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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

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Adobe Captivate is probably the best eLearning system in the market however it comes with a cost.

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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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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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Michelle L.

Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Perfect for any size business

Reviewed 5 years ago

Used over and over again, never had any issues

Pros

Works with all programs I have used and perfect for any size business

Cons

The cost gets a little pricey when you have a fairly large company

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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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Law Enforcement, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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Easy to Use, Cost to Unlock Features

Reviewed 5 years ago

Overall, I am satisfied with the software. The ease of use is outstanding even for the not so computer savvy person.

Pros

This software is very easy to use. It is used by thousands of other clients and is the default for many programs. It installs quickly and the interface is easy to use.

Cons

The biggest downfall of this software is that it cannot be edited without purchasing. Being a program that is so widely used, the editing features should be free of charge.

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Michael L.

Banking, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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ELearning Design at it’s best!

Reviewed 5 years ago

Adobe Captivate has the power to help you create riveting eLearning experiences. It’s not as expensive as the competition, so you also get more bang for your buck.

Pros

This software can do just about anything that you would like for your eLearning courses. It’s easy to create interactive software demos, video role-plays, and detailed quizzes. If you have Adobe Captivate Prime, you can upload directly into the LMS. But even if you use another LMS, it’s easy to create a SCORM file and import it in.

Cons

It’s not the most intuitive product. You can do just about anything you would imagine, but it will take some experimentation. However, if you stick with it (or look up a few how-to’s on YoutTube) you’ll be all set!

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Craig C.

Insurance, 1,001-5,000 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Adobe Captivate not the choice for me

Reviewed a year ago

I understand this is a great tool but the price, large time investment required to be proficient, unintuitive navigation, and high bandwidth it takes up made the product not worth it.

Pros

Even though I didn’t have a great experience with this product, I recognize you can create really awesome courses, elearnings, microlearnings, etc.

Cons

My issues with Adobe Captivate can be boiled down to three things:1. Despite the interface looking familiar, I found it very difficult to navigate and perform basic functions.2. At the time I was using a virtual desktop to work and found this software put a great strain on my computer…so much so that everything moved at a snails pace.3. I acknowledge that, with time and effort, I could have learned to be proficient with Adobe Captivate. But that time investment, for the high the price, wasn’t feasible (especially considering if we chose this software, we’d have to teach others to use it as well).

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David M.

Entertainment, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Captivate & the ease of convertability

Reviewed 4 years ago

It gives you the ability to create in so many ways & to help make video & online training more streamlined, with the added feedback from an LMS to get good feedback on how end users are absorbing the triining

Pros

I truly enjoy the ability to convert old PowerPoint training decks into exciting & yes to coin a phrase, "Captivating" training for our employees & management.

Cons

The cost for our small company is a little high & there is no special pricing for Teachers or Students. It would be great id Adobe would let you replace some of the Adobe Cloud products with Captivate as part of the overall package even if it were for a little more per month.

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Larry L.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Facilitate Development of Training Syllabus

Reviewed 2 years ago

Captivate has taken the hard work out of creating professional learning tools with the ability to create testing without having to program.

Pros

ease of use; HTML5 exposes many options for authoring

Cons

Cost. I don't like the monthly subscription service.

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Mark N.

Nonprofit Organization Management, self-employed

Used monthly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Super Quick for 1st time SCORM Course Authoring

Reviewed 2 years ago

I needed to create a SCORM course under a tight timeline as a beginner, and Captivate did everything I needed, very quickly. I was also reached out to DIRECTLY by a customer service member via email asking if I needed help. I did not need, help, but it was nice to know that the service was available.

Pros

I really liked how easy Captivate was to learn and use in just a few hours. I do video production work, and needed to take a 3-hour long video curriculum, and adapt it into SCORM formatting for a client's educational project. I had never done a SCORM course before, but was able to with ease on the Captivate platform.

Cons

It did crash a few times when overloaded with large video files, however was rebooted and back up and working quickly. I also just wish it was included in my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. However, the price point was still great.

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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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Nicolas H.

Education Management, 501-1,000 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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A Reliable Multimedia Tool

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I consider Adobe Captivate to be a re liable took to create multimedia and screen recording tutorial video. With little learning I am able to create very empresive videos . I like the ability that I can combine several existing projects together and easily add images and videos.

