** NB! Adobe released a patch for Adobe Captivate 4 on May 30th. This actually seems to have solved the problems for me. I will do some more extensive tests and post my results later **
I have Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit version installed on my machine at home. When I purchased Adobe Captivate 4 I looked at the system requirements and everything seemed fine.
Here is what Adobe writes on their Captivate product page.
- Intel® Pentium® 4, Intel Centrino®, Intel Xeon®, or Intel Core™ Duo (or compatible) processor
- Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit editions)
- 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
- 1.5GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storage devices)
- DVD-ROM drive
- 800×600 screen resolution (1,024×768 recommended)
Pay attention to the (certified for 32-bit editions) part because this is extremely important. This doesn’t really say if Adobe Captivate 4 will work on a 64-bit system or not, but on the other hand it doesn’t say anything about it not working. Most 32-bit programs will work just fine on a 64-bit system so I figured that the same would be the case here. I also have the Adobe Master Suite and I haven’t had any issues with these 32-bit programs running on a 64-bit system.
To help others from running into the same problems as me then you need to be aware of the following.
Adobe Captivate 4 does not work on a Vista 64-bit system. Sure you will be able to start the program and perform most of the basic tasks, but once you wan’t to do something interesting then it just doesn’t work.
– You cannot record anything in CP4 on a 64-bit system
– You cannot add audio (import mp3,waw files) into CP4 on a 64-bit system
– You cannot record audio from your microphone in CP4 on a 64-bit system.
A lot of other “interesting” things are happening as well. For example I received a CP4 project from a client. The project uses the text-to-speech functionality in CP4. I am not able to open this project at all on my 64-bit system. However, it works fine if I open it in a 32-bit Win XP system.
On my 64-bit system I am not able to create a blank project and import slides from the above mentioned project. On 32-bit Win XP it works just fine.
Basically this means that I am greatly handicapped when it comes to CP4. I need to use a secondary computer with Win XP 32-bit and CP4 installed to actually work in CP4 and then use my Vista 64-bit system for all the other tasks. A real pain in the…
Of course I could just make a dual boot partition on my machine and install Win XP and Vista 64-bit and then reboot everytime I wanted to use CP4, but why does it have to be so difficult. It would require me to reinstall everything on my PC , which would take me days to do.
So.. If you currently own a Vista 64-bit system then you should think twice about purchasing Adobe Captivate 4. Download the free 30-day trial first and see if it works for you. You can download the trial here: http://www.adobe.com/go/trycaptivate