Adobe Captivate

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Score 7.7 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Captivate is a great tool for creating content from scratch intended for use in responsive design. This is one of my go-to tools when this particular scenario exists. Captivate's responsive design option and the wide range of tools make the application an amazing option for mobile design. Despite having a PowerPoint import and conversion option, Captivate is NOT the tool to use when starting with content created in PowerPoint. Slides are imported as a single image, removing animations and any ability to edit the content.
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360

It is appropriate for low readers in low socio economic schools. I don't think it is inappropriate anywhere.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
8.0
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
9.1
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
9.1
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
9.6
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.5
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
9.1
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
8.4
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
9.6
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
8.8
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360

Pros

  • The program really excels at providing central platform for combining different training technologies such as voice recordings and videos.
  • Adobe Captivate can provide different types of training media including mobile applications and HTML 5 files.
  • The program provides a robust set of interactive and multimedia features that can aid in providing a more effective training session
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  • Accelerated Reader provides informational text passages that help prepare students for college.
  • The dashboard on Accelerated Reader is up to date with current information at glance that can be modified.
  • Students can monitor their own progress towards meeting Accelerated Reader goals.
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Cons

  • Adobe Captivate has some limitations in how dialog boxes and text frames work. This restricts the creativity of my team.
  • It would be nice to have an automatic voice to text feature to turn the narration into closed captioning.
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  • Students are always looking for books to be added for tests!
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate9.3
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.
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader 3608.2
Based on 1 answer
It has been a great resource for our campus.
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Usability

Adobe Captivate8.0
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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Support

Adobe Captivate8.3
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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader 3609.1
Based on 1 answer
They are always quick and knowledgeable.
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Alternatives Considered

As I mentioned before, I've used Adobe Captivate for a long time. I've used other authoring tools, but always come back to Adobe Captivate to do my heavy lifting. Perhaps, I'm just more comfortable with Adobe Captivate and always am surprised at what I can do with it. Camtasia works well with my video, but Adobe Captivate can do it all.
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We love Accelerated Reader at our school and back this program 100% to increase student reading, vocabulary, and comprehension in order to close the reading gap. I haven't seen any other program with the positive results that accelerated reader has done for our students in the last four years. We have gone from having the bottom state testing scores to reaching near the top in various subjects across the board in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.
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Return on Investment

  • To be frank, ROI is difficult to measure at this point in an academic institution, but I do find that in general, online students respond well to seeing and hearing an instructor's face and voice. This has probably helped improve student evaluations in my online classes, would be a metric that most higher ed instructors would be concerned with.
  • I suppose a negative impact would be time investment. However this can be mitigated by re-using materials when appropriate.
  • My use this quarter has involved editing pre-existing lectures. I've been able to shorted several lectures and I've been able to break up one lecture that was way too long into two smaller, more modular lectures. This has helped improve the class without forcing me to re-record the same lecture.
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  • It is a great support to our school as we are re-implementing it this year. Our teachers are excited to dive back into it.
  • We received personalized training at the beginning of the school year that was invaluable to our staff.
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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

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360

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