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I installed captivate 2019 on a new Mac and if i try to put in the serial number, captivate told me that the number is invalid. I use captivate for many years (now in Annual subscription) and the only serial number i'v got is the serial number from Captivate 6.

It seems that there is no possibilty to contact the support...

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Captivate 2019 serial number

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Mar 18, 2020

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I installed captivate 2019 on a new Mac and if i try to put in the serial number, captivate told me that the number is invalid. I use captivate for many years (now in Annual subscription) and the only serial number i'v got is the serial number from Captivate 6.

It seems that there is no possibilty to contact the support...

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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If you are on a subscription license, you don't need a serial number. You need to log in with the Adobe ID which was used when 'buying' that subscription license. Is that the case? It should be recognized.

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Community Beginner ,
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Hi Lilybiri,

Unfortunately not - after login with my Adobe-ID captivate ask me, how i want to use the software:

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Are you logged in with the Adobe ID? Choose 'Diese Software testen!'. Normally it will be activate on your ID. If that is not happening, something is awry with your account. In that case, I cannto help you because I am just a user (with a subscription license). Only can try to find a staff member, but try first what I just told.

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Community Beginner ,
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Hi, that doesn't work - only starts the test-version. It seems so that i have an annual subscription and no possibility to activate the new version.  And no chance to get a staff member...

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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Guten Morgen. Will try to find someone from the team to help you. I don't know how you tried. No guarantee... 

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thanks a lot! Are you from germany?

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Nein, Ich bin Flamen. German is my fourth language, understand it