“Adobe Captivate has been the pioneer and industry leader in providing the best workflow for creating responsive eLearning courses. But with Captivate 2017, the team has outdone themselves by making the workflow simple and intuitive. They are moving away from breakpoints and have introduced Fluid Boxes, which automatically rearranges and resizes the content to fit the screen dimension. There’s no need to tweak the content on different breakpoints anymore, just use the fluid boxes and it will do the heavy-lifting for you. I’m absolutely loving this new workflow!"
— Pooja Jaisingh, Chief Learning Geek, LearninGeeks
“I've been using Adobe Captivate for over a decade and what amazes me is that with each version, the tool (with the engineers help!) not only outperforms itself but incorporates features that we request, showing that the Adobe support team listens to us. Although Captivate is the pioneer in the field of responsive eLearning design, it has not been complacent with this achievement. Here’s why, the 2017 Captivate release has made the experience of authoring responsive content easier and more efficient, to deliver a complete responsive experience for the end-user, including height.
There are many outstanding new features but here are some of my favourites:
- The intelligent Fluid Boxes, that automatically realign objects on all screen sizes
- Responsive Text – to read text in a light box that Adobe Captivate automatically generates
- Device specific previews, providing the developer the ability to view content without previewing on a browser or publishing
- And, not only Responsive Closed Captions Text, but customisable size and location on the CCT box on the screen
All of this and more, just goes to show that Adobe truly cares about their customers."
— Anita Horsley, M.Ed. CEO, CALEX Learning Consultants LLC
“The new release of Adobe Captivate is an amazing step up! About 3 years back, Adobe clearly defined the path that responsive content was the way to go to create mobile learning. While I've been creating responsive courses in Captivate since Captivate 8, I always wondered if there was an efficient way to turn my older desktop-only content to mobile learning other than copy and paste. With this release Adobe Captivate has fulfilled that wish for me! The "Save As Responsive" option in Adobe Captivate 2017 just made this job seem like a breeze at the click of a button. What a HUGE time saver. This release is a must get for me!"
— Phil Cowcill, Senior eLearning Specialist, Department of National Defence, Canada
“Creative inspiration doesn't always happen at my desk and during office hours. Therefore, it's very important for me to be able to create and use prototypes or storyboards of my ideas. Adobe Captivate Draft is always on my tablet. It's so simple to capture and create storyboards wherever I am and the best part – I can bring them in as responsive projects in Adobe Captivate. I'm loving the new 2017 release of Captivate. It's like Adobe was reading my mind with all the new features!”
— Paul Wilson, eLearning Designer, Developer, Paul Wilson Learning
“For me, the visual aspect is an important part of the overall learning experience. Adobe Captivate has always been at the forefront of graphic design for eLearning, but with the addition of the Typekit online font library, the new Captivate 2017 release takes it to a whole new level. I also love the possibility to save an existing desktop eLearning module as a responsive project. This is a tremendous time saver for me and my customers. This Captivate release gives me more creative opportunities than ever and has already enhanced my production workflow. It simply is the best version ever.”
— Damien Bruyndonckx, Co-Founder and Pedagogical Director, DiDaXo Belgium
“I’m getting more and more requests from clients who want us to literally capture their mobile apps and then create eLearning. In the past, I’ve had to use Reflector because Captivate simply didn’t capture Apple mobile devices. In Adobe Captivate, the iOS device capture feature is going to allow us to easily capture mobile content. I’m also very excited about the improvements Adobe Captivate has made to the responsive features! Simply put, I cannot think of another tool that offers this level of responsive output… at any price.”
—Kevin Siegel, President, IconLogic Inc.
"I've been using Captivate since it was called RoboDemo, over 12 years now. With each new version has come some exciting updates and new features. Captivate is no exception. I love the new Captivate Draft app for iPads! It lets me brainstorm and quickly prototype with my clients and my team and then upload the results to the cloud so I can directly use them in Captivate in Windows or Mac. Whoa! That's a first and a very welcome new feature! Add to that the ability to use vector graphics for the first time, which means wonderfully easy resizable images and that responsive design projects have become even more powerful. Those new features among several others makes Captivate a real winner!"
—Joe Ganci, President, eLearning Joe
"I’ve been using Captivate since version 1 and I’ve always been impressed by the versatility of this product. As a teacher, I’ve always been able to implement any of my pedagogical ideas with Adobe Captivate. This one is no exception. The new multi-counties objects give me the ability to tailor the feedback I give to students as never before, the iOS Device capture opens a whole new world of possibilities and the Captivate Draft iPad app makes me more productive than ever. With this version of Captivate in my toolset, I’m confident that can meet the requirements of the most demanding customers and instructional designers."
