Adobe Captivate Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Adobe Captivate

Smart authoring tool with VR and 360° eLearning design

4.57/5 (155 reviews)

Adobe Captivate overview

What is Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate is a smart authoring tool that lets users create and design all kinds of fully-responsive eLearning content and immersive learning experiences that can be delivered with VR (virtual reality) and 360° media assets. Users can amplify video-based learning by easily adding interactive elements to their videos such as information hotspots, quizzes and knowledge check modules to enhance learner engagement and retention.

Adobe Captivate’s 360° media support enable users to deliver immersive learning experiences in VR that allow learners to navigate near real-life scenarios in a risk-free environment via popular VR headsets such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, and more. Organizations can use VR to deliver experiences such as virtual tours, safety drills, product walk-throughs, first responder situations and more, with interactive elements and custom overlay items such as information blurbs, audio content, and quizzes.

Users can personalize their curated video learning modules by recording their own videos or computer screen, importing existing YouTube videos, as well as replacing the background with customizable images. With Adobe Captivate, users can also add a layer of interactivity to their videos with overlay question slides that prompt learners to engage with the content to enhance mundane training videos or product demos and increase learner retention.

Adobe Captivate’s fluid boxes help automatically author fully responsive eLearning content that works across all devices and browsers. Automatic device preview allows users to see their content change shape and form across the full spectrum of device sizes. Users can also easily convert their PowerPoint slides to interactive eLearning modules and choose from 75,000+ free eLearning assets, characters, themes, quizzes and more.
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Pricing

Starting from
$39/month
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Supported languages

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Adobe Captivate user reviews

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Paul Wilson, CTDP

Adobe Captivate is the Cornerstone of My eLearning Business

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-17
Review Source: Capterra

I started using Adobe Captivate with version 2. It was okay but obviously there was room for it to improve. At the time of writing this review, Captivate is on version 11 and it has matured into a robust solution. I will continue to use it for all my professional eLearning work for as long as they continue to make it available.

Pros
I have been using Adobe Captivate since the mid-2000s. Each release has brought new and innovative features that allow me to continue to impress my clients. Features like virtual reality and interactive video make Adobe Captivate the industry leader in eLearning Authoring tools

Cons
A complicated piece of software means that the learning curve is steep but the reward is that in return it does so much.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Josh Yavelberg, PhD

A powerful player in the e-learning arena

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-10-09
Review Source: Capterra

While I am just jumping into the platform as my current job requires it over other software platforms, I am impressed. Having used the entire Adobe CC and other e-learning software, this platform is not difficult to transition into.

Pros
Having used many products for developing e-learning, Captivate is among the top-tier development programs but has a high cost to entry. The platform is powerful and has a lot of nuances that allow for digging deep into options for developing truly custom courses and user experiences.

Cons
While you can dig deeply into advanced interactions, data reporting, etc, the learning curve is immense to begin to understand elements such as advanced actions, keywords, etc. Variables become buried and are not as easy to manipulate as in Articulate Storyline, but they are buried for very good reason in that you can actually do more in Captivate than with its rival program with such features. If I am to further nitpick, I am not excited by the filmstrip display for slide storyline. This is a feature I love in Articulate's e-learning in that non-linear branching is highly encouraged whereas the linear filmstrip does little to entice users to develop complex learning opportunities, reinforcing the linear death by slides commonly seen in virtual learning.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Alan Wade

You can do anything with it, but it takes lots of time.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-01-05
Review Source: Capterra

I liked the software but I didn't like how long I had to spend on each project. What I did like was the versatility to do literally anything I wanted. I never had a challenge I could not find a solution! The problem was that finding that solution oftentimes meant a whole lot of research and contacting Adobe was just not something I found easy or convenient to do. They do have a lot of users though that were very open to helping when you reached out...and I did that often.

Pros
Variables that I could assign and use in the course.

Cons
It was very labor-intensive. Although you could do anything, it just took a lot of time. Especially if the course needed to be available on multiple platforms, such as desktops, tablets, and mobile.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Carl Casserly

Creating "how to videos" for enterprise learning

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-06-14
Review Source: Capterra

This is a very functional application for making videos. I prefer it versus tools like Camtasia when making instructional videos.

Pros
Easy to segment video into pieces. Imagine using Power Point slides but each slide contains video/sound. Much easier to manage than other tools that record straight through. You can record each segment, apply graphic elements as desired. It integrated easily with other Adobe audio products for enhanced audio editing. Captivate does include limited audio editing tools, just enough to be handy.

