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Adobe Presenter

24 Ratings

Saba

Top Rated
32 Ratings

Adobe Presenter

24 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

Saba

Top Rated
32 Ratings
Score 7.4 out of 101

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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).
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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 Presenter
6.9
Saba
Course authoring
Adobe Presenter
7.0
Saba
Course catalog or library
Adobe Presenter
6.0
Saba
Player/Portal
Adobe Presenter
7.0
Saba
Learning content
Adobe Presenter
8.0
Saba
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Presenter
5.0
Saba
Learning administration
Adobe Presenter
6.0
Saba
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Presenter
9.0
Saba

Performance and Goals

Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.5
Corporate goal setting
Adobe Presenter
Saba
5.9
Subordinate goal setting
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.0
Individual goal setting
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.9
Line-of sight-visibility
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.4
Performance tracking
Adobe Presenter
Saba
7.1

Performance Management

Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.7
Performance plans
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.8
Plan weighting
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.6
Performance improvement plans
Adobe Presenter
Saba
5.7
Review status tracking
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.6
Rater nomination workflow
Adobe Presenter
Saba
7.5
Review reminders
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.8
Workflow restrictions
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.4
Multiple review frequency
Adobe Presenter
Saba
7.1
Reporting
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.9

Succession Planning

Adobe Presenter
Saba
5.4
Create succession plans/pools
Adobe Presenter
Saba
5.8
Candidate ranking
Adobe Presenter
Saba
5.5
Candidate search
Adobe Presenter
Saba
5.3
Candidate development
Adobe Presenter
Saba
5.0

Recruiting / ATS

Adobe Presenter
Saba
4.7
Job Requisition Management
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.4
Company Website Posting
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.4
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Adobe Presenter
Saba
2.7
Candidate Search
Adobe Presenter
Saba
2.7
Applicant Tracking
Adobe Presenter
Saba
2.7
Collaboration
Adobe Presenter
Saba
4.5
Email Templates
Adobe Presenter
Saba
5.5
User Permissions
Adobe Presenter
Saba
5.5
Notifications and Alerts
Adobe Presenter
Saba
4.7
Reporting
Adobe Presenter
Saba
6.2

Pros

  • This tool is great for allowing anyone already familiar with PowerPoint to convey reasonably simple and short content asynchronously. It's quick and easy to learn how to use it and even allows for some basic types of quiz questions.
  • You can publish it to your company's Adobe server (if you have one) or as a SCORM package to upload to a traditional LMS.
  • It gives you the choice of recording audio within its own PowerPoint ribbon (not my method of choice) or to import and sync audio created outside of Presenter (which I prefer, because it's easier to edit and maintain.)
  • I also love that it comes with Adobe Presenter Video Express, which can be used within the Presenter ribbon or as a stand-alone application. It's a very easy way to create short system demos with narration, and allows for zooming and panning, as well as allowing you to intersperse, or even simultaneously show, webcam video.
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  • The user interface is much improved over any previous product they offer. Users find navigating the application seamless and effortless.
  • Saba's personnel, including support, is attentive, caring, and eager to help.
  • True SaaS, cloud-based model. Updates are frequent and constantly improving the product.
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Cons

  • I don't know if this qualifies as a "con," per se, but it's important not to try and use this as a full-fledged e-learning authoring tool, as the opportunities it affords for effective practice and feedback is minimal. It's a well-named product, since "Presenter" really is best used for "presentations," rather than bona fide training.
  • There's no real "programming" ability (like being able to use custom actions and variables).
  • I also wish that, when syncing animations to audio narration, if you make a mistake mid-way through a slide, you could re-do just from where you made the mistake on forward, rather than having to resync the whole slide.
  • Better audio editing capabilities within the product would make it feel less "necessary" to me to use an external audio editing product.
  • It's also not the cheapest of the tools that does this kind of thing. For example, SNAP, by Trivantis, does many of the same things at about a tenth the cost.
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  • There are quite a few complexities for learning administrators who are responsible for managing training, but the coming releases are slated to address some of these challenges to improve the experience.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Presenter8.2
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.
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Saba7.2
Based on 4 answers
We are continuing with ERP systems that include learning, performance, and succession with increased user/community training and US-based support.
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Usability

Adobe Presenter7.3
Based on 1 answer
For all of the reasons I mentioned earlier. Overall, it's quite easy to create basic presentations with and to publish output with, either to an Adobe server, an LMS, or, I think, as stand-alone module. But there are some areas for improvement and better in-product help and explanations would be helpful, as well.
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Saba6.4
Based on 2 answers
Complications with changing behaviors when operational changes are made.
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Support

Adobe Presenter3.6
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
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Saba2.9
Based on 2 answers
Too many touches and lack of support team understanding of the issue.
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Implementation

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No answers on this topic
Saba4.0
Based on 1 answer
Reporting should increase further levels of analytics.
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Alternatives Considered

I compared Adobe Presenter to Brainshark many years ago and found that I vastly preferred Presenter because it had much better quality audio (Brainshark used telephones to record audio at that point, although that may have changed over the years) and was easier and more intuitive to use (at least to me. I also looked at Snap, but that wasn't quite as full-featured, although it was vastly less expensive. Another main reason why we use Adobe Presenter is that my company is pretty deeply invested in Adobe products and we have our own hosted Adobe server, which we can easily publish to via Adobe Presenter
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We had extensive reviews with a plan of what we needed and must have out of the system, including custom learning paths and tracking inside our HRIS system to grant permissions and positions based on completed learning certifications and courses. We weighed each option and chose based on the one that met the most of the must-haves.
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Return on Investment

  • We don't really measure the ROI of this tool directly or in any kind of "hard numbers" way.
  • However, I will say that its ease and speed of use (compared to some of our more full-featured e-learning authoring tools) does allow us to create more deliverables more quickly, which has a (non-quantified) positive ROI in terms of L&D staffing and throughput.
  • Also, the fact that it's PowerPoint-based means that we can have subject-matter experts create the initial draft of the underlying content, saving L&D "specialist" time for just doing stuff that may require greater expertise, like tweaking the content for better instructional design, creating the quiz questions (if any), recording the narration, and doing the other more "technical" Adobe-Presenter-specific things.
  • It also saves the company money in that we don't have to provide the subject-matter expert with Adobe Presenter licences for them to be able to substantially contribute to the creation of the module.
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  • The positive impact Saba has had on our overall business objectives are nearly beyond measure. This was our first learning management system and it has improved the efficiency of delivery, made tracking possible, and helped to unify and standardize organizational learning. Time spent in development has decreased on collaboration across sites is markedly increased.
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Adobe Presenter

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

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