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.

Pricing starting from:

US$33.90/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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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.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$33.90/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Adobe Captivate

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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

Features

Total features of Adobe Captivate: 28

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Blended Learning
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Gamification
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Learning Management
  • Media Import
  • Mobile Access
  • Question Library
  • Real Time Data
  • Self-Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Training Administration
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(182)
Value for Money
4/5
Features
4.3/5
Ease of Use
3.9/5
Customer Support
4/5

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Paul
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Adobe Captivate is the Cornerstone of My eLearning Business

Reviewed on 17/10/2019

I started using Adobe Captivate with version 2. It was okay but obviously there was room for it to...

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.

Alternatives Considered

Articulate 360

Reasons for Switching to Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate's subscription model was a better value than Storyline. Plus the ability to round trip with the Creative Cloud applications made it a clear choice for me.
Josh
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

A powerful player in the e-learning arena

Reviewed on 09/10/2020

While I am just jumping into the platform as my current job requires it over other software...

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.

Omith
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  • Industry: Newspapers
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Adobe Captivate is E-Learning Solution

Reviewed on 22/08/2022

I've been using this app for a long time, It works fine with me and I absolutely love it. It helps...

I've been using this app for a long time, It works fine with me and I absolutely love it. It helps me save a lot of time. I am very satisfied with using this software.

Pros

The usefulness and versatility of Adobe Captivate are among the most extensive. You may develop everything with it, from conventional card-based eLearning modules to virtual reality training. That's why it's so outstanding.

And fantastic image quality for lovely e-learning content.

Cons

When features have issues, Adobe takes a while to repair them. By being more deliberate and prompt in fixing these errors, they may improve their product in this area.

Ezzy
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  • Industry: Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

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

Reviewed on 11/06/2020

I've authored over 300 courses with Adobe Captivate in the last 6 years and overall, I'm very...

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.

Alternatives Considered

Lectora

Reasons for Choosing Adobe Captivate

Lectora at the time was very formal and not very flexible at all.

Switched From

Lectora
Catherine
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  • Industry: Automotive
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Authoring Tool with a Twist

Reviewed on 24/09/2019

My overall experience so far is positive. We are developing eLearning modules using the interactive...

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft PowerPoint and Articulate 360

Reasons for Switching to Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate interfaced well with our other marketing programs that we currently use and we wanted seamless uploading to our LMS.
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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

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