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Score 8.6 out of 100

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

Powtoon

As I mentioned, it is honestly really useful for an agency like Wafa House because we are limited in our ability to show clients. So creating a cartoon with a fake client and fake staff, that are culturally correct in the depiction was a really amazing way to explain the work our organization does, especially through explained slides with stats and steps.We also used Powtoon to describe in detail the steps someone should take when working with our legal department. It's just a very cool tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Video Marketing

Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.7
Lead generation
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.3
Video personalization
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.8
eCommerce
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.0
Support for advertisements
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.0
Video SEO
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.8
Integration to Marketing Automation
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.5

Video Platform Integrations

Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.5
Integration to Salesforce.com
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.5
Integration to Marketo
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
10.0
Integration to HubSpot
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.0
Integration to Eloqua
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.0
Integration to LMS
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.0

Video Security

Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.2
Video access controls
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.5
User management
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.2
Video link sharing
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.5
Internal video
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.0
External video
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.5

Video Player

Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.3
Player customization
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.2
Embedded videos
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.0
Video quality / Bandwidth controls
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.8
Mobile compatibility
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
7.2

Video Analytics

Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.8
A/B testing
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.0
Streaming quality reports
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.3
Per viewer tracking
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.0
Per video tracking
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.5
Video analytics dashboard
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.0

Video Hosting, Management & Storage

Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.5
On-Demand video
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.7
Live streaming
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.0
Impact of streaming on network
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.3
Video upload & format support
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.0
Video library / File management
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.8
Video portal
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.3

Video Engagement

Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.0
Audience polling
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.5
Audience Q&A / Live chat
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
8.0
Video comments
Adobe Captivate
Powtoon
9.5

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

Powtoon

  • Its interface is really simple, which helps a lot for people who want to try this new way of making presentations.
  • It has animation templates to help the user finish the presentation faster.
  • Animations can be created freely as it is highly customizable, easy, and quick without the need to be an expert in graphic design.
  • There are a large number of backgrounds, images, audios, texts, etc. that can be added to the video presentation.
Penelope Brown | 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

Powtoon

  • lack of variety in characters
  • limited animations
  • lack of support for video files
Isaac feldman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Powtoon

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Tracy Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Powtoon

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 6.7
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

Powtoon

Powtoon 8.3
Based on 3 answers
The support is very helpful and they resolve all my problems quickly
Anonymous | 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

Powtoon

Powtoon is pre-made with cartoons so it is much easier. I use Adobe for videos that are outside of work. To create slide shows, iMovie is best.
Anonymous | 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

Powtoon

  • Saved us time and therefore money.
Christina Cvek | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe Captivate

General

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

Powtoon

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate
7.7
Powtoon
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate
8.8
Powtoon

Usability

Adobe Captivate
8.0
Powtoon

Support Rating

Adobe Captivate
6.7
Powtoon
8.3

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