Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter: the best of both worlds [VIDEO]

I read many
discussions on Adobe Captivate vs. Adobe Presenter, or Captivate vs. a similar
Presenter tool and I’m always puzzled by this question because frankly it’s
like comparing apples and oranges.


Admittedly, there
are some overlaps between the two applications, like the fact that both
applications leverage PowerPoint slides for generating Flash-based eLearning, and both include a similar Quizzing
module, but other than that, they were developed to serve two different
purposes and each has its own strenghts.


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Perhaps a better question is how do I effectively use both products together?


Adobe Presenter was
designed to enable PowerPoint users to easily generate Flash-based eLearning courses, by adding voice-over to slides, and
syncing the audio to the slide animations. It also has features for importing
or capturing video using a webcam, as well as using the built-in Quizzes to include graded quizzes or surveys in your final project.


There are two things that stand out in Adobe Presenter in the way of strengths, when comparing it to Adobe Captivate, namely the sleek, user-friendly navigation user interface (UI) in the final project; and the way it natively works with PowerPoint files, this is because Adobe Presenter works right from within PowerPoint.


Click HERE to see a short Adobe Presenter presentation, where you can experience the sleek navigation UI I mentioned above. Along the way, when you get to slide 3, you’ll notice it is an embedded Adobe Captivate simulation, which plays perfectly inside the same interface.


Just to recap, if your requirement is to produce eLearning based mostly on lots of PowerPoint slides, hands down Adobe Presenter is the product you need.


However if you need to create software simulations where you need to record the screen, or need to develop branched scenarios for soft-skills training, which requires complex branching, then Adobe Captivate is exactly what you need to use.


So what if you need to develop eLearning that involves PowerPoint slides and you also need to supplement the project with software simulations or complex branched scenarios created in Adobe Captivate?


This is where the two applications can work closely together.


In this video (00:28:34) I share best practices for inserting Adobe Captivate  projects in Adobe Presenter. Click the image below to launch the video in a new window.




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6 Responses to Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter: the best of both worlds [VIDEO]

  1. Thanks again, use this integration already, but you gave some new tips. Never thought about externalizing the skin, just turned it off in CP before publishing. Like to add the notes panel too in Presenter (and Search) because it allows to give more information, especially for use in class (no audio, so voice-over not useful). And one can add a small video (where you put your photo) isn’t it?

  2. RJ Jacquez says:

    Thank you for your comment, Lieve.You are absolutely correct in that adding the notes and search panels in Adobe Presenter can deliver a more complete eLearning experience for learners.Also, you sure can add a video where the photo and logo goes. I might do a video later on how to do this. Thanks,RJ Jacquez

  3. Developing your own workflow that works for you is something software can’t do for you. So you need use your imagination a little and note down what works best.

  4. Joe says:

    Thank you for your time, RJ. This is an interesting topic. You mention one key benefit is the “sleek, user-friendly navigation user interface (UI) in the final project.” Doesn’t Captivates Project Aggregator tool do the same thing, more-less?

  5. RJ Jacquez says:

    Hi Joe, thanks for your comment.The new Table of Contents and the Aggregator feature in Captivate 4 definitely deliver a similar navigation UI than Presenter. However Presenter still has some nicer navigation UI features, like the notes, thumbnail, and search panels, plus the ability to attach file like PDFs to a project. Again they are both great products, especially when used together.Thanks,RJ Jacquez

  6. Glen Barney says:

    Thanks for this great writeup! I own TCS2.0 and love both products, and hope to get better with them soon! Can’t wait for the future… will we see TCS3??? 🙂