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Captivate review by Edwin W.
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"Stunning Presentations"

What do you like best?

Adobe Captivate is the best Learning management system I have ever come across when we consider the features required in an LMS software; there is no other software come even close to Captivate. First of all the Interface is good, you can customize it into great detail and personalization that everyone can adapt to its environment. When it comes to adding users, it's straightforward, you can even add users from a list with just the press of a button. The software is straightforward to learn unlike most of the other Adobe products which have a steep learning curve, I managed to learn it within a week. creating content is also superb with drag function, multi-angle views, subtitles, and much more features. you can create great commentary with learning presentations in which media can be added in many formats including videos, text, infographics and much more. the support is really nice, they reply fairly quick to your query, also the build in tutorials are really good. least but not least they got one of the best Text to speech software builds into the software, you need to download an additional two gigabytes or so content but the quality of the TTS is absolutely fantastic.

What do you dislike?

the software takes huge amounts of system resources and even the installation is over 4 GIgabytes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If youre looking for an LMS software, look no further.

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

Adobe Captivate is a Learning Management system software.

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Captivate review by Robert B.
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"Powerful, but not quick to use"

What do you like best?

I like that I can pretty much do whatever I can dream up with Captivate. It gives you tremendous control over every single element that's on the screen and has the ability to control even more with advanced actions, variables, and java script. I've never used Stroyline (Captivate's top competitor), but in my opinion, Captivate's user interface is clean and easy to navigate. I also love the use of styles in Captivate. I can create just about anything and give it a style. Any updates I make to that style can be applied across everything within that style. I also love the smart shapes in Captivate. There are dozens of shapes you can draw and you can tie advanced actions to them, use them as buttons, use them to call variables...the possibilities are endless. I highly recommend using them.

What do you dislike?

I've heard that the learning curve for getting up to speed with Storyline is much lower versus Captivate. Captivate is not always the most intuitive - you really have to tell is exactly what you want each object to do...there are very few things that have built in functionality. Everything is controlled through Advanced Actions, and it can get clunky, confusing, and time consuming. I hear Storyline lets you control all of an objects actions and conditions from a single panel.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared to spend time learning the ins and outs of the system if you've never developed eLearning before.

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

Captivate lets instructional designers let their imaginations run wild when designing training interventions. With Captivate, you get to create truly interactive training - no more "click next to continue."

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Captivate review by Nick H.
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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 Cynae T.
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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 Tiffany P.
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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.

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Captivate review by Samantha L.
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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.

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Captivate review by Amardeep Singh S.
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"Powerful tool to create engaging and immersive content."

What do you like best?

Captivate allows authors to create complex content. Features like Geo location, mobile gesture recognition, virtual reality, responsive content creation using fluid boxes help in creation of immersive content. I like that tool gives enough power to authors to control learning outcome using custom logic and allows authors to view content as consumers of content would see it.

What do you dislike?

Tool is not easy to use, and new authors need to invest time to effectively use Captivate. Content creation process has a legacy feel to it and lacks seamless and effortless interfaces provided by some cloud-based tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tool should be made easy to use.

It is still a desktop heavy legacy tool , needs to provide interfaces which are modern.

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

Captivate is an effective tool for organizations and individual who want to create and deliver content to multiple channels such as mixed reality, mobile using advance features like gesture recognition. Not ideal choice for authors who want to create content fast and easy.

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Captivate review by Anabel R.
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"Deja fluir tu creatividad en un solo sitio para proyecciones"

What do you like best?

Adobe Captivate es un programa tipo estudio que te ayudara a realizar múltiples vídeos con ediciones capture que has realizado en varias oportunidades, es compatible con varios formatos para que tengas buenos resultados de presentaciones a entregar o presentar en tu trabajo o la universidad. Es de facil manejo y posee múltiples herramientas.

What do you dislike?

Con Adobe Captivate debes tener en cuenta que debes poseer una buena maquina para realizar muchas ediciones. Se coloca lenta al querer realizar múltiples ediciones. No acepta muchos formatos.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Es impresionante los resultados que Adobe Captivate tiene para ti. Deja fluir tu creatividad para ediciones y buenos proyectos visuales, todo en una misma presentación, con sus múltiples herramientas y de fácil manejo Adobe Captivate te ayudara a realzar en tu grupo de trabajo y universidad logrando así tener buenos resultados y expectativas con tus presentaciones.

