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What is it?

ActivePresenter is an all-in-one screen recorder and interactive e-learning authoring tool.

What is its purpose?

ActivePresenter can record/capture desktop screens, edit screencast videos, and create interactive eLearning contents in HTML5. The software includes several editing features/tools for audio and video files. 

How do I use it?

You can download and install the ActivePresnter software for Windows and macOS. There is only one setup package that will serve as both free and paid editions. View this video tutorial to learn more about downloading and installing ActivePresenter.

ActivePresenter website offers different tutorials to create video demos, software simulations, interactive quizzes, and edit videos/audios. You can also download ActivePrester User Manual from their Tutorials.

Why would I use it?

  • ActivePresenter is an easy-to-use screen recorder and video/audio editor.
  • It supports webcam recording and keyboard/mouse click captures.
  • It allows instructors to create interactive eLearning content and quizzes in HTML5, which can run on different web browsers and be embedded into several learning management systems such as Brightspace.
  • ActivePresenter comes with many useful features such as well-designed templates, responsive design, different transition and animation effects, multiple languages for closed captions, and various output formats.

Usage considerations

Advanced features of the tool are limited to the Standard and Pro versions. Some features, such as exporting to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, are not available on macOS.

Quick Facts
Rating Level 
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Last Modified
13 December 2021
03 June 2021
License Available 
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Windows and macOS

Ratings Information

CITL Rating

Select any category below for details about the criteria for each rating.

Functionality: ★★☆
Not Applicable.
Ease of Use:★★☆
Minor Concerns. Since the software offers many different tools and options, new users may find the interface slightly cofusing.
Tech Support/Help Availability (for Instructors):★★☆
Minor Concerns. Minor Concern: No campus-wide technical support is available.
Tech Support/Help Availability (for Students):★★☆
Minor Concerns. Minor Concern: No campus-wide technical support is available.
Hypermediality :★★★
Works Well.
Accessibility: ★★★
Accessibility Standards:★★★
Works Well.
User-focused participation:★★★
Works Well.
Required Equipment:★★☆
Minor Concerns. Some features of the tool require equipment that is common and/or purchased at a low cost such as a microphone, webcam, and speakers.
Technical: ★★★
Integration/Embedding within a Learning Management System (LMS) :
Not Applicable.
Operating Systems:★★☆
Minor Concerns. The tool is only available for macOS and Windows users but not Linux users.
Web Browser:★★★
Works Well.
Additional Technical Requirements:★★★
Works Well.
Mobile Design: ★☆☆
Serious Concerns. Access to the tool is absent on a mobile device.
Not Applicable.
Offline Access:
Not Applicable.
Usage and Account Set Up: ★★★
Sign Up/Sign In:★★★
Works Well.
Cost of Use:★★☆
Minor Concerns. Limited aspects of the tool can be used for free with other elements requiring payment of a fee, membership, or subscription.
Archiving, Saving, and Exporting Data :★★★
Works Well.
Data Privacy and Ownership:★★★
Works Well.
Social Presence:
Collaboration :
Not Applicable.
User Accountability:
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Teaching Presence:
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Learning Analytics:
Not Applicable.
Cognitive Presence:
Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s):
Not Applicable.
Higher Order Thinking:
Not Applicable.
Feedback on Learning:
Not Applicable.

Security and Privacy

The service is not offered by Memorial University and has not been reviewed by Information Management and Protection.

Support Information

ActivePresenter Support  provides different guides/tutorials, private support, and outlines the company's privacy policy.

The website also comes equipped with a user community and FAQs webpage where users can find answers to product-related questions.