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Adobe Captivate

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Adobe Captivate

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Captivate is a great tool for creating content from scratch intended for use in responsive design. This is one of my go-to tools when this particular scenario exists. Captivate's responsive design option and the wide range of tools make the application an amazing option for mobile design. Despite having a PowerPoint import and conversion option, Captivate is NOT the tool to use when starting with content created in PowerPoint. Slides are imported as a single image, removing animations and any ability to edit the content.
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Articulate Storyline

It is easy to use, professional, and interactive. Those are key qualities for a product in this category.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
8.0
Articulate Storyline
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Articulate Storyline
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Articulate Storyline
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Articulate Storyline
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.5
Articulate Storyline
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Articulate Storyline
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Articulate Storyline
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Articulate Storyline
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Articulate Storyline
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Articulate Storyline
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Articulate Storyline
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Articulate Storyline

Pros

  • The program really excels at providing central platform for combining different training technologies such as voice recordings and videos.
  • Adobe Captivate can provide different types of training media including mobile applications and HTML 5 files.
  • The program provides a robust set of interactive and multimedia features that can aid in providing a more effective training session
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  • Easy-to-use and learn quickly. For any learning designer who has used PowerPoint, Articulate Storyline will be a breeze to learn. You can very quickly learn how to create a simple e-learning interaction that will run in and be tracked by an LMS, and as you become proficient, you can take it to the next level of complexity and sophistication.
  • User community that is second to none. I have never been a part of such an active user community. The support and generosity with knowledge is incredible. Any help a newbie might need is just a forum post away, the e-learning heroes always provide help!
  • Customer service and support. Articulate pride themselves in putting customer service and support at the forefront. Whenever I have had to contact support, the response has been not only super prompt, but also comprehensive.
  • Extending the software. You can build great e-learning interactions very quickly, but if you want to take a few steps further, Storyline lets you add Javascript to produce some really unique interactivity.
  • States, layers and variables. Using a combination of states, variables and layers allows a developer to build almost anything, like games, branched learning and more.
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Cons

  • Adobe Captivate can be a resource hog for lower end systems, especially when working with video clips or voice over recordings.
  • The full license price can be expensive for smaller organizations.
  • The program can be a bit difficult to learn in the beginning.
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  • Articulate could do a better job at sharing their plans for the future: a roadmap would be really nice
  • It would be great if I could do more advanced video editing and audio editing in Storyline. The current options are quite basic and as an experienced developer I would really love to have more options to edit and clean up audio and video that I record in Storyline.
  • HTML5 is still wonky but that's just how HTML5 is as it is still in development.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate9.3
Based on 3 answers
We are all in with Adobe products as creative tools, but are leaning more and more on Articulate for course development. It is likely that Captivate will continue to be a tool in our belt even if it isn't our immediate go to
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Articulate Storyline8.9
Based on 19 answers
We can't imagine using any other software at this time.
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Usability

Adobe Captivate8.0
Based on 2 answers
Adobe Captivate does take some getting used to. There are features that are much more convoluted than they need to be, but overall it is a great product with a some excellent features. Being in a pretty small market, Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline dominate the space. They are not the same software, but allow for eLearning authoring. Each has their benefit and their downside, but, for me, Adobe Captivate edges out Storyline.
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Articulate Storyline7.9
Based on 15 answers
"if you can use PowerPoint, you can use Articulate Storyline" (perhaps not its more advanced features, but enough to get going)!
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Support

Adobe Captivate8.3
Based on 2 answers
The support team is good in responding and maintaining communication. Sometimes...well...almost always, you will find yourself having to use a 2nd attempt with more details and easier terminology to get the tech to understand the question or situation. These techs should know English 100% and their product 100% to be on a support team for the USA. I do not get the impression this is true.
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Articulate Storyline9.0
Based on 9 answers
The online community and the folks at Articulate are both incredibly helpful. Many possible questions do not even need to be asked, as the answers can already be found in the "E-Learning Heroes" community that supports the products and their users. This includes lots of examples, free content, and "show me how X is done" tutorials.
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Online Training

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Articulate Storyline5.1
Based on 3 answers
I love the fact that both a demonstration AND text version of the tutorials are available. Our firewall was blocking the demos until I requested my company allow them! Having the text version available still enabled me to learn from the tutorials. They are very well done and informative, and there is a tutorial for just about anything you need to learn to do with Storyline. I have always been more than satisfied with the support and training available to us for all Articulate products and I love the community!
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Implementation

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Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 9 answers
Implementing Articulate Storyline was a straight-forward and painless as humanly possible. There were no headaches found with other authoring tools not behaving well in existing systems, it really is excellently designed software. Everything was thought out so very well.
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Alternatives Considered

TutorPro's LiveContent leaves a lot to be desired. It is very difficult to use as an assessment tool. It won't record web-based applications correctly and the results are impossible to analyse. StoryBoard was similar to Adobe Captivate, but the LMS integration left us needing more. Camtasia is a linear recording tool with some add quirks that make longer videos very difficult and time consuming to edit. Camtaisa has some very strong tools, though, for video and audio editing, and we keep it around for those needs.
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While many of the authoring tools offer comparable features and functionality, Articulate has provided the most user-friendly and intuitive functionality of all products I have tested. Articulate products are my preferred product to work within when developing e-learning solutions, and I develop 98% of my courses within their suite of products. In my opinion, there's really no other solution.
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Scalability

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No answers yet
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Articulate Storyline9.1
Based on 4 answers
It is easy to train new users and manage content. Being able to import older projects and PPT files makes it very easy to use for a lot of "moonlighters" in our department.
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe Captivate has had a very positive impact on our bottom-line and allowed us to win customers by demonstrating the software's capabilities and flexibility.
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  • We've had no negative impact.
  • Storyline is great for ROI. A module can be created in a day or so depending on the complexity.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Captivate

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Articulate Storyline

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details