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

Adobe Captivate me ayudo a realizar excelentes proyectos visuales de diferentes capture y formatos para proyectarlos en una misma presentación. Es de fácil manejo y posee varias herramientas de ayuda. Obtendrás buenos resultados con la practica. Es ideal para poner a volar tu imaginación y creatividad en cualquier momento.

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Captivate review by Tatianna H.
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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.

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Captivate review by John F.
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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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"Buggy, but there aren't many alternatives"

What do you like best?

I like the variety of output you can create, whether simulations, traditional self-paced instruction, or a flash video for the en user.

What do you dislike?

It does NOT play nicely with Windows 10. I've lost easily 300 hours of work, even when using 'save as' and naming my work in progress. While I should be able to recover Captivate files from the Cache, this only works about 40% of the time when using the two most recent versions of Captivate with Windows 10. My colleagues all have machines with Windows 7, so they have not experienced the multitude of problems I have with this product

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't use it with Windows 10! I wish my employer would allow designers to use Mac computers, as I do not have issues with this product's earlier version that I run on three Macs at home.

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

I create content in a corporate training environment

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"Great software but takes a bit getting used to it"

What do you like best?

I like that the software is very robust and has a lot of features that you can add into any training course you are creating and a great variety of assessment question types.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that the software is not backwards compatible. Which means if you work with a team and one of you has a new version of the software, anything that they create cannot be opened or modified by anyone that hasn't upgraded to the new version. Also, if you open a captivate project with the newer version, it will then save it as the new version. the only workaround I have found is I must keep multiple versions of Captivate on my laptop until everyone upgrades. The software does use a lot of memory as well and tends to take awhile to open and close

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

Building robust online learning and with great assessments.

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Captivate review by Jonathan S.
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"Awesome Software"

What do you like best?

Adobe Captivate gives you the ability to create training videos on your computer/device to teach others how to do things. You can even show them how to do something and then make them do it afterward in order to continue on in the video.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the closed captioning feature. You have to manually add them into each slide. It would be nicer if the system could create a caption for you and then let you edit it (Similar to how YouTube and Camtasia does).

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

I am using Adobe Captivate to create training videos for our LMS (D2L Brightspace). I teach both students and faculty how to use each of tools inside of the Learning Environment.

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Captivate review by William G.
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"One of the Best Elearning tools"

What do you like best?

this is by far one of the most powerful E-learning software. it got so many features to edit images, effects, and music. it designs slides in HTML5 so that it will be compatible with every platform. it also integrates well with other Adobe products such as Photoshop for designing slides and later we could import it into Captivate to apply effects. the tool also contains powerful audio tools such as TExt to Speech service which is extremely natural sounds, also we can edit the audio file using audion parallelly saving us a lot of time. I also find the Geolocation option really helpful and unique feature of Adobe Captivate. its also extremely great tool when trying to build software based E-learning tools. it comes with a trial option to check out the provide so they can know what they are buying.

What do you dislike?

the User Interface is really not up to the mark. the pricing can be high and many users won't be able to afford this software. the software cna get really heavy and can hang your PC while handling large projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

this is one of the greatest software produced when coming to building presentations, give them a try and choose for yourself.

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

Create tools and Presentation for learning

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Captivate review by Maireanu M.
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"Good integration and standards"

What do you like best?

Accessibility: It's easy to access on the mobile and tablet using the app, It has good browser support. Its SaaS and cloud based so that is a huge advantage. Offline access is another plus.

Interface: It’s modern and very intuitive, The single fluidic player for videos, docs and other content is a big plus.

Customization: The courses and content can be easily created and customized. It allows branding and color themes too.

Integration & Admin: It’s good that its SCORM and xAPI compliant and integration with external applications is good. FTP connections is a plus. Quick to publish as well.

What do you dislike?

Would be nice if it has internal conferencing integration instead of external integrations

Would have been nice to have more video tutorials on how to use the platform for different roles.

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

Accessibility and easy to manage.

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"A Nice Demonstration Capturing Program"

What do you like best?

The program was quite easy to use. I was able to get started with a simulation quickly. I could edit the project and add voice over recording without struggling with a learning curve.

What do you dislike?

While the program can capture the screen movements and record an audio, it couldn't quite give me everything to create a great training video.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very nice screen motion capturing program. The media is easy to edit and add audio clips.The simple design makes creating demonstration videos fun and stress-free.

