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Adobe Captivate

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Captivate is well suited for technical scenario activities. For example, software simulations where demonstration, practice, and assessment are necessary. Captivate does a very good job of creating simulation type activities compared to other solutions. Captivate also does very well with scoring on assessments. Whether you use clicks or questions to score, Captivate has a great ability to score both types. It is less suited for rapid eLearning development. If your company is looking for a solution to build more traditional eLearning such as click-through presentations with some interactivity and the ability to include multimedia elements, then another solution may be more appropriate. Captivate is a great tool for more advanced developers.
Michael Whatley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Camtasia

In looking at client's existing websites and speaking our thoughts about them to our potential web design clients via screencast videos, Camtasia is nearly the perfect solution. Camtasia is also great for providing project updates and training videos to our web design clients. For complex integrated screencast presentations, we might need to integrate a better software program like Adobe Premier or After Effects. For faster and more simple screencast vidoes we use Jing via Screencast.com instead
.Kim Murphy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe Captivate

  • Quickly adding in graphics, text, and interactive buttons.
  • Has extensive variables and branching for additional customization, beyond the competition.
  • Has 360 degree capability which competitors don't offer (I have not used this feature).
  • High degree of customization and personalization.
  • True responsive screen display on all devices, viewable as you are creating the training. This is different than some competitors - some just shrink the screen, but Adobe Captivate allows actually removing or moving or changing items at different screen sizes.
  • If you like Flash, it has Flash output, although it's going away in 2020. Personally, I think this is an outdated technology.
  • Many advanced capabilities. I chose this product due to the capabilities.
  • Comes with assets, templates, people, head shots, and full body—excellent.
  • Adobe Captivate is the authoring tool. It integrates with Adobe Captivate Prime - which I highly recommend if you want to truly take advantage of all of its features in reporting, administration, compliance, and social learning. (I didn't use Prime because you essentially need 100+ students to affordably use Prime.) If you look at my chart of what Captivate is capable of, I can't say that Captivate has a lot of the reporting features because they are part of Prime/SCORM, although, with Captivate's customization, you might be able to do most of them if you are up to it, but I did not.
Pam Pierce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Camtasia

  • The product is extremely intuitive. For a first time user, it doesn't take long to be able to produce a minimum viable product.
  • There are enough editing capabilities to produce high-end, professional looking videos. Voice narrate, highlight cursors, zoom and pan, seamless transitions.
  • The layout is simple and helps keep your projects in line. Being able to drag and drop from the clip bin to the timeline and then move objects around to the second makes creating easy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Captivate

  • Adobe struggles in its customer support. Knowledgeable Captivate support technicians to teach and troubleshoot would elevate this powerful tool.
  • As mobile learning journeys away from Flash, developing strictly in HTML5 is a becoming a must. Captivate has an HTML5 inspector to review your project for potential flash-based issues, but development in HTML5 only is not as intuitive. I waste valuable time and effort making adjustments after the fact.
  • Many of my SMEs (subject mater experts) submit drafts in PowerPoint. Captivate has a PowerPoint import option, but transforms each slide into an image, removing any ability to edit the content after import. The issue alone is enough to drive me to alternate authoring tools. Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to distribute and teach all of our SMEs to use Captivate.
Relton McBurrows | TrustRadius Reviewer

Camtasia

  • Both a pro and a con of it being easy to use is that it has limited features.
  • Better video editing abilities.
  • More enhancements on creating videos. Added webcam in the video would be nice while presenting.
  • Automated closed captioning would be great!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 8.8
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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Camtasia

Camtasia 3.9
Based on 2 answers
It's a great solution for the price.
Lori Wildman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Tracy Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Camtasia

Camtasia 7.9
Based on 5 answers
I haven't used another video recording and editing tools that is as comprehensive and straight-forward as Camtasia. Typically, if you want a user-friendly video editing tools for novice users, you have to compromise on features. Camtasia solves this problem by offering extensive editing features in a simplistic, user-friendly environment. Highly recommend
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 6.7
Based on 30 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.
John Fester | TrustRadius Reviewer

Camtasia

Camtasia 8.3
Based on 15 answers
With the latest version (Camtasia 2020), I actually had problems with an Imac with HighSierra, but from the first moment they answered and guided me to solve the problem, even before making the purchase (with some doubts I had). And they have support in English and Spanish, I really liked that.
Jorge A. Merino | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is an okay software program, but it is not something I'd pick over Articulate Storyline or Articulate 360. I only selected Captivate because it was mandatory for my course plus I wanted to explore it to find out how it worked. But after using it, I didn't find it to be as appealing as I thought. It's not a horrible software tool, it has its perks but it's just not as user-friendly as I'd hoped it would be.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Camtasia

Premiere overall all is a more robust software but it requires a level of expertise most of our everyday user don't have as with Adobe After Effects it really requires formal education/training in videography or multimedia to be able to properly capitalize on. We also use Google Loom with has some similar features but lacks any post-production editing or enhancement features
Mark Nowowiejski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe Captivate

  • Adobe Captivate has helped us lower training costs without the need for external training.
  • The program allowed us to create in house training without the need for third party collaboration.
  • End users could communicate about training needs and Adobe Captivate made it easy to update current training modules.
Bruce Emmerling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Camtasia

  • The value for this product is the ability to become proficient at using it in a very relative short period of time.
  • The price point is very low for such a feature rich product. It almost is addictive. I have found myself trying to find videos to create just so I can use the product.
  • Contracting out to a company to create videos will cost you much more than the small investment made in this software. Even if you invest in some of the other TechSmith products that can be used to supplement content to your videos, you will still find yourself well under a budget for a contractor.
William Ruthrauff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe Captivate

General

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

Camtasia

General

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

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