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Adobe Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2 are Now Shipping

Instantly Download Adobe Captivate 5, eLearning Suite 2, or TCS 2.5

[UPDATE (Aug. 2015)These still work to download the old Captivate 5 trials. We also now have the all-new Captivate 9 Direct Download Links!]

Adobe Captivate 5 has just been released and it’s already been called a “must-have update” by Learning Solutions Magazine… Captivate is Adobe’s industry-leading rapid authoring tool for eLearning solutions, used to create software demonstrations, interactive simulations, branch­ing scenarios, self-running presentations, and randomized quizzes without programming. Perhaps the most notable change with Captivate 5 is Adobe broke from the code history of previous versions to add Mac OS support and in so doing, took the opportunity to completely rearchitect the application from the ground-up – and it clearly shows.

Overall, the performance, interface, and usability improvements from the rewrite make this much more than a simple upgrade, it’s more like a brand new product. The new user interface is similar to the Creative Suite 5 interfaces, and is well-integrated with other recent Adobe tools. And because the product now runs (and works the same) on a Mac – plus uses the same files – you can now create software simulations of Mac applications. You can instantly download a free trial for either platform, although first double-check the minimum system requirements.

Here’s a quick list of some of the other new features:

  • Multi-document interface with Workspaces
  • Rich animation effects
  • Multi-video support and synchronization
  • Hosting and collaboration via Acrobat.com
  • Object Styles
  • Learner collaboration using Twitter
  • Tracking and reporting
  • Master Slides
  • Community Help
  • Expanded asset library

Captivate 5 is part of two larger suites from Adobe: the eLearning Suite 2 and the Technical Communication Suite 2.5. Both are freshly updated and integrated for the arrival of the new version of Captivate, yielding significant roundtripping performance gains. eLearning Suite 2 is the complete toolbox for efficiently creating professional eLearning content end-to-end, and combines Captivate, Flash Pro, Dreamweaver, Photoshop Extended, Acrobat Pro, Soundbooth, and Presenter, with additional tools and services. TCS 2.5 is the essential solution for author­ing, managing, reviewing, and publishing technical content and documentation, and includes Captivate, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro Extended, RoboHelp, FrameMaker, and Presenter, with supporting tools and services.

[UPDATE (January 11th)Technical Communication Suite (TCS) 3 is now shipping, including Captivate 5 with new RoboHelp 9 and FrameMaker 10!]

The price for Captivate 5 is US$799 for the full version, and $299 to upgrade from Captivate 4 or 3. Teachers and students can grab the full education version for just $299, or 63% off. Languages available include English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Korean.

The eLearning Suite 2 is $1,799 for full, from $599 to upgrade, and $599 for education, and the Technical Communication Suite 2.5 is $1,899 for full, from $299 to upgrade, and $749 for education.

Learn more or instantly download a free trial of Adobe Captivate 5, or eLearning Suite 2, or TCS 2.5; see the Captivate 5 customer quote sheet, watch the on-demand seminar “What’s New in Captivate 5,” or check out the new eLearning Video Channel from Adobe TV.

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  1. LJT

    I see you have the direct download links for a lot of other Adobe products on this site – do you have them for Adobe Captivate 5 too?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Sure, here are the links for Captivate 5, eLearning Suite 2, and TCS 2.5 for both Windows and Mac in multiple languages… Please be sure to follow these instructions before you click and download, or the DDL will not work:

    Adobe Captivate 5 – Windows (856.3 MB):   File 1   File 2
    English, French, German, Japanese

    Adobe Captivate 5 – Mac (1.33 GB):   File 1
    English, French, German, Japanese

    Adobe Captivate 5 – Windows (850.8 MB):   File 1   File 2
    Spanish, Italian

    Adobe Captivate 5 – Mac (1.31 GB):   File 1
    Spanish, Italian

    Adobe eLearning Suite 2 – Windows (2.92 GB):   File 1   File 2
    English, French, German, Japanese

    Adobe eLearning Suite 2 – Mac (4.12 GB):   File 1
    English, French, German, Japanese

    Technical Communication Suite 2.5 – Windows (2.46 GB):   File 1   File 2
    English, French, German, Japanese

  3. Seth

    The links for Captivate 5 returns errors. Does anyone have a link that will work? I need 5, not 5.5. I tried while logged into adobe site but got access denied error

    • Hi Seth, just tested them and those direct links all continue to work fine on our end… Did you carefully follow the download instructions linked from the comment?

    • While we’re at it, here are some updates – the direct download links for Captivate 5.5, eLearning Suite 2.5, and TCS 3.5 for both Windows and Mac in multiple languages… Please be sure to follow these instructions before you click and download, or the links will not work:

      Adobe Captivate 5.5 – Windows (665 MB):   File 1   File 2
      English, French, German, Japanese

      Adobe Captivate 5.5 – Mac (1.2 GB):   File 1
      English, French, German, Japanese

      Adobe Captivate 5.5 – Windows (660 MB):   File 1   File 2
      Spanish, Italian

      Adobe Captivate 5.5 – Mac (1.2 GB):   File 1
      Spanish, Italian

      Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 – Windows (3.3 GB):   File 1   File 2
      English, French, German, Japanese

      Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 – Mac (4.4 GB):   File 1
      English, French, German, Japanese

      Technical Communication Suite 3.5 – Windows (3.6 GB):   File 1   File 2
      English, French, German, Japanese

  4. Hi, I have tried Captivate 5.5 Mac file 1 for English, but getting an error showing server not accessed, please help.

    Thanks,
    Jobin

  5. hi sorry, at first i didn’t notice to login on adobe. i was able to download other design premium version anyway. i was struggling to download the mac version software – already sent a purchase order but I was so curious to test on my system, that download manger was so hectic. THANKS A TON TEAM !

  6. Brand new version of Captivate out this morning and the free trials are already available!

    Here they are:

    Adobe Captivate 6 Direct Download Links

    Enjoy.

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