Adobe Captivate does not have a free version but does offer a free trial. Adobe Captivate paid version starts at US$33.90/month.
- Industry: Education Management
- Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
- Used Weekly for 2+ years
A Reliable Multimedia Tool
I consider Adobe Captivate to be a re liable took to create multimedia and screen recording tutorial video. With little learning I am able to create very empresive videos . I like the ability that I can combine several existing projects together and easily add images and videos.
The software is a little pricey and not a part of Adobe Cloud collection but if your are in education the price is affordable.
- Industry: Automotive
- Company size: 201–500 Employees
- Used Daily for 1-5 months
Authoring Tool with a Twist
My overall experience so far is positive. We are developing eLearning modules using the interactive tools found in Captivate. So far, the video formatting, audio (speech-to-text) function, and responsive project mode are my biggest positives.
Adobe's new version of Captivate (2019) is a fantastic authoring tool for the right user. I say that because the user must be competent on various computer applications and willing to spend some extra time learning! I have used many authoring tools, but this one has made me slow down and rethink some of the methods I use for development. It is not easy, but when you learn to set it up correctly, the functionality is amazing! I'm referring mostly to the responsive projects that are scalable for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. This is a wonderful feature, but takes quite a bit of time to learn.
The biggest consideration I have found is the amount of time I have had to spend learning the program. Once understood, I have been able to make progress, but this is not a two or three week project...give yourself more time.
Reasons for Switching to Adobe CaptivateAdobe Captivate interfaced well with our other marketing programs that we currently use and we wanted seamless uploading to our LMS.
- Industry: Information Technology & Services
- Company size: 201–500 Employees
- Used for 2+ years
Great for basic eLearning - but not the best
It's good. I spent around 2 years using Captivate as my only tool for eLearning development. I now use Articulate Storyline 360 as my main tool, but have dipped back in to Captivate for features such as the screen recording
Having come into the eLearning world as a Flash developer, it was so easy to use. If you have nay background in Flash, or any basic programming knowledge, it is highly transferable to the way that Adobe have built captivate.
Screen recording feature that captures mouse clicks etc.
It's just too complicated. Steep learning curve which was difficult for me when trying to train new employees how to use Captivate to develop eLearning. Impossible to train SME's to use for storyboarding etc in a way that has any return on the time that would need to be spent training them (in fairness, they do have the storyboard add on for this function).
In comparison to an alternative such as Articulate Storyline 360 - it is overly complicated.
Responsive content development is a real pain. I understand the methodology here, using a CSS style layout to develop content that can run on any display - but I tripled my hours to make this work on a freelance project which causes the client to walk away. In the real world, using a scalable player is a better solution, which it can do, but given the fact that Adobe promote the "responsive" design so heavily as one of their key features - I personally wouldn't waste my time on it again. I don't believe the world need truly "responsive" eLearning.
- Industry: Construction
- Company size: 11–50 Employees
- Used Monthly for 2+ years
Facilitate Development of Training Syllabus
Captivate has taken the hard work out of creating professional learning tools with the ability to create testing without having to program.
ease of use; HTML5 exposes many options for authoring
Cost. I don't like the monthly subscription service.
- Industry: Nonprofit Organisation Management
- Company size: Self Employed
- Used Monthly for 1-5 months
Super Quick for 1st time SCORM Course Authoring
I needed to create a SCORM course under a tight timeline as a beginner, and Captivate did everything I needed, very quickly. I was also reached out to DIRECTLY by a customer service member via email asking if I needed help. I did not need, help, but it was nice to know that the service was available.
I really liked how easy Captivate was to learn and use in just a few hours. I do video production work, and needed to take a 3-hour long video curriculum, and adapt it into SCORM formatting for a client's educational project. I had never done a SCORM course before, but was able to with ease on the Captivate platform.
It did crash a few times when overloaded with large video files, however was rebooted and back up and working quickly. I also just wish it was included in my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. However, the price point was still great.