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Download New Adobe Captivate 8 Trials: Direct Links w/o Akamai

Download the New Adobe Captivate 8 Free Trial Now

[UPDATE (August 2018) – These still work to download the old Captivate 8 trials. We also now have the all-new Captivate 2019 Direct Download Links!]

Adobe just announced the launch and immediate availability of Captivate 8, a major upgrade to their industry-leading eLearning and mLearning authoring software. With substan­tial updates throughout the product, the company calls this, “the single most significant release of Adobe Captivate in a decade.”

Below we’ve got the direct download links for Captivate 8 (Windows and Mac OS) without the Akamai Download Manager, for fast and easy access to the new tools… We’ve also included links to the hugely-expanded collection of assets that come with Captivate 8 which can be used to create terrific looking eLearning content. Whether you’re considering buying a full version or upgrading from the prior release, you can use the trials below to install, run, and activate the software on your system.

Here is some of what’s new in Captivate 8:

What's New in Adobe Captivate 8 vs. Versions 7 or 6?

  • All-new intuitive user interface
  • Multiscreen responsive eLearning authoring
  • Gesture-enabled mobile learning
  • Responsive screen capture
  • In-product multidevice previews
  • Geolocation support for location-aware learning
  • Responsive themes with preset tabs
  • Native support for HTML5 objects
  • Use embedded Adobe Edge animations
  • MinMax object sizing
  • Scroll for tablets and mobiles
  • Smart positioning of objects
  • Mac Retina display support
  • ELearning made colorful
  • Native app publisher
  • Device-aware eLearning delivery
  • Erase popups even after a video recording
  • Localize with interactions in seven languages
  • One tool for all your eLearning needs
  • Boost productivity with out-of-the-box assets

See the complete list of all new features or read the product FAQ.  And for a high-level view, check out the complete comparison chart of what’s new in Captivate 8 vs. 7 vs. 6.

Despite some customer requests, Captivate 8 is still not included in Adobe’s Creative Cloud or CC offering, and needs to be purchased separately.

Install now: Get all new Adobe CC 2018 direct download links and free trials.

Note that Adobe’s eLearning Suite has not been updated with Captivate 8, and currently remains at version 6.1.

The direct links below go to the auth­entic and original files residing on Adobe’s servers, are guaranteed genuine and will not change. For Windows, each program consists of up to two files, an .exe and a 7-Zip file (.7z). The .exe file will only work when the .7z file is fully down­loaded and resides in the same location. For the Mac, it’s just a single .dmg file for each program. Languages included are English, French/Français, German/Deutsch, Spanish/Español, Portuguese/Português, Korean and Japanese.

Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct Download Links
CC 2018
Acrobat DC 2019
Lightroom 6/CC
Elements 2019

You need to have a free Adobe account and be logged into it to use the links below, as Adobe sets a session cookie on your browser that allows you to access the direct download links. Otherwise, you will receive an “access denied” or “no permission” message block­ing the connection. So please follow these instructions carefully or the links will not work!

  1. Adobe recommends temporarily turning off any surfing restrictions you might have running, like site or cookie blocking, filtering, firewalls or antivirus software.
  2. Click «HERE» to visit this page first, before clicking any of the links below – this is critical!
  3. If asked, sign in with your Adobe ID or take a minute to create one for yourself (free).
  4. OK! Now you’re logged in at Adobe with the trials cookie set, so you can instantly download any of the software below. Just make sure you have enough disk space.
  5. Download the files either by clicking directly on the DDL links, or by right-clicking and choosing “Save Link As…” on the popup menu – and save all files to the same place.
  6. Then follow the product installation instructions here.

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Adobe Captivate 8 Direct Download Links

Adobe Captivate comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions…  64-bit offers higher perfor­mance but choose the 32-bit flavor if you’re unsure what your Windows computer is.

