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Adobe Captivate

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Adobe Captivate

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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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Canvas

Canvas is a great all-around LMS, and it is easy to get up and running with if you have not used an LMS before or are redesigning a course. As with any LMS, however, converting courses between platforms can be a headache. So, if you have courses in Desire2Learn (D2L), Blackboard (BB), or some other LMS, be prepared to run into many problems if you try to use automated methods for converting the course over.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
8.0
Canvas
8.6
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Canvas
9.5
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Canvas
8.5
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Canvas
7.8
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.5
Canvas
9.0
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Canvas
8.7
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Canvas
7.8
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Canvas
9.5
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Canvas
7.8
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Canvas
8.8
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Canvas
8.6
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Canvas
8.6

Pros

  • Easy learning curve. Captivate makes it easy for a new user to pick it up and understand where to begin. Adobe, in general, does this very well and Captivate is no exception. When you begin using Captivate, many of the tasks to create a video come naturally as things are laid out in a way that makes sense.
  • Embedding with LMS (Learning Management Systems). Adobe has made it very easy to deploy your produced video to any of the popular LMS's available. Captivate also gives you a very easy way of including a SCORM score for any quizzes that must be passed at the end of the video in order to proceed to the next video.
  • Capturing Audio has never been easier. With Captivate you can easily add voice-over audio that you can record directly inside of Captivate, or import a pre-recorded audio clip. You can import sounds from other sources for effects in the video and Captivate already includes all of the commonly used sounds for mouse-clicks, error sounds, etc.
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  • Intuitive Design
  • Modern in-line engagement functionality, 3 click video recording
  • Tier 1 Support is phenomenal
  • Cloud based, enabling frequent and continuous updates for product evolution
  • High performance (no system slowdown) and solid uptime
  • Undelete functionality, (if instructors delete content it can be undone)
  • Strong course calendar system
  • Canvas support guides and documentation are extremely helpful
  • Mobile apps perform well, Speed Grader is a faculty favorite
  • Linking to content is easy within courses
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Cons

  • Captivate can stagnate and is less user-friendly when it comes to adding animations and certain transitions on your presentation.
  • I found that Captivate wasn't always so user-friendly when it came to using the Demo presentation feature. There were times when I'd have to re-record my steps because for some reason it wasn't accepting certain clicks and/or it would capture things I didn't want it to capture.
  • I found myself getting frustrated a lot when using Captivate because some of the things that I was used to clicking/creating on a different software tool (that was more user-friendly) and the results I was looking for caused me to take extra steps when using Captivate.
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  • Glitches -- even after four years of using Canvas, I still experience glitches in the system. Most recently, the Media Comment tool was not fully reliable when I was recording feedback to students.
  • Missed opportunities -- there are some functions that are not fully realized in functionality. For example, an instructor can assign badges to students via the Attendance tool; however, the instructor is the only one who can view the badges tally! The effectiveness of badges hinges on students' intrinsic motivation -- how can they find motivation if they cannot see the badges that they've earned in a course?
  • Poor reporting / poor extraction of data -- the Attendance reports that are downloaded from the system are simply horrible to decipher and read. If an instructor must produce a conversation from the Inbox to an administrator/supervisor, there is no easy way to extract these messages from Canvas. The best one can do is take screen shots of the conversation!
  • Inbox -- the whole Conversations experiment that Canvas has been performing must end. The Inbox tool acts nothing like conventional email. Professors see the word "Inbox" and expect a traditional email tool. Instead, there is a "bait-and-switch" quality to Conversations. In my four years of training faculty to use Canvas, I regularly received complaints about the Inbox and the challenge of storing, sorting, and managing messages.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate9.3
Based on 3 answers
We are all in with Adobe products as creative tools, but are leaning more and more on Articulate for course development. It is likely that Captivate will continue to be a tool in our belt even if it isn't our immediate go to
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Canvas9.3
Based on 5 answers
Canvas has provided an exceptional product but their commitment to customer support and user satisfaction is unparalleled. While there is always room for improvement, Canvas is the best LMS I have used to date.
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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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Canvas8.0
Based on 6 answers
There are a few tools that need an overhaul, and are a bit cumbersome to use, or lack some of the features that faculty want.For example the current web grading tool, although better than others I have seen, could have fewer clicks. There are some inconsistencies in interface in a couple of areas. I hear that a complete overhaul of the gradebook i, and grading s underway and will be released in 2016.
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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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Canvas8.7
Based on 3 answers
There are online tutorials and FAQs that provide a great deal of support for general questions. Also, Canvas is open source and is willing to work with individual customers to customize their LMS to fit their needs
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Canvas10.0
Based on 1 answer
The training sessions were broken down into several days as well as different levels depending upon the knowledge of the user
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Canvas8.0
Based on 1 answer
The online tutorials and videos are very clear and addressed the issues/questions that I had about using the system.
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Implementation

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Canvas8.5
Based on 2 answers
Once you purchase and sign the contract there is nothing to install or hardware to buy. You can almost immediately start using it and have courses up and going within weeks. We signed in December and had pilot courses online ready to go for the start of school in January
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Alternatives Considered

TutorPro's LiveContent leaves a lot to be desired. It is very difficult to use as an assessment tool. It won't record web-based applications correctly and the results are impossible to analyse. StoryBoard was similar to Adobe Captivate, but the LMS integration left us needing more. Camtasia is a linear recording tool with some add quirks that make longer videos very difficult and time consuming to edit. Camtaisa has some very strong tools, though, for video and audio editing, and we keep it around for those needs.
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Honestly, I prefer Blackboard. It's a behemoth and hard to maintain with the number of clicks it takes to set something up or edit. And the voice recording tools are clunky, but it offers more variety in terms of course customization. The flexibility of how you set up the menu bar is something I find useful for students (like I said earlier, the homepage in Canvas has to be really good for students not to feel lost). Canvas looks better than Blackboard and has better video and audio recording tools, but I kind of like Blackboard better.
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Return on Investment

  • One negative aspect of ROI is Adobe Captivate has a steep learning curve.
  • Another negative impact on ROI is Adobe Captivate isn't the least expensive tool on the market.
  • On the positive side, Adobe Captivate has freed up our trainers from tedious classroom tasks.
  • Another positive is that our implementation of Adobe Captivate has resulted in dozens of time-saving training modules, building a library of content used throughout the firm.
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  • Students enjoy the constant feedback and visibility that canvas provides them
  • Creating new courses is a fairly straight forward process that reduces the size of the learning curve.
  • At times, Canvas has gone "down" placing a strain on faculty
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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

Canvas

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