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https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/Ku/G7/JTIAEGFUNF3R.PNGAdobe Captive gets the LMS job done!We needed an LMS at our organization. We are a heavily regulated industry and we often have to train employees on protocols. Adobe Captive is a great LMS tool to implement throughout our organization. It's intuitive and allows us to train everyone at their own pace. It integrates well with PPT which makes it easier to create videos. The check on learning feature allows us to know they were listening and paying attention and not just saying they completed it.,Ease of use. Easy implementation. Self-paced for users.,Offer best practices/training for people making videos and classes. Wishlist is for template games for interactions. Takes up a lot of memory.,7,It allows us to cut training time and instructor time. It allows us to save resources. We are able to create engaging courses for employees. Train on compliance in our industry, which could save us from a lawsuit.,Very useful for demos but could be more user friendly.Adobe Captivate is used by our training department to build training courses and presentations for new and existing employees. As a training advisor, I use Adobe Captivate to show the employees how to use our client data base system. We also use it to make questionnaires so the employees can measure their knowledge at the end of the course.,Adobe Captivate works very well to create demos of how to use a software. Adobe Captivate is a good tool when you want a presentation to be lively and animated. Adobe Captivate works well when you want to record your voice while doing a visual demo.,Adobe Captivate is not that user-friendly. It takes a bit longer to learn how it works. Previews are long to load, even when you are just previewing 5 slides. When you are making a video, it is hard to make changes without having to do it all over again.,6,It takes a lot of time to learn how to use Adobe Captivate, so we have spent a lot of time for training before using it. Projects made with Adobe Captivate are taking much longer to edit and have left us less time for other tasks. Because Adobe Captivate is not that user-friendly, we have lost a lot of time to get back into the habit of using it because we don't use it every day.Captivate Can Keep my Attention. Well, Sometimes.My department is responsible for creating and managing training in the hospital. That includes in-class and online training. We use Captivate to create online tutorials and training materials for posting in our learning management system. Captivate is available to a limited number of employees in the hospital by request, but is primarily, if not exclusively, used by three members of our staff including me. We turn to Captivate as a rapid authoring tool for creating compelling and interactive courses.,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.,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.,6,Captivate has added more complications to workflow than benefits. We have had issues in integrating Captivate's publishing files to our LMS. I am often reluctant to use this tool with the knowledge that the published file may or may not be accepted by our LMS, and neither Adobe nor CornerstoneOnDemand has a consistent solution. I'm stuck with adjusting settings after multiple attempts until the upload is accepted without errors. The result is a slowing of my efficiency in completing projects. Captivate does offer us authoring options that don't exist in authoring alternatives that we use. The interactive learning capabilities that are experienced by our users make this tool useful. Captivate's direct integration with the rest of the Adobe family creates a seamless workflow in design to production.,Articulate 360 and Articulate Storyline,Articulate Storyline, Adobe Photoshop, Snagit, Google Forms, Google Authenticator, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, Cornerstone OnDemand,3,5,Online staff training through our LMS Department orientation and on-boarding Data collection,I am currently developing a mobile experience focused on providing an checklist to be used by new nurses and interns. We typically do not create online learning for external use, but recent completed a series of courses that will be distributed for public consumption,Captivate's widgets might help us with our gamification of our learning experience. Captivate may play a crucial part in the mobile design of our content.,8Why I keep using Adobe CaptivateWe utilize Adobe Captivate to produce training modules for our proprietary system for new customers to learn how to use it. Captivate helps by providing a quick and easy utility that can create amazing videos with no frustration. I love that there are deployment options to host the produced video on different platforms and includes incorporating LMS such as SCORM with a full scoring quiz at the end. Captivate also makes it very easy to address the sounds in the videos and mouse clicks as well as the audio you want the audience to hear.,Easy learning curve. Captivate makes it easy for a new user to pick it up and understand where to begin. Adobe, in general, does this very well and Captivate is no exception. When you begin using Captivate, many of the tasks to create a video come naturally as things are laid out in a way that makes sense. Embedding with LMS (Learning Management Systems). Adobe has made it very easy to deploy your produced video to any of the popular LMS's available. Captivate also gives you a very easy way of including a SCORM score for any quizzes that must be passed at the end of the video in order to proceed to the next video. Capturing Audio has never been easier. With Captivate you can easily add voice-over audio that you can record directly inside of Captivate, or import a pre-recorded audio clip. You can import sounds from other sources for effects in the video and Captivate already includes all of the commonly used sounds for mouse-clicks, error sounds, etc.,While Captivate does an amazing job at recording movement of mouse and keystrokes on the screen, it would be great to have the ability to capture the same items via a plugin to 3rd party software (Outlook, Firefox, or other Adobe applications). The results would be that while working in another application and realizing that someone might want a quick tutorial on something, rather than launching Captivate, one could use the plugin to quickly capture the screen and mouse movement. Configuring the LMS to have quizzes at the end and have a passing score could use an enhancement. While it works great, it is not the most straight-forward setup there is. One finds themselves searching online for solutions and answers how to accomplish certain setup steps for LMS or SCORM. It would be nice to be able to have the control of Captivate on a 2nd or 3rd monitor that is not being captured, to be able to see more of the real estate of your screen that you are capturing.,9,While using Captivate, our organization has decreased training times from 6 days when done face-to-face, down to 4 days when done via Captivate training modules. The ROI thereby has been established at a yearly rate of ~2 months. In just a 2 month period each year, we are averaging a new employee, which is trained in 4 days rather than 6 days, causing the difference in overhead for 2 days to easily pay for the yearly cost of Captivate. Another positive impact Captivate has had on our company is that it provided us the ability (and idea) to create help videos, where normally in a software you have a question mark (?) to click on for help, a text document would open to the FAQ's or User Manual. In our case, it set us ahead of any competition by creating short videos when the user clicks on the question mark and a few-second-long video would play explaining the item they were clicking on.,Camtasia,Articulate Studio, Adobe Photoshop, Hyper-V,No,7,Yes,Yes. When I first started out using Articulate Studio and was publishing to a proprietary LMS, we had major issues getting everything talking together. Adobe was willing to get an engineer online with us, whom spent a lot of time with us to learn how our system worked in order to make a couple changes in the SCORM system in Captivate in order to get it all working. This caused Adobe to publish a hot-fix update that was an optional download. When we installed it, everything was fixed and worked perfectly. I've never known another company to involve an engineer at this level to work with a single customer (my company). Awesome job!Captivate Robust for High Priority/Impact coursesWe are currently utilizing Captivate for high priority/high impact courses that have multiple interaction elements, narration, and overall theme of the organization. Right now, Training and IT are using Captivate. It helps us to stay on theme with brand as well as provide a consistent look and feel to our materials.,Integrates well to LMS via SCORM packages. Able to create template for consistent and compliant branding. Interactive tools are helpful in creating high impact/high interactive courses.,I do wish it were natively able to adjust to all mobile devices like other programs. I wish there weren't so much coding type work to make interactions work. It takes up a lot of space, it should be cloud-based.,9,Captivate has allowed us, as the training team, to complete change