Captivate 8.0.1 – Windows 32-bit (1.4 GB):   File 1   File 2

Captivate 8.0.1 – Windows 64-bit (1.4 GB):   File 1   File 2

Captivate 8 – Downloadable Assets – Windows (1.4 GB):   File 1

Captivate 8 – NeoSpeech Text–to-Speech Voices – Windows (1.7 GB):   32-bit or 64-bit

Captivate 8.0.1 – Mac (2.2 GB):   File 1

Captivate 8 – Downloadable Assets – Mac (1.4 GB):   File 1

Captivate 8 – NeoSpeech Text–to-Speech Voices – Mac (1.7 GB):   Voices for Mac

See the complete system requirements for Captivate 8 to make sure your computer is ready before proceeding with installation.

You do not need to uninstall previous versions of Captivate; some users prefer to keep the older, familiar version(s) around as they come up to speed with the new product’s features, and some folks even have five different versions of CP installed all on the same computer.

You can easily convert a free 30-day trial installed on your computer to an unrestricted version by purchasing the software and entering the serial number.

We suggest using a browser other than Internet Explorer to download the files above. They can be quite large and IE has been known to drop the extension (like “.exe”) from the Windows filename. If this happens and you can’t open a file, then just rename it to add back the extension. But generally, using Firefox or Chrome will work better – and if you have any issues getting the downloads to work with one browser, then try another.

Related: Do you believe any of these? The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud

Introducing the New Adobe Captivate 8

What’s the Difference Between Adobe Captivate 8 vs. 7?

See Also

Get New CC 2018 Direct Download Links: All Free Trials

Did these links work for you? Hope they helped out; please let us know with a comment below…

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  1. Doug E. Doug

    Awesome! My organization has the files & serial numbers for BOTH platforms available!

    Downloading from AVL now…

  2. Bleak Oil

    Link to Captivate 8 Mac not working 🙁

    • Hi Bleak, all of the links are working fine from our end (just tested again), no problems at all… You just have to make sure you’re carefully following the important download instructions given above in the article, near the top of this page…

      If you don’t do that, then you’ll get an access or permission message and will be denied downloading from the Captivate 8 direct links.

      If you’ve followed all the directions and still are having issues, then please try a different web browser, another computer, or a better/faster Internet connection. (If possible, use a wired Internet connection with a cable instead of wireless, as Wi-Fi can be slower and less reliable.)

      Hope that helps!

  3. Mac

    Doug, Do you mind sharing the serial number for Adobe Captivate 8 for Mac.

    Thanks so much in advance.

  4. Update: Here are some related new product releases which recently came out – the direct download links for Adobe Presenter 10 and Adobe TCS 5 in multiple languages… Please be sure to follow the same instructions before you click and download, otherwise the links will not work:

    Direct Download Links for Adobe Presenter 10 – Windows (2.92 GB):
    File 1 and File 2

    Direct Download Link for Presenter Video Express 10 – Mac OS (356.1 MB):
    File 1

    Languages supported: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish.

    Direct Links for Technical Communication Suite 5 – Windows (6.72 GB):
    File 1 and File 2

    Languages supported: English, French, German, Japanese.

  5. Marik

    I’m having downloading issues w/ the NEW Captivate 8.0.1 update via Adobe’s website. (I had successfully signed in.)

    The updated version for Mac is 2.17GB (English). The one on the website won’t directly download. I’m not a fan of Akamai or DLM.

    The links provided on here (ProDesign Tools) is still 1.6GB.

    Can someone pls update the NEW links (Mac OS & Windows)? The Windows version from Adobe’s site were updated. Greatly appreciated!

    • Hey there Marik, thank you for your comment – we have updated all of the direct links above to be Captivate version 8.0.1! (the latest release for both Windows and Mac)

      Hope they help and thanks again for the good suggestion.

  6. Marik

    Thanks for updating the links! Greatly appreciated!

    Keep up the good work, PDT!

  7. Christine

    I just upgraded to the new version of Captivate (from 7 to 8) and when I am trying to open a file from a directory, the system tells me that it can not open this file. Yet, I saved my document with Captivate 8. I have to open Captivate, and then go to “File” and only then I am able to open my document. How can I open my documents directly into my Windows directory?

