Adobe Captivate Reviews & Product Details

Content Developer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Adobe Captivate lets you create amazing and interactive e-learning content. It offers you ready-to-use templates, content library, assets, and videos that you can simply plug into your course. Apart from slides for branching scenarios, Adobe Captivate also provides an array of real-life and animated characters which makes designing scenarios in e-learning quite fun. With Adobe Captivate, you can capture high-definition application simulations and videos and easy-to-edit and user-friendly timeline. Perhaps Captivate application simulation is the best in the market that not only captures your screen in high-def but also allows you to create a demo, try-me and test-me versions in a single capture. Captivate also allows you to create responsive content that can be adapted to various devices, such as desktop, ipad, or mobile phone. The same content can be adapted to various devices and you don't need to create multiple projects.

Adobe Captivate version 10 also allows you to create VR projects and import 360-degree media assets.

You can publish content in HTML5, SWF, MP4, and PDF formats. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The slides do not offer the functionality of slide layers that Storyline offers. I think this is one feature that Captivate should include as it makes creating interactive slides easier and reduces the number of slides. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Adobe captivate has saved me a lot of time in designing e-learning courses. I can use the pre-designed slides, pictures, characters and videos from the content library. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Adobe Captivate Overview

What is Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate offers ease to beginners and speed to professionals for creating everything eLearning, using just one tool. Plug-and-play your content in ready-to-go slides and create beautiful mobile-ready eLearning courses in minutes. Boost your productivity by using out-of-box functionality such as customizable interactions, automated branching, and video overlays. Deliver immersive learning experiences to your learners in virtual reality. Liven up your demos and training videos by making them interactive using informational and knowledge check questions slides as overlays.

Adobe Captivate Details
Languages Supported
German, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Product Description

Adobe Captivate is an author interactive eLearning and mLearning content. Easily create demos in HD, application simulations, and soft skills and compliance training.


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Adobe
Ownership
NASDAQ:ADBE
Company Website
Phone
+1 (888) 649-2990
Year Founded
1982
HQ Location
San Jose, CA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$11,171
Twitter
@Adobe
688,032 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
26,296 employees on LinkedIn®
Description

Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) deals in digital media, digital marketing, and printing and publishing software with over 14,000 employees and $4.4 billion in revenue.

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Senior Program Manager
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Distance Education Instructional coordinator
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Adobe Captivate is a fantastic program for any e-learning courses that you're looking to design. Whether you want to use animation, voice-over, issue quizzes, or build in logic, Captivate can do it all. It's mobile responsive, and can adapt to any environment your end user may need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As with all Adobe products, it can have a bit of a learning curve. If all you're looking for is quick slides, that's easy. If you're wanting to build in logic, quizzes, or audio, you're going to have to spend a little more time with the program. Thankfully, platforms like Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning have lots of educational content. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be patient. It takes a while to learn, and it may seem like there are more roadblocks than through streets. But once you get the hang of it, it can be a powerful tool for your organization. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We're issuing training to a large end user base (30,000+)

It's been really nice for deployment because while we're all working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I don't have to worry about what platform employees are using. I know Captivate will adapt. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The ease of editing and setting timing on media Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Death of Flash and long production time for HTML5 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

It's great to record software simulation lessons Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Marketing Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

With Adobe Captivate, you can output in different modes as software simulation, software usage coordination, and software usage experiment. With this tool, you can interactively transfer the use of any software to your attendees, create quizzes where you can get feedback from within the application, and track their results through the Adobe Connect server. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

First of all, It doesn't fully support GIF images. Also, the cost of a higher subscription is expensive. Generally, I see these disadvantages of Adobe Captivate. In my opinion, all features else is good. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Adobe Captivate is known by everyone as a simple screen capture program. However, by using the Captivate program; E-learning content can be created, interactive video with audio and video can be created, simulations can be created, after the learning can create assessments, interactive applications can be prepared to increase interaction with the student. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We can also say that Captivate is more advanced than the Presenter. This, adobe's product for preparing electronic content based on education. I think it would be especially useful when preparing content on the education of various programs. it is an ideal program for beginners for the first time to design a distance learning model. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ability to create responsive e-learning, which includes Question banks and assessments with full SCORM compliance. I also love the ability to publish content out to Youtube, and the ability to embed vimeo videos. The latest feature I have started to use is the ability to call slides up during a embedded video!. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Design haven’t changed much over the years. Sometime you just want the ability to create something really simple like a scorm embed of a video, captivate doesn't do this that well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ensure you storyboard out what you want to achieve and always save frequently. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The ability to push out great content using an lms and the ability to create question bank quiz’s. The ability to ensure all employees are receiving the exact same training at the point of need and without the expense of pulling them in to a training room for a training session. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Hospital & Health Care
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Advanced interactions are designed well, especially if you have any programming experience. They are designed in a very similar style to using action script in flash, which I believe is probably deliberate on Adobe’s part. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It’s overly complicated. Even basic course builds can be time consuming and the need to add navigation buttons to courses manually/build templates is a bit of a pain. Alternatives exist which just work better and quicker. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider alternatives. My recommendation is to consider Articulate Storyline, as the learning curve is much less steep and it just works. Captivate is fine, it’s just not great in my opinion. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

E-learning development. Screen capture. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Captivate is easy to use. It's simple to get started and make some great content. I also really like the software simulation and video capture options. You can record your software and edit your training in one software. Each update gives more and more functionality and improvement. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can be clunky when you start using more of the advanced option so it can take some patience. Also with the depreciation of flash you wont be able to use some of the feature in captivate to build training Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Interactive training. Everyone wants training but it also has to be impactful and engaging. I use it a lot for software simulations instead of recording and trying to edit in a program like Premiere. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
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What do you like best?