training for the organization by breaking out of the PowerPoint world into true eLearning. It has allowed us to stay in brand compliance across all business sectors by creating templates.,,Adobe Illustrator CCAdobe Captivate - the ONLY and BEST authoring tool you can use!Adobe Captivate was initially used by myself and team to design our in-house eLearning content, however, we quickly shared the tool (and our expertise) across the organization to other companies and teams interested in designing eLearning content. We benchmarked with other providers but found that Captivate was the most user-friendly and aligned product. It was easy to use other design suite items with Captivate and it was a fairly easy product to learn.,Easy to use and update Excellent ability to create interactive content e.g. videos/games/imagery Can be published as a interactive file without having Captivate OR a fully functioning LMS which means reaching more learners more easily,I don't think it has any room for improvement - it has worked seamlessly for us,10,Adobe Captivate was a HUGE cost savings for us. We were using an external firm to design our content (in flash) which is now uneditable and not user friendly, at a large cost. Due to the ability to publish more interactive PDF files we can allow people without access to Prime or an LMS to leverage our eLearning content through Adobe Reader Full flexibility in updating and aligning training to new branding easily and cost free.,Articulate Storyline and Adobe Flash,Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Captivate PrimeCaptivate is great at capturing viewers!I am using Adobe Captivate to create demos to teach students and faculty how to use different software packages and our college learning management system. This software is being mainly used by our Educational Technology and Information Resource Management departments. These demos allow people to take training and retake/review training on their own time without having to come to a conference or training classroom. They can do it online from their computer or phone anywhere in the where.,Easy to use to record your computer Easy to use to include closed captions Easy to use to create interactive activities Easy to use to edit your voice recordings,Not as easy to recreate demos for multiple device types. It is possible but you have to keep resizing objects for them to fit on screen. Cost. This is a great program, but it also has a high end price.,10,Captivate has helped us create online courses that teach our faculty how to teach online courses. Captivate has helped our students learn how to complete assignments and use tools inside of our LMS.,Camtasia,Camtasia, Microsoft Office 2016, BrightspaceThe ins and outs of Adobe CaptivateAdobe Captivate is used by my organization as the primary e-learning tool for creating engaging clinically relevant content for staff. There are online learning departments that use the software for training and there is also a training group who use the software. Subject Matter Experts are paired with Captivate design experts to create the content.,Software simulations work very well in Adobe Captivate and are easily captured and editable. Outputs a variety of SCORM compliant formats to work with many LMS. HTML5 compliant content can be adjusted to be viewed on a variety of devices.,The quizzing is very lackluster. You cannot review questions without breaking them. Animations are clunky and not as easy to set up as with other software The workflow in Captivate could stand to be improved. There are limited templating options.,9,Captivate has a steep learning curve, it takes a while for users to become proficient. Travel for training has been nearly eliminated when Captivate has been utilized to create the learning modules. SME's are paid more than content developers so it makes sense to have content developers create the content instead of an SME needing to spend the time to get up to speed to use the software or to train in person.,Articulate Storyline,Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, Adobe XD, Jabber, Skype for Business, Microsoft Office 2016,26,2,Orientation Software Simulations Assessments Knowledge Checks Surveys,Creating gamified training modules Creating presentations that are more engaging that can be created in powerpoint Creating 'easter eggs' in the modules to drive engagement.,Hoping to branch into 3d goggles with future versions of Captivate,10,No,Product Features Product Usability,If we had to do it all over again, I would advocate for Captivate again, just as I have in the past. The other software suites available do not have the robust screen capture process and editing that Captivate has, which are the primary uses for eLearning Authoring tools in my department at present.,Importing Powerpoint slides Creating Quizzes Embedding videos and customizing how they play etc.,Drag and Drop Scripting creating templates,No,8A Variety of UsesOur stsrewide training team uses Adobe Captivate for the development of e-learning courses, software simulations, and interactive job aids.,Very easy to switch out multiple images at the same time using the image library. Good selection of animation features which transition well from Microsoft PowerPoint. Ability to create video demonstrations of software usage and presenter's video camera simultaneously is fantastic.,Tends to be very resource hungry. Not very intuitive for unfamiliar users. Can get complicated quickly, and difficult to find functions.,8,This has been the primary software used for many years in our department. Training would be very boring without it!,Articulate Storyline,Articulate Storyline, iSpring SuiteAdobe Captivate - Robust but ComplicatedAdobe Captivate was used solely by our learning & development team in the Human Resources department up until earlier this year. Captivate was used to create in-house eLearning courses specific to our company that were then loaded into our LMS and made available to all associates for training.,Can create almost any kind of animation or interaction imaginable. The options with Captivate are endless. Captivate files work in virtually any LMS which means it is a good solution for most, if not all, organizations. Product support for Captivate is really good. It's very convenient to troubleshoot any issues that arise.,I wanted Captivate to be a little bit more intuitive. This may take away from the endless ability to customize; however, it would make things easier if you wanted it. Creating interactions could be a little easier. You have to make sure that every tiny detail of the interaction is timed and entered perfectly for the interaction to work. Some ready-made templates that are easy to manipulate and computer voice-over would be nice. Perhaps that functionality is available now, but it was not in the version we had earlier this year.,7,The eLearning courses that were created using the tool have helped to increase associate's overall knowledge of our company and business processes. Because the system is more complicated to use and to create courses the way you want them, we were not able to complete and publish as many courses as the business was demanding.,Articulate 360,Ceridian Dayforce, Mindflash, Cornerstone OnDemandA Flexible Way to Create eLearning: Adobe CaptivateCaptivate is utilized at my organization to create interactive eLearning courses that are housed within our LMS. It is used extensively in my department and a couple others in the organization to address the need for compelling training.,Versatile Powerful Easy to use,Better support Simplify quiz pool functionality Enhance HTML5 functionality and widgets,8,Allows flexibility in terms of presentation It enhances the experience of the user Combines multiple processes into one package Communicates with our LMS,Camtasia and Articulate Storyline,Saba, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe PhotoshopOverview of CaptivateOur organization uses Adobe Captivate in the RAD (Rapid Authoring Development) team. This team develops storyboards that are written by instructional designers for eLearning courses for our corporate clients. The business problem it addresses is that we need an authoring tool that allows for responsive and mobile design and works on tablets, PCs, mobile devices, etc. Many of our clients own Captivate licenses themselves, so they ask us to develop in Captivate so that they can open them and make edits once we have handed them off if they need to.,Adding interactivity: It is possible to create drag and drops, click to reveals that are already formatted, and custom click to reveals. It is fairly intuitive to use to design. Knowledge check questions: there are standard knowledge check questions that you can use, such as multiple choice and multiple answer, drag and drop, matching, etc. Speed of development: it is fairly quick to learn Captivate for most people and once familiar, they can create a course quickly. Screen recording! It is SO good at grabbing screenshots and you can even have it add some of the interactive and instructional elements for you.,It is cumbersome to add a custom UI to the course. It is much easier to just use the stock one, but it doesn't always look the best. Adding variables can be confusing and take a long time, and it's very easy to make a little mistake that throws off the whole thing. Some of the stock options are outdated