Adobe Captivate 6 | Elearning Authoring

The following article discusses a legacy product.

Adobe® Captivate® 6 is an authoring tool that helps developers create interactive elearning content for the Web and mobile devices. Adobe® Captivate® offers many unique features in content development, interaction, multimedia, and publishing for creating dynamic and effective elearning.

Content Development

Users can import existing Microsoft® PowerPoint 2010 slides into Adobe® Captivate®, including any multimedia or animations created in the presentation, allowing for an easy transition from static to dynamic learning. The program also offers a variety of themes with blended backgrounds, fonts, and graphics to enhance design. Master slide functionality allows for easy authoring and a consistent look and feel, and users can also build multi-level navigation to make tracking progress through the course easier.


Screen capture capabilities make it easy to record mouse movements and keyboard strokes, allowing for an instructive, process-driven elearning module. Users can also insert dynamic interactions, including animated rollovers, process cycles, glossaries, and more to facilitate learning. Adobe®Captivate® also has easy-to-create clickable content-like buttons and text boxes for additional user interaction.


With Adobe® Captivate®, users can import a variety of media formats for an enriched elearning experience. Audio recording and editing capabilities within the program make it easy to narrate and sync with on-screen movements. Users can also implement panning and zooming effects to draw the learner’s attention to key areas on the screen, and the type-text feature makes it easy to translate audio into voice-overs.


Users can deliver content in a variety of formats including MP4, SWF, EXE, or PDF and disseminate modules to the Web, desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and iOS devices. Adobe® Captivate® also allows for easy exporting of training to a Microsoft Word format to create correlating training materials like handouts and workbooks.

System Compatibility

For Windows-based PCs, Adobe® Captivate® 6 can be run on any computer with Microsoft® Windows XP or Windows 7 and requires a 1 GHz or faster processor, Intel® Pentium® 4, Intel Centrino®, Intel Xeon®, or Intel Core™ Duo (or compatible) processor.

For Mac computers, users will need Mac OS X v10.6 or v10.7 and a multicore Intel® processor. Adobe® Captivate® 6 is available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.

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