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

I need to create demonstration videos of using our software products. I also need to be able to add voice instructions to the capture without worrying about where I am on the timeline. I can accomplish my goals with Captivate in the first phase of the project. I can then use the output to move it into a more robust video editing software to complete the video.

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Captivate review by Varun S.
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"Captivate Expert review"

What do you like best?

It has the capability to make quiz, presentations, capture screen and make video lectures. Along with the capability to align everything with a Learning management system makes it a good buy !

What do you dislike?

Sometimes slow to respond, needs time to understand all the features which are it's beauty.

Recommendations to others considering the product

worth a try. You won't know unless you try.

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

When i need to make presentations and quiz for people, i prefer captivate. It can be a good excercise for questions. The best thing is i don't need to keep a track of people and their scores. Linking it to the learning management system like blackboard simplifies my work. A software is only good as it's integration with the outside world and that's what i like about captivate. It is adaptive to all screens like laptop, mobile, tablet. It's capability of screen capture is a nice add on. After all it is a good elearning design software.

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Captivate review by David T.
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"An Instructional Design Tool I Can't Live Without"

What do you like best?

Adobe Captivate's features scale to the user's skill and desire of depth of customization. One could make a simple slideshow with a voice-over and publish in video form or one could create a highly interactive, custom-coded, and immersive SCORM or SAML unit with several programmed learning paths all available on mobile devices of different sizes and PC/Mac.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see the interface updated to a flat UI with much more modern animations without having to import from a custom flash object.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can, get a Demo and try it out. It goes very well with any SCORM or SAML ready LMS and with the Subscription service, you get free updates each time they come out with one which is just about every year.

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

I utilize this as an instructional system designer to create courses while are delivered to the user via an LMS. Using SCORM reporting, thanks to Adobe Captivates ability to export in SCORM, we've been able to track problem areas in our courses by analyzing the usage data. This is a CPI that would not have otherwise been able to realize without utilizing a hearty instructional design tool.

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Captivate review by Katie W.
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"Glorified PowerPoint"

What do you like best?

I think that Adobe Captivate has a lot of great options for creating learning tools. It's simple to import PowerPoint presentations, it offers software simulation, and the multiple options to quiz the learners makes this program valuable for eLearning modules.

What do you dislike?

As someone that is very familiar and comfortable with vector based graphics (I primarily use Adobe Illustrator), I've had a hard transition to Adobe Captivate. The keyboard shortcuts are so different from the rest of the Adobe Suite, which can be frustrating after you've become adjusted and familiar to the other programs. High resolution pictures seem to lose quality after they're imported, and I run into technical issues most times I use the program (such as: freezing, having to force quit the program, etc). I would also like to see more options for the templates that are included in Captivate. There's no freedom to adjust/edit the existing themes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Captivate is great for creating elearning content. It has been difficult adjusting to how to use the program, and I have found myself googling tutorial after tutorial to find simple answers. However; moving forward, I think Captivate is headed in the right direction.

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

My organization was seeking ways to train our employees more efficiently as we grew at a rapid rate. We were finding that we simply couldn't keep up with the number of on-boarding employees. We are now implementing a LMS to train our employees independently. This program makes learning interactive, entertaining, and memorable.

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Captivate review by John C.
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"Great tool and easy to use"

What do you like best?

Captivate is so easy that anyone can pick it up without any prior training. If you are interested in creating rapid development courses such as those done with lectora or storyline this is a great tool to use.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the interface. Storyline uses a powerpoint type interface and lectora uses a similar one. Captivate has a more complicated interface that makes it harder to use. Also some LMS systems don't always correctly read the scorom files that are generated from captivate. Lastly, I am not a huge fan of it's character pack

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a course and learn how to use it. I've noticed if you have previous experience with lectora and storyline it makes it a bit harder but still a decent program.

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

I needed to create courses for my company and this was the software they used.

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Captivate review by Natasha O.
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"Captivate your Learners, but with restriction?"

What do you like best?

Captivate simplifies instructional design creation software with drag and drop features to place your learning activities where you'd like them, Timelines, integrated services and and templates set up for interface, gaming activities and quizzing.Captivate really allows you to get creative with your educational designs. Adobe softwares come with a community of creators and developers, so there is always help or tutorials online if you need help with a project.

What do you dislike?

