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Score 6.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Presenter

As I mentioned earlier, it's best used for "presentations," rather than bona fide "training." That's why we tend to use it when the information is relatively simple and/or doesn't need to be fully internalized or mastered (which would require providing opportunities for practice and feedback and a more engaging, interactive learning experience). However, it can be used as part of a blended-learning solution, with some information provided via an Adobe Presenter module first, and then some kind of instructor-led session as a follow-up, which would include more role-specific info, as well as practice and feedback opportunities.Also, as I mentioned earlier, Adobe Presenter Video Express is great for creating quick overview demos about a new system -- more of a "see what it can do" type thing than a "here's how you do it" thing (unless the "it" is very simple and the video is used more as a microlearning/performance support type of offering).
Laura Gillenwater | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

It's useful for a classroom video session with a professor, as multiple students can access it at once (it will stream better if only the instructor uses video and others just use chat) and both lecture or answer questions, employing the Whiteboard feature as necessary. There is a hand raising option students can use to signal that they have a question, or they can just put a question in on the chat section.It is not as interactive as some video tutoring platforms I have seen, but it is something that our support services at school have access to with a site license, so it's ideal for us.
Becca Guler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Presenter
6.2
Blackboard Collaborate
Course authoring
Adobe Presenter
7.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Course catalog or library
Adobe Presenter
6.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Player/Portal
Adobe Presenter
6.2
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning content
Adobe Presenter
6.4
Blackboard Collaborate
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Presenter
5.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Assignments
Adobe Presenter
6.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning administration
Adobe Presenter
6.0
Blackboard Collaborate
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Presenter
7.4
Blackboard Collaborate

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
3.2
High quality audio
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
4.5
High quality video
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
4.5
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
2.6
Mobile support
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
1.1

Screen Sharing

Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
6.4
Desktop sharing
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
6.4
Whiteboards
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
6.4

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Calendar integration
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0
Meeting initiation
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
6.4
Integrates with social media
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Record meetings / events
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
7.6
Slideshows
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
7.6

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Live chat
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Audience polling
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Q&A
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0

Online Events Security

Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
6.1
User authentication
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
6.1
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
6.2
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate
6.1

Pros

Adobe Presenter

  • Because it integrates with PowerPoint, it is possible to go from planning outline to storyboard to final output withing a single document and as part of a seamless and logical design process.
  • Its ability to create videos that capture screens along with web-cam recordings, then edit them within the solution means higher level training recordings can be created versus, say a recorded WebEx training session.
  • Presenter's ability to create quiz elements similar to Adobe Captivate, add interactions, and interface with Adobe's LMS means it is capable of functioning as a complete e-learning development environment. .
  • If up front cost is a consideration, Presenter wins hands down over many better known training development and e-learning solutions.
Ronald Ray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

  • The ability to host a number of people in a meeting and manage their participation via text and audio.
  • The screen sharing features allows presenters to demonstrate procedures exactly as instructed on the screen. This also allows the presenter to permit others to share their screens if they need clarification of something or to share further ideas.
  • The software gives you the freedom to use a whiteboard to draw/demonstrate concepts to students and other employees.
Carly Pietrzyk, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Presenter

