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David Perry – Senior HR Analyst
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Adobe Captivate Prime and Litmos are two of the most talked about LMS platforms in the eLearning industry. But which LMS is best for your organization? In this article, I’ll discuss the top 8 differences between Adobe Captivate Prime and Litmos.

Every organization has finite resources. The tricky part is knowing how to allocate those resources effectively to get the best return on your investment. In the case of Learning and Development, this involves choosing the right Learning Management System.

Litmos and Adobe Captivate Prime are both powerful LMSs. They both have a lot of good features which make them suitable for enterprise deployment.  Great user interface, learning plans, ability to import users, provide escalations and delivering learning content in a consistent format. But just as two people are never the same, there are some differences in both the LMSs as well.

1.User Interface

Top-notch Learning Management Systems are intuitive and user-friendly. Litmos has a user-centric interface that is based on BootStrap tech. The system also features an integrated builder for assessments and survey tool.

Adobe Captivate Prime’s user Interface is based on a single-page architecture. That means you can view your entire layout on a single screen making navigation very simple. It is more in line with what you see in modern UI design. You’re also able to use Adobe’s “segregated roles” which helps in role encapsulation and clearly demarcates the roles of stakeholders(Author, Admin, Manager, Instructor, IT and Learners).

2.Targeted Learning

We live in a world where we should be able to impart custom learning based on specific learning needs and learners’ roles in an organization. There is a way to do that both in Litmos and Adobe Captivate Prime. Litmos uses a concept called teams while Adobe Captivate prime uses dynamic user groups.  Adobe has a smart enroller that enables admins to dynamically assign learning based on multiple profile attributes eg. . you can use smart enroller and assign a course or a learning program to a department in a targeted geo, consisting of employees in a profile and above seniority level while in Litmos you will first have to first create that specific team structure and only then you can assign the training.

3.Customization And Personalization

Can your organization integrate its branding into the LMS? Does the LMS support personalization? Both the LMSs provide a host of customized color schemes and themes.

Litmos offers white labeling which means that all your online training materials accurately reflect your brand image. You can actually create a team level branding within Litmos which is a plus over Adobe Captivate Prime which gives you lot of themes and branding options but only at an account or multi-tenant level.


Power Search

Adobe Captivate Prime has an extensive power search capability that works across learning objects, users, skills,user groups and catalogs even if the catalogs belong to 3rd party content that has been integrated with Prime using APIs. This powerful functionality helps users get to the right content quickly. Litmos, on the other hand, has a search that only spans courses and modules.


Both Litmos and Adobe Captivate prime have powerful recommendations engines. Adobe recommends courses to learners based on skills they are pursuing, course effectiveness rating (L1-L2-L3- Kirkpatrick model) and other logic which is altogether missing in Litmos recommendations.  What is missing in Adobe recommendation is that it does not give admins the flexibility of defining their own recommendation logic which is present in Litmos.

Note taking: All eLearning content in Captivate Prime gets converted into HTML5 output. The fluidic player in Captivate prime allows learners to take live notes while consuming the content. This feature is not present in Litmos and most of the other LMSs.

4.Compatibility, Integration and Migration

Learning Management Systems must be able to seamlessly integrate with your existing tools. Otherwise you’ll have to foot the bill for replacement third-party software.

There are some integrations which are specific to Litmos like the eCommerce API which can be brought separately. While you have to subscribe for connectors like Gamifications, Salesforce and Single Sign on, they are available free, and by default, in Adobe Captivate Prime.

Captivate Prime has a built-in wizard that helps you switch from your old LMS. It takes the “iterative sprint” approach, which allows you to tackle the task in stages. As a result, your online learners can still access online training content during the data migration process. Lastly, you’re able to integrate the LMS platform with other enterprise systems using Adobe API layer.


5. Reporting and Feedback

Both Litmos and Captivate Prime provide excellent reporting which can be scheduled but there is difference in the granularity of reports. Both export to csv or spreadsheet format which allows users to download transcripts and perform additional drill down on data, create graphs, and build custom reports for learning objects.

6.Behavioural Gamification

Both Litmos and Adobe Captivate Prime have leaderboards. Adobe Captivate Prime allows L&D administrators to create more flexible gamification that encourage and rewards more proactive learning behavior (eg. award points for users who complete courses faster), or to the learners who attain cross functional skills. Litmos on the other hand awards gamification points just on completions and not on learning behaviour.


7.Authoring and Curriculum Setup

In both Adobe Captivate Prime as well as Litmos the SCORM/AICC/TinCan content needs to be uploaded as a separate workflow. While Litmos additionally allows you to create quizzes, lists etc from within cloud environment the same can be achieved in Captivate Prime using Adobe Captivate authoring tool which is the world’s leading authoring tool, and has an inbuilt integration with Adobe Captivate Prime. Moreover Adobe offers administrators a lot of flexibility like keeping a test-out, setting up course equivalency or a flexible learning programs that allows learners to get credits by completing any of the modules within the program.

8.Skill-based Learning

Adobe Captivate prime helps align all online and offline enterprise-wide learning initiatives to skill, upskill and reskill employees. All the learning that is imparted revolves around the common mission of enhancing skills and making employees more productive.

Not only skills can be assigned to the learners, the learners have the option to explore and opt for the skills they aspire to get so as to move vertically or horizontally in the organization.

Top Tip: Take Advantage Of Free Trials

Both of these LMS solutions offer free trials. Adobe Captivate Prime is a 30-day free trial period, while Litmos trial is for 14 days. You can also watch free demos to see if the product suits your needs. This gives you the chance to test out the features, user interface, and support services. It’s wise to take advantage of this opportunity, especially if you’re still undecided. Thus, you can avoid buyer’s remorse and find the LMS platform that aligns with your learning objectives. You’re also able to ensure that the LMS meshes well with the talents and skills of your Learning and Development team. For example, it may have more advanced features, but will this be problematic for your IT tech and developers?

Adobe Captivate Prime and Litmos both have great features and flexible pricing. However, there are some notable differences that can help you make your final decision. Hopefully this article has made the selection process a bit easier for you and your eLearning team.

-David Perry


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