looking.,8,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.,,Articulate StorylineGreat product for training developmentI use Adobe Captivate to create training modules for different users in the company. I use Adobe Captivate to create training modules for different users in the company. Adobe Captivate is used across the entire company. Adobe Captivate makes it easy to create very engaging training modules.,Create engaging training User-friendly Being able to use both audio and video,Better support Better tutorials It could use more complex animations,7,I have been able to save a lot by using Adobe Captivate I have been able to get projects done very quickly, without having to wait for learning and development. Therefore, I have saved time and money,ON24, Camtasia and Articulate StorylineCaptivate! It didn't quite Cap-tivate my interest.Adobe Captivate was a software program that I used in my graduate degree class. This course was designed for students to use Captivate authoring tool for the development of learning content. We were tasked to use the A.D.D.I.E. model and work with an SME on our project and insert/implement all of our work by using Captivate to build the course content/material.,Captivate allows the user the ability to create a drag n drop method within your presentation. I was able to successfully incorporate an activity within my course module that would allow the learner the chance to test their knowledge by dragging and dropping items into the correct sections. I found that to be nice and pretty seamless. Captivate allows the user to create and include states and actions. I think this is important because it allows for the creator to make engaging and interactive slides that will hopefully keep the learner motivate and engaged in the material. Captivate has the options of demo and simulation slide presentations. I found these to be useful within the course I was building because it prevented me from having to complete extra steps of using a different video caption software tool then having to upload it into Captivate. This feature was already included within Captivate which made it nice and easy to access and incorporate into my presentation.,Captivate can stagnate and is less user-friendly when it comes to adding animations and certain transitions on your presentation. I found that Captivate wasn't always so user-friendly when it came to using the Demo presentation feature. There were times when I'd have to re-record my steps because for some reason it wasn't accepting certain clicks and/or it would capture things I didn't want it to capture. I found myself getting frustrated a lot when using Captivate because some of the things that I was used to clicking/creating on a different software tool (that was more user-friendly) and the results I was looking for caused me to take extra steps when using Captivate.,5,I used Captivate as a student in graduate school and I would say that I am not planning to upgrade my student registration when it's over next year.,Articulate Storyline and Articulate 360,Articulate 360, Articulate Storyline, CamtasiaA feature rich product that creates highly interactive training sessionsAdobe Captivate is being used to create digital training sessions. It is used across the organization and with partners. It provides a robust design program that helps us create effective training sessions for both new and returning users. The program has number of pertinent features including the inclusion of multimedia, voice overs, videos of screen interactions, and interactive services.,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,Adobe Captivate can be a resource hog for lower end systems, especially when working with video clips or voice over recordings. The full license price can be expensive for smaller organizations. The program can be a bit difficult to learn in the beginning.,8,Adobe Captivate has helped us lower training costs without the need for external training. The program allowed us to create in house training without the need for third party collaboration. End users could communicate about training needs and Adobe Captivate made it easy to update current training modules.,JoomlaLMS and WizIQ LMS,JoomlaLMS, LMS Practice Management, Microsoft AccessAdobe Captivate - eLearning authoring toolWe are transforming our training program from completely in-person to a blended learning environment to engage our people better, while saving on the expense of travel. We are spread out over a 300 mile span, making geography a challenge. Adobe Captivate allows us to deliver content on the learner's term, from their own office.,Adobe Captivate can integrate current PowerPoint presentation, and transform them into eLearning curriculum. Publishing an Adobe Captivate project is simple. Adobe Captivate uses built-in interactions to engage the learner, making the content easier to remember.,Adobe Captivate does not allow for great customization overall. For example, you cannot change the default font, causing a lot of wasted time changing the font choice. Creating engaging interactions could be a simpler process. A customizable Quick Access Toolbar would be quite useful.,7,Less travel expense. More access to training courses, more impact on the frontline. Only $29.99 a month, it can be used when necessary, keeping overall cost low.,Articulate 360,Articulate 360, Articulate Storyline,3,,Replacing in class training with eLearning Implementing microlearning for topics of interest Software simulations,Microlearning Software simulation open a lot of options "Board Game" eLearning,Reusable course outlines Further department reach Available for customers,10,No,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation,I do not think that I would change my evaluation process. I utilized the free 30-day trial for both software suites that I was evaluating. I vetted them through our Risk Assessment Team to ensure security is tight. I sought opinions from other users, and read reviews. Being able to try them both helped me make my decision.,10,No,I could not access the Assets tab of Adobe Captivate. I called in for support, they ran through the settings to ensure everything was installed properly. I received frequent email updates and phone calls letting me know what they were doing to find a resolution. I ended up checking with my IT to find the issue was on our end. Adobe made sure everything was working properly, even after it was resolved.,Drag and drop interactions Converting a shape to a button Rollover Caption,State views Timing of buttons Simple settings such as default font,No,8Adobe Captivate captures user experience to captivate our audienceWe are using Adobe Captivate in the training department of our law firm. We are using Captivate to create a self-help library of video shorts covering all the applications we use at the firm. We need an application that will capture the user experience and allow us to replace standard support calls and classroom training by directing users to exactly the content they need. We need a tool that is powerful, yet easy to use so we can create hundreds of videos in a short amount of time.,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.,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.,9,One negative aspect of ROI is Adobe Captivate has a steep learning curve. Another negative impact on ROI is Adobe Captivate isn't the least expensive tool on the market. On the positive side, Adobe Captivate has freed up our trainers from tedious classroom tasks. Another positive is that our implementation of Adobe Captivate has resulted in dozens of time-saving training modules, building a library of content used throughout the firm.,LiveContent, StoryBoard and Camtasia,Adobe Acrobat DCCaptivate 2017 - Almost ready from prime timeI use Adobe Captivate 2017 to create content for both internal and external learners. All content is created within the learning and development department and ranges from simple instruction in the use of a piece of office equipment (i.e. a new printer) to a multi-module course used to teach and certify subcontractors on our company's policies and procedures.,Allows the easy integration and use of Adobe Typekit fonts. This allows me to craft content to meet specific branding requirements, as well as making the content stand out from other material. Provides a good preview of how responsive content will look on different screen sizes. Easily packages content for upload to SCORM compliant LMSs.,The overall interface needs an upgrade. As a user of other Adobe products, I feed that Adobe Captivate lags well behind other applications from Adobe in its interface. Working with responsive boxes is far from intuitive. Having to remember which direction you need to enter a box to make certain changes is frustrating. Support for multiple monitors, including a live preview window, would greatly enhance the usability of the application.,5,Captivate delivers at the subscription price. We pay $29.99 per month and that's about the product's value. The learning curve for Adobe Captivate 2017 is VERY steep. A new user can expect to spend many hours trying to find solutions to how the program does things. I'm still considering attending a paid course to better learn how to use the software. The biggest challenge in that regard is that hardly anyone is offering training on the current version of Captivate.,Articulate