  • We have faced some difficulty with Presenter and Adobe Flash. Some of our teachers have grown weary of constant messages of not having the correct Flash player, even though it is.
  • We wish we had the ability to use more than one quiz in a presentation in order to more accurately determine student success, but we are able to see the number of slides viewed along with the quiz score to help determine mastery.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Logging in can be challenging for students who are not exactly computer literate. The program's reliance on an updated Java can be a real source of frustration for students and parents.
  • Accessing sessions once they've been recorded is a bit cumbersome. It is especially difficult for professors who are not as computer literate.
  • Accessing a virtual classroom could be improved. I would like to see a customizable "button" or "widget" option that can be placed on a professor's webpage.
Laura Abercrombie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter 8.2
Based on 1 answer
My company is pretty invested in the Adobe ecosystem and is unlikely to change that in the foreseeable future. Also, Adobe Presenter is a very valuable tool and, with the new subscription model and the pricing we have, a relatively modest expense now. It's also fairly easy to learn and use, so it is starting to spread beyond the sphere of the various Learning & Development departments.
Laura Gillenwater | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a tool that faculty likes to use. It has so much flexibility to allow students to see a class even if they happen to not be available in the classroom.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter 7.0
Based on 2 answers
It is easy to learn and use, but is frustrating if you begin to run into error messages concerning Flash as you are in the publishing stage.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.9
Based on 3 answers
Blackboard collaborate, is very easy to use, in my opinion. However, I consider myself fairly computer and technologically literate. Some professors, students, and parents I know who try to use the software have a difficult time with it. Some suggestions for improvement--I think there should be an autostart tutorial for participants (and session leaders, if I'm being honest) with an checkbox option to "never see this again" if you find yourself to be an expert. It should cover the basics such as: the raise hand feature (or the other polling features), the chatbox feature, the whiteboard feature, and the mic/camera. This way, we don't have students freaking out when they enter the session and us having to calm them down every single time. It may make the program a little less "lightweight" which I know is what you're going for--but it makes the workflow more challenging for those of us actually using the software regularly.
Laura Abercrombie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It is easy to access since it is an added tool to the Powerpoint program. We have not had complaints from faculty members regarding not having it available when they need it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The availability of the software is quite impressive. You can access it at any time that you want and from anywhere that you want, but that depends on how the software is set up by the University. There might be sudden outages due to not having enough space on your database, which we had that very issue happen recently here at our University. During that time, you could not access their blackboard at all until it was brought up online again.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Due to the aforementioned issues with Flash, it can be discouraging to get to the publishing stage and begin receiving error messages. Once we are able to move past that issue, we have great success with the performance of Adobe Presenter.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The performance of the software is remarkable. The loading speed of the pages is more than satisfying, it all depends on the users internet package. So far, there wasn't any issue of Blackboard slowing down other software or systems when integrated with them
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter 3.6
Based on 1 answer
I think I pretty much answered this earlier....premium support is extremely expensive and online support can be difficult to navigate. Although, to be fair, when it comes to Presenter (compared to, say, Captivate), there isn't too frequent a need for support, since Presenter is a rather simple tool to use
Laura Gillenwater | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter was the first product we started using. We were lacking something in our system and someone recommended Adobe Presenter to us. After carefully reviewing aspects of Adobe Presenter, we figured it will be best for our needs. Although the transition period was a little tough for us, in a couple of weeks time we were very comfortable with it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

While other products can handle more active participants in a meeting at one time, Blackboard Collaborate has a much simpler and easy-to-use interface that makes it an ideal product for one to many presentations. It integrates fully with multiple learning management systems to allow simply scheduling as well as has a separate front-end to allow for use outside of the LMS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter 6.0
Based on 1 answer
The program still seems to rely heavily on Adobe Flash even though the online community is moving away from it. When publishing, users will experience error messages regarding Flash, which can make it difficult to complete your work.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The reason for this rating is that the software is a pretty good tool that can be utilized for use in all of the Universities around the world. It has the capability to fulfill the needs of various different education systems. Although, there are slight improvements that are needed, therefore the rating is at 8.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe Presenter

  • I feel like we have increased productivity of educators and learners. If you've already invested in the Office suite, there isn't a large learning curve for educators, so that is a huge positive when it comes to the lack of training required for the software.
Vicky Creasy, EdD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Collaborate Ultra has been the most effective for us for training faculty virtually.
  • Faculty have been excited that they can have a remote guest speaker in their classroom, and all they need to do for set up is to e-mail that guest speaker a link to join the session.
  • Collaborate Ultra is beyond useful for faculty to meet with online students who are either across the country, or even in other countries, with tools that really help to focus on course work.
Joseph Axenroth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe Presenter

General

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

Blackboard Collaborate

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Presenter
7.0
Blackboard Collaborate
3.1

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Presenter
8.2
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Usability

Adobe Presenter
7.0
Blackboard Collaborate
8.9

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Presenter
7.0
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0

Performance

Adobe Presenter
5.0
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Support Rating

Adobe Presenter
3.6
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Scalability

Adobe Presenter
6.0
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0

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