October 16, 2018
Adobe Captivate – What Computer Should I Buy?
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October 16, 2018
Adobe Captivate – What Computer Should I Buy?
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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2019-07-15 17:05:26
2019-07-15 17:05:26

I am starting my Masters in eLearning design, and I am told that I need to buy a PC (I currently own a MacBook Pro) to run Captivate. I hear not so great things about the Mac version of Captivate.

So, my question is… Can I partition my Mac with Bootcamp to run Windows 10 and successfully run Captivate; or should I try the Mac version; or should I just buy a Windows computer? (I guess that’s three questions… Sorry. LOL)

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2019-07-16 11:54:47
2019-07-16 11:54:47
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patsemanchik
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I think the differences between the two versions are minor. Yes, there have been some bumps and bruises for the Mac folks, but in the end, Adobe resolves these issues. I will say this, once you enter into the corporate world and need to design training for PC users, having a PC makes a considerable difference, especially if you need to create software simulations from software that is only on the PC.

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2019-07-18 15:29:39
2019-07-18 15:29:39
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Paul Wilson
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Thank you, Paul. I decided to move forward and purchase a PC to learn/use Captivate for school, and beyond.

I appreciate your quick response. Thanks, again.

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2019-01-08 00:54:15
2019-01-08 00:54:15

I have used captivate on and off since it was Robo Demo, and the last couple of times I had stopped using Captivate was because the primary computer I was using wasn’t up to snuff.

Minimum requirements mean the program will run (eventually), but a program like Captivate where you are going to be using multimedia objects to create content, the minimums will just make you frustrated.

If you have the choice between more CPU and more RAM, Go for the RAM first. You want 16 GB of RAM, or more if you can get it. RAM is the active workspace in your computer, the more RAM you have the more objects you can work on simultaneously. If you are going to work with 8GB of RAM, you better have a fast quad core processor, or you are going to get a lot of pauses (lock ups)when you are working in Captivate.

Storage space is important, but you will be better off getting a smaller size hard drive with lightning fast read/write times vs. a super large capacity drive with slow read/write speeds. A 250GB SSD drive will give you better performance than say a 1TB hard drive with a 5,400 RPM. I would recommend getting an SSD hard drive as your primary drive, and then a larger capacity mechanical drive for storage.

 

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