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Adobe’s Captivate, the demonstration and training simulation creation software, is moving into the final development stages of it’s third version. I had the privilege of being a beta tester, and I must say that it is really cool. It really is easy (and fun) to create […]

captivate.jpgAdobe’s Captivate, the demonstration and training simulation creation software, is moving into the final development stages of it’s third version. I had the privilege of being a beta tester, and I must say that it is really cool. It really is easy (and fun) to create interactive software simulations and demos.

But unfortunately the program is stuck on Windows, and there are currently no plans to bring it to the Mac. When I questioned the Adobe engineers about it they responded in a very polite, almost rehearsed way.

“Captivate is built from a program that ties deeply into the core Windows. To bring it to the Mac would require a total rewrite, something that we’re not sure we can justify at this point. If we had significant interest from Mac users, it’d be a different story”.

So what do you guys think? Is there interest in bringing Captivate to the Mac? I’m interested to hear your thoughts.

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  1. That is an interesting question that I’ve tossed around myself in the past. My day job has me designing and developing training in the corporate world, in the IT group. I can’t go more than a day or two without doing work in Captivate.

    Unfortunately Mac have not penetrated the corporate market well enough to warrant that rebuild, so I understand their reasoning.

    Would I like to see it brought over? Of course! Do I see it happening, not likely.

  2. I still haven’t found a mac screencasting/training tool that I’m truly happy with. Captivate on the Mac has the potential to corner the Mac market.

    Would ‘love’ to see it ported across.

  3. Stephen Antonucci Thursday, July 19, 2007

    I would love to see Captivate on the Mac. Porting this app to the Mac would bring Adobe new Mac customers.

  4. Well, in my opinion, everything that is developed solely for WinDoze is a mistake. The Mac OS is clearly a superior operating system and development of any software on WinDoze should be developed for Mac as well. The reason for this is simple: more stable, better usability, and more and more people are coming to the Mac platform.

    So, I would definitely use this software if was ported to the Mac :-)

  5. I DEMAND Captivate for Mac OS.

  6. Being in the education market, I really could do with Captivate for the Mac, otherwise it’ll mean the use of some poor alternative!

    1. maybe not as good but what about : Screenium from apple ! !

      Any Good

      Nicolas.K

  7. I do quite a few software demos for my customers and my own products. I tried Captivate on two separate occasions (v.1 & v.2), and, because it’s PC only, just didn’t get the results I was happy with. I use SnapzPro instead, which creates huge files compared to Captivate. Plus all of that narration…

    If Captivate were available for Mac I’d be first in line.

  8. That would be amazingly helpful for the tutorials that I’m trying to make. I would love for this to come to the Mac.

  9. as an instructor in a college, the more demonstration etc, software of good quality there is available for me on the mac, the easier my job would become.
    having to flip from OS to OS because one application is only available in windows, and vice versa is a chore (even if it is now easier).

  10. Captivate for the Mac would be a welcome addition to my software bucket. It would save me one more trip over to my PC.

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