What is Adobe Captivate
- Published on March 28, 2022
Adobe Captivate is a software application for creating learning content that can be accessed online, through a process that is also called e-learning or digital learning. Learning content created using Adobe Captivate can include recorded presentations, slide shows, video, and simulations of software. Captivate created learning content is distributed in the file formats of MP4 or HTML5.
Quizzes and software simulations created using captivate can be used to determine understanding and comprehension of learning content. Simulations can be used to identify where a user clicks using a mouse or trackpad, and whether they click using the left or right mouse button.
Presentations from Microsoft PowerPoint can be converted to digital learning courses using Captivate, with the ability to record the on-screen screen presentation along with the narration from the presenter.
Learning content created using Captivate can be incorporated into learning management systems (LMS), which allow for tracking the learning progress of employees and students. This capability makes Captivate a popular choice for larger organizations and schools that need to track digital learning progress.
You can learn to use Captivate by attending Captivate training courses.
Who uses Adobe Captivate
Captivate is primarily used by professionals who need to create learning materials that can be distributed digitally. This includes corporations and organizations that need to provide training to employees, along with schools delivering educational materials to students.
Jobs that use Captivate include learning managers, human resources roles, and educators.
Adobe Captivate History
Adobe Captivate was acquired by Adobe through its purchase of Macromedia. Adobe has continued to maintain and develop Captivate. Captivate started as a screen recording application under the name Flascam, and was incorporated into RoboDemo from the company eHelp, which was acquired by Macromedia and rebranded as Captivate.
Captivate vs. Captivate Prime
The Adobe Captivate name is also used for a service Captivate Prime, which is used for distributing e-learning content. There is no requirement for Adobe Captivate users to subscribe to Captive Prime, which is available separately.
There are several alternatives to Captivate that are available for both Windows and MacOS computers, including Camtasia and SnagIt from software firm TechSmith. These competitive applications are used primarily for screen recording and demonstrations.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute. He is the co-author of Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies and more than 10 other books on design and digital publishing. He served as publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which has sold more than one million books on topics relating to InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro and other Creative Cloud apps. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers designers, and large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he also delivers Google Analytics classes along with workshops on digital marketing topics. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for more than 20 years.