Ease of use. System is very intuitive and has a logical approach to tasks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

IT Involvement may be necessary to ensure stability Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Give it a good try! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Learning Outreach, Auditing, Ensuring FAA certification compliance Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Curriculum Developer
E-Learning
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the fact that I can create fun videos and animations, but lacks easy to use features for newbies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's not user-friendly, it's hard to do things in it, I'd prefer using sony video maker than this program. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I'd steer away from it if you can get a better program like articulate 360. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

It has helped me in my development of eLearning software. The benefits are that it can be creative for users and create cool e-learning courses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Marketing Specialist
Machinery
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I used to make online learning tutorials for my company and Captivate made this process so easy! The videos came out wonderful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing I can think of. Captivate was easy to use and simple, but still had all the tools and features I needed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Highly recommend! There is no easier product for screen recording and tutorials. And of course, Adobe has a huge network of support and forums to help solve any issue you may come across. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Easily record your screen using Captivate. The program records each click and automatically leaves a spot for a caption that you fill in to explain what the click means. Great for guided tutorials. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Administrator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

the software takes huge amounts of system resources and even the installation is over 4 GIgabytes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If youre looking for an LMS software, look no further. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Adobe Captivate is a Learning Management system software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Instructional Designer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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." Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Educational Technology Consultant
Education Management
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

-Busting with features all in one place

-VR support- this is a growing and untapped area; if you have an interest in VR Education then, you should try Captivate Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is a learning curve- which is not so much a negative but just know you have to dive in and learn the product because it is so robust. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This can be used in any enterprise environment and can breathe new life into professional development if you have yet to go digital or you have been using a less flexible and robust program. I would recommend giving Adobe Captivate a test drive if you are looking for a platform to design e-learning. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Adobe Captivate is a great platform for enterprise professional development design. It has robust features that look towards the future such as implementing Virtual Reality. This is an untapped area and if you have ideas on how to use this to your companies advantage- you know have a platform to design an experience. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Artificial Intelligence Specialist
Information Technology and Services
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
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What do you like best?

Love the versatility. The editing authoring options built in. The interactive features. Ability to do software simulations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Multiple project combinations creates clunky, unreliable output. Have to jump through hoops to get output you need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be sure that is the best authoring and designing tool out there. Cost can be high and output can be tricky. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Creating e learning experience for students by doing video demonstration and creating learning programs for our LMS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Very easy to screen capture, and if set up correctly, can have a working software simulation in about an hour. The ability to adjust the timeline and preview right away is really helpful and saves a lot of time editing. I LOVE the ability to view your SCORM file on the could without having to publish to anything. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Steep learning curve. I've been using for a year and there is still plenty to learn. Mostly regarding animations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Give yourself time to learn the basics. Set up a template with ALL the preferences you want/need vs. setting them up for each project. This saves an immense amount of time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

e-learning material, training material, sales demos Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Zoom is one of the best platforms in this class that I like, it is very easy to access it, you can do it from your smartphone or from your laptop, it is the best option to make videoconferences, maintaining video and sound quality.

It is the best option I can find to make videoconferences, participate in webinars, I am totally satisfied with Zoom. I love it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

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UI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Basic functionality is as promised and delivers well done screen captures and training content. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Like other Adobe products, I found it to be difficult to fully utilize as a learning user. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

An excellent additive to your main content creation software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Looking to eliminate live training classes easily and quickly. This was done with adobe captivate and incorporated easily into our learning plan. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I create content in a corporate training environment Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Building robust online learning and with great assessments. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Cache can get a bit heavy when using Video resources. Ensure sufficient memory space. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

For creating simulations and demos, screen grabs and recordings are very important. The options for quick and decent quality recordings and import are available in just a few click. These are important to make courses interactive and easy to learn. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

When the work involves heavy media files, storage and sharing is very important. Cloud storage instead of system hard drive will be good. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Adobe Captivate seems like a good choice for organizations that need to create heavy content based courses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Adobe Captivate seems like a good choice for organizations that need to create heavy content based courses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Whats nice about Adobe Captivate is the various themes available based on the style or type of learning you want to create. There are options for backgrounds, fonts, themes etc.. Themes can be saved as well for reusing later. The fluid boxes also makes customization easy for various devices that learners will use for their elearning. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It takes time to build courses from scratch. More templates and themes for different industry or verticals will be very helpful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Adobe Captivate authoring tool allows elearning courses available to a large audience. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

making elearning courses available to a large audience. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Developer
Information Technology and Services
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)