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Adobe Captivate

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Adobe Captivate

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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
8.0
Brainshark
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.2
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
8.3
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
7.4
Brainshark
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Brainshark

Pros

  • Can create almost any kind of animation or interaction imaginable. The options with Captivate are endless.
  • Captivate files work in virtually any LMS which means it is a good solution for most, if not all, organizations.
  • Product support for Captivate is really good. It's very convenient to troubleshoot any issues that arise.
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  • 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

  • I wanted Captivate to be a little bit more intuitive. This may take away from the endless ability to customize; however, it would make things easier if you wanted it.
  • Creating interactions could be a little easier. You have to make sure that every tiny detail of the interaction is timed and entered perfectly for the interaction to work.
  • Some ready-made templates that are easy to manipulate and computer voice-over would be nice. Perhaps that functionality is available now, but it was not in the version we had earlier this year.
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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 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.
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Brainshark8.2
Based on 39 answers
We will renew Brainshark as long as the users continue to see its value by creating and viewing presentations. So far it has been invaluable for bulk trainings, and in conjunction with meetings. The only reason we would not renew is if a similar tool came along that was a little simpler and had better collaboration 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 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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Brainshark9.9
Based on 5 answers
I always get an immediate response and detailed instructions to help address my questions.
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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

I prefer Articulate 360 over Adobe Captivate. While Captivate does have more features overall, Articulate 360 is much easier to navigate and nice, clean courses can be created in a fraction of the time.
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We didn't really compare a lot of products.
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe Captivate was a HUGE cost savings for us. We were using an external firm to design our content (in flash) which is now uneditable and not user friendly, at a large cost.
  • Due to the ability to publish more interactive PDF files we can allow people without access to Prime or an LMS to leverage our eLearning content through Adobe Reader
  • Full flexibility in updating and aligning training to new branding easily and cost free.
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  • More efficient sharing of information
  • Interactive training content
  • User-friendly development
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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