Adobe Captivate

Smart authoring tool with VR and 360° eLearning design

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Adobe Captivate Overview

What is Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate is a smart authoring tool that lets users create and design all kinds of fully-responsive eLearning content and immersive learning experiences that can be delivered with VR (virtual reality) and 360° media assets. Users can amplify video-based learning by easily adding interactive elements to their videos such as information hotspots, quizzes and knowledge check modules to enhance learner engagement and retention.

Adobe Captivate’s 360° media support enable users to deliver immersive learning experiences in VR that allow learners to navigate near real-life scenarios in a risk-free environment via popular VR headsets such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, and more. Organizations can use VR to deliver experiences such as virtual tours, safety drills, product walk-throughs, first responder situations and more, with interactive elements and custom overlay items such as information blurbs, audio content, and quizzes.

Users can personalize their curated video learning modules by recording their own videos or computer screen, importing existing YouTube videos, as well as replacing the background with customizable images. With Adobe Captivate, users can also add a layer of interactivity to their videos with overlay question slides that prompt learners to engage with the content to enhance mundane training videos or product demos and increase learner retention.

Adobe Captivate’s fluid boxes help automatically author fully responsive eLearning content that works across all devices and browsers. Automatic device preview allows users to see their content change shape and form across the full spectrum of device sizes. Users can also easily convert their PowerPoint slides to interactive eLearning modules and choose from 75,000+ free eLearning assets, characters, themes, quizzes and more.

Adobe Captivate Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$39,00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Subscription: US$33.99 /month
Perpetual License Price: US $1,299.00
Student & Teacher Edition: US $399.00
Upgrade Price: Buy for US $499.00


Adobe Captivate Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

Use the newly enhanced Fluid Boxes to automatically author fully responsive eLearning content that works across all devices and browsers
Convert your PowerPoint slides to interactive eLearning content without any programming
360° media support to help you deliver immersive learning experiences in VR that allow learners to navigate near real-life situations
Choose from 75,000+ free eLearning assets, characters, themes, quizzes and more, to deliver learning content that works on every device
Adobe Captivate video Adobe Captivate video Adobe Captivate screenshot: Use the newly enhanced Fluid Boxes to automatically author fully responsive eLearning content that works across all devices and browsers Adobe Captivate screenshot: Convert your PowerPoint slides to interactive eLearning content without any programming Adobe Captivate screenshot: 360° media support to help you deliver immersive learning experiences in VR that allow learners to navigate near real-life situations Adobe Captivate screenshot: Choose from 75,000+ free eLearning assets, characters, themes, quizzes and more, to deliver learning content that works on every device

Adobe Captivate Reviews

Adobe Captivate Reviews

Overall rating
4,6
/
5
Excellent
101

Very good
36

Average
8

Poor
2

Terrible
1

Value for Money
4,1
Features
4,4
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
3,9
93% recommended this app
Paul W.

Adobe Captivate is the Cornerstone of My eLearning Business

I started using Adobe Captivate with version 2. It was okay but obviously there was room for it to improve. At the time of writing this review, Captivate is on version 11 and it has matured into a robust solution. I will continue to use it for all my professional eLearning work for as long as they continue to make it available.


Josh Y.

A powerful player in the e-learning arena

While I am just jumping into the platform as my current job requires it over other software platforms, I am impressed. Having used the entire Adobe CC and other e-learning software, this platform is not difficult to transition into.


Carl C.

Creating "how to videos" for enterprise learning

This is a very functional application for making videos. I prefer it versus tools like Camtasia when making instructional videos.


Verified Reviewer

All in one

For the moment, no inconvenience has arisen, it has been very useful to me, the tools are quite good.


Ezzy S.

Adobe Captivate - What you'd expect from an Adobe product

I've authored over 300 courses with Adobe Captivate in the last 6 years and overall, I'm very satisfied with the product. For all its faults, it's really forced me outside my box and helped me learn a lot about instructional design.


Paul W.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: Self Employed

Adobe Captivate is the Cornerstone of My eLearning Business

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/10/17
Review Source: Capterra

I started using Adobe Captivate with version 2. It was okay but obviously there was room for it to improve. At the time of writing this review, Captivate is on version 11 and it has matured into a robust solution. I will continue to use it for all my professional eLearning work for as long as they continue to make it available.

Pros

I have been using Adobe Captivate since the mid-2000s. Each release has brought new and innovative features that allow me to continue to impress my clients. Features like virtual reality and interactive video make Adobe Captivate the industry leader in eLearning Authoring tools

Cons

A complicated piece of software means that the learning curve is steep but the reward is that in return it does so much.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Josh Y.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 51-200 Employees

A powerful player in the e-learning arena

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/10/09
Review Source: Capterra

While I am just jumping into the platform as my current job requires it over other software platforms, I am impressed. Having used the entire Adobe CC and other e-learning software, this platform is not difficult to transition into.

Pros

Having used many products for developing e-learning, Captivate is among the top-tier development programs but has a high cost to entry. The platform is powerful and has a lot of nuances that allow for digging deep into options for developing truly custom courses and user experiences.