—Damien Bruyndonckx, Adobe Education Leader | Apple Certified Technical Coordinator
"Adobe Captivate is a game changer! Customising content for specific devices is really simple with the versatile responsive eLearning authoring capability. I can now preview my projects horizontally and vertically, using five breakpoints. My favourite new feature is iOS Device Capture. I don’t have to go outside of Captivate for recording and publishing beautiful mp4s of my phone and tablet screens.”
—Alice Acker, President and CEO, Aptus Learning Design, Inc.
"The Adobe Captivate folks have outdone themselves with Adobe Captivate 9. From enhanced effectsand counties, recording new video device demos, new knowledge check questions, additional responsive themes and breakpoints, previewing courses in Scorm Cloud and publishing to Adobe Captivate Prime. It’s hard for me to contain the excitement of all the amazing new features of Adobe Captivate 9 here. Adobe Captivate 9 is a one-stop-shop for all your eLearning authoring needs."
—Anita Horsley, Founder and President, CALEX Learning Consultants, LLC
"One of the most important steps in my mobile learning development workflow is creating a prototype. Until now, I've used a variety of tools for this part of the process. Adobe Captivate Draft app is an excellent new tool that will allow me to leverage my prototype and save time in development. I can also share projects in real-time with my Creative Cloud account, allowing me to set up a seamless, collaborative review process. I'm so excited to see Adobe making progress in supporting a full mobile workflow!"
—Sarah Gilbert, President, meLearning Solutions
Since I started using Captivate with version 1, I watched it growing from the best software simulation tool to the most complete and flexible eLearning authoring tool. In version 9 combining the much improved effects work flow - including curved paths and the new counties with my old favourite (shared actions) are a promise for more engagement for the trainees. Importing SVG's, roundtripping with Adobe Illustrator, completes the circle of using the best software tools for vector images, bitmap images (Adobe Photoshop) and audio files (Adobe Audition) right from within Adobe Captivate. There are other hidden gems such as connecting with Adobe Captivate Draft through the Creative Cloud and significant responsive project improvements.
—Lieve Weymeis, Consultant and Trainer, Captivate Blog
"Adobe has done it again. Iteration after iteration, Adobe Captivate continues to widen the gap, leading the way to extend the depth and breadth of what an eLearning authoring tool should be able to do and Captivate 9 is no exception. Captivate 9 is perfect for creating content for a world with ever-changing devices and screen sizes. It now has 5 preset breakpoints, including responsive portrait and landscape views for both tablets and smartphones and can import SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) directly onto the Captivate stage; each SVG image stays true to form on every device. No more stretched and skewed images on smartphones and tablets! I could go on and on about how much work these two features save me and how much better looking my end products are. But, there is so much more to experience in Captivate 9!”
—Coline T Son Lee, Managing Partner & Principal Consultant, Everest CS
"What I love about Captivate 9.0 is the easy "real time" view of the responsive effects. It's so easy in this version. I really like the capacity of just selecting the effect under the Timing panel and see how it will look in real time. I like being able to add multiple items and use one effect. Probably what I like best, is being able to customise the motion paths in the responsive view. Depending on your needs, you have complete flexibility with the motion paths. Very nice!!You don't need to be a programmer to add counties to objects. It's simple to take advantage of the state view using the Object State view (on the left). We can even "programme" what will happen in a visual way using the Object State views as the basis. What does this mean for us? Objects can have different counties and it's easy to apply these different counties. This helps save time, as you don't need to do any written programming.”
—Risa Blair, Global Trainer & Manager, HR Anew
"The way we work is evolving and how we access technology is changing too. Organisations are providing tools now to their employees on their mobile devices. Being able to show someone how to access a mobile app is now a lot easier with iOS Device Capture in the new Adobe Captivate 9. I can record demos of app functionality so people will know how to use the apps they need to do their jobs. I can also add mobile gestures to emulate taps, swiping and pinch-to-zoom to give them a real world experience!"
—Will Constantine, President, LearnHaus
"Captivate has long been my favourite authoring tool. With some creativity, it makes it possible to achieve well-structured and engaging learning interactions. However, while being a lover of technologies, as a digital immigrant, I often face challenges to achieve the desired outputs, especially in complex game-based learning interactions. The Adobe Captivate technical support, which can be easily accessed through the programme’s help system, surpasses the natural barriers set by different generations and levels of computer expertise. Technical team members have shown to be patient, clear and reliable in providing the needed guidance to solve encountered issues and thus helped me to achieve the required quality of eLearning courses. They continuously exceed –by far- my already high expectations."
