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Adobe Captivate

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85 Ratings

Adobe Captivate

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Captivate is leading the pack with this software solution. While Adobe has owned it for a few years now, Macromedia had already built an amazing tool. Captivate will provide you solutions for training internal staff as well as customers. It is so much easier to quickly record a short tutorial and send it out to your staff to watch at their own pace, than to host a classroom of people that are all learning at different speeds...the slower bunch taking more time and frustrating the faster bunch. With Captivate, I can create any type of video I want and add music, or background audio, or speech to it along with sound effects. Great solution!
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Blackboard Collaborate

It definitely is well suited for department meetings and communication between students and teachers for online tutoring. I actually think it could be useful for a variety of companies, especially for employee training purposes. It may be a bit too complicated for generic communications with clients.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

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

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
High quality audio
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.3
High quality video
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
6.2
Mobile support
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4

Screen Sharing

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Desktop sharing
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.3
Whiteboards
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4
Calendar integration
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Meeting initiation
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.7
Integrates with social media
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Record meetings / events
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Slideshows
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.6
Live chat
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Audience polling
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Q&A
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5

Online Events Security

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
User authentication
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
5.7
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Pros

  • Easy learning curve. Captivate makes it easy for a new user to pick it up and understand where to begin. Adobe, in general, does this very well and Captivate is no exception. When you begin using Captivate, many of the tasks to create a video come naturally as things are laid out in a way that makes sense.
  • Embedding with LMS (Learning Management Systems). Adobe has made it very easy to deploy your produced video to any of the popular LMS's available. Captivate also gives you a very easy way of including a SCORM score for any quizzes that must be passed at the end of the video in order to proceed to the next video.
  • Capturing Audio has never been easier. With Captivate you can easily add voice-over audio that you can record directly inside of Captivate, or import a pre-recorded audio clip. You can import sounds from other sources for effects in the video and Captivate already includes all of the commonly used sounds for mouse-clicks, error sounds, etc.
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  • The interactive whiteboard allows instructors to load PowerPoint or other presentations into the display which can then be highlighted, marked on, typed on, or used for real-time presentations with students.
  • Blackboard Collaborate features a robust desktop sharing component that allows instructors to share their entire desktop, portions of their desktop, or just specific applications with participants. They can also pass control over those applications to session participants. This is very useful for demonstrating software programs that session participants may not have on their own computers.
  • The user feedback buttons in Blackboard Collaborate allow session participants to express a variety of emotions during online sessions through buttons that represent a smiling face, thumbs down, and a confused face. In a face-to-face classroom, instructors who notice a confused face on some of their students know to stop and re-explain a concept. These digital faces provide the same interaction in the virtual classroom.
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Cons

  • Adobe Captivate does not allow for great customization overall. For example, you cannot change the default font, causing a lot of wasted time changing the font choice.
  • Creating engaging interactions could be a simpler process.
  • A customizable Quick Access Toolbar would be quite useful.
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  • Currently, the audio and video features are enabled separately from each other. You could end up in a situation where 6 people in a 12-person classroom have their cameras enabled and 6 different people have their microphones enabled. It would be ideal if one "Talk" button turned on that person's audio and video simultaneously.
  • The number of active participants able to turn on their microphone or camera is still limited compared to other products on the market. Competing products allow dozens of participants to enable their audio and video during the entire session without having to switch back and forth as Blackboard Collaborate requires with larger sessions.
  • Blackboard Collaborate still relies on Java to function. As such, it has to bundle a Java launcher application in order to open sessions. Similar products can function using HTML5 entirely within modern browsers.
  • Desktop sharing is not visible on mobile apps although the chat, whiteboard, and audio is fully functional.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate9.3
Based on 3 answers
There is no doubt in my mind that we will be using Adobe Captivate for years to come. There are so many uses for the software that we are just scratching the surface. The more we use it, the better it gets. This is a great option for anyone looking for an eLearning authoring tool.
Tracy Ford profile photo
Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a tool that faculty likes to use. It has so much flexibility to allow students to see a class even if they happen to not be available in the classroom.
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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.
Tracy Ford profile photo
Blackboard Collaborate8.9
Based on 3 answers
Collaborate is a easy to use, easy to learn, and a well supported product. It is not overly complex yet it is quite feature rich. I think that most users (both instructors and students) should find it easy to use without much outside help.
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Reliability and Availability

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No answers yet
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Blackboard Collaborate8.0
Based on 1 answer
The availability of the software is quite impressive. You can access it at any time that you want and from anywhere that you want, but that depends on how the software is set up by the University. There might be sudden outages due to not having enough space on your database, which we had that very issue happen recently here at our University. During that time, you could not access their blackboard at all until it was brought up online again.
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Performance

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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
The performance of the software is remarkable. The loading speed of the pages is more than satisfying, it all depends on the users internet package. So far, there wasn't any issue of Blackboard slowing down other software or systems when integrated with them
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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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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
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Alternatives Considered

I feel that Captivate integrates with the creative cloud better than its competition. Furthermore, it is easier to use and offers more features to instructional and graphic designers.
Mike Marmon, PhD. profile photo
Google Hangouts and Skype, while free and easy to use, do not provide the focus on educational settings that Collaborate Ultra does. They also do not provide the features for making a session accessible to attendees.
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Scalability

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Blackboard Collaborate8.0
Based on 1 answer
The reason for this rating is that the software is a pretty good tool that can be utilized for use in all of the Universities around the world. It has the capability to fulfill the needs of various different education systems. Although, there are slight improvements that are needed, therefore the rating is at 8.
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Return on Investment

  • Faster time to effectiveness
  • Lower training costs
  • Remote training
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  • Adoption rates have been low so ROI isn't what it could be. However, in our case, this is due to a lack of training about and on the product.
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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

Blackboard Collaborate

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