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Adobe Captivate Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.3

/5

206

Total features

28

4 categories

Adobe Captivate features

Activity Dashboard
Audio/Video Recording
Blended Learning
Content Library
Content Management
Course Authoring
Course Management
Course Publishing

Common features of Learning Management System software

API
Academic/Education
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Dashboard
Assessment Management
Asynchronous Learning
Blended Learning
Built-in Course Authoring

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33.90

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Functionality

4.3

/5

206

Price starts from

33.90

Per month

Total Features

28

Unique features

  • Video Support

  • Question Library

Functionality

4.4

/5

3.9K

Price starts from

0.01

Total Features

105

Features in Common

25

Unique features

  • Synchronous Learning

  • Built-in Course Authoring

  • Course Library

  • Real-Time Reporting

Functionality

4.5

/5

2.8K

Price starts from

Free

Total Features

39

Features in Common

12

Unique features

  • File Sharing

  • Learning Paths/Tracks

  • Virtual Classroom

  • Workflow Management

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Computer Software, self-employed

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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I'm sad because I found this program late.

Reviewed 2 years ago

I find my experience with this software great and it helped me build some of the things I needed before Using this, I was able to set up exams for myself, and to help out some colleaguesed before.

Pros

With Adobe Captivate, you can become a professional e-learning content writer with advanced interactive programs, scenario simulations and exams, also it does not require programming skills. It contains many templates that you can add. You can capture the screen, record screen activity, and synchronize audio and video very easily Adobe Captivate provides multiple animation effects, such as Adobe After Effects, where you can create sequential animations for a group of objects or for an individual object in an easy and simple way. You can create exam questions and place them randomly due to avoiding cheating, and also after all this you can publish it in several publishing methods such as HTML5, exe.

Cons

In my opinion, I find it a little expensive, other than that the content creation tools are a little limited .

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Financial Services, 201-500 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Not very easy to use

Reviewed 7 months ago
Pros

The functionality allows for a variety of courses to be created.

Cons

Captivate is simply not intuitive or easy to use. Compared to other authoring tools for e-learning, Captivate is one of the most difficult softwares to use. Additionally, the support for the tools are just not there. If you reach out to support, expect to wait for a long time.

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Jordanne O.

E-Learning, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Exciting Product but not quite as intuitive as you would want

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I love all of the features of this software. You really can do a lot with it such as create responsive learning modules, VR modules, and knowledge check videos among other things. Once you master the authoring aspect I really do think you can make amazing learning modules. I like that you can make e-learning modules that really span the entire gauntlet of what online learning can be, from simply uploading powerpoints to be viewed online, to creating incredibly immersive and engaging online modules.

Cons

It's not really as intuitive as Adobe would have you believe. They pitch it as software that you really use "out of the box" as it were, but that is only true if you are trying to do things that are really really simple like a software simulation or an instructional video. However if you are imagining that you can buy this and almost immediately make engaging modules with quizzes and games and quiz videos, I think you will be disappointed especially since the customer support from adobe is also not the best.

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Rachel N.

Venture Capital & Private Equity, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great Adobe product

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Easy to use, Adobe is consistent in their buttons and features - so if you know how to use an adobe product, you'll at least be able to navigate this.

Cons

Adobe can also have a learning curve, which can make it difficult for newbies.

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Rollan B.

E-Learning, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Using Adobe Captive for delivering interactive E-learning content

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Offers a way to use your old powerpoint presentations and convert them into interactive modules and upload it into your LMS of choice. Lots of assets available and other features such as screen capture and 360 simulations

Cons

The price is a big factor, it is a bit expensive. Not much updates since 2019.

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Hospital & Health Care, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Use Often

Reviewed 5 years ago

The perfect and most powerful course authoring tool.

Pros

So many features such as responsive design, screen recording and script writing.

Cons

I feel overwhelmed at times to keep up with latest editions.

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Information Services, 11-50 employees

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Cool features. Next level of interactions on 360° media.

Reviewed 5 years ago

With the Virtual capabilities, this tool is a game changer for elearning design, making learning fun and interactive.

Pros

The new and enhanced interactive features are done well in Adobe Captivate. Once the 360° images or videos are imported, it allows course creator to add pointers for information, quizzes, audio files or points to navigate through the course. The learning retention is very high when it is interactive and it also helps in demos, walkthroughs and enables action oriented engaged learning.

Cons

Cache can get a bit heavy when using Video resources. Ensure sufficient memory space.

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Cheikh B.

Computer Software, self-employed

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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A formidable force in the e-learning sphere

Reviewed 3 years ago

Adobe Captivate saves me a lot of time with my clients

Pros

While I am new to the platform, I am impressed. My current work demands me to use it over all other operating systems. Having used the entirety of Adobe Creative Cloud and other e-learning products, the switch to this platform is seamless.  Captivate is one of the top-tier development packages, although it has a high entry cost. The platform is robust and rich in nuances, allowing for extensive exploration of alternatives for designing completely customized courses and user interfaces. 

