Adobe Captivate

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Adobe Captivate is an author interactive eLearning and mLearning content. Easily create demos in HD, application simulations, and soft skills and compliance training.

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Captivate review by <span>Nick H.</span>
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Steep Learning Curve

What do you like best?

the software is one of the best when it comes to creating el elearning materials, the best thing is that it integrates itself well with existing powerpoint presentation and improve it. the auido and video options are really awesome including the text to speech service provided by neo speech. they also offer a free trial to test the software for a period of 30 days which can be helpful.

What do you dislike?

the program is extremely difficult to learn at the beginning. a newbie would find it really hard to learn the software which will take time unless he's familiar with a previous version of the software. the software is really heavy on small systems and needs a lot of resources to work fluently especially when you're working with video or audio recording. pricing of the software isn't cheap and small organisations won't be able to afford it. captivate won't allow you to edit fonts which is really pathetic. athe interface can be a little simpler and some quick access buttons can really save the time. captioning options in the captivate in really limited which can be frustrating. comparing with other Adobe software the options to resize and edit images is really limited when it comes to captivate. unlike other adobe products you wont be able to edit the interface in the captivate also the integration with other Adobe products are very limited.

Recommendations to others considering the product

i recommend you to take the trail provided by Adobe and decide for yourself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

create learning materials and presentations, it does the job efficiently but a bit time taking.

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Captivate review by <span>Cynae T.</span>
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Good product but could use a refresh

What do you like best?

I like the ability to create technology simulations fairly easily. I also like how Adobe moves the service to the cloud. It makes it easy to use the software on my home machine and the machine at work.

What do you dislike?

While I like the cloud features, there is not currently a cloud storage feature with the subscription. Because these projects often take up large amounts of space, it would be helpful to have a storage platform attached. So, though I can use the program at home and at work, it is not a seamless transition. I still must save the files elsewhere to be able to edit them on different machines.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Captivate is a great tool and of course should be in an instructional designer’s back pocket. It does have certain limitations as far user interactivity, but with a little creativity you can maneuver around that and still create an okay product. Captivate’s assessments and games are rather limited and do not provide for advanced customization/programming. Some of the add on packs are okay, but I prefer the appearance of the actors in Articulate because they appear more vibrant to me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business problems solved: creating learning platforms that go beyond the brick and mortar building, creating access for self-efficient avenues to knowledge, development, and success.

Benefits: decreases ILT workload by offering a different path to learning, more cost effective than hiring another trainer, offers an option to reach other learning modalities.

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Captivate review by <span>Tiffany P.</span>
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I have been using Captivate for years

What do you like best?

I have been using Captivate for quite a few years and I really like the application. I appreciate the ease of use and the new features with Captivate 2017 has made my work-life extremely easy. Captivate makes it very easy to take a PowerPoint presentation and turn it into a beautiful elearning tutorial in a short time.

What do you dislike?

The application tends to be a bit slow. I would love to have a cloud based version someday. The application does take up a lot of space on a regular PC. I have had a few issues with "fatal errors", but apart from that the application is a must have. I have used other authoring tools and Captivate works the best for me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a shot, it is a great authoring tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Captivate to create ELearning tutorials such as compliance and other mandatory training's. When creating an elearning as a SCO the end user is unable to "scrub through" the tutorial if certain parameters are set in the file, which is a major benefit because we want end users to attend full training's.

Captivate review by <span>Samantha L.</span>
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My Top Choice Systems Training

What do you like best?

I love the way it does screen captures and how it allows you to manipulate or even fabricate actions and results. This is often necessary when developing in a test environment. You can even control mouse movement.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes I will get a slide in my filmstrip that is two shots in one, almost like a short video because Captivate took the shot in between screen transitions instead of after the transition was completed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are making more than just short, simple videos for systems training, this is the one. The ability to manipulate the captures is wonderful. I have to fake things all the time and this lets me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this to develop hands on systems training when no live environment is available to learners. I can build demos and hands on exercises and even score them if I want to.

Captivate review by <span>Tatianna H.</span>
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Adobe Captivate 8 Product and Performance Review

What do you like best?

The capabilities of Captivate are exceptional for the tasks I needed to accomplish.

What do you dislike?

The product's complexity led to a steep learning curve and frustration when attempting to complete nearly any task. With all the functionality, the user has to have certain knowledge before being able to use the product to its full potential. I also disliked the limited save/export options for publishing. It is difficult to know what the best format is to publish on a website.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't be the only person to work with this product. Like anything else (but especially Captivate) it's easier to work through projects and understand what process needs to be done when there are at least two people handling the workload as well as helping each other to better understand how to effectively use the product. Also, do your research. Adobe isn't the best with support (like any major organization) and you have to rely on their documentation and user forums to get answers. Also, it's easier to find some help on older versions since they've been out longer. There are other alternatives to Adobe Captivate that are equally as good and not as expensive - at least up front - so weigh your options and make sure to have a solid understanding of the task you or your team plan to accomplish and do a comparative matrix to find the right product for you. Price isn't everything! Ease of use is often more valuable than the initial payment. If you buy a slightly less expensive product but have to put in 2 to 3 times the effort to complete the same tasks, it's not worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Interactive video content for a learning/training website.

Captivate review by <span>John F.</span>
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Captivate what you see, for others to learn

What do you like best?

I love how simple it is to get going! I thought this was going to require a class or some serious Googling to find answers on how to perform key functions. Not the case with Captivate! Adobe made this for the end user, not just for the professional that knows how to use Adobe products. Anyone can pick this up and get going within minutes. I love how easily laid out the options are and the ability to make it look great.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the cost. I understand this is an expensive application and Adobe is making their money back. No one is in business to give things away for free. But most companies in today's world will target a feature set for consumers and another for prosumers. Captivate has one version and that is all. Also with Adobe's changes to subscription based only, this makes previous owners a bit out on a ledge since we cannot get Captivate in the same subscription as Creative Cloud. That's dumb. No company should make a product that cannot be combined with others of their own products. BAD MOVE ADOBE!

Also, if you plan to make courses that require answering questions at the end to "pass", then strap in and get ready to study hard! This is not easy. It does require much more knowledge to get this done and is super tricky. Adobe leaves you on your own in this area, offering very little verbiage inside the application how to do it, and offer far less support over the phone to try and figure this out. You will find yourself researching how to do this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't be scared, there is a lot that can be done, but you can start simple. WOrk your way up and gradually learn all the features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to show our customers short videos on how to use our system. We built a system for our customers to use, but how do you train over 4 thousand customers that all work from home around the planet? Well Captivate makes it super easy to accomplish! Record yourself performing whatever you want to show your customers, add your voice over the top explaining what you are doing and add some mouse movement gestures to make your video really stand out and look professional.

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