Cons

The software is a little pricey and not a part of Adobe Cloud collection but if your are in education the price is affordable.

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Mercury T.

Higher Education, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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The Most Practical LMS

Reviewed 5 years ago

More overall experience of Adobe Captivate was great considering all that it offered including the price. This is an LMS with a company that is constantly updating to meet a scalable population.

Pros

This LMS is one that you can open up and start using immediately.

Cons

I would've liked the ability of more social collaboration.

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Ronaldo B.

E-Learning, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Perceptions about Captivate

Reviewed 5 years ago

I use it to develop different materials for online and offline courses.

Pros

It has a variety of features very interesting for the area of courses and training, with the possibility of customization and programming.

Cons

It is very expensive in Brazil. The design power associated with Adobe products does not emerge with the product.

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John B.

Computer Games, 1-10 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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It's like Word on Steroids

Reviewed 5 years ago

I actually made an interactive trip planner that combined video, pics,text, as well as voice over narration that everyoNE involved received on their portabe devices, making for an incredibly smooth trip. Was a blessing to know everyone had all the info they needed.

Pros

The user friendly screen by screen instructions and tips make it so easy that as long as you know the presentation you want, you can create it, if not even better than your original goal.

Cons

The monthly fee seems a little steep, if your only an occasional user. I worked on my project for 5 days, after viewing I spent day 6 making tweaks, and once it was finished the program just sat in my pc unused making me wonder how often I would actually use it vs cost. .

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Executive Office, 11-50 employees

Used other for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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All in one

Reviewed 4 years ago

For the moment, no inconvenience has arisen, it has been very useful to me, the tools are quite good.

Pros

Mainly what I like about this software is the distribution of controls, since they are simple and intuitive, I can access a wide variety of controls and at the same time maximize my workspace. Another quite useful detail that I found excellent is that you can import and extract PowerPoint slides. Generally the tools are easy to use so there are not many drawbacks, besides the fact that you can use widgets to improve your presentation. It is very useful.

Cons

At the beginning it can be a little difficult to understand how it works, however by knowing each tool thoroughly, it is totally simple. The price is a bit high, however the tool is quite good.

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Christina L.

Financial Services, 10,001+ employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Love it!

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

It fits nicely in the adobe suite. Good for eLearning.

Cons

Storyline is easier but this is less expensive

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Glenn T.

Automotive, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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Captivate

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

The software was good value and would be powerful

Cons

Not easy to learn. Would be powerful, but only if you invested in tutorials or lessons as it is not intuitive to use.

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Neil D.

E-Learning, 501-1,000 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Mother of all eLearning systems

Reviewed 2 years ago

Adobe Captivate is probably the best eLearning system in the market however it comes with a cost.

Pros

Adobe Captivate is extremely intuitive. Captivate offers plug-and-play for slides which is a time saver. The other thing that I used a lot was to convert existing PowerPoint content to interactive videos.

Cons

Adobe Captivate is one of the most expensive eLearning systems. The UI seems a bit dated and requires more features and a bit of redesign.

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Apparel & Fashion, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Works well with an organize de agenda

Reviewed 5 years ago

Need something more independent and creative.

Pros

The ability to save multiple lesson plans and return to them when you're ready to continue.

Cons

A little steep on the price and adobe retains a lot of our work due to captivates servers

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Wade R.

Human Resources, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Better options available

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Captivate was easy to figure out on how to use given that I was a first time user.

Cons

It was really limited for what I needed. The cost was over our company budget. I think there are better alternatives.

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Hein G.

Hospitality, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Captivate for e-learning

Reviewed 5 years ago

E-learning authoring

Pros

Ease of set-up Integration with PowerPoint is great Links with entire Adobe suite

Cons

Expensive as it is not part of the Creative Cloud offering.

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Law Enforcement, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great for illustrations and Document Preparing

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Software simulations are on point! I'd Recommend to ANYONE.

Cons

The product is quite expensive for those that don't use it daily!

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Colin C.

Design, self-employed

Used monthly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great e-learning tool

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Adobe has made another slid product and I've been able to expand what I do because of it. The software is simple and easy to learn and I started making e-learning videos after just a few minutes of messing around.

Cons

The only issue I've had is with Adobe's pricing model, but aside form that the software seems excellent.