Cons
I found the application would crash every now and then. Nothing I could not work around, but strange to have to experience that in today's world.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Timothy Badajos

Review Adobe Captivate

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-12-07
Review Source: Capterra

Charm may be an extraordinary apparatus for making substance from scratch intended for utilizing in a responsive plan. This is often one of my go-to apparatuses when this specific situation exists. Captivate's responsive plan alternative and the wide extend of devices make the application an amazing option for a portable plan. In spite of having a PowerPoint moment and change alternative, Charm is not the instrument to utilize when beginning with substance made in PowerPoint. Slides are imported as a single picture, evacuating activitys, and any capacity to alter the substance.

Pros
reasonable with more highlights than competitors and simple to utilize as well with capable highlights. Adobe Charm may be a full-featured writing apparatus, advertising clients a wide extend of intelligently and instructive instruments. Adobe Master applications exceed expectations by providing you most of the alternatives merely need and more than you need. Captivate offers live creating in a responsive plan. This includes is basic as we see to create more substance for utilizing over portable devices. Captivate coordinating consistently with the other Adobe Inventive Suite devices that we utilize. We combine PhotoShop, Gymnastic performer, and Fascinate to form a few astounding learning instruments.

Cons
Adobe battles in its client back. Learned Fascinate back specialists to educate and troubleshoot would hoist this capable tool. As versatile learning ventures absent from Streak, creating entirely in HTML5 could be a getting to be a must. Fascinate has an HTML5 examiner to audit your extend for potential flash-based issues, but advancement in HTML5 as it were isn't as natural. I squander profitable time and exertion making alterations after the truth.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Adobe Captivate pricing

Starting from
$39/month
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
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Subscription: US$33.99 /month
Perpetual License Price: US $1,299.00
Student & Teacher Edition: US $399.00
Upgrade Price: Buy for US $499.00

Adobe Captivate features

Blended Learning
Content Management
Course Authoring
Learning Management

API (192 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (221 other apps)
Activity Tracking (112 other apps)
Assessment Management (192 other apps)
Attendance Management (125 other apps)
Attendance Tracking (124 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (134 other apps)
Communication Management (159 other apps)
Customizable Branding (131 other apps)
Data Import/Export (127 other apps)
Progress Reports (147 other apps)
Progress Tracking (158 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (229 other apps)
Self Service Portal (114 other apps)
Student Management (114 other apps)
Third Party Integration (157 other apps)

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Additional information for Adobe Captivate

Key features of Adobe Captivate

  • 360⁰ learning experiences
  • Accessibility support
  • Adobe Captivate Draft
  • Adobe Typekit integration
  • Asset store
  • Audio-video support and synchronization
  • Auto-migrate from non-mobile to mobile
  • Automatic chroma key effects
  • Automatic device preview
  • CSV question import template
  • Comprehensive quizzing
  • Customizable closed captions
  • Device-specific previews
  • Fluid boxes 2.0
  • Geo-location support
  • HTML5 publishing
  • Immersive learning with VR experiences
  • In-product LMS preview
  • Interactive videos
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Live device preview
  • Master slides
  • Multiscreen responsive eLearning authoring
  • Multistate objects
  • Native app publisher
  • Overlay slides
  • PowerPoint to mobile learning
  • Publish to Adobe Captivate Prime and other LMSs
  • Responsive drag-and-drop interactions
  • Responsive motion effects without programming
  • Responsive text support
  • Responsive themes
  • Roundtripping with Adobe CC
  • Roundtripping with Microsoft PowerPoint
  • SVG support
  • Screen capture
  • Shared advanced actions
  • Smart video recording – webcam + screen
  • Text to speech
  • iOS device capture
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Benefits

• Engage your learners with immersive learning scenarios that they can experience in virtual reality via popular VR headsets such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, and more.

• Overlay custom items such as information blurbs, audio content and quizzes to turn 360⁰ learning experiences into interactive eLearning scenarios.

• Record software simulations from scratch or add interactivity to existing PowerPoint slides and videos with Adobe Captivate.

• Use the fluid boxes to automatically author fully responsive eLearning content that works across all devices and browsers, and convert legacy desktop courses to mobile learning with a few clicks.

• Adobe Captivate's live preview feature generates a QR code that you can scan using a mobile device to see exactly how your eLearning content will play out on your learners’ VR devices.