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Adobe Captivate

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Adobe Captivate

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is great for onboarding scenarios and application simulations. It is not a video program (like Camtasia), and lacks some of the video features that may be desired in an authoring tool.
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Lesson.ly

Lesson.ly is a great tool for creating trainings and lessons for employees. It's easy to use, and easy to access. If you're wanting your employees to have all of their training documents in one place, and where they can be referenced, Lesson.ly is great. It can be expensive, depending on how much your organization is utilizing it, so do your due-diligence when looking into this product. Additionally, it is lacking a bit in customization. We've had new hires provide feedback stating it's a bit boring, and can feel a bit too much like they're back in school. With more customization, this issue could be rectified
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
8.0
Lesson.ly
8.3
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Lesson.ly
9.0
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Lesson.ly
9.0
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Lesson.ly
8.5
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.5
Lesson.ly
6.7
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Lesson.ly
8.3
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Lesson.ly
9.0
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Lesson.ly
9.0
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Lesson.ly
6.5
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Lesson.ly
8.7
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Lesson.ly
8.3
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Lesson.ly
8.0

Pros

  • The ability to quickly and easily create systems demos with text captions automatically added in.
  • The three-mode approach you can use -- you can record one system simulation and then use it to create a non-interactive demo, a guided user-interactive demo, and/or a non-guided user assessment.
  • The ability to set which area of the screen you want to capture, rather than necessarily being forced to capture your entire screen.
  • The ability to use actions and variables (although, admittedly, I haven't really delved into this in Captivate myself...)
  • The ease of publishing output to an Adobe Connect server.
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  • Lesson.ly is a great training tool. Our new hires have the opportunity to review and reference a large amount of information about our organization quickly and easily.
  • Creating lesson.ly's is fairly easy. We have multiple members of our organization using Lesson.ly, and a large amount of training hasn't be required to get employees up to speed.
  • Our employees, no matter how long they have been with the organization, can access Lesson.ly at any time. Many of our employees use Lesson.ly as a reference tool for various aspects of our organization. Having a catalog of information at the ready is very helpful for our employees.
  • Lesson.ly allows leadership within our organization to provide feedback to everyone in an easily digestible way. We have created lesson.ly's to provide feedback after all-staff meetings and organizational surveys. Additionally, some of our departments use Lesson.ly to send out newsletter-like information.
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Cons

  • Tougher learning curve than some eLearning authoring tools - the interface isn't as familiar as what some other tools provide, so the learning curve can be a little tougher - but once you've got it, it's very intuitive and easy to use
  • Fewer pre-built interaction tools than some other eLearning authoring tools - if you have an idea of what kind of interaction you want to create it's very easy, but you'll often be doing it from the ground up (vs. having a lot of nice pre-built interaction templates). This can be a pro or a con, because it can be a little more time consuming, but also provides more flexibility in terms of what you can create.
  • Sometimes acts a little buggy - every once in a while I'll encounter the software just not acting quite right (e.g. buttons not doing what they're supposed to). Typically this happens with larger projects, and typically restarting the program resolves the issue.
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  • Navigating through finished lessons can be challenging especially if you have completed a large number of them.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate9.3
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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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Usability

Adobe Captivate8.0
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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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Support

Adobe Captivate8.3
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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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Alternatives Considered

Captivate is better for software simulations and handles images a bit better. Storyline always makes a box around the images, which is problematic for selecting items in a drag and drop environment. The workflow of being able to edit images right within the software is also a plus for Captivate.
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Lesson.ly is ahead of the competition in terms of ease of use, ease of setup, quality of support, and in features. One thing it could have is the course marketplace and 3rd party integrations, which it is currently lacking. Its social learning aspects are still uncovered and the mobile app is non-existent but hopefully those will be live soon.
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Return on Investment

  • Faster time to effectiveness
  • Lower training costs
  • Remote training
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  • Lesson.ly has helped save a ton of time in the onboarding process. A lot of valuable hours went towards providing on the job training and hands-on training of new employees. Now with that automated through Lesson.ly, it frees up the rest of our team to focus on their roles and expedites the time it takes to get new employees up to speed
  • Lesson.ly is helping us provide another way to connect and train customers. The full impact of this addition is still being calculated by our company, but it's awesome to have another way to service customers and provide content in a format that is meaningful to them.
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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

Lesson.ly

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