Creating Presentations with Adobe Captivate



We have discussed presentations for business using an iPad previously. Today we’ll be looking at Adobe Captivate as an alternative for creating presentation content for the iPad.

Adobe’s Captivate offers some great features including e-learning tools, questionnaires and the option to import existing PowerPoint presentations. It supports some basic animations and transitions and works with hyperlinks and video. The down side of using Captivate shows itself when it comes to outputting your its presentations. Options available are SWF (flash) format, which is not compatible with the iPad and HTML5 format which although compatible requires your presentation to be uploaded to its own online webpage in order for it to be viewed via an iPad. Clearly this is not an ideal situation when pitching for that multimillion pound contract in areas with dubious internet access.

Ease of use: If you are comfortable using other Adobe software, Captivate should be relatively simple to get to grips with. We had issues importing PowerPoint 2010 files, but got round this by converting them to 2003 versions. Uploading final presentations to the web to view in a browser is likely beyond the skillset of the average user.

Cost: At £850, Adobe Captivate is the most expensive piece of software we tested however; converting PowerPoint presentations to HTML-5 is only one of a huge array of features the software offers. There is a 30 day trial available to find out if it is right for you.

Final thoughts: We felt using Adobe Captivate purely to convert PowerPoint presentations to HTML5 was overkill. Also, with no options for viewing final presentations offline on the iPad and no support in uploading content to the web to view, we felt it was quite limited compared to some of the other PowerPoint alternatives on offer.

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