Moving on to Articulate 360...
January 10, 2017

Moving on to Articulate 360...

Sam Sternman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Captivate

Until mid-2012, I was using Captivate exclusively. Since then, my clients (and I) have been requesting less and less work to be completed in Captivate - this is primarily due to issues with playback and other LMS (HealthStream) related issues. So, for 2017, I have chosen to eliminate Captivate from my software toolbox and I will no longer be using the tool as of 4/30/2017. This decision is based on difficult-to-use trigger/action features, poor handling of responsive design options and Adobe's poor relationships with third-party widget options (particularly YouTube playback).


  • Given my introduction, you would think that I don't have a "list" here. But, to be fair, I've added two "strengths" for the software that, at one time, was my mainstay (and income) as an instructional designer. 1: Integrates well with other Adobe products
  • 2: Offers characters to use for illustration (ver 9)


  • Ever-changing GUI
  • Poor selection of included characters (photographic)
  • Difficult-to-program options for SCORM quizes
  • It's costly to maintain the subscription when I'm only opening the application once or twice in a 3 month period
There is no comparison (in my humble opinion). My production cycle is much faster with Articulate products (all of them) and I don't have the issues with YouTube playback that I do with Captivate 9. It's a simple matter of not wanting to expend time and effort to fix something that should already be included (and working) in the first place for a subscription-based product.
It's better than Lectora.

I would not recommend Captivate to anyone who is an experienced instructional designer - or to someone who has a need for a rapid development cycle.


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