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Adobe Captivate

Overview

What is Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate is an elearning authoring and course design tool (or LCMS). It supports mobile HTML5 content. Captivate’s users are commonly midsized businesses to enterprises. Adobe Captivate includes some prebuilt assets as well as customizable workflows.

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Recent Reviews

Captivate review

9 out of 10
October 07, 2022
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I use Adobe Captivate to build customized eLearning for companies. Sometimes the units are for a wide audience such as for new hire …
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Awesome elearning

9 out of 10
October 07, 2022
Incentivized
Captivate is powerful and builds great eLearning. It has a bit of a learning curve, but your end products will be well worth it. Our …
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Awards

Products that are considered exceptional by their customers based on a variety of criteria win TrustRadius awards. Learn more about the types of TrustRadius awards to make the best purchase decision. More about TrustRadius Awards

Popular Features

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  • Course authoring (29)
    10.0
    100%
  • Progress tracking & certifications (25)
    10.0
    100%
  • Learning content (23)
    9.0
    90%
  • Player/Portal (23)
    8.0
    80%
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Pricing

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Subscription

$33.99

On Premise
per month

Student & Teacher Edition

$399

On Premise
one-time fee

Upgrade

$499

On Premise
one-time fee

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Product Demos

Adobe Captivate - Software Simulations and Video Demos

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Create your first video demo with Adobe Captivate (2017 Release)

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Adobe Captivate Animated Text - brief how to and samples

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Adobe Captivate Tutorial - Pan, Zoom, Picture-in-Picture - Captivate Training in Los Angeles

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HOW TO Record Video Demo with Adobe Captivate

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Demo PowerPoint to Captivate Demo

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Features

Learning Management

Features of LMS and LCMS systems, related to designing, administering, and consuming learning content in an educational, corporate, or on-the-job context.

9.4
Avg 8.4
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Product Details

What is 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.

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What is Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Adobe Captivate is an elearning authoring and course design tool (or LCMS). It supports mobile HTML5 content. Captivate’s users are commonly midsized businesses to enterprises. Adobe Captivate includes some prebuilt assets as well as customizable workflows.

Reviewers rate Course authoring and Progress tracking & certifications and Social learning highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Adobe Captivate are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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October 12, 2022

Adobe Captivate Review

Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 360 View
  • Video insertions
  • Take-home license option
  • The top issue is with Adobe Captivate vaporware - several years of Adobe promises of updates. Adobe Captivate is still called "2019". I've reviewed the prototype on several occasions over the course of 2 years, yet nothing is coming to market.
  • Since Adobe dropped 360 view support in Photoshop, how are we supposed to edit 360 photos in Captivate? I feel this is very disappointing since Adobe Captivate's 360 feature is amazing. We've had to use non-Adobe products like Affinity to support the 360 feature.
  • Adobe Captivate courses frequently lock up in SumTotal LMS (SCORM 2004 v3), while other products like Articulate work flawlessly.
  • PowerPoint import is a big problem for us. In my experience, Adobe Captivate maintains hooks into the original PPT file, causing many problems and fails if the referenced PPT is updated or moved.
  • No easy way to darken previous bullets after they have passed to the next bullet unless we use complicated scripting.
  • Adobe Captivate is not part of Creative Suite, even though it depends on Creative Suite for many editing tools (imaging editing, video editing, etc.). It also makes licensing a challenge for the company.
  • In my opinion, the timeline is clunky and buggy, especially when adjusting the end position. Some blocks in the timeline jump around instead of moving and/or truncating with the end-point adjustments.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Uses industry recognized standards for building eLearning. (SCORM files)
  • Is part of the Adobe suite of products and has resources and assets from Adobe.
  • Is continuing to evolve with the ever changing world of eLearning development
  • Captivate is slightly behind the curve in its development cycle.
  • Captivate would benefit from a collaborative workspace.
  • Captivate would benefit from cloud saving features.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Software simulations.
  • 360° Virtual Reality features.
  • Create interactive training.
  • Accessibility - as a federal contractor required by law Section 508 but few have knowledge as to how to apply outside of simple screens.
  • Ease of use for new users - it is not easy to know how to use without any training.
  • Tricky settings - not always clear of the meaning.
October 07, 2022