There are not many options for pre-made interactions and publishing to a non-Adobe LMS site may take some extra steps if using this software. However, its very industry-forward and I have few other complaints.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please consider this software if you are a fan of Adobe products or find them easy to learn. This is not the only instructional design authoring software available, but it is one of the most popular, so there are definitely great reasons to choose this software. These products are expensive, so first do your research.

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

Authoring instructional design modules for higher education courses.

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Captivate review by Charles H.
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"Clunky and Unstable"

What do you like best?

Compared to other tools like Oracle UPK and SAP Tutor, Captivate is cheap. And Captivate 9 has so many features that there is probably little that you can conceive of that can't be achieved using this tool. That's the good news. The bad news is that many of the functions are either challenging to deploy or don't work at all.

What do you dislike?

Where do I begin?

Captivate doesn't play nice with network drives, so the notion of team development goes out the window right off the bat. If you try to use Captivate on a network drive, your development will slow way down. I instruct all of my developers to create a directory on their local drive and upload finished content to a server.

The program will consume as much memory as you have and will cache so much garbage that it eats up disk space, as well. After a day of development, I cleared 10Gb from the cache. Very sloppy.

When recording simulations on ERP systems like SAP and Oracle, Captivate tends to miss quite a bit. This results in considerable rework. I am in the habit now of capturing extra screenshots, knowing that I will have to manually add in the steps that Captivate ignores.

There are many hidden limitations that you will only find out about when your project fails. For example, there is an upper limit to the size of video files you can deploy within a project. It isn't documented, but if you exceed that limit your project will either crash or your learners will sit while the project takes 15 minutes to load. Not good.

There is also an undocumented scripting language for creating outputs using Print (rather than Publish). Adobe doesn't publicize or promote this, but it is the only way to control what is actually output. There is a Captivate "underground" where you can find details about this language but there shouldn't have to be.

Finally, the program is very unstable. It frequently hangs or crashes. This can be particularly annoying when recording large, complex simulations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Others have recommended starting with the 30-day free trial. This is good advice. You should know what you're getting into before taking the plunge.

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

I use Captivate to create demos, simulations, and documentation for ERP systems. When a client forgoes tools provided by their ERP vendor because of cost, Captivate is cheap alternative. Sometimes, however, you get what you pay for (or don't).

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Captivate review by Jennifer Y.
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Professional Training & Coaching
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"Captivate for New Hire Training"

What do you like best?

Captivate is my go to tool when developing new software training but I have recently realized its power for New Hire training. Using Captivate, I am able to create a safe environment for New Hires to learn everything that they need to get started on the right foot. I've created Outlook Set-up training, Computer Security Training, Windows 365 Orientation, and so much more. Often people forget how intimidating starting a new job can be, especially when there are new computer systems to learn. By creating demonstrations and simulations for the New Hires to learn the in's and out's, you create confidence, reduce time required by other employees for training, and get the New Hires productive quickly.

What do you dislike?

Game interactivities are big in the online training industry. It would be nice if there were more ready-made options for games for those who are not "programmers."

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are great training videos on the Adobe website and in books by IconLogic. Make sure you take the time to learn the software before jumping in and developing. It will save a lot of headaches and extra work.

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

New Hire retention and time to competency. When the new hires are better trained to do their job they are more likely to stay.

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Captivate review by Michael B.
Controller's Office Training Manager
Higher Education
Enterprise
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"Like most Adobe products, there is a lot to love but a lot to be desired..."

What do you like best?

I love the enhancements made to newer versions. It's great that I can easily produce videos now, since that's the future of online learning. I love that I can create many different types of projects, including HTML 5 and responsive learning along with mobile learning. It has certainly come a long day since the old days.

What do you dislike?

It's clunky. It takes WAY too many resources, even on a Mac. The integration of PPT is horrible and doesn't allow for single slide editing on the Mac anymore, which I hate. I have to do the whole powerpoint which sometimes takes way too long to import after saving. Animations that are built in are horrible. The animation platform is bad, and the video timeline when editing CPVC files is very, very bad. I have to say there are so many things that would improve this product, but I still love it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try and hold out for a real cloud version that's part of the creative cloud. We have been asking forever, and hopefully Adobe will eventually listen to us.

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

We are creating responsive LMS projects in house without consultants, which is great and has saved us a lot of money. The only problem is that our LMS system doesn't like Captivate packages all that much, especially Flash based ones. I hope there is more to come in the future with HTML 5.

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Captivate review by Benjamin S.
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"Adobe Captivate Review"

What do you like best?

