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Adobe Captivate

86 Ratings

Blackboard Collaborate

Top Rated
81 Ratings

Adobe Captivate

86 Ratings
Score 7.6 out of 101

Blackboard Collaborate

Top Rated
81 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Well suited: Gives your presentation a different appearance and allows you to create simulations that lessen your steps when it comes to making training/simulation videos.Less appropriate: Not as user-friendly as I thought. Animations/states are hidden and cause the creator to take extra steps versus using a different type of software program tool.
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Blackboard Collaborate

As a composition professor, there is less need for me or my colleagues to use it--though I have in the past. I see it especially beneficial for math professors because the whiteboard feature allows symbol notation for math problems, and students can see how the problems are worked out synchronously. I also have used it in the past for literature discussions in a small-group setting after class, as well as for content reviews before exams
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
7.4
Blackboard Collaborate
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Blackboard Collaborate
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
7.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
7.3
Blackboard Collaborate
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
6.5
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
6.0
Blackboard Collaborate

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
High quality audio
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.4
High quality video
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
6.2
Mobile support
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.3

Screen Sharing

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.1
Desktop sharing
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
7.4
Whiteboards
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4
Calendar integration
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.8
Meeting initiation
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.6
Integrates with social media
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Record meetings / events
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Slideshows
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9

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
8.1
User authentication
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
5.8
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Captivate
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Pros

  • Adobe Captivate can integrate current PowerPoint presentation, and transform them into eLearning curriculum.
  • Publishing an Adobe Captivate project is simple.
  • Adobe Captivate uses built-in interactions to engage the learner, making the content easier to remember.
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  • Collaborate makes it easy to share screens, presentations, and images in a digital classroom, which is essential when teaching difficult concepts to people who are not in the same room as the presenter.
  • Collaborate even allows for small-group work WITHIN a larger group. Our teacher was able to break us out into smaller "rooms" for small discussions and presentation prep.
  • The basic controls and modules are easy to learn and teach with presenters.
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Cons

  • Adobe Captivate has some limitations in how dialog boxes and text frames work. This restricts the creativity of my team.
  • It would be nice to have an automatic voice to text feature to turn the narration into closed captioning.
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  • Trying to get started can get very confusing. If you've already downloaded it once, sometimes it doesn't seem to find the previous downloads.
  • When you're downloading, there's no indication that anything's happening until suddenly a small screen appears. This has caused me and others to start the download again and end up with two different windows open.
  • Screen sharing can be glitchy - the person sharing can't necessarily see how fast (or how slow) the scrolling is happening on the other end. I usually have a second computer set up so I can "see" as both the facilitator and a participant.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate10.0
Based on 2 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.
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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.
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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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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 Captivate10.0
Based on 1 answer
Every issue I have ever had was handled with care and quite thoroughly. After the initial conversation on the phone, I received frequent emails letting me know what they were working on, and also received follow up phone calls. After I found the resolution, I got one more call to ensure everything was working properly. The follow up was quite surprising.
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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

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Blackboard Collaborate meets the needs of a conferencing tool. It is especially great used in sync with other Blackboard products.
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Scalability

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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

  • 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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  • Collaborate has had a positive impact on our goals, as it affords our online learners and faculty a place to meet and interact in online courses. It has proven itself more reliable and easier to use, as well as being a more modern option, than tools used in the past. Use of real-time meetings in our online class offerings are likely at an all-time high in part due to Collaborate's implementation.
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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