Cons

While you can dig deeply into advanced interactions, data reporting, etc, the learning curve is immense to begin to understand elements such as advanced actions, keywords, etc. Variables become buried and are not as easy to manipulate as in Articulate Storyline, but they are buried for very good reason in that you can actually do more in Captivate than with its rival program with such features. If I am to further nitpick, I am not excited by the filmstrip display for slide storyline. This is a feature I love in Articulate's e-learning in that non-linear branching is highly encouraged whereas the linear filmstrip does little to entice users to develop complex learning opportunities, reinforcing the linear death by slides commonly seen in virtual learning.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Carl C.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Creating "how to videos" for enterprise learning

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/06/14
Review Source: Capterra

This is a very functional application for making videos. I prefer it versus tools like Camtasia when making instructional videos.

Pros

Easy to segment video into pieces. Imagine using Power Point slides but each slide contains video/sound. Much easier to manage than other tools that record straight through. You can record each segment, apply graphic elements as desired. It integrated easily with other Adobe audio products for enhanced audio editing. Captivate does include limited audio editing tools, just enough to be handy.

Cons

I found the application would crash every now and then. Nothing I could not work around, but strange to have to experience that in today's world.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Executive Office
Company size: 11-50 Employees

All in one

Used Other for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/10/21
Review Source: Capterra

For the moment, no inconvenience has arisen, it has been very useful to me, the tools are quite good.

Pros

Mainly what I like about this software is the distribution of controls, since they are simple and intuitive, I can access a wide variety of controls and at the same time maximize my workspace. Another quite useful detail that I found excellent is that you can import and extract PowerPoint slides. Generally the tools are easy to use so there are not many drawbacks, besides the fact that you can use widgets to improve your presentation. It is very useful.

Cons

At the beginning it can be a little difficult to understand how it works, however by knowing each tool thoroughly, it is totally simple. The price is a bit high, however the tool is quite good.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Ezzy S.
Industry: Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Adobe Captivate - What you'd expect from an Adobe product

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/06/11
Review Source: Capterra

I've authored over 300 courses with Adobe Captivate in the last 6 years and overall, I'm very satisfied with the product. For all its faults, it's really forced me outside my box and helped me learn a lot about instructional design.

Pros

Adobe Captivate allows you to author amazing and beautiful coursework if you don't mind spending a little extra time to learn some coding. The product is fairly intuitive and it has a lot of capabilities. It's a very deep and robust product.

Cons

To really get the best out of Captivate, you do need to spend quite a lot of time learning about creating variables, some beginner coding, and occasionally some javascript. You can make the program do whatever you want, but it takes a lot of patience and, sometimes, some wonky workarounds.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

User recommendation
7,9/10
Based on 148 user ratings
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Adobe Captivate Pricing

Adobe Captivate Pricing

Starting from
US$39,00/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Subscription: US$33.99 /month
Perpetual License Price: US $1,299.00
Student & Teacher Edition: US $399.00
Upgrade Price: Buy for US $499.00

Subscription: US$33.99 /month
Perpetual License Price: US $1,299.00
Student & Teacher Edition: US $399.00
Upgrade Price: Buy for US $499.00

Value for Money
4,1/5
Based on 148 user ratings
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Adobe Captivate Features

Adobe Captivate Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Blended Learning
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customizable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
4,4/5
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Additional information for Adobe Captivate

Additional information for Adobe Captivate

Benefits

• Engage your learners with immersive learning scenarios that they can experience in virtual reality via popular VR headsets such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, and more.

• Overlay custom items such as information blurbs, audio content and quizzes to turn 360⁰ learning experiences into interactive eLearning scenarios.

• Record software simulations from scratch or add interactivity to existing PowerPoint slides and videos with Adobe Captivate.

• Use the fluid boxes to automatically author fully responsive eLearning content that works across all devices and browsers, and convert legacy desktop courses to mobile learning with a few clicks.

• Adobe Captivate's live preview feature generates a QR code that you can scan using a mobile device to see exactly how your eLearning content will play out on your learners’ VR devices.

Adobe Captivate FAQs

Adobe Captivate FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Adobe Captivate.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Adobe Captivate offer?

Adobe Captivate offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$39,00/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Subscription: US$33.99 /month Perpetual License Price: US $1,299.00 Student & Teacher Edition: US $399.00 Upgrade Price: Buy for US $499.00

Q. What are the main features of Adobe Captivate?

We do not have any information about Adobe Captivate features

Q. Who are the typical users of Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Adobe Captivate support?

Adobe Captivate supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Adobe Captivate offer?

Adobe Captivate has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Adobe Captivate support mobile devices?

Adobe Captivate supports the following devices:

iPad

Q. What other apps does Adobe Captivate integrate with?

Adobe Captivate integrates with the following applications:

Academy Of Mine, EduBrite, Google Maps, Learn-WiseGo, Raptivity

Q. What level of support does Adobe Captivate offer?

Adobe Captivate offers the following support options:

Online Support, Forum, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials