Adobe Captivate

Smart authoring tool with VR and 360° eLearning design

About 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.


Key benefits of Adobe Captivate

• 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 360° 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.


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

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Jeffrey
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  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Beautiful design software

Reviewed on 2019-08-22

For English/Art History projects in an academic setting.

For English/Art History projects in an academic setting.

Pros

I used captivate to create my projects for English class. Eventually, I was able to create a booklet with great detail inspired from some of their beautiful template designs. I think this is a great software to use for advanced graphic designers or folks who really want to include breadth instead of simplicity for their artwork.

Cons

Sometimes dragging out template sizes can be a bit annoying. Also found it hard to juggle between different layers.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Feature-Rich Design and Development

Reviewed on 2019-10-22

I've preferred Captivate to Storyline throughout my career. Most orgs seem to lean toward Storyline...

I've preferred Captivate to Storyline throughout my career. Most orgs seem to lean toward Storyline because the UI is so similar to working in PowerPoint. I definitely prefer the more robust feature set that gets quality, regular updates/enhancements that comes with Captivate.

Pros

The ongoing updates and upgrades continue to make this software easier to use for those new to it, and also expedites building many of the interactions. Really enjoy the Assets feature as well when looking to switch things up a little - really helps with inspiration and new ideas. The online community is also really great with supporting each other and lending new ideas. The different preview options that are built in are fantastic and load so much faster than Storyline.

Cons

There are still a lot of work-arounds needed for some interaction types to meet digital accessibility needs, but that's to be expected with almost any software. When capturing video, you cannot capture device audio.

Calum
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Great for basic eLearning - but not the best

Reviewed on 2019-11-12

It's good. I spent around 2 years using Captivate as my only tool for eLearning development. I now...

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

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great tool for creating training slides

Reviewed on 2020-06-09

I thoroughly enjoy using Adobe Captivate. Some companies designate employees to solely focus on...

I thoroughly enjoy using Adobe Captivate. Some companies designate employees to solely focus on Captivate and it's uses within their workforce. I believe that is an appropriate action as there is so much that in can be used for and it's a worthwhile investment.

Pros

I loved how you can create panels and embed videos within those panels for training purposes. Captivate can be used in meetings as presentation slides as well even though other programs may be better for that purpose.

Cons

What I like least is kind of a strength of the software. It is so robust that training on how to use the software is necessary. You can jump right in without training but you can miss a lot of the perks that Captivate offers.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

I'm sad because I found this program late.

Reviewed on 2022-05-05

I find my experience with this software great and it helped me build some of the things I needed...

I find my experience with this software great and it helped me build some of the things I needed before
Using this, I was able to set up exams for myself, and to help out some colleaguesed before.

Pros

With Adobe Captivate, you can become a professional e-learning content writer with advanced interactive programs, scenario simulations and exams, also it does not require programming skills.
It contains many templates that you can add. You can capture the screen, record screen activity, and synchronize audio and video very easily
Adobe Captivate provides multiple animation effects, such as Adobe After Effects, where you can create sequential animations for a group of objects or for an individual object in an easy and simple way.
You can create exam questions and place them randomly due to avoiding cheating, and also after all this you can publish it in several publishing methods such as HTML5, exe.

Cons

In my opinion, I find it a little expensive, other than that the content creation tools are a little limited .

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Adobe Captivate FAQs

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Adobe Captivate offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$33.90/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

Adobe Captivate has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Adobe Captivate supports the following languages:

English

Adobe Captivate supports the following devices:

iPad (Mobile)

Adobe Captivate integrates with the following applications:

Google Maps

Adobe Captivate offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software

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