Lots of options available to customize your presentation, many different export options to various LMS

What do you dislike?

Major bugs with saving, huge memory hog, many of the issues that are reported are not fixed and moved into the next version which you have to pay for, support is a total joke as they are only able to advise that your issue is a known bug, software has a tendency to freeze during saving and sometimes will corrupt your file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You may want to try some of the other types of leaning management creation software on the market before you settle on Captivate. I have used 3 different versions and Adobe does not seem to be fixing the major issues. I get the feeling that Captivate is the red headed step child in the Adobe family in that they don't care about it as much as other programs such as Photoshop.

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

Creating onsite customized training material for employees and vendors/contractors. Also a helpful tool for creating demo recordings to offsite locations that they can view at their leisure.

There are possibilities to create a demo system for your users to try out various scenarios in a safe environment instead of a live system. It takes a lot of time and patience but it is possible. You create the slides and use objects like buttons and quiz questions to assemble a sort of choose your adventure style platform.

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Captivate review by User in Higher Education
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"It is easy for IT people who do not have time. Reach out to tens of ppl at your dept."

What do you like best?

Adobe Captivate saves me time for my authoring work when I need to deal with e-learning content. As being the IT person in my department and a research assistant, I sometimes use it for demonstration of certain software that my department purchased.

What do you dislike?

FTP publishing is the worst feature of it. I am expected to take my time and change the address in the server folder so that I can publish my file. It is time consuming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you have time to change your server address if you are working online and need to save the file to your office PC.

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

I use it for for software demonstration for over-aged professors.

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Captivate review by Andrew G.
Learning and Development Manager
Building Materials
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(51-200 employees)
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"Simple elearning authoring for multiple devices"

What do you like best?

The newest Adobe Captivate upgrade makes it easy to design eLearning for multiple devices including desktop, laptop, tablets and mobile phones.

What do you dislike?

The software can be very slow - even with a computer that is top spec. This is something Adobe need to address.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Create some eye catching templates and guides before you start writing courses. Add high levels of interactivity.

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

We are able to create engaging elearning for our new Learning Management System. This allows us to offer more training to our employees.

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Captivate review by User in Oil & Energy
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"Excellent video software"

What do you like best?

I personally like the ability to import audio files to sync up with my video and manage them separately. I've used other editing software before that did not have this ability or actually required you to create the audio at the same time. You can also import video files from other sources so I can use multiple tools with different capabilities (if necessary) to get the job done.

What do you dislike?

I cannot record audio only to add as a layer to my video. I have to record all at once or use a different tool to record the audio and import it in.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The ability for Captivate to use many different platforms and file types makes it a great selection. If you can stay on top of the new features it helps. Very expensive, but you can really produce some quality material.

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

I'm using it to create how-to videos and along with GoAnimate we're creating infographics and training videos.

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Captivate review by Laura A.
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Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Powerful but Clunky, with a Steep Learning Curve"

What do you like best?

I like using Captivate to create short, simple screencasts, simulations or training videos. You can quickly create screencasts and simple simulations with Captivate that make great quick references for employee training.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of things I don't like about Captivate. This may be because I started using Articulate Storyline before I learned to use Captivate, and I find Captivate less intuitive. It's easy to learn how to develop simple simulations in Captivate, but if you want to develop courseware that's more engaging and interactive there's a steep learning curve and a fair amount of quirkiness. I also don't like that it takes up a lot of system resources, and that it presents a lot of issues when you use it in a team environment on a network.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely take advantage of the 30-day trial to ensure it meets your needs. I would also recommend giving your development team training and time to play around with Captivate and get familiar with its features and quirks. Also consider how you'll handle courseware review in a networked environment, and build that into your review process.

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

I've used it to create employee training and quick references. When using simulations, I'd suggest keeping them as short as possible.

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Captivate review by Mason T.
Multimedia Specialist
Religious Institutions
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"Captivate makes eLearning Development a breeze!"

What do you like best?

I truly enjoy the intuitive nature of the interface. It is extremely interactive and user friendly. Most eLearning development software seems clunky and the learning curve is steep. With Captivate you can step in as a rookie and feel confident in your ability to produce a high quality course.

What do you dislike?

The downside for me would be the functionality in specific quizzes like the matching style for instance. If there are more than 4 questions, navigating the editing controls can be tricky.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking to develop eLearning modules do yourself a favor and look no further.