Cons

While you may delve extensively into extended interactions, data reporting, and so on, the learning curve for knowing advanced actions, keywords, and so on is enormous. Variables get buried and are not as easy to manipulate as they are in Articulate Replay, but they are buried for a reason: you can really accomplish more with Captivate than you can with its rival application with similar features. To continue nitpicking, I'm not a fan of the filmstrip display used to illustrate the slide tale. This is a feature I admire in Articulate's e-learning since it strongly encourages non-linear branching, while the linear movie clip does little to inspire users to create complex learning opportunities, perpetuating the linear death by slides prevalent in virtual learning.

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Nichole R.

Education Management, 501-1,000 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Captivate your Learners with Captivate

Reviewed 5 years ago

There is a reason that Adobe Captivate is a leading, if not the leading, software for designing SCORM compliant software. It's been incredibly easy to use, the outcome is professional looking, and intuitive for both the designer as well as the user. I would recommend this for an educational institution or corporation looking to engage their employees in personal development. This is a great forum to disseminate information, policies, etc.

Pros

I love Captivate! It's so easy to use and the outcome is extremely professional! Not only do they have a plethora of options to vary the presentation and assessment tools to employ different learning modalities for students, but educators and trainers can easily design courses without a ton of experience. The products are also easy for learners (students, corporate employees, really anyone interested in gaining knowledge) to navigate, complete courses, and assess their progress. Captivate is also SCORM compliant which is typically a standard requirement for learning objects within educational institutions.

Cons

The price point can be a little shocking unless you're in education. Educational prices are around $399, normal pricing is 3 times that amount. However, despite the steep price point, all of the features, benefits and support are well worth it!

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Omith H.

Newspapers, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Adobe Captivate is E-Learning Solution

Reviewed 2 years ago

I've been using this app for a long time, It works fine with me and I absolutely love it. It helps me save a lot of time. I am very satisfied with using this software.

Pros

The usefulness and versatility of Adobe Captivate are among the most extensive. You may develop everything with it, from conventional card-based eLearning modules to virtual reality training. That's why it's so outstanding. And fantastic image quality for lovely e-learning content.

Cons

When features have issues, Adobe takes a while to repair them. By being more deliberate and prompt in fixing these errors, they may improve their product in this area.

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Zacchaeus E.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Adobe Captivate - E-Learning Software

Reviewed 5 years ago

We use it to identify certain species of animals for the guests to our facility. They utilize the program through touch screen displays. I am very please with it's usability straight out of the box. I was able to seamlessly edit and manipulate slides and information.

Pros

I like how intuitive the user interface is. I was able to easily navigate through options and controls. There is a already a large library of assets to implement into projects. I was able to jump right in, make a template and move slides around at whim with minimal difficulty.

Cons

I didn't like that I could not get a subscription for it for more than 12 months. Otherwise, personally, I was impressed with the product. My supervisor tried to use this software and he had trouble with the PhoneGap and GitHub part of the rendering process. So for people less familiar with how mobile applications are created, there may be a steep learning curve.

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Telecommunications, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used other for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Incredible E-Learning tool!

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall, I loved receiving the training created in Adobe Captivate. It is a great web-based training tool.

Pros

I have received training that has been created with Adobe Captivate and I can say it was great. It helped us stay focused and engaged with the whole learning experience. I couldn't believe this training was created locally and it was so successful that the training was launched globally.

Cons

After received training, I requested to receive training for the creation of training material for my team. This is not your average tool, you need a lot of time to learn how to create engaging interactions. I wish there was an easier version for faster creation of the material.

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Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Efficient training tool

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall love this tool I was able to publish projects quickly

Pros

I was able to create engaging e learning modules quickly. Easy to use from the beginning and many options to publish.

Cons

The learning curve was small and I was able to get going quickly. Sometimes larger files have trouble publishing.

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Carol S.

Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Adobe Captivate an Excellent Tool for Training Tutorials

Reviewed 2 years ago

We use Adobe Captivate to create training tutorials.

Pros

I love that Adobe Captivate has a lot of features and can do may functions to make your training course interactive and interesting for the user.

Cons

Captivate is full featured but it is not very user friendly. You have to be a daily/multiple use daily person in order to master some of the more advanced features. You have to have mass interaction with the software. Also Captivate is a system's memory hog. You have to have a lot of RAM to run it smoothly.

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Sahil A.

Computer Software, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Good option for creating very engaging e learning content and managing them.

Reviewed a year ago

Overall i find adobe captivate is a very good option for managing e learning courses from designing them to the very end and all aspects of managing them i feel.