Storyline,GoAnimateIt does what I need it toWe are using it in the customer education group, creating eLearning videos on software use.,Software usage tutorrials Introduction videos with audio Practice demos of software steps,Crashes too often Tutorials are not very helpful, usually do not answer the question,7,,Articulate Studio, Adobe Photoshop, SnagitAdobe Captivate 2017 reviewWe use Adobe Captivate mainly for creating assessments for online course development. There are no business issues for us. We use the tool as needed.,It creates interactive assessments and activities. It has a quality set of tools to engage and guide the students. The integration of videos is seamless.,The most glaring issue with Adobe Captivate is its captioning. The resizing of text boxes and images can be more efficient. Backward capability between versions of Adobe Captivate needs to work better from a file saving standpoint.,6,Again, the positive impact it has is the facts is a powerful tool for creating assessments. The negative impact can be integration with the LMS from a back and front end perspective. There hasn't been a negative impact on our ROI.,Camtasia and Articulate Storyline,Camtasia, Articulate Storyline, Articulate 360High learning curve, solid training productOur organization used Adobe Captivate to record and present internal training materials for new sales people as well as compliance related training material for our cross-functional teams. Additionally, we used those courses to track required certifications.,Easy to use Quick to publish Simple learning interface,Hard Dev Learning Curve Video Integration Comprehensive click through reporting,7,Faster time to effectiveness Lower training costs Remote training,,Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Power BITime to changeEveryone has a license, but the whole "click-next-to-continue" type of learning solution is getting old, and learners don't want it. We just purchased Clark Flow and Brightspace as new-age development tools, which are quickly replacing Captivate.,Interactive learning Click-next-to-continue Quizes,We need to build web page-like learning solutions No more slides,5,It's an expensive license, and those who don't know web design languages (not very tool inclined) use PowerPoint or storyline. Those who do know coding use Brightspace. I PREFER Adobe, and use the Creative Cloud apps daily. I just don't use Captivate,Captivate Is Captivating!Adobe Captivate is in use across the whole organization, with different Learning & Development areas using it in different ways, in terms of types of instruction. On my team, and the other Learning & Development teams in the U.S. (which used to be part of my team prior to L&D being decentralized), Captivate has generally been used to create systems training. However, in at least one Learning & Development team in Canadian operations, I believe they also use it to develop more conceptual types of training as well. In addition, last year SLF U.S. acquired part of another company and inherited their Captivate training modules, which were also more conceptual in nature (product training). Personally, though, I think its greatest strength is its ability to create interactive systems training, which I think it does better than any other product that's available for a similar cost. For more conceptual training, I prefer to use other tools, although I do think that Captivate is very capable of doing a good job with that, as well, from conceptual courses I've seen that were created with Captivate.,The ability to quickly and easily create systems demos with text captions automatically added in. The three-mode approach you can use -- you can record one system simulation and then use it to create a non-interactive demo, a guided user-interactive demo, and/or a non-guided user assessment. The ability to set which area of the screen you want to capture, rather than necessarily being forced to capture your entire screen. The ability to use actions and variables (although, admittedly, I haven't really delved into this in Captivate myself...) The ease of publishing output to an Adobe Connect server.,It drives me crazy that the caption text doesn't automatically put a period at the end...I always have to end up going into each and every one to add that darned period! The caption boxes aren't as slick looking as they should be nowadays, and the ability to customize them isn't quite as robust as I'd like. Getting live tech support is exceedingly expensive and Adobe has the worst, most frustrating website (which is ironic, considering the products that they sell). Adobe has many very good products, but they're not a company I enjoy doing business with.,9,I believe that it's had a generally positive effect, but that's mostly based on anecdotal info, "Level 1" evaluation, and some non-quantitative "Level 3" information from supervisors/managers, as we don't generally do "Level 4" or "Level 5" measurement of our e-courses.,Snagit,Adobe Presenter, Adobe Connect, Snagit, Microsoft Office 2016, IBM Notes, Atlassian Confluence, IBM SametimeCaptivate your learners with Adobe CaptivateOur organization never had a formal Learning & Development Team until 3 years ago. Until that time, training was created piecemeal and authored in Word or PowerPoint Documents. Now, we utilize state-of-the-art tools to assist in the creation of effective learning materials for our employees. Adobe Captivate is the crown jewel; without Captivate we wouldn’t have a robust library of eLearning modules for our employees to take. Captivate allows trainers, instructional designers and anyone in between to develop training courses that are engaging and efficient. Captivate turns the dull and boring training courses of yesteryear into an exciting opportunity to learn. Any content, be it Human Resources policies to Soft Skills training, can be developed in Captivate to address the needs of your organization.,If you can think it, Captivate can most likely do it. Captivate is extremely versatile in its functionality - which means that whatever you want to happen, you can design the course to behave in that way. Captivate integrates seamlessly with our Learning Management system. You can choose to publish in whichever format is accepted by your LMS: SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, AICC, .mp4, etc. Captivate's software simulation feature is remarkable. Anytime we have to train software functionality to our users, we use this feature as it easily identifies the steps users must complete to reach their desired result.,Although Adobe Captivate is powerful, it is not at all intuitive. Before attending a training on Captivate, we had no idea what we were doing. The learning curve is steep. Captivate's video editing skills could be improved. Other products, such as Camtasia, blow Captivate out of the water in this regard. The audio functionality is odd when integrating with Adobe's Audition program. You can record the tracks in audition and then pull them in or record directly to a slide within Captivate. If you record within Captivate, the audio quality and volume does not match any track brought in from Audition.,9,We recently stopped using a vendor-supplied Security Awareness training and created our own in Captivate. Doing so saved our organization $15,000 per year. We are looking to stop using other vendor-supplied training that will save us an additional $45,000 per year. Adobe Captviate's subscription program is the way to go. For roughly $40 per month, we are able to use Captivate and receive all enhancements they release.,Articulate Storyline,Cornerstone OnDemand, Adobe ConnectWhy Captivate Rocks!Our entire organization uses Adobe Captivate to design and development engaging eLearning and Blended Learning solutions for our customers, including commercial and government organizations. We have found that using Captivate allows us to efficiently prototype and development learning experiences, can be used with various LMSs, and allows us to easily create SCORM-compliant courses. In addition, we have helped our customers make the decision to choose Adobe Captivate and other Creative Cloud software to use in-house.,The ability to create demos, software simulations, and practice exercises quickly and easily using the built-in recording features is a huge plus. Captivate allows you to implement rapid prototyping for your customers and then use the prototype to create your course. Customer's love being able to "see" the possibilities instead of trying to visualize it based on a storyboard or design document. It's a flexible tool. It's easy to reorganize your content, control objects, and the ability to create smart shapes and use them as an interactive object/button is a huge time saver.,Additional image editing options within Captivate would be nice. While the addition of State Views in Cp9 are a welcome change, I would prefer to add the views if I want to utilize them instead of having them automatically attached to objects. This would avoid the added step of deleting the states when you don't want to use them.,10,Adobe Captivate has had a very positive impact on our bottom-line and allowed us to win customers by demonstrating the software's capabilities and flexibility.,Adobe Flash, Articulate Storyline and Blackboard,Adobe Photoshop, Blackboard, Adobe Acrobat DC
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June 05, 2019

