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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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Saba

We feel as the Saba LMS is great for anyone that has their own content creators or utilize 3rd parties for content. It can even function as an LRS, HRMS, LMS, as has other vast options. It is great for those that want to condense systems into one, however anyone that wants a stand-alone LMS, it can function as this, but works better with direct ties to HRIS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
7.9
Saba
7.8
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Saba
7.6
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Saba
8.2
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Saba
7.8
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.5
Saba
8.0
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Saba
7.5
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
7.8
Saba
8.4
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Saba
8.0
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Saba
7.8
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Saba
8.4
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
6.9
Saba
7.3
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Saba
7.3

Onboarding

Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.5
New hire portal
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.4
Manager tracking tools
Adobe Captivate
Saba
8.2
Compliance tracking and reporting
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.8

Performance and Goals

Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.9
Corporate goal setting
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.6
Subordinate goal setting
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.7
Individual goal setting
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.0
Line-of sight-visibility
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.8
Performance tracking
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.6

Performance Management

Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.9
Performance plans
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.1
Plan weighting
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.0
Manager note taking
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.3
Performance improvement plans
Adobe Captivate
Saba
5.8
Review status tracking
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.2
Rater nomination workflow
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.3
Review reminders
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.9
Workflow restrictions
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.5
Multiple review frequency
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.5
Reporting
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.5

Succession Planning

Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.3
Create succession plans/pools
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.3
Candidate ranking
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.4
Candidate search
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.1
Candidate development
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.1

Recruiting / ATS

Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.6
Job Requisition Management
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.0
Company Website Posting
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.7
Publish to Social Media
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.3
Job Search Site Posting
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.8
Customized Application Form
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.3
Resume Management
Adobe Captivate
Saba
7.3
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Adobe Captivate
Saba
5.9
Candidate Search
Adobe Captivate
Saba
5.9
Applicant Tracking
Adobe Captivate
Saba
5.9
Collaboration
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.8
Email Templates
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.2
User Permissions
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.7
Notifications and Alerts
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.0
Reporting
Adobe Captivate
Saba
6.9

Pros

Adobe Captivate

  • Adobe Captivate is a full-featured authoring tool, offering users a wide range of interactive and educational tools. Adobe Pro applications excel at providing you most of the options that you want and more than you need.
  • Captivate offers live authoring in responsive design. This feature is essential as we look to develop more content for use across mobile devices.
  • Captivate integrates seamlessly with the other Adobe Creative Suite tools that we use. We combine PhotoShop, Acrobat, and Captivate to create some amazing learning tools.
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Saba

  • Diversity of topics
  • In-depth subject
  • Linking with external learning modules like TED
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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.
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Saba

  • Interface with discussion forums
  • More technical could be desirable
  • Culturally-specific could be great
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 9.2
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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Saba

Saba 7.3
Based on 4 answers
Typically customers that acquire a Saba solution rarely move away. There are reasons and "legends" behind this. The investment is significant. Time and money are required to make the engine go smoothly. But once it runs at full capacity, it doesn't stop! Professional Services are extremely competent and able to close implementation gaps quickly.
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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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Saba

Saba 6.4
Based on 2 answers
Complications with changing behaviors when operational changes are made.
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Support

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 8.0
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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Saba

Saba 2.8
Based on 2 answers
Too many touches and lack of support team understanding of the issue.
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Implementation

Adobe Captivate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Saba

Saba 4.0
Based on 1 answer
Reporting should increase further levels of analytics.
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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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Saba

Each of the other platforms we used or researched had their own specialities. Some were excellent for specific uses. We wanted a tool that had a more comprehensive package though with performance, compensation and succession planning. This way the tool could grow with us. Given the expanded HR functions we still wanted learning at the core, though, and Saba does that. The peer learning tools were far better than others we looked into.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Captivate

  • 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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Saba

  • We have seen greater accountability by staff and the organizations we serve.
  • There has been more participation by staff in training and use of the site to access resources.
  • Being able to provide online training and meetings is a great benefit as we have many staff members in rural locations.
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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

Saba

General

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

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