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

The amount of time it takes to develop a course is greatly decrease while using captivate

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Captivate review by Callista D.
Instructional Media Designer
Higher Education
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"Serves a purpose"

What do you like best?

It is great for creating interactive media for HTML5. You can track user interaction with the SCORM feature. It's easy to make the media accessible (i.e. closed captioning).

What do you dislike?

I've experienced a lot of technical difficulty with complex actions. The UI is not the most intuitive. The animations are all pre-set. I have very little control over the animations...it's super limited. Hard to get used to having worked in After Effects so much.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't expect to able to animate like you would in After Effects. There is very little control over animation.

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

I use it to design interactive media for online educational courses. This software definitely helps us make our courses more engaging.

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Captivate review by User in Government Administration
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"Internal Trainer using captivate for software simulations"

What do you like best?

Captivate is excellent for creating walking through for new websites and/or software. Being able to use various modes such as simulation or being able to make the walk through interactive by having the end user complete a task to proceed with the training's. This allows us to know that they end user is listening and gaining valuable hands on training

What do you dislike?

The biggest problem I have noticed with Captivate is the lag time. It can be very slow when saving a project. It can also be very slow when opening or publishing projects as well. This can be critical when you are working on a deadline and are stuck unable to do anything because the program is slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Captivate can be useful if you are looking for a user friendly simulation and training software. Do your research you want to also look at your learning management system and ensure it is compatible with captivate.

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

Using captivate we can create and deliver to all our staff online Captivate has helped reduce our companies travel costs.

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Captivate review by Consultant in E-Learning
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"Very powerful e-learning tool"

What do you like best?

I like best the reliability of Adobe Captivate if you work in different areas of e-learning. You can create software simulations supported by the style manager which helps saving a lot of rework. You can also built interactive courses by using the variety of commands of the clickbox.

What do you dislike?

Adobe Captivate is not so easy to learn. As a software coach I see that my learners sometimes have problems to find the useful solution because there are so many possibilities. It is really very difficult to use 99% of the Captivate power without external help or a lot of time for practicing. The easier it is to reach first results the more it gets difficult to get to the next level.

It is not possible to combine simple interactions and conditional interactions in one click.

The Microsoft PowerPoint import does not integrate the single elements of the PowerPoint. You can only rework the material with the existing PowerPoint file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Adobe Captivate is a tool that will support you creating material in any way you want. You can create software simulations with already filled-in text captions or you can create very enhanced interactive content with variables and conditions.

If you need a rapid elearning tool to create content in different disciplines from quizzes to interactive slides Adobe Captivate is one of the best solutions on the market.

In very regular intervals there is a new version of Adobe Captivate which helps to have an up-to-date version. So Adobe Captivate is not a revolutionary application but a very evolutionary one.

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

My company has produced courses for software support, interactive health care courses, quizzes for an insurance company etc.. It has a huge advantage to create elearning in this all-in-one application because you can combine the content of simulations, interactions and quizzes.

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Captivate review by Charity D.
Principal Technical Writer: "Information Experience Design Lead"
Computer Software
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"Pretty amazing, a classic Adobe product"

What do you like best?

Quick learning curve, lots of click and drag, defaults to most common preferences. Intuitive interface that doesn't require lots of guesswork.

What do you dislike?

Too many features, I don't have time to become a full-on video editor. Just need quick videos with audio. Wish I could tag videos for different types of users and manage my content more intelligently.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A "Cadillac" for video capture, but a bit of a dinosaur from the bygone days when you had to do all your video editing locally. I like simpler features and free web-based apps for quick on-the fly captures. Have been experimenting with capturing small tutorials and basical on-screen tasks with ViewEdit and getting good feedback from customers.

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

Training material, online documentation in a hosted webapp that is not compatible with many products, so I have to convert the video to a YouTube video first.

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Captivate review by User in E-Learning
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"Slow and Overly Complicated"

What do you like best?

The only thing that is worth doing in this software is capturing video demonstrations or simulations. This software is unique in its ease of use when capturing mouse clicks, screenshots, entering text into text fields, and other functions like that, and creating automatic action buttons from your mouse clicks to quickly make a software demonstration or simulation course.

What do you dislike?

