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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Learning Management

    Adobe Captivate

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Canvas

    81%
    Canvas ranks higher in 13/13 features

    Course authoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    41 Ratings

    Course catalog or library

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    38 Ratings

    Player/Portal

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    32 Ratings

    Learning content

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    33 Ratings

    Mobile friendly

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    40 Ratings

    Progress tracking & certifications

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    37 Ratings

    Assignments

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    41 Ratings

    Compliance management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    32 Ratings

    Learning administration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    36 Ratings

    Learning reporting & analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    38 Ratings

    Social learning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    33 Ratings

    Gamification

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Attribute Ratings

    • Canvas is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    6.1

    Adobe Captivate

    61%
    59 Ratings
    8.5

    Canvas

    85%
    83 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.8

    Adobe Captivate

    88%
    3 Ratings
    9.3

    Canvas

    93%
    5 Ratings

    Usability

    7.0

    Adobe Captivate

    70%
    3 Ratings
    10.0

    Canvas

    100%
    8 Ratings

    Support Rating

    6.6

    Adobe Captivate

    66%
    30 Ratings
    9.0

    Canvas

    90%
    18 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Adobe Captivate

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Canvas

    100%
    1 Rating

    Online Training

    Adobe Captivate

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Canvas

    80%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Adobe Captivate

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4

    Canvas

    84%
    5 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Adobe Captivate

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Canvas

    80%
    1 Rating

    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

    Canvas

    It is really well suited for school situations like knowing what [assignments] need to be done when, getting feedback, getting points, finding the slides that the teacher used for explaining an [assignment] or theory. I think It would be less suited in business situations because it's [primarily] made to be a [one-way] communication tool for schools. Businesses need more control on individual levels I think[.]
    William Hazevoets | 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

    Canvas

    • Creativity options for teachers to create a virtual space that still has fun graphics and accessibility options.
    • Canvas has versatility in viewing options for assignment due dates such as the calendar built in feature as well as the dashboard options to display upcoming and due assignments.
    • Allowing teachers to create community with each other and collaborate in each-other's space.
    • Discussion platforms within classrooms for students to communicate with each-other and with their teachers.
    • Easy messaging portal within each virtual classroom.
    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

    Canvas

    • Their integration with Big Blue Button was a bust for distance learning. Would be great to see them collaborate with Zoom or Google Meets.
    • Their "feature request" process is slow and cumbersome at times because it relies on user "up votes" to get ideas addressed by the developers.
    • They seem to have a lot of turn-over with their staff. We get a new Customer Success Manager far more frequently than with other vendors.
    Patrick Woessner | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Adobe Captivate

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $399 one-time fee

    Adobe Captivate Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Subscription33.991
    Pereptual License$1,2992
    Student & Teacher Edition$3992
    Upgrade$4992
    1. per month
    2. one-time fee
    Additional Pricing Details

    Canvas

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Canvas Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details
    Must contact vendor for pricing information.

    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

    Canvas

    Canvas 9.3
    Based on 5 answers
    The other LMS tools have fallen behind. One reason is they are not able to update their systems, features, toolsets in a timely manner. While other LMS providers release bug fixes and new features several times a year, schools struggle to install and implement them in a timely manner. It is not uncommon for a school to take 6 months to a year to fully install and implement new releases on other LMS platforms. With Canvas, those features are released every 3 weeks, and there is nothing for a school to do other than choose to turn them on once released. This has allowed Instructure to innovate faster, and get new features and tools to customers quicker. Other factors include great pricing, customer support, and the innovative way in which LTI is implemented in the tool.
    Kevin Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Adobe Captivate

    Adobe Captivate 7.0
    Based on 3 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

    Canvas

    Canvas 10.0
    Based on 8 answers
    The functions in Canvas are well integrated and consistent across the application, and mostly intuitive. Overall navigation and setup is streamlined through integrated features and navigation. The feedback we've gotten from our program participants is that it is easy to learn to use. It also integrates well with third party software like Google Docs and Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing software
    Jeanne Rewa | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Adobe Captivate

    Adobe Captivate 6.6
    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

    Canvas

    Canvas 9.0
    Based on 18 answers
    I do not personally use Canvas support since we have a central office that helps us. However, our central office always has the answers we need and are always able to solve our issues - so I would assume that get great support from the Canvas team on their end. They also offer great training, which uses materials directly from Canvas
    Ashley Milton | TrustRadius Reviewer

    In-Person Training

    Adobe Captivate

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Canvas

    Canvas 10.0
    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
    Bethany Cleveland, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Online Training

    Adobe Captivate

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Canvas

    Canvas 8.0
    Based on 1 answer
    The online tutorials and videos are very clear and addressed the issues/questions that I had about using the system.
    Bethany Cleveland, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Adobe Captivate

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Canvas

    Canvas 8.4
    Based on 5 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
    Kevin Reeve | 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

    Canvas

    Canvas is more secure, has a cleaner design, and has more features. For the features, they have in common canvas still stacks up against [Smart school] by going for the extra mile. Besidfor e that, [the] canvas looks a lot more [professional] than [Smart school]. I didn't make the decision myself to get canvas instead of [Smart school] but I'm happy they did.
    Jarne Horemans | 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

    Canvas

    • Canvas has helped us provide a more robust online component to our courses.
    • Canvas has helped us better adapt to a rapidly changing educational landscape.
    • Canvas has reduced the time that we have to spend training faculty on how to use our learning management system.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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