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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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Brainshark

I love what Brainshark does for me and how easy it is to train someone else to use it. Most people are familiar with PowerPoint and that makes and easy start that can be enhanced with animation, voice over and background music. You can also upload videos, SCORM compliant classes and more to make an easy to use system to present training and education. I have reviewed a number of other programs, and all seem to have the same weaknesses in reporting. Brainshark does what I need without a lot of difficult training.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
7.9
Brainshark
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Brainshark
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Brainshark
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Brainshark
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.5
Brainshark
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Brainshark
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
7.8
Brainshark
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Brainshark
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Brainshark
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Brainshark
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
6.9
Brainshark
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Brainshark

Pros

Adobe Captivate

  • Captivate allows the user the ability to create a drag n drop method within your presentation. I was able to successfully incorporate an activity within my course module that would allow the learner the chance to test their knowledge by dragging and dropping items into the correct sections. I found that to be nice and pretty seamless.
  • Captivate allows the user to create and include states and actions. I think this is important because it allows for the creator to make engaging and interactive slides that will hopefully keep the learner motivate and engaged in the material.
  • Captivate has the options of demo and simulation slide presentations. I found these to be useful within the course I was building because it prevented me from having to complete extra steps of using a different video caption software tool then having to upload it into Captivate. This feature was already included within Captivate which made it nice and easy to access and incorporate into my presentation.
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Brainshark

  • Brainshark is a very user-friendly tool that can be learned in a very short period of time; which was extremely valuable as there was only one experienced Brainshark author in our company.
  • Brainshark is a great way to communicate to a global audience. Our company has expanded their global footprint and often the only cost effective way to communicate or train in different time zones and remote locations is using tools like Brainshark.
  • Brainshark provides us a hosting platform accessible across the globe where none exists today in our company.
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Cons

Adobe Captivate

  • Although Adobe Captivate is powerful, it is not at all intuitive. Before attending a training on Captivate, we had no idea what we were doing. The learning curve is steep.
  • Captivate's video editing skills could be improved. Other products, such as Camtasia, blow Captivate out of the water in this regard.
  • The audio functionality is odd when integrating with Adobe's Audition program. You can record the tracks in audition and then pull them in or record directly to a slide within Captivate. If you record within Captivate, the audio quality and volume does not match any track brought in from Audition.
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Brainshark

  • They need to add closed captions to their player... using slide notes as a caption is not acceptable. Its been 3 yrs since I brought this up.
  • They favor Apple products, I use droid and it seems like the droid app doesn't get the attention of the apple app.
  • Pricing is a little steep compared to competitors
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 9.2
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.
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Brainshark

Brainshark 8.2
Based on 39 answers
It is a fantastic value. Our people use Brainshark constantly and we find more and more uses for it each year.
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Usability

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 8.0
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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Brainshark

Brainshark 9.9
Based on 6 answers
BrainShark is great for those with beginner and intermediate level software skills. It doesn't take a programming genius to get up and running with this application.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Brainshark

Brainshark 9.1
Based on 4 answers
I'm always able to access Brainshark, whether it is to upload, record, share, download, or view presentations. Whenever I do need to contact someone at Brainshark, there is always someone there. I have never had a problem accessing a presentation and any updates to presentations are viewable immediately.
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Support

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 8.0
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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Brainshark

Brainshark 9.9
Based on 5 answers
The first line of support is pretty basic, but if you can get to the more senior/technical people, they're solid
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Online Training

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Brainshark

Brainshark 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Easy to view...and access...like the attachments feature...content is always current.Quantity and quality of content is excellent...
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Implementation

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Brainshark

Brainshark 8.7
Based on 2 answers
Their ongoing support after implementation is excellent and easy to access...
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Captivate

Each software offers different strengths and weaknesses; however, the cost, reliability, and ease of use of Captivate outshines the competition. As a user since the RoboDemo days, I've been continuously impressed with what can be accomplished with Adobe Captivate.
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Brainshark

That is a HUGE list of products. I have implemented 2 full LMS systems and a number of smaller systems and I have to say Brainshark is by far the best for easy content delivery.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Captivate

  • Helps us easily convert some (as appropriate) live instructor led courses into on-demand eLearnings, which enables to better utilize our in-person classroom time. By stuffing less into our in-person events, our learners have a better experience (course ratings) and retain more (process compliance)
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Brainshark

  • Increased positive results from new employees who are not experiencing delays in registering for their user services due to the online training
  • Better customer service as it relates to payroll due to the training being given to administrative assistants across campus.
  • Able to be compliant with State requirements regarding Ethics Training
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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

Brainshark

General

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

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