Pros

The templates of captivate are very customizable and and thus become very effective for different categories of courses. Also there is multi language support, this is very useful and required feature too that i personally like its seamless integration with other of adobe platforms like photoshop and illustrator. The tests and assignments are also very easy to conduct and keep a track of.

Cons

I feel there is limited interactivity with other of the e learning systems when compared to some other e learning authoring tools. I also feel like training administration can be made even more efficient.

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Stephen C.

Sporting Goods, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great for Online Learning

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I love the ability to program logic and quizzes into the projects. I use it for online training at work and it's very responsive and robust.

Cons

Like most Adobe programs, it's a resource hog. It takes it a while to load, and operating on a small screen can make it really laggy. But as long as you're on a large screen and a fast wifi connection, it's wonderful.

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Mitali K.

Computer Software, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great app for managing learning management and online course authoring.

Reviewed a year ago

Overall i think adobe captivate is surely a good option for managing e learning and course authoring very efficiently and effectively.

Pros

The training administration is good. The course publishing is also easy to do so. The content is interactive and offers good amount of personalization tools to add and enhance the course.

Cons

The course management is good but same needs to be done with learning management. More tools need to be made available in the learning management too for even better personalize experience that can enhance the output.

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Surinder S.

Human Resources, 51-200 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Adobe Captivate

Reviewed 5 years ago

Overall it is good product. Haven't had a chance to use it for other online learning expect CF Specialist program.

Pros

Signed up for the 'Adobe ColdFusion CF Specialist Certificate' program and had the chance to use Adobe Captivate as the learning content setup by Adobe.

Cons

The links sent by Adobe to login into Adobe Captivate worked in one Browser and not in other. Sometimes, even after login, it just keeps spinning without no reason

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Josh Y.

E-Learning, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A powerful player in the e-learning arena

Reviewed 4 years ago

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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Ezzy S.

Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Adobe Captivate - What you'd expect from an Adobe product

Reviewed 4 years ago

I've authored over 300 courses with Adobe Captivate in the last 6 years and overall, I'm very satisfied with the product. For all its faults, it's really forced me outside my box and helped me learn a lot about instructional design.

Pros

Adobe Captivate allows you to author amazing and beautiful coursework if you don't mind spending a little extra time to learn some coding. The product is fairly intuitive and it has a lot of capabilities. It's a very deep and robust product.

Cons

To really get the best out of Captivate, you do need to spend quite a lot of time learning about creating variables, some beginner coding, and occasionally some javascript. You can make the program do whatever you want, but it takes a lot of patience and, sometimes, some wonky workarounds.

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Timothy B.

Computer Software, self-employed

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Review Adobe Captivate

Reviewed 4 years ago

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.

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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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Michelle M.

Insurance, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Excellent tool for measuring learners!

Reviewed 3 years ago

This is the current default learning software for our company. It allows us to deploy learning for graded content, KC questions, videos, slides with on screen text to teach a topic, etc. There is always a new trick or tool we can add to our style of learning and there are several tutorial videos to assist with new features. Also, when Flash was no longer supported in browsers, Captivate made it easy to identify parts of the module where a feature might be affected.

Pros

Enjoy the ability to easily duplicate slides, set up multiple master slides for easy formatting content, make small audio edits in a file and preview/play the on screen animations/timing. Also, so many features for reporting and advanced actions to set up specific scenarios based on the desired result.

Cons

Vectors were a nice touch to easily add to slides. However, the vector images "flash" often when published and are very difficult to locate based on their current naming convention. Also, I would like the option to easily change a slide from a Knowledge Check question to/from a Graded Quiz question.

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Paul W.

E-Learning, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Adobe Captivate is the Cornerstone of My eLearning Business

Reviewed 5 years ago

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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Carl C.

Computer Software, 11-50 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Creating "how to videos" for enterprise learning

Reviewed 4 years ago

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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Calum F.

Information Technology and Services, 201-500 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Great for basic eLearning - but not the best

Reviewed 5 years ago

It's good. I spent around 2 years using Captivate as my only tool for eLearning development. I now use Articulate Storyline 360 as my main tool, but have dipped back in to Captivate for features such as the screen recording

Pros

Having come into the eLearning world as a Flash developer, it was so easy to use. If you have nay background in Flash, or any basic programming knowledge, it is highly transferable to the way that Adobe have built captivate. Screen recording feature that captures mouse clicks etc.

Cons

It's just too complicated. Steep learning curve which was difficult for me when trying to train new employees how to use Captivate to develop eLearning. Impossible to train SME's to use for storyboarding etc in a way that has any return on the time that would need to be spent training them (in fairness, they do have the storyboard add on for this function). In comparison to an alternative such as...