Adobe Captivate Review: "Adobe Captive gets the LMS job done!"

Score 7 out of 10
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We needed an LMS at our organization. We are a heavily regulated industry and we often have to train employees on protocols. Adobe Captive is a great LMS tool to implement throughout our organization. It's intuitive and allows us to train everyone at their own pace. It integrates well with PPT which makes it easier to create videos. The check on learning feature allows us to know they were listening and paying attention and not just saying they completed it.
  • Ease of use.
  • Easy implementation.
  • Self-paced for users.
  • Offer best practices/training for people making videos and classes.
  • Wishlist is for template games for interactions.
  • Takes up a lot of memory.
My recommendation would change based on the organization. If the organization is smaller and requires less training I would not recommend the product as it is costly and for training a bigger organization. If the organization has a large population, spread outside of an HQ, and has a need for an LMS, I would highly recommend Adobe Captive.
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March 02, 2019

Adobe Captivate Review: "Very useful for demos but could be more user friendly."

Score 6 out of 10
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Adobe Captivate is used by our training department to build training courses and presentations for new and existing employees. As a training advisor, I use Adobe Captivate to show the employees how to use our client data base system. We also use it to make questionnaires so the employees can measure their knowledge at the end of the course.
  • Adobe Captivate works very well to create demos of how to use a software.
  • Adobe Captivate is a good tool when you want a presentation to be lively and animated.
  • Adobe Captivate works well when you want to record your voice while doing a visual demo.
  • Adobe Captivate is not that user-friendly. It takes a bit longer to learn how it works.
  • Previews are long to load, even when you are just previewing 5 slides.
  • When you are making a video, it is hard to make changes without having to do it all over again.
Adobe Captivate is very useful when you need to make a demo of how to use a software, an application, or when you need to demonstrate how to navigate on a website or anything similar. It is less practical if you think about using it for preparing questionnaires and assessing employees.
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December 18, 2018

Adobe Captivate Review: "Captivate Can Keep my Attention. Well, Sometimes."

Score 6 out of 10
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My department is responsible for creating and managing training in the hospital. That includes in-class and online training. We use Captivate to create online tutorials and training materials for posting in our learning management system. Captivate is available to a limited number of employees in the hospital by request, but is primarily, if not exclusively, used by three members of our staff including me. We turn to Captivate as a rapid authoring tool for creating compelling and interactive courses.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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November 28, 2018

User Review: "Why I keep using Adobe Captivate"

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We utilize Adobe Captivate to produce training modules for our proprietary system for new customers to learn how to use it. Captivate helps by providing a quick and easy utility that can create amazing videos with no frustration. I love that there are deployment options to host the produced video on different platforms and includes incorporating LMS such as SCORM with a full scoring quiz at the end. Captivate also makes it very easy to address the sounds in the videos and mouse clicks as well as the audio you want the audience to hear.
  • Easy learning curve. Captivate makes it easy for a new user to pick it up and understand where to begin. Adobe, in general, does this very well and Captivate is no exception. When you begin using Captivate, many of the tasks to create a video come naturally as things are laid out in a way that makes sense.
  • Embedding with LMS (Learning Management Systems). Adobe has made it very easy to deploy your produced video to any of the popular LMS's available. Captivate also gives you a very easy way of including a SCORM score for any quizzes that must be passed at the end of the video in order to proceed to the next video.
  • Capturing Audio has never been easier. With Captivate you can easily add voice-over audio that you can record directly inside of Captivate, or import a pre-recorded audio clip. You can import sounds from other sources for effects in the video and Captivate already includes all of the commonly used sounds for mouse-clicks, error sounds, etc.
  • While Captivate does an amazing job at recording movement of mouse and keystrokes on the screen, it would be great to have the ability to capture the same items via a plugin to 3rd party software (Outlook, Firefox, or other Adobe applications). The results would be that while working in another application and realizing that someone might want a quick tutorial on something, rather than launching Captivate, one could use the plugin to quickly capture the screen and mouse movement.
  • Configuring the LMS to have quizzes at the end and have a passing score could use an enhancement. While it works great, it is not the most straight-forward setup there is. One finds themselves searching online for solutions and answers how to accomplish certain setup steps for LMS or SCORM.
  • It would be nice to be able to have the control of Captivate on a 2nd or 3rd monitor that is not being captured, to be able to see more of the real estate of your screen that you are capturing.
Captivate is leading the pack with this software solution. While Adobe has owned it for a few years now, Macromedia had already built an amazing tool. Captivate will provide you solutions for training internal staff as well as customers. It is so much easier to quickly record a short tutorial and send it out to your staff to watch at their own pace, than to host a classroom of people that are all learning at different speeds...the slower bunch taking more time and frustrating the faster bunch. With Captivate, I can create any type of video I want and add music, or background audio, or speech to it along with sound effects. Great solution!
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December 19, 2018

Adobe Captivate Review: "Captivate Robust for High Priority/Impact courses"

Score 9 out of 10
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We are currently utilizing Captivate for high priority/high impact courses that have multiple interaction elements, narration, and overall theme of the organization. Right now, Training and IT are using Captivate. It helps us to stay on theme with brand as well as provide a consistent look and feel to our materials.
  • Integrates well to LMS via SCORM packages.
  • Able to create template for consistent and compliant branding.
  • Interactive tools are helpful in creating high impact/high interactive courses.
  • I do wish it were natively able to adjust to all mobile devices like other programs.
  • I wish there weren't so much coding type work to make interactions work.
  • It takes up a lot of space, it should be cloud-based.
Captivate is great if you want a consistent look and feel to all of your training and create high impact/high interaction courses. I would also like to say it's recommended for branching and scenario-based courses that allow you to personalize the experience for learners. I like the ability to record video/images, etc. within the program itself.
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November 28, 2018

Review: "Adobe Captivate - the ONLY and BEST authoring tool you can use!"

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Adobe Captivate was initially used by myself and team to design our in-house eLearning content, however, we quickly shared the tool (and our expertise) across the organization to other companies and teams interested in designing eLearning content. We benchmarked with other providers but found that Captivate was the most user-friendly and aligned product. It was easy to use other design suite items with Captivate and it was a fairly easy product to learn.
  • Easy to use and update
  • Excellent ability to create interactive content e.g. videos/games/imagery
  • Can be published as a interactive file without having Captivate OR a fully functioning LMS which means reaching more learners more easily
  • I don't think it has any room for improvement - it has worked seamlessly for us
Adobe Captivate is exceptional to support the creation of in house eLearning, video creation, more interactive PDF learning where an LMS isn't available. Excellent for in house communications on a variety of topics. Because Captivate is aligned across the full design suite it allows designers to match microlearning, infographics and broader eLearning. We have not found ANY limitations to its capability.
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November 28, 2018

Adobe Captivate Review: "Captivate is great at capturing viewers!"