    • Hello Christine, it sounds like you may have a Windows file associations issue, which can happen sometimes with multiple versions on a single computer…

      What’s probably happening is when you try to open a project from your file system, Windows still wants to open it with your older Captivate 7 instead of Captivate 8 – and version 7 cannot open files that were created in version 8. So you get an error instead of what you expected.

      Fortunately however, this is fairly easily fixed.

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  9. Debora


    I have already installed the Mac and the 3 files that are on your website but still can not open.
    The icon starts charging but disappears.
    Already uninstalled the software 3 times.
    Please help me?
    I want to take a course and need the software installed.
    Thank you

    • Hi Débora, sorry you’re having difficulties. When you say, “the icon starts charging but disappears,” what exactly do you mean – could you give more details?

      Were you able to at least successfully download the Captivate 8 installer files you needed, without error?

      Also, why type of computer do you have, and does it meet the minimum system requirements for the product?

      We’d be happy to help, but would need a bit more information to understand what might not be working for you.

  10. David

    Product sucks. Will not open. Trying to open the 30-day trial and keeps asking me what program to open it in…aren’t you using your own software? Will not buy and will not recommend.

    • Hey David, guessing that your web browser may have dropped a file extension(s) when downloading… That happens sometimes, especially when using IE (Internet Explorer).

      If there’s no longer an extension, then your computer wouldn’t know how to open/process the files.

      So on Windows, make sure the first (small) file has a .exe extension and the second (large) file has a .7z extension. If not, then just rename the file(s) to add back the extension(s) at the end, and you should then be able to proceed from there.

  11. Debora



    I’ll try to explain about my difficulty…

    I have a Mac OS v.10.10 (I think this data is very important and which is not included in the System requirements at the site Adobe).

    I can just download a file Captivate_8_LS21.dmg and file Adobe _eLearning_Asset_LS21.dmg.

    Do you understand me?


  12. elizabeth


    i am using a trial version of captivate 8 and i am not sure if there are limitations? i see that i am supposed to be able to publish to my desktop or youtube, but i don’t have that option on my menu.

    also, i was unable to put rollover captions on my photos. that option was greyed out…


  13. pim

    i am using a trial version of captivate 8 and i am not sure if there are limitations? i see that i am supposed to be able to publish to my desktop or youtube, but i don’t have that option on my menu.

    • Greetings Pim, regarding limitations – the Captivate trial version is exactly the same as the paid version, only restriction is that published files will expire in 30 days.

      Some Adobe trials also add a watermark to video, like Adobe Presenter.

  14. Ian

    Morning. I tried to download trial version of Captivate 8 on Friday but repeatedly got an error message when I tried to open one of the files. This morning I have tried to download afresh but have access to the website denied! Help!! Any advice greatly received as I am seeking to learn the basics of * before potentially acquiring a full version of it for work purposes.

  15. Kerry

    Good Day,

    I uninstalled Captivate 8 due to errors. Now when attempting to download it again from this website, I am getting an Access Denied error. I have a license for 8, so I need to install 8 again. Please assist

  16. Nick Barr

    FYI: Your links to Cap 8 trial no longer work.

    • Hey Nick, just tested and all the links on this page work fine. Please make sure you are following the important download instructions first, which are given near the top of this page.

      Following those directions is required by Adobe’s servers – and if you don’t do it before clicking on any of the Captivate direct links above, then they won’t work and you’ll get an access or permissions denied message instead…

      If you have any further difficulties, then you might want to try with a different web browser or another computer – each time following those same instructions.

      Also, make sure you’re not blocking or filtering anything with your browser(s) – like cookies, downloads, or any sites or URLs – or running utilities like Ghostery, AdBlock, or Disconnect. Adobe recommends turning those things off temporarily.

      Or, even better, just go with the new Captivate 9 free trial instead… It’s a better version that you can buy.

      Hope that helps!

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