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Adobe Captivate

86 Ratings

Brainshark

66 Ratings

Adobe Captivate

86 Ratings
Score 7.6 out of 101

Brainshark

66 Ratings
Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate really excels at providing tools to create interactive, electronic learning sessions. We were able to create electronic training modules on how to use a Joomla based CMS system as well as with procedures for handling data forms. It was also helpful for creating short videos with screenshots for help guides. Perhaps the one area where the program might not excel as well would be with paper based instructions or training documents. Adobe Indesign or other programs are much more feature rich for documentation creation.
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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
7.4
Brainshark
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Brainshark
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
7.0
Brainshark
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Brainshark
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.0
Brainshark
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
7.3
Brainshark
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Brainshark
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
6.5
Brainshark
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.0
Brainshark
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
6.0
Brainshark

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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  • We use the video slide feature often for promoting our products. The video slide provides more motion and activity to attract viewers at the very beginning of the presentation.
  • SlideShark is a great mobile application that allows us to share presentation content and present during sales calls. It is easy to use and always ready.
  • We have been passing parameters to and from the Brainshark guest book for years. Using the guest book parameters, you can capture viewer information without the viewer completing fields. This works great in email applications where you can pass attributes into the guest book automatically.
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Cons

  • I honestly can't think of how to improve Adobe Captivate at this time. I've been using Adobe Captivate for years to create eLearning content. While I also use other authoring tools, I always come back to Adobe Captivate to do my heavy lifting. It's a great product!
  • I just thought about one thing. I really like the way I can animate square and circles in Camtasia to look as if they were hand drawn. I wish I could do the same with Adobe Captivate.
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  • Would like to see more user control for how videos are displayed in social media - selection of splash image, description, sizing, shareable links.
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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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Brainshark8.2
Based on 39 answers
For the niche it fills in the content we produce, there aren't many alternatives. We want something a non-technical, non-design user can use to quickly create content that is distributable to an external audience. I'm not aware of a tool that does that and offers the same features.
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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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Brainshark9.9
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

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Brainshark9.1
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 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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Brainshark9.9
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

No score
No answers yet
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Brainshark9.1
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

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Brainshark8.7
Based on 2 answers
Their ongoing support after implementation is excellent and easy to access...
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Alternatives Considered

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Nothing quite compares. It is a good niche product that plays to its strengths.There is always a balance of powerful tools and ease of use for admins and users. Brainshark strikes a good balance with a lot of features but keeping it very easy for viewers to access content.
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Return on Investment

  • To be frank, ROI is difficult to measure at this point in an academic institution, but I do find that in general, online students respond well to seeing and hearing an instructor's face and voice. This has probably helped improve student evaluations in my online classes, would be a metric that most higher ed instructors would be concerned with.
  • I suppose a negative impact would be time investment. However this can be mitigated by re-using materials when appropriate.
  • My use this quarter has involved editing pre-existing lectures. I've been able to shorted several lectures and I've been able to break up one lecture that was way too long into two smaller, more modular lectures. This has helped improve the class without forcing me to re-record the same lecture.
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  • More knowledgeable sales force
  • More informed home office
  • More creative content creators
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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