Adobe PRESENTER -- the Name Says It All!
Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Presenter
- This tool is great for allowing anyone already familiar with PowerPoint to convey reasonably simple and short content asynchronously. It's quick and easy to learn how to use it and even allows for some basic types of quiz questions.
- You can publish it to your company's Adobe server (if you have one) or as a SCORM package to upload to a traditional LMS.
- It gives you the choice of recording audio within its own PowerPoint ribbon (not my method of choice) or to import and sync audio created outside of Presenter (which I prefer, because it's easier to edit and maintain.)
- I also love that it comes with Adobe Presenter Video Express, which can be used within the Presenter ribbon or as a stand-alone application. It's a very easy way to create short system demos with narration, and allows for zooming and panning, as well as allowing you to intersperse, or even simultaneously show, webcam video.
- I don't know if this qualifies as a "con," per se, but it's important not to try and use this as a full-fledged e-learning authoring tool, as the opportunities it affords for effective practice and feedback is minimal. It's a well-named product, since "Presenter" really is best used for "presentations," rather than bona fide training.
- There's no real "programming" ability (like being able to use custom actions and variables).
- I also wish that, when syncing animations to audio narration, if you make a mistake mid-way through a slide, you could re-do just from where you made the mistake on forward, rather than having to resync the whole slide.
- Better audio editing capabilities within the product would make it feel less "necessary" to me to use an external audio editing product.
- It's also not the cheapest of the tools that does this kind of thing. For example, SNAP, by Trivantis, does many of the same things at about a tenth the cost.
- We don't really measure the ROI of this tool directly or in any kind of "hard numbers" way.
- However, I will say that its ease and speed of use (compared to some of our more full-featured e-learning authoring tools) does allow us to create more deliverables more quickly, which has a (non-quantified) positive ROI in terms of L&D staffing and throughput.
- Also, the fact that it's PowerPoint-based means that we can have subject-matter experts create the initial draft of the underlying content, saving L&D "specialist" time for just doing stuff that may require greater expertise, like tweaking the content for better instructional design, creating the quiz questions (if any), recording the narration, and doing the other more "technical" Adobe-Presenter-specific things.
- It also saves the company money in that we don't have to provide the subject-matter expert with Adobe Presenter licences for them to be able to substantially contribute to the creation of the module.
- Brainshark and Snap
As I mentioned earlier, it's best used for "presentations," rather than bona fide "training." That's why we tend to use it when the information is relatively simple and/or doesn't need to be fully internalized or mastered (which would require providing opportunities for practice and feedback and a more engaging, interactive learning experience). However, it can be used as part of a blended-learning solution, with some information provided via an Adobe Presenter module first, and then some kind of instructor-led session as a follow-up, which would include more role-specific info, as well as practice and feedback opportunities.
Also, as I mentioned earlier, Adobe Presenter Video Express is great for creating quick overview demos about a new system -- more of a "see what it can do" type thing than a "here's how you do it" thing (unless the "it" is very simple and the video is used more as a microlearning/performance support type of offering).
Using Adobe Presenter
- Product enhancements, changes, roll-outs
- System enhancements, changes, roll-outs
- HR-related onboarding information
- To create an "explainer video" that looks like it could have been created in something like VideoScribe, but without the hassle of trying to find images that VideoScribe can draw and other limits of VideoScribe.
Evaluating Adobe Presenter and Competitors
- Product Features
- Product Usability
- Product Reputation
- Prior Experience with the Product
- Existing Relationship with the Vendor
Adobe Presenter Support
Problems left unsolved
Difficult to get immediate help
Slow Initial Response
Using Adobe Presenter
Like to use
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
- It's easy to import audio files.
- It's relatively easy to sync audio to PowerPoint animations.
- It's relatively easy to use Adobe Presenter Video Express to create quick systems demos.
- Most PowerPoint animations and buttons work well after being published as an Adobe Presenter presentation.
- It's pretty easy to publish the finished product to an Adobe server (especially for modules that don't include any quiz questions or detailed tracking).
- It's easy to choose to publish as either a swf or to HTML5 or both, making it easy to make mobile-friendly.
- Editing audio recorded from within Adobe Presenter can be difficult because of the way that it treats it as one long audio file and because the options are fairly limited.
- The test-creation mechanisms can be difficult to get working right, especially in terms of how it works if the end user wants to navigate among slides using the Outline tab.
- Sometimes that skin/player choices don't seem to want to "take" right and setting labels and such in the presenter (not Presenter) settings can be hard to get to look and work as intended.