Adobe Brings Captivate 5, eLearning Suite 2 to Mac OS X

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Adobe announced on Tuesday that it will be releasing Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2 for Mac OS X in June. The release marks the first time Adobe’s elearning development tools will be available for the Mac.

Captivate 5 is an authoring and development application for creating demonstrations and application simulations for electronic training. It can record full motion in applications, automatically switches between still image captures and video captures based on the activity on screen, and lets instructors build conditional branching into their training videos.

Adobe Captivate 5 for the Mac

The application can build tests into training modules, supports the SCORM database format that’s popular in educational environments, and test results can be stored on as well. A special Adobe AIR-based application is available, too, for reading test result data that’s stored on

Captivate 5 lets users keep multiple training projects open at the same time, monitors placed files for changes, can import video from popular formats such as MOV, AVI, MPEG and FLV, and lets users exchange and review content from projects. A widget is also available that lets trainers and students interact on Twitter.

Along with Captivate 5, Adobe will be offering its eLearning Suite 2 for Mac OS X. The suite includes Captivate 5, Photoshop CS5 Extended, Flash Professional CS5, Dreamweaver CS5, Acrobat 9 Pro and Soundbooth CS5.

Captivate 5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, and an Intel-based Mac.

Captivate 5 is priced at US$799 and eLearning Suite 2 costs $1,799. Both are available for pre-order now and should ship in June.

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Is this an effort to kiss and make up? Somebody needs to teach Adobe about aggressive pricing. Their chief audience has traditionally been schools and universities. Guess what, we’re broke. $43 million budget cut and counting this year alone for just our school.

No software purchases allowed. For at least another year.


Fantastic news! I work on Captivate all the time and now that it’s on the MAC I hope I can convince my boss to spring for a MAC platform for me. I’d be SO happy to retire my PC.

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