Everything aside from the most basic of video demonstrations/simulations is not worth doing in Captivate if you have even the slightest bit of programming and video production knowledge. The drop-down menus required to add interactions are cumbersome to build and interactions cannot be repurposed. Video export settings are far too limited, resulting in subpar video quality. When trying to build anything at all beyond the pre-programmed interactions, Captivate fights you every step of the way.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Only purchase this software if no one on your team has any knowledge whatsoever of programming or video editing software, or if you are planning on doing exclusively software click-throughs or basic text and photo on a page style courses. If you want to attempt anything more than that, you will find yourself frustrated by the lack of options that Captivate offers you, and the cumbersome nature of "programming" in Captivate by clicking and selecting options from drop-down menus.

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

Captivate makes it easy for instructional designers with absolutely no knowledge of graphics or programming software to put together the most basic of demos and interactions.

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Captivate review by Mohamed B.
Freelance - IT/Database specialist
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"An advance version of powerpoint"

What do you like best?

I like that it has a combination of power-point and access functions. It's great software for education department. It's very easy to use to create amazing responsive eLearning courses, orientations, presentations, and also add quizzes. In addition, I like that it comes with options like recording audio, software simulation, video demo and more. Also, I like that it can be use for different kind of devices such as desktop, iPad and iPhone or any other phones.

What do you dislike?

Not suitable for fresh leaner

Requires training and tutorials to master the software

No conversation simulation tool

No editor available for editing video content

It can be crash at any moment

Recommendations to others considering the product

Adobe Captivate is great software especially for teachers because they can create amazing responsive eLearning courses. But they do need to take a lot of tutorial and lesson before using the program.

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

I'm using adobe captivate to create an orientation for my department where clients will complete their orientation instead of attend the webinar.

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Captivate review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"One of my favorite ways to create instructional videos quickly and easily!"

What do you like best?

Ease of use when capturing and creating videos. The amount of options and how easy it is to correct your mouse clicks and/or frames.

What do you dislike?

the biggest issue I have is publishing the training videos in a format that anyone will be able to reach and view. They do not load up into the cloud software we use easily.

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

Creating instructional/training videos on how to utilize different functions of the cloud based software within our company. I have used this in a previous company and I truly liked how easily it was to create these types of videos. the benefits have been the ability to quickly produce these videos for rolling out new features or to help resolve issues/questions on software functionality for our users. I have now just started using this once again in my new company and once again, started to impress my co-workers with this.

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Captivate review by User in Financial Services
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"Captivate"

What do you like best?

Captivate allows developers a world of opportunities. There is not much that can't be done. Not a huge selection of templates or add ins - but I prefer to build my own or import from power point so not a huge issue. The option to choose between a simulation or a demonstration for recordings is great.

What do you dislike?

Support is poor. Can be difficult to learn. Slows computer down if working with captivate for extended period of time without clearing cache. If captivate acts up while in the middle of a project the file could get corrupted. Once corrupted, very difficult to restore.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Lynda.com has a ton of great courses to help new and experienced users learn the software.

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

Use to build e-learnings.

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Captivate review by Thomas G.
Consultant: Organizational Learning, Employee Engagement, and Change Management
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"Works for Me"

What do you like best?

The ability to publish to html5. Because I am required to add more characters, I've added this last sentence.

What do you dislike?

Changes in the UI to make the process easier for new users to understand, while undermining user efficiency. I hate the video screen recording, can't edit the video parts and they are big files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Adobe and Storyline do the same things. I don't like Captivate's video screen capture for simulation, but I'm not sure is Storyline is any better. I do like Captivate for roll-overs, scenarios, and simulations that I build from scratch. Storyline is a third more expensive than Captivate. That is the primary reason I use Captivate over Storyline.

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

I use Captivate to teach software to end users. I use it to provide scenarios to support discussion in learning. I use it to support role-play.

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Captivate review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Cool features. Next level of interactions on 360° media."

What do you like best?

The new and enhanced interactive features are done well in Adobe Captivate. Once the 360° images or videos are imported, it allows course creator to add pointers for information, quizzes, audio files or points to navigate through the course. The learning retention is very high when it is interactive and it also helps in demos, walkthroughs and enables action oriented engaged learning.

What do you dislike?

Cache can get a bit heavy when using Video resources. Ensure sufficient memory space.

Recommendations to others considering the product

With new capabilities in the 2019 release, this tool is a game changer for elearning design, making learning fun and interactive.

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

With the Virtual capabilities, this tool is a game changer for elearning design, making learning fun and interactive.

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Captivate review by Peter V.
Senior Management Consultant
Human Resources
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