Captivate review

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Multi-state objects, changing states upon triggers helps make otherwise dry content much more dynamic.
  • I really appreciate that I can respond to knowledge check questions with visual feedback, audio feedback, or forced review of relevant slide.
  • I really, really appreciate that Captivate is very flexible and gives me control over so many aspects. I can be as creative as I want which helps me build more appealing lessons.
  • I appreciate that Adobe includes users in the feedback loop for new versions. But I would like for more explanation on new features, how to use, where feature parameters have been moved to, what features have been renamed to, etc.
  • Currently bulleted lists are animated as a block. If I want bullet points to animate synchronized with narration, then I have to create separate text blocks for each bullet. The end result is that copying my text from my notes is no more faster than typing. The workflow is either copy one short phrase and paste into a new text block vs typing the phrase. And then do the same thing for each bullet. (Sigh...)
  • I've had several situations where I'd like to have something travel on a path. For example, if I have a line graph, it would be nice to draw the line's path, but have it grow over a few seconds, or even haltingly. I once used an AA to show this, but it took quite a while to write it out (especially because writing it out is selecting each action from a drop down list). I had several states of the line graph and in each state I had the line grow another unit with a yellow highlight, proceeding down the line's path. So the AA sequence was delay by 1 second, change state to 2, delay by 1 second, change state to 3, delay... and on and on. The AA was a dozen or so lines long.
  • I saw a webinar a while back about lottie files. It seems that they could make a lesson more dynamic. Could Adobe add the ability to incorporate lotties into a lesson?
October 07, 2022

Awesome elearning

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Incorporates JavaScript.
  • Serves as a great platform for building learning games.
  • Creates brilliant eLearning.
  • It's responsive but not quite responsive.
  • There's a lot to remember about how to make it do things.
  • The learning curve can be steep.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Easily add video to Captivate projects.
  • Program interactions without prior coding skills.
  • Target mobile devices with responsive layouts.
  • Responsive design programing could be expedited with premade widgets.
  • More finished templates and interactions.
  • Improved interface in line with other Adobe tools.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Be clunky.
  • Take 50 steps to do what Storyline can do in 3.
  • Crash often.
  • Annoy my employees.
  • Captivate seems like an Adobe Money Grab. Nothing more. It's the worst product for course development that has ever existed (even worse than Lectora). Tear it down and start again. Just copy Storyline.
  • There are too many settings. No need for all of that. Storyline is way easier, simpler, and robust.
October 07, 2022

Great product!

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Create courses.
  • Easy to integrate with current technology.
  • Works great.
  • More visibility in the marketplace.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Integration with other Creative Cloud products.
  • Customization through advanced actions.
  • Stock assets.
  • Should always be responsive, like Articulate, without having to build with fluid boxes.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Create interesting, interactive training.
  • Capture high-quality video demos.
  • Customize training for the training needs of my learners.
  • Modernize the user interface.
  • Better QA/review functionality.
  • Better Text-to-Speech functionality.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Click through learning.
  • Scenario based training.
  • Gamification.
  • Interconnection to Creative Cloud i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator.
  • Direct connection to Storyline or Microsoft Word for improved captioning.
  • Ability to import .srt captions exported from Premier Pro for videos or from Audition.
  • Audio syncing could used a little boost so timeline and captions/action/animation can be more accurate.
October 06, 2022

Lovely Product

Christine Iwamuro-Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Software Simuation
  • Software Demo
  • PowerPoint uploads
  • Software capture during software testing
  • Produce/Render screen captures onto word document with keystrokes
  • Triggers are not always accurate
  • Does not capture all point clicks in a simulation
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