I was looking through Adobe's products and was intrigued by Captivate 6 and eLearning Suite 6 (which includes Captivate). I was just wondering if anyone out there has used these products and can speak to their usefulness and ease of use. Also, are these products used in any of the EdTech classes? I looked through several syllubi, but didn't see them mentioned in any.
Actually I bought the eLearning Suite last year which proved to be very helpful because it gave me the latest versions of Flash and Dreamweaver, both of which I needed to use in classes. I owned an older CS suite that did not have the latest Dreamweaver so when I took a class that required a more recent version of Dreamweaver I had it because it came in the eLearning suite.
I have not used the other programs too much, but I love that I have them. We created Adobe Connect presentations in at least one of the online teaching classes and I was just comfortable having a real version instead of having to rush to complete something on the trial version timeline. Plus if I've been in other situations where I can use Adobe Connect, it is great knowing I can turn PowerPoint into an Adobe Connect program almost instantly. I did read at the Adobe site recently that they are discontinuing Adobe Connect or something like that so you may want to research how useful the Adobe Presenter software will actually be in the future.
Captivate is an amazing program. Once you create a file in Captivate you'll realize that you've actually experienced many training videos that were created in Captivate. That is one program I know I want to spend more time learning how to use.
I am not in a position to comment about use of these programs in courses in terms of them being required because I am merely a student. I will say, though, that I don't regret paying for the extra software especially since Captivate and Presenter do not appear to be a part of a Creative Cloud subscription.
If you are going to buy more software to increase output options, you may want to look into Articulate, http://www.articulate.com/. While looking for jobs in the past year, some of them actually wanted people with experience in the Articulate software suite. I did the 30 day trial while taking 505 last summer and had a great time doing the projects with their software. When I get an extra thousand $ or so, I hope to buy the Articulate stuff because it seems to be so much more intuitive and easier to use than much of the Adobe software.
I'm curious what other people's experiences are. I hope you'll share them if you have some.
I clicked on this thread because I am also interested in learning about in which software to invest. I'm glad Melissa brought up Articulate. Here is an interesting conversation regarding some of the leading products in this field.
I've not yet used any of the products, but my leaning is toward Articulate. (Now, Studio or Storyline??)