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I am using Adobe Captivate to create demos to teach students and faculty how to use different software packages and our college learning management system. This software is being mainly used by our Educational Technology and Information Resource Management departments. These demos allow people to take training and retake/review training on their own time without having to come to a conference or training classroom. They can do it online from their computer or phone anywhere in the where.
  • Easy to use to record your computer
  • Easy to use to include closed captions
  • Easy to use to create interactive activities
  • Easy to use to edit your voice recordings
  • Not as easy to recreate demos for multiple device types. It is possible but you have to keep resizing objects for them to fit on screen.
  • Cost. This is a great program, but it also has a high end price.
Captivate is great for creating demos to teach people how to do things.
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November 12, 2018

User Review: "The ins and outs of Adobe Captivate"

Score 9 out of 10
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Adobe Captivate is used by my organization as the primary e-learning tool for creating engaging clinically relevant content for staff. There are online learning departments that use the software for training and there is also a training group who use the software. Subject Matter Experts are paired with Captivate design experts to create the content.
  • Software simulations work very well in Adobe Captivate and are easily captured and editable.
  • Outputs a variety of SCORM compliant formats to work with many LMS.
  • HTML5 compliant content can be adjusted to be viewed on a variety of devices.
  • The quizzing is very lackluster. You cannot review questions without breaking them.
  • Animations are clunky and not as easy to set up as with other software
  • The workflow in Captivate could stand to be improved. There are limited templating options.
Captivate is great for creating quick modules providing instructions for various PC based tasks, such as filling in web forms or new features in software, or complete software training. Any sort of computer based training can be done with Captivate. Where the software really falls short is that you need to be a fairly competent computer user to create attractive learning modules.
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November 28, 2018

Adobe Captivate Review: "A Variety of Uses"

Score 8 out of 10
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Our stsrewide training team uses Adobe Captivate for the development of e-learning courses, software simulations, and interactive job aids.
  • Very easy to switch out multiple images at the same time using the image library.
  • Good selection of animation features which transition well from Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Ability to create video demonstrations of software usage and presenter's video camera simultaneously is fantastic.
  • Tends to be very resource hungry.
  • Not very intuitive for unfamiliar users. Can get complicated quickly, and difficult to find functions.
Well suited for creating E-learning, software demonstrations, software simulations, interactive job aids.
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December 20, 2018

Review: "Adobe Captivate - Robust but Complicated"

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Adobe Captivate was used solely by our learning & development team in the Human Resources department up until earlier this year. Captivate was used to create in-house eLearning courses specific to our company that were then loaded into our LMS and made available to all associates for training.
  • Can create almost any kind of animation or interaction imaginable. The options with Captivate are endless.
  • Captivate files work in virtually any LMS which means it is a good solution for most, if not all, organizations.
  • Product support for Captivate is really good. It's very convenient to troubleshoot any issues that arise.
  • I wanted Captivate to be a little bit more intuitive. This may take away from the endless ability to customize; however, it would make things easier if you wanted it.
  • Creating interactions could be a little easier. You have to make sure that every tiny detail of the interaction is timed and entered perfectly for the interaction to work.
  • Some ready-made templates that are easy to manipulate and computer voice-over would be nice. Perhaps that functionality is available now, but it was not in the version we had earlier this year.
Adobe Captivate is better suited for advanced eLearning instructional designers vs. novice or intermediate-level designers. The features are just not as easy to manipulate for someone who is not trained on the software, and it takes a lot of time to learn. That being said, the software has endless features and functionality so for those who are more experienced, you can create really robust eLearning courses.
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June 29, 2018

Review: "A Flexible Way to Create eLearning: Adobe Captivate"

Score 8 out of 10
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Captivate is utilized at my organization to create interactive eLearning courses that are housed within our LMS. It is used extensively in my department and a couple others in the organization to address the need for compelling training.
  • Versatile
  • Powerful
  • Easy to use
  • Better support
  • Simplify quiz pool functionality
  • Enhance HTML5 functionality and widgets
It is very useful to create structured eLearning that is housed within an LMS but can be used outside of those environments as well. It a very powerful tool when used in this manner. When spending the time to think out and design the learning experience in Captivate, our learners have really enjoyed the content.
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February 27, 2018

Adobe Captivate Review: "Overview of Captivate"

Score 8 out of 10
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Our organization uses Adobe Captivate in the RAD (Rapid Authoring Development) team. This team develops storyboards that are written by instructional designers for eLearning courses for our corporate clients. The business problem it addresses is that we need an authoring tool that allows for responsive and mobile design and works on tablets, PCs, mobile devices, etc. Many of our clients own Captivate licenses themselves, so they ask us to develop in Captivate so that they can open them and make edits once we have handed them off if they need to.
  • Adding interactivity: It is possible to create drag and drops, click to reveals that are already formatted, and custom click to reveals. It is fairly intuitive to use to design.
  • Knowledge check questions: there are standard knowledge check questions that you can use, such as multiple choice and multiple answer, drag and drop, matching, etc.
  • Speed of development: it is fairly quick to learn Captivate for most people and once familiar, they can create a course quickly.
  • Screen recording! It is SO good at grabbing screenshots and you can even have it add some of the interactive and instructional elements for you.
  • It is cumbersome to add a custom UI to the course. It is much easier to just use the stock one, but it doesn't always look the best.
  • Adding variables can be confusing and take a long time, and it's very easy to make a little mistake that throws off the whole thing.
  • Some of the stock options are outdated looking.
Captivate is really good for screenshots. If we are making a systems training course and the client doesn't have a preference for authoring tool, we almost always choose Captivate. It is so easy to take the screenshots and add the interactivity in. You can make the mouse move, make voiceover, or make an interactive demo where the user clicks around the screen to get through the training. It's really good.
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June 19, 2018

Adobe Captivate Review: "Great product for training development"

Score 7 out of 10
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I use Adobe Captivate to create training modules for different users in the company. I use Adobe Captivate to create training modules for different users in the company. Adobe Captivate is used across the entire company. Adobe Captivate makes it easy to create very engaging training modules.
  • Create engaging training
  • User-friendly
  • Being able to use both audio and video
  • Better support
  • Better tutorials
  • It could use more complex animations
Adobe Captivate is perfect for quick, simple, straightforward training modules.
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May 17, 2018

Adobe Captivate Review: "Captivate! It didn't quite Cap-tivate my interest."

