ActivePresenter

ActivePresenter

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 25 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.3
  • Total Downloads:
    144,283
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 26, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    38.43MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    113
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Best screen recording software"

February 08, 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 stars

"Fabulous, what a time-saver!"

January 03, 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 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 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 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 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 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 stars

"Awesome program bad download interface"

October 03, 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 stars

"Loaded with useless crapware"

September 07, 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.3
Version 4.0.3 includes unspecified updates.
General
Publisher Atomi Systems
Publisher web site http://www.atomisystems.com
Release Date November 26, 2014
Date Added November 26, 2014
Version 4.0.3
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Capture Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 38.43MB
File Name ActivePresenter_v4.0.3_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 144,283
Downloads Last Week 113
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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