video. The program comes along with many advanced editing tools that you can’t get in iSpring such as green screen effect, blur moving objects, convert text to speech, zoom and pan and many more.
  6. You can preview your courses in HTML5 in ActivePresenter locally without any LMS.

These are major differences between two programs we discovered until now. We will continue to try these programs and update more differences between them here.

Our Conclusion

Looking at the comparison table, you will easily recognize the better one in terms of pricing plan and functionalities. Anyway, in order to decide which program is better than the other, you will need to spend your own time working with it. No shortcut! If I were you, I would spend several days trying both of them. I hope the above information can help you decide which authoring tool is suitable for your business.

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Good luck!


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