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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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Skilljar

It is best suited for straightforward learning and course provision where there are no printed materials to deliver with your content, and where there are not several different customized learning portfolios you need to deliver. We are making it work and their support has been fantastic, but it may not have been the best fit for our needs considering the amount of customized content we are trying to deliver
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

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

Pros

Adobe Captivate

  • Adobe Captivate records screen shots click-by-click. This allows us to control exactly what steps the users see.
  • Adobe Captivate allows voice-over dubbing. This feature lets us narrate the steps people need to take to learn the products we are covering.
  • Adobe Captivate allows closed captioning. This lets us add voice-over narration, but also allows users to turn off the sound and read the instructions. Many users participate in training from a cubicle where sound travels too broadly to listen to the voice narration.
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Skilljar

  • Great customer service. The setup team is phenomenal and they are very engaged throughout the setup process.
  • Ease of use. It is easy to create and publish content across domains and make it available to your learners.
  • Always adding new features. Skilljar is very responsive to how their customers are using the product and they are constantly adding new and useful features.
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Cons

Adobe Captivate

  • 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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Skilljar

  • Pricing. We are up for renewal and the pricing structure has changed and is a little hard to follow, and it seems like year over year cost will be significantly higher.
  • Customization limitations. There is a lot that Skiljar can do, but we have been limited by some of the things that it can't that are particular to our use cases. This is a minor con.
  • Administrative overhead. Because of workarounds that we need to do because of lacking functionality, there is a considerable amount of administrative overhead. Again, this is minor as it pertains to Skilljar, as it is our particular use cases that present the challenge.
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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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Skilljar

No score
No answers yet
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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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Skilljar

No score
No answers yet
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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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Skilljar

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Captivate

I have created a matrix that explains how we, as a training team, can help determine the right authoring tool for the learning development job. Captivate really only comes out on top for high priority/high impact courses, since it takes a lot of development time, programming time, narration syncing, etc., but it is much more robust than the others.
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Skilljar

Skilljar was an easy choice because of its web-based format, ease of integration with our current website and built-in e-commerce platform and Stripe integration. The others were also significantly more expensive and did not offer the same level of customer support. Skilljar was ready to use out of the box and gave us all that we need to implement.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Captivate

  • It has enabled us to tailor our courses to the authoring tool that our client wants to use.
  • It lets us work with more clients.
  • It gives us more options in terms of authoring.
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Skilljar

  • Streamlined training process
  • Ease of use
  • Easy change to subscription based model
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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

Skilljar

General

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

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