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Adobe Captivate was a software program that I used in my graduate degree class. This course was designed for students to use Captivate authoring tool for the development of learning content. We were tasked to use the A.D.D.I.E. model and work with an SME on our project and insert/implement all of our work by using Captivate to build the course content/material.
  • Captivate allows the user the ability to create a drag n drop method within your presentation. I was able to successfully incorporate an activity within my course module that would allow the learner the chance to test their knowledge by dragging and dropping items into the correct sections. I found that to be nice and pretty seamless.
  • Captivate allows the user to create and include states and actions. I think this is important because it allows for the creator to make engaging and interactive slides that will hopefully keep the learner motivate and engaged in the material.
  • Captivate has the options of demo and simulation slide presentations. I found these to be useful within the course I was building because it prevented me from having to complete extra steps of using a different video caption software tool then having to upload it into Captivate. This feature was already included within Captivate which made it nice and easy to access and incorporate into my presentation.
  • Captivate can stagnate and is less user-friendly when it comes to adding animations and certain transitions on your presentation.
  • I found that Captivate wasn't always so user-friendly when it came to using the Demo presentation feature. There were times when I'd have to re-record my steps because for some reason it wasn't accepting certain clicks and/or it would capture things I didn't want it to capture.
  • I found myself getting frustrated a lot when using Captivate because some of the things that I was used to clicking/creating on a different software tool (that was more user-friendly) and the results I was looking for caused me to take extra steps when using Captivate.
Well suited: Gives your presentation a different appearance and allows you to create simulations that lessen your steps when it comes to making training/simulation videos.

Less appropriate: Not as user-friendly as I thought. Animations/states are hidden and cause the creator to take extra steps versus using a different type of software program tool.
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November 29, 2017

Adobe Captivate Review: "A feature rich product that creates highly interactive training sessions"

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Adobe Captivate is being used to create digital training sessions. It is used across the organization and with partners. It provides a robust design program that helps us create effective training sessions for both new and returning users. The program has number of pertinent features including the inclusion of multimedia, voice overs, videos of screen interactions, and interactive services.
  • 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
  • Adobe Captivate can be a resource hog for lower end systems, especially when working with video clips or voice over recordings.
  • The full license price can be expensive for smaller organizations.
  • The program can be a bit difficult to learn in the beginning.
Adobe Captivate really excels at providing tools to create interactive, electronic learning sessions. We were able to create electronic training modules on how to use a Joomla based CMS system as well as with procedures for handling data forms. It was also helpful for creating short videos with screenshots for help guides. Perhaps the one area where the program might not excel as well would be with paper based instructions or training documents. Adobe Indesign or other programs are much more feature rich for documentation creation.
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November 22, 2017

Review: "Adobe Captivate - eLearning authoring tool"

Score 7 out of 10
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We are transforming our training program from completely in-person to a blended learning environment to engage our people better, while saving on the expense of travel. We are spread out over a 300 mile span, making geography a challenge. Adobe Captivate allows us to deliver content on the learner's term, from their own office.
  • Adobe Captivate can integrate current PowerPoint presentation, and transform them into eLearning curriculum.
  • Publishing an Adobe Captivate project is simple.
  • Adobe Captivate uses built-in interactions to engage the learner, making the content easier to remember.
  • Adobe Captivate does not allow for great customization overall. For example, you cannot change the default font, causing a lot of wasted time changing the font choice.
  • Creating engaging interactions could be a simpler process.
  • A customizable Quick Access Toolbar would be quite useful.
Adobe Captivate can open up the door to eLearning, but it is not quite as intuitive as I would have liked to see. There is a lot of support for Adobe Captivate, but it must be constantly sought out on specific topics. The integration of Adobe Stock and Assets gives Captivate a strong push.
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August 04, 2017

Review: "Adobe Captivate captures user experience to captivate our audience"

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We are using Adobe Captivate in the training department of our law firm. We are using Captivate to create a self-help library of video shorts covering all the applications we use at the firm. We need an application that will capture the user experience and allow us to replace standard support calls and classroom training by directing users to exactly the content they need. We need a tool that is powerful, yet easy to use so we can create hundreds of videos in a short amount of time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Adobe Captivate is well suited for situations where a training department needs to create simple video presentations of software tools. Adobe Captivate is great at capturing the exact user experience, while also controlling the environment enough to develop the training topics correctly and effectively. Adobe Captivate also allows us to assess user learning. We want users to attempt the actions we are training them so they can gain muscle memory. Using Adobe Captivate to capture the clicks of the user's mouse is a great feature.
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October 25, 2017

Adobe Captivate Review: "Captivate 2017 - Almost ready from prime time"

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I use Adobe Captivate 2017 to create content for both internal and external learners. All content is created within the learning and development department and ranges from simple instruction in the use of a piece of office equipment (i.e. a new printer) to a multi-module course used to teach and certify subcontractors on our company's policies and procedures.
  • Allows the easy integration and use of Adobe Typekit fonts. This allows me to craft content to meet specific branding requirements, as well as making the content stand out from other material.
  • Provides a good preview of how responsive content will look on different screen sizes.
  • Easily packages content for upload to SCORM compliant LMSs.
  • The overall interface needs an upgrade. As a user of other Adobe products, I feed that Adobe Captivate lags well behind other applications from Adobe in its interface.
  • Working with responsive boxes is far from intuitive. Having to remember which direction you need to enter a box to make certain changes is frustrating.
  • Support for multiple monitors, including a live preview window, would greatly enhance the usability of the application.
Captivate works well for simple projects that are linear in nature. While some functions like duplicating slides seem easy, even those require more manual intervention than should be required. For instance, when a slide is duplicated the program copies the slide exactly as it is. This results in having multiple instances of specifically named items in your project. Something as simple as appending a number, or text and a number, to each copy would prevent linking issues.
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August 29, 2017

Adobe Captivate Review: "It does what I need it to"

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We are using it in the customer education group, creating eLearning videos on software use.
  • Software usage tutorrials
  • Introduction videos with audio
  • Practice demos of software steps
  • Crashes too often
  • Tutorials are not very helpful, usually do not answer the question
Good for software usage scenarios struggles when trying to emulate a PowerPoint tutorial.
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August 04, 2017

"Adobe Captivate 2017 review"

Score 6 out of 10
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We use Adobe Captivate mainly for creating assessments for online course development. There are no business issues for us. We use the tool as needed.
  • It creates interactive assessments and activities.
  • It has a quality set of tools to engage and guide the students.
  • The integration of videos is seamless.
  • The most glaring issue with Adobe Captivate is its captioning.
  • The resizing of text boxes and images can be more efficient.
  • Backward capability between versions of Adobe Captivate needs to work better from a file saving standpoint.
It's suited for creating graded assessments, affirmation learning, just in time training, etc. It's less appropriate for creating lectures/presentations.
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January 18, 2018

Adobe Captivate Review: "High learning curve, solid training product"

Score 7 out of 10
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Our organization used Adobe Captivate to record and present internal training materials for new sales people as well as compliance related training material for our cross-functional teams. Additionally, we used those courses to track required certifications.
  • Easy to use
  • Quick to publish
  • Simple learning interface
  • Hard Dev Learning Curve
  • Video Integration
  • Comprehensive click through reporting
Adobe Captivate is a great training suite that will get any training department off the ground with computer based training (CBT) materials.
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September 01, 2017

Adobe Captivate Review: "Time to change"

Score 5 out of 10
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Everyone has a license, but the whole "click-next-to-continue" type of learning solution is getting old, and learners don't want it. We just purchased Clark Flow and Brightspace as new-age development tools, which are quickly replacing Captivate.
  • Interactive learning
  • Click-next-to-continue
  • Quizes
  • We need to build web page-like learning solutions
  • No more slides
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April 03, 2017

Adobe Captivate Review: "Captivate Is Captivating!"

