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ActivePresenter

CNET Editors' review

Atomi's ActivePresenter captures and saves onscreen video and images and audio narration, but that's just the start of what it does. Another way to describe it is as a free tool for creating e-learning materials, manuals, presentations, screencasts, and demonstrations for training, education, business presentations, customer support, and similar applications. It's compatible with SCORM and handles a wide range of file types. ActivePresenter's free version is fully functional. It's also available in Standard and Pro editions that add features such as export capability, definable events, and Office compatibility. We tried the free edition.

ActivePresenter's user interface opens with a quick-start guide offering six choices: open an existing file or start a New Capture or Project on the control side, and License, Support, and Help choices on the support side. We clicked Help, opening an extensive PDF-based User Manual. ActivePresenter's New Capture and New Project wizards make this program easy enough to just start right up with, though, and we quickly snagged our desktop view, which the program displayed in its main window.

ActivePresenter's layout combines elements of word processors and graphics tools in look and layout, though with many unique, program-specific features such as a Timeline with a small but useful audio spectral display. ActivePresenter uses an expandable right-hand sidebar similar to those found in big-box graphics apps. The Slides sidebar is tabbed for Thumbnails and Titles. The program's View menu offers lots of Toolbar options, though, including the ability to customize the toolbars. In fact, ActivePresenter has enough options and settings to satisfy your inner nerd, everything from Mouse Hover options to slideshows to Ajax and Flash simulations. The Annotation menu has 11 options in itself.

While ActivePresenter proved easy to use at every step, we're not going to pretend that we turned out a slick e-learning package on the first go-round. But even simple projects yielded surprising results. Lots of well-thought-out touches like attractive, draggable cursor paths, programmable keystrokes, and test templates for multiple choice, true/false, and other methods save a lot of time without compromising quality. ActivePresenter does much more, though; users with still more needs can check out the paid upgrades.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best screen recording software"

    February 8, 2014  |   By gokhankaya

    Version: ActivePresenter 3.9.2

    Pros

    - Free
    - It works
    - No adware if you download it from their website.
    - You can export to various programs
    - No conflict with other apps, i.e.: full screen recording from Skype conf just worked fine.
    - Intuite user interface, made copy/paste/crop in the timeline just seconds, haven't read any manual or help file.
    - Supports new tech, works on Win8 just fine.

    Cons

    - The company who wrote the software has an ugly website, I'm not sure if they will surive and support this great app for years.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fabulous, what a time-saver!"

    January 3, 2014  |   By Marjoline

    Version: ActivePresenter 3.9.2

    Pros

    Love the system, simply the clearest possible registration of the tutorials I needed to make. Includes the mouse movements, clicks, everything. At the same time, if that is not what you want, it can all be disabled. Just make sure you do this before starting recording, and you will get a chrystal clear recording of what you want.

    Cons

    No cons, perhaps because I am used to film editing, it was all perfectly intuitive for me.

    Summary

    Great tool, don't tell anyone about it. ;-) They will always think you spent 10 x the time on the tutorial Active Presenter helped you create!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "adware , spyware, Why CNET.com WHY ?? I trusted you"

    December 26, 2013  |   By GK8888

    Version: ActivePresenter 3.9.2

    Pros

    No thanks, CNET, don't need spyware and adware from your supported programs .

    Cons

    CNET. should mention the programs it offers that has adware programs.
    What an invasion of privacy.
    Hey CNET, would you like to have people spying in on you, on your privacy ???
    Sure you would !!!
    I'm sure ....

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  • 1.0 stars

    "never made use of it"

    December 10, 2013  |   By Itossa

    Version: ActivePresenter 3.9.2

    Pros

    Not being too tech savvy I found it a little hard to understand how exactly it worked

    Cons

    I never used it because it was too annoying. Every few seconds a pop-up appeared urging me to up-grade. When I downloaded I thought it was freeware. I don't have a credit card.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best video capture program"

    November 10, 2013  |   By hihihimynameisbob

    Version: ActivePresenter 3.9.2

    Pros

    Easy to use. Lots of editing options.
    Allows you to record screen capture for the purposes of showing something on your screen, doing a demonstration (i.e. teaching something), or to capture a streaming/playing video
    You can record your whole screen, a specific window, or a rectangle region that you define
    Has a mode that allows you to take still screenshots while recording your screen
    Has the ability to automatically follow and pan along with your mouse cursor while recording

    FREE

    Cons

    Options can be confusing, learning curve

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best screen capture"

    October 27, 2013  |   By chicken_111

    Version: ActivePresenter 3.9.2

    Pros

    Every thing you need, very good production

    Cons

    difficult to use

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Did just what I needed."

    October 25, 2013  |   By kaleenavick

    Version: ActivePresenter 3.9.2

    Pros

    Easy to use. Lots of editing options.

    Cons

    I haven't ran into any yet.

    Summary

    I needed to convert my 2007 PowerPoint presentation into a video to post online. I had audio and custom animations that other programs would not convert. I decided to play the presentation while recording it with Active Presenter. I was able to adjust the size of the screen recorded to only record the slides. Once I was done I was able to omit the part of the video that showed my opening the slide show. I then just added my narration that I previously recorded to the timeline. You can also record narration while the presentation is being recorded but my microphone is broken. Then I converted it to a MP4. There are other file types available as well. Thank you Active Presenter!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome program bad download interface"

    October 3, 2013  |   By tailrings

    Version: ActivePresenter 3.9.2

    Pros

    The program is like windows movie maker combined with audacity. Definitely fulfills my needs. Was going crazy trying to find some thing to complete that last mile of making video presentations.

    Cons

    with the program non so far. the download interface from download.com could use some rethinking.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Loaded with useless crapware"

    September 7, 2013  |   By phoenixmoore1

    Version: ActivePresenter 3.9.2

    Pros

    It's free and not much else

    Cons

    Loaded with spyware and adware! I tried searching and uninstalling but couldn't identify completely what was added. The download and install process made no mention of additional software. Very deceptive!
    I finally did a system restore to a date previous to install to be sure i got all the crapware removed.

    Summary

    Frankly, I expected better of CNET. I've always thought they were a trusted site with software downloads free of garbage. Not anymore, I guess.

    Totally disgusted.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless Malware"

    July 20, 2013  |   By DrKeithcox

    Version: ActivePresenter 3.9.1

    Pros

    It's good for raising your blood pressure.

    Cons

    Crashed every time I started it.
    Installs unwanted spyware and malware

    Summary

    It crashed every time I started it no matter what I tried to do with it. Then I discovered that the installer had installed a bunch of search engine stuff that hijacked my browser even though I had specifically selected this NOT to happen. Completely useless.

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