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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

It is well suited for developing training for the web using HTML5 or Flash, especially if you want to use responsive or advanced features and capabilities. Highly recommended if you want customization, branching, variables, green screen, 360 degrees, and other advanced features. Integrates with SCORM, xAPI, etc. Other competitors are easier and more intuitive but less powerful. If you want the easiest no-frills development that is as fast to develop as possible, then look at competitors.
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iSpring Learn

This program works well for us to deliver content to the general public and those that have signed up for our courses. It is easy to use and is accessible on any device.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
8.1
iSpring Learn
8.3
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.3
iSpring Learn
9.0
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.4
iSpring Learn
7.4
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
8.0
iSpring Learn
8.2
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.8
iSpring Learn
7.9
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.2
iSpring Learn
9.3
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
8.1
iSpring Learn
8.8
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.6
iSpring Learn
8.7
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
8.8
iSpring Learn
7.1
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
iSpring Learn
8.8
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
7.0
iSpring Learn
7.2
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.2
iSpring Learn
9.0

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 Personally, I think this is an outdated technology.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.
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iSpring Learn

  • Track training.
  • Provides a certificate of completion immediately following successful completion of the course.
  • The reporting function is easy to use.
  • Training can be set up to be presented on any smart device.
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Cons

Adobe Captivate

  • 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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iSpring Learn

  • Essay type questions cannot be graded on the LMS. It would help if space was provided for the allocation of a mark for questions that are not automatically marked by the testing system.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 9.1
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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iSpring Learn

iSpring Learn 10.0
Based on 2 answers
The best product on the market.
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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.
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iSpring Learn

iSpring Learn 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I have no problem using it and it is the same for my students. Anytime I ask them which part is not easy to use, they keep silent and say thank you.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iSpring Learn

iSpring Learn 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I have to say ALWAYS.
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Support

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 7.6
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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iSpring Learn

iSpring Learn 9.1
Based on 2 answers
They just do not work on the weekends. If I need anything, they reply less in than 24 hours, except holidays. I like that. They give me good chat support a lot. If I forget that I sent them an email, they do not forget and reply to me very soon. It is really appreciated.
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In-Person Training

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iSpring Learn

iSpring Learn 9.1
Based on 1 answer
We can say that most of my students attend my classes twice a week and that's not enough for someone to learn. I put some training for them to do at home and they really enjoy doing them. The kind of progress they make is really satisfying for them and they are always learning.
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Online Training

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iSpring Learn

iSpring Learn 9.1
Based on 1 answer
As a teacher, I used to spend a lot of time correcting my students' papers. Now with iSpring Learn, my time has been saved and everything is done automatically. All the time I can check my students' progress and I know which exams they have taken or they should take. On the whole, online training has really helped a lot of teachers
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Implementation

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iSpring Learn

iSpring Learn 9.1
Based on 1 answer
When I talked to my colleagues or informed them to search for a programme before iSpring Learn, they were not successful in designing and implementing a programme like this. I am sure they have done a lot to implement it in the best and educational way. That was not that easy as we thought.
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Captivate

Captivate is more full-featured than Snagit (which is the most limited), Adobe Presenter Video Express (which is probably the next most limited), or Camtasia (which is probably the most direct competitor that I'm at all familiar with). While I have a limited familiarity with Camtasia (and actually do have access to it because it was bundled into another e-learning authoring tool that I have, Lectora), everything I've seen and read seem to indicate that it's more limited than Captivate.As to why I selected Captivate....my company is basically an Adobe "shop" -- unless there's something that an Adobe product can't do (or can't do well enough), we're heavily discouraged (or, in some cases, simply not allowed) to purchase a competing product.
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iSpring Learn

When it comes to creating materials for learners, Moodle is a real drag to work with, and ProProfs is not much better. ProProfs' LMS is pretty good, but they don't have a good way to create good-looking materials offline. iSpring's Quizmaker seems to have great promise.
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Scalability

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iSpring Learn

iSpring Learn 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Really perfect.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Captivate

  • We recently stopped using a vendor-supplied Security Awareness training and created our own in Captivate. Doing so saved our organization $15,000 per year.
  • We are looking to stop using other vendor-supplied training that will save us an additional $45,000 per year.
  • Adobe Captviate's subscription program is the way to go. For roughly $40 per month, we are able to use Captivate and receive all enhancements they release.
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iSpring Learn

  • Allowed us to get our products on sale quickly and easily.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Captivate

General

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

Adobe Captivate Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

iSpring Learn

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

iSpring Learn Editions & Modules

Edition
500 Active Users2.821
300 Active Users3.001
100 Active Users3.661
  1. user/month billed annually
Additional Pricing Details
iSpring offers unlimited users on any iSpring Learn plan. Only active users are billed. Choose one of 3 flexible plans or request a custom plan for your unique requirements. Detailed pricing is available at https://www.ispringsolutions.com/ispring-learn/pricing.html

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