Score 9 out of 10
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Adobe Captivate is in use across the whole organization, with different Learning & Development areas using it in different ways, in terms of types of instruction. On my team, and the other Learning & Development teams in the U.S. (which used to be part of my team prior to L&D being decentralized), Captivate has generally been used to create systems training. However, in at least one Learning & Development team in Canadian operations, I believe they also use it to develop more conceptual types of training as well. In addition, last year SLF U.S. acquired part of another company and inherited their Captivate training modules, which were also more conceptual in nature (product training). Personally, though, I think its greatest strength is its ability to create interactive systems training, which I think it does better than any other product that's available for a similar cost. For more conceptual training, I prefer to use other tools, although I do think that Captivate is very capable of doing a good job with that, as well, from conceptual courses I've seen that were created with Captivate.
  • The ability to quickly and easily create systems demos with text captions automatically added in.
  • The three-mode approach you can use -- you can record one system simulation and then use it to create a non-interactive demo, a guided user-interactive demo, and/or a non-guided user assessment.
  • The ability to set which area of the screen you want to capture, rather than necessarily being forced to capture your entire screen.
  • The ability to use actions and variables (although, admittedly, I haven't really delved into this in Captivate myself...)
  • The ease of publishing output to an Adobe Connect server.
  • It drives me crazy that the caption text doesn't automatically put a period at the end...I always have to end up going into each and every one to add that darned period!
  • The caption boxes aren't as slick looking as they should be nowadays, and the ability to customize them isn't quite as robust as I'd like.
  • Getting live tech support is exceedingly expensive and Adobe has the worst, most frustrating website (which is ironic, considering the products that they sell). Adobe has many very good products, but they're not a company I enjoy doing business with.

If you need a full-featured screen recording application to create robust, interactive training, then I don't think there's a better product out there than Captivate. However, if you just need to create a non-interactive demo, then Captivate may be overkill and there are less expensive and easier to use products out there for that, even within Adobe's own product line. (For example, if you buy Adobe Presenter, it comes with Adobe Presenter Video Express, which is great for creating quick-and-dirty screen capture demos.)

If you're only interested in creating non-systems e-learning (like product or compliance e-learning), then I think there are products out there that are better suited to that (unless you're already a Captivate expert), such as Lectora and Storyline.

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March 30, 2017

Review: "Captivate your learners with Adobe Captivate"

Score 9 out of 10
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Our organization never had a formal Learning & Development Team until 3 years ago. Until that time, training was created piecemeal and authored in Word or PowerPoint Documents. Now, we utilize state-of-the-art tools to assist in the creation of effective learning materials for our employees. Adobe Captivate is the crown jewel; without Captivate we wouldn’t have a robust library of eLearning modules for our employees to take. Captivate allows trainers, instructional designers and anyone in between to develop training courses that are engaging and efficient. Captivate turns the dull and boring training courses of yesteryear into an exciting opportunity to learn. Any content, be it Human Resources policies to Soft Skills training, can be developed in Captivate to address the needs of your organization.
  • If you can think it, Captivate can most likely do it. Captivate is extremely versatile in its functionality - which means that whatever you want to happen, you can design the course to behave in that way.
  • Captivate integrates seamlessly with our Learning Management system. You can choose to publish in whichever format is accepted by your LMS: SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, AICC, .mp4, etc.
  • Captivate's software simulation feature is remarkable. Anytime we have to train software functionality to our users, we use this feature as it easily identifies the steps users must complete to reach their desired result.
  • Although Adobe Captivate is powerful, it is not at all intuitive. Before attending a training on Captivate, we had no idea what we were doing. The learning curve is steep.
  • Captivate's video editing skills could be improved. Other products, such as Camtasia, blow Captivate out of the water in this regard.
  • The audio functionality is odd when integrating with Adobe's Audition program. You can record the tracks in audition and then pull them in or record directly to a slide within Captivate. If you record within Captivate, the audio quality and volume does not match any track brought in from Audition.
Any organization that needs an authoring tool or is looking to transform their training materials should look to Captivate to assist. Captivate enables the Learning & Development function to engage employees through its various functionality. Simulations, interactive widgets and games can all be added to a Captivate course, which increase the likelihood of keeping the learner's attention.
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March 29, 2017

Adobe Captivate Review: "Why Captivate Rocks!"

Score 10 out of 10
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Our entire organization uses Adobe Captivate to design and development engaging eLearning and Blended Learning solutions for our customers, including commercial and government organizations. We have found that using Captivate allows us to efficiently prototype and development learning experiences, can be used with various LMSs, and allows us to easily create SCORM-compliant courses. In addition, we have helped our customers make the decision to choose Adobe Captivate and other Creative Cloud software to use in-house.
  • The ability to create demos, software simulations, and practice exercises quickly and easily using the built-in recording features is a huge plus.
  • Captivate allows you to implement rapid prototyping for your customers and then use the prototype to create your course. Customer's love being able to "see" the possibilities instead of trying to visualize it based on a storyboard or design document.
  • It's a flexible tool. It's easy to reorganize your content, control objects, and the ability to create smart shapes and use them as an interactive object/button is a huge time saver.
  • Additional image editing options within Captivate would be nice.
  • While the addition of State Views in Cp9 are a welcome change, I would prefer to add the views if I want to utilize them instead of having them automatically attached to objects. This would avoid the added step of deleting the states when you don't want to use them.
It is a great tool for creating software simulation training to users. I have used it extensively for years for a client and it has worked very well for them because we can allow the users to practice using the system without being in the live system. Scenario-based eLearning can be cumbersome depending on the amount of decision-making/branching required but totally achievable with upfront planning.

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Feature Scorecard Summary

Course authoring (11)
8.1
Course catalog or library (9)
8.4
Player/Portal (10)
7.7
Learning content (9)
7.7
Mobile friendly (11)
8.0
Progress tracking & certifications (12)
7.9
Assignments (9)
7.6
Compliance management (6)
8.8
Learning administration (7)
8.3
Learning reporting & analytics (9)
7.0
Social learning (4)
8.2

About Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is an elearning authoring and course design tool (or LCMS). It allows users to rapidly author responsive, interactive learning eLearning content, as well as mobile HTML-5 learning content. Users can test courses with the preview LMS feature, and track the performance of learners as they complete quizzes and other tasks. Adobe Captivate includes some prebuilt templates and learning assets, but users also have the option to custom code their own complex learning workflows. Adobe Captivate integrates with SCORM-compliant LMS systems, including Adobe Captivate Prime.

Adobe Captivate Technical Details

Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No