What users are saying about

Adobe Captivate

86 Ratings
Score 7.6 out of 101

McGraw-Hill Connect

7 Ratings
Score 6.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Well suited: Gives your presentation a different appearance and allows you to create simulations that lessen your steps when it comes to making training/simulation videos.Less appropriate: Not as user-friendly as I thought. Animations/states are hidden and cause the creator to take extra steps versus using a different type of software program tool.
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McGraw-Hill Connect

I think McGraw-Hill Connect could be very useful for online and hybrid courses with large online components. The program allows students access to a large number of resources. In fully face-to-face courses it may not be as appropriate. I would also make sure to verify the complete successful functionality of the product before adopting it again
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
7.4
McGraw-Hill Connect
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.3
McGraw-Hill Connect
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
7.0
McGraw-Hill Connect
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
McGraw-Hill Connect
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.0
McGraw-Hill Connect
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
7.3
McGraw-Hill Connect
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
9.0
McGraw-Hill Connect
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
6.5
McGraw-Hill Connect
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.0
McGraw-Hill Connect
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
6.0
McGraw-Hill Connect

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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  • McGraw-Hill has very responsive customer support for students and faculty.
  • McGraw-Hill has a large number of resources available.
  • The program should integrate with your department's learning management system (LMS).
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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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  • The integration with Blackboard was somewhat clunky and not very smooth.
  • The adaptive quizzing portion did not function fully when we adopted it, causing us massive issues with student grades.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate10.0
Based on 2 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.
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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 Captivate10.0
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Every issue I have ever had was handled with care and quite thoroughly. After the initial conversation on the phone, I received frequent emails letting me know what they were working on, and also received follow up phone calls. After I found the resolution, I got one more call to ensure everything was working properly. The follow up was quite surprising.
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Alternatives Considered

I have used Lectora and Storyline. All of these authoring tools have their pros and cons. Lectora: great for adding custom UI to a course, or branching. Can be complicated to learn though. Storyline: probably the easiest tool of the three to use. Can be limited. Captivate: excellent at screen recording and grabbing screenshots and making simulations/demos. Difficult to do a custom UI
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McGraw-Hill Connect does a great job being user friendly and has relevant tasks and activities for what needs to be taught. Blackboard does a good job being used as a communication and quiz board and Cengage operates based on activities similar to Connect.
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Return on Investment

  • Captivate has saved us a lot of time not having to record take after take of live human narration.
  • Captivate will make it easy to update any existing narration by simply editing note text in the content and re-generating the computer voice.
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  • Because it did not integrate well with BBlearn and the adaptive quizzing did not function properly, we lost a great deal of time and had to face a large number of student issues. If it had worked well, we may still be using it.
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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

McGraw-Hill Connect

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