April 22, 2017
Is Captivate 9 Still Relevant?
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April 22, 2017
Is Captivate 9 Still Relevant?
I've been an eLearning designer and developer since 2005. In 2015 I started my own eLearning design company. I began to create Adobe Captivate video tutorials to help promote my business through my own YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/paulwilsonlearning. These videos were intended to attract potential clients looking for a skilled eLearning designer and developer. This strategy proved successful as I've worked with clients from all over the world, helping them build highly engaging eLearning solutions. My YouTube channel presented an additional benefit of attracting aspiring Captivate developers to seek me out as a teacher. I now offer both online and onsite training on Adobe Captivate, teaching the skills that users need to build engaging and interactive learning.
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I’m seeing several people on the Adobe eLearning Community and my own YouTube channel who are upset that they don’t qualify for the complimentary upgrade to Adobe Captivate 2017. Captivate 9 users qualify for the complimentary upgrade if they purchased Captivate 9 very recently. I believe that it’s approximately 1 month or less. You can check your eligibility here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/upgrade-policy-product-announcement.html

As an example, I purchased Captivate 7 very late in the Captivate 7 product life cycle. So late in fact that less than 30 days after I purchased version 7, Captivate 8 was launched. I reached out to the Adobe using the instructions from the link above and I discovered that I was eligible to receive a complimentary license upgrade.

If you fall outside of the eligibility, please remember that if you are using Adobe Captivate 9 or even Adobe Captivate 8 you still have an incredible piece of software that is capable of producing some amazing eLearning. Sure there are some great new features in Captivate 2017 and I’m looking forward to using most of them. Several of my clients will not be ready for Captivate 2017 for some time. I will continue to develop content for them in Captivate 9 as I need to maintain compatibility with the software that they are still using. Try not to fret too much.

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2018-01-07 07:27:05
2018-01-07 07:27:05

Joe, Vikas, or Shambu,
I am just piggy backing on the other requests here, I purchased Captivate 9 in April 2017 and would like like the upgrade. Thanks.

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2018-02-09 21:35:00
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Joe, please visit https://helpx.adobe.com/contact.html, go to eLearning/TechComm/ColFusion card & choose Captivate to contact us directly so that we can check your entitlement and share the update with you.

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2017-04-26 17:02:14
2017-04-26 17:02:14

I bought Captivate 9 in February 2017. I tried following your link and the subsequent links and forms and drop-downs through a rabbit hole or two, but could never find an answer or a way to submit my license upgrade request. Adobe – go back and review your drop-downs and give us an easy way to contact you about this. Quite frustrating.

So being an edu purchaser of a full license, late February, what are my chances for a free upgrade. I would have waited had I known a new version was coming…

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Thomas Gorse
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2017-04-26 21:31:08
2017-04-26 21:31:08
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Thomas Gorse
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Perhaps someone from the Adobe Team could help Thomas with his concern.

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Thomas Gorse
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2017-04-26 21:32:20
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Thomas Gorse
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Seems that the Adobe Team is not actually the Adobe Team. Perhaps Shambu Nashi could help.

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Paul Wilson
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2017-04-27 04:54:03
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Paul Wilson
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Support team will reach out.

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Shambu Nashi
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2017-05-08 11:51:46
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Shambu Nashi
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Hi Shambu, I am in the same situation. We purchased Captivate 9 at the end of February, and I did not get any information that this new release was coming. I would definitely have waited! Is there any way I could get the free upgrade? Thanks…

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Chloé Wibaux
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2017-05-28 21:54:42
2017-05-28 21:54:42
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Chloé Wibaux
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Has Adobe replied to you yet, Chloé?

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Chloé Wibaux
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2017-05-29 05:57:11
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Chloé Wibaux
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Hi Joe, yes they did! I now have access to the latest version 🙂

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Shambu Nashi
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2017-12-05 16:54:47
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Shambu Nashi
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I have never heard from support but would still like to have the new version.

Joe or Shambu – any help for me?

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Thomas Gorse
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2017-12-06 04:40:07
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Thomas Gorse
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Vikas Mahajan Can you look at this.

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Shambu Nashi
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2017-12-27 22:01:11
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Shambu Nashi
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Please ask support to follow up with me again. I have never been contacted. Thank you!

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Thomas Gorse
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2017-12-28 06:53:23
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Thomas Gorse
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Hi Thomas, Team is on holiday, we will be back on 2nd Jan. We will respond at the first given opportunity. Sorry to see no one has contacted you yet.

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Shambu Nashi
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2018-02-05 15:40:53
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Shambu Nashi
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Still no help from support.

If other users have been granted upgrades and bought in the same time frame as I did, I should also be entitled to my upgrade.

Shambu – please try again on my behalf.

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Thomas Gorse
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2018-02-07 05:58:59
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Thomas Gorse
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Sorry about the delay Thomas Gorse !
Vikas Mahajan
Please help.

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Thomas Gorse
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2018-02-09 21:34:10
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Thomas Gorse
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Thomas, please visit https://helpx.adobe.com/contact.html, go to eLearning/TechComm/ColFusion card & choose Captivate to contact us directly so that we can check your entitlement and share the update with you.

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2017-04-25 15:18:10
2017-04-25 15:18:10

This is an issue about which I’m also not too happy. I got my Captivate as a part of “Technical Communication Suite 5.” I’m a monthly subscriber to TCS with the understanding that my suite would be updated “automatically” when a “new version” is available. I thought that was one of the great advantages of monthly subscription. Wrong. After a few exchanges with the Captivate support team (great responsive people, BTW) I now have a better understanding of Adobe’s fine-print. A “new version” means not the new version of each component that makes up the TCS, but the new release of TCS as a total package. Why should Adobe decline to update the components of TCS when a new version is readily available is something I’ll probably never understand but those are the rules until they are changed.

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Ugur Akinci
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2017-04-25 15:36:30
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Ugur Akinci
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Yes I recall a similar circumstance for the eLearning Suite 2.5. It came bundled with Captivate 5.5 while version 6 was in market. If it wasn’t for some unique circumstance I would use subscription across the board for all my software.

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2017-04-23 16:59:16
2017-04-23 16:59:16

Just to clarify, when you pay the subscription price, which is quite a bit lower than the full license price, even over time, I believe you do get each new version as well. It’s only for those who have purchased a full license that don’t get free upgrades. Am I correct?

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Joe S Ganci
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2017-04-24 07:35:48
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Joe S Ganci
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Yes Joe. you are correct.

~Sankaram

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