—Susan Skinner, World Bank, e-velopment.org
I’m convinced eLearning is dead and all of us need to focus on delivering compelling learning experiences that are fluid across multiple screens, taking eLearning beyond the desktop computer. Captivate Draft strengthens the idea that mobile devices are maturing from simple consumption tools to powerful authoring devices. Adobe has set the bar really high for everyone else developing learning design software.
—RJ Jacquez, The mLearning Revolution Blog
Captivate Draft, a storyboarding tool, is an iPad app that is designed to work in conjunction with Adobe Captivate 9 and its 2017 release. It allows designers to convert their ideas into storyboards complete with eLearning elements such as content and questions slides, branching and more. The advantage of having this tool as an iPad app is clear. I can't tell you how many times I have gone to eLearning development meetings and debated whether I should bring my clunking laptop with me.
Multi-state objects was one of the new features in Adobe Captivate's earlier version that I really like. It allows you to define various counties for an object and then switch between these counties based on user interaction, advanced actions and so on. It could be done before also but now it is much simpler.
—Michael Lund, CP Guru
One of the more exciting features that I really like is the Adobe Captivate Draft app available in the Apple App Store. Create your storyboard in the app, save it to Creative Cloud and open it directly into Captivate (2017 release) for full development. Another fantastic feature that has been enhanced is responsive projects … now they can have up to 5 breakpoints. A new level of interactivity has been added with multi-state objects ... you can create these interactions without having to use show/hide techniques.
—Will Constantine, Learnhaus
One of the great new things is the ability to create motion effects without any sort of programming. Move objects along linear, curved or customised paths with ease. Each of these effects can also be adjusted for each of the new responsive break points built into Captivate.
—Brother Bryce, eLearning Brothers
This new release includes some solid updates. There’s an actual Effects module with the selected effects visible on the master timeline. And an updated Objects panel allows you to convert any element into a multi-state object. Improvements to the Responsive Design capabilities Captivate offers give it a HUGE advantage over competing products in this space. I was surprised to see Captivate Prime and not Connect Prime. Looks like Adobe has put significant effort into this LMS product, building it from scratch.
—The Chef, eLearning Chef
The important question to ask is, “Are the added features worth the upgrade?” In this case, the answer is definitely Yes. Here are my top nine reasons to update.
—Joe Ganci, Learning Solutions Magazine
No better way to get the feeling of new features than to create a real project from scratch. I discovered some gems while exploring. Roundtripping with Adobe Illustrator … I call this the (until now) missing link in the beautiful bracelet of Adobe applications that allow you to create amazing eLearning courses: Captivate, Photoshop, Audition, Edge Animate, Edge Inspect and now finally Illustrator!
The previous Effects panel is gone! You can have all motion paths on different objects visible at the same time. That makes life so much easier.
—Lieve Weymeis, a.k.a. Lilybiri
My favourite new features: (a) Responsive design – it’s faster and easier than ever (b) Advanced Actions – it’s the small simple things that make developing eLearning so much easier (c) in-product preview … yes, preview your course right within Captivate to see how it functions within an LMS … SO cool!
—Anita Horsley, Founder, Calex Learning Consultants
Elearning Magazine 2014
Award: "Best Simulation tool" Category – Best of Elearning! 2014 awards
Codie Awards 2014
Award: "Best Solution for Special Needs Students" Category – Award of Excellence
BSOCO Awards 2013
Award: "eLearning/Rapid Learning Category - Gold
Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards 2012
Award: "Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology" – Gold
Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards 2012
Award: "Best Advance in Technology for Testing or Learning Evaluation" - Silver
Elearning Magazine 2010
Award: "Best Rapid Development Tool." Category – Award of Excellence
Elearning Magazine 2010
Award: "Best Simulation Development Tool." – Category Winner
Elearning Magazine 2010
Award: "Best eLearning Development Tool." Category – Award of Excellence
Brandon Hall Research Award
Best Advance in Learning Content Management Technology – Gold Category Winner
Training Media Review
Award: Product of the Year
Award: Winner, Best Corporate Learning Solution 07 May 2009
Learn X Asia Pacific
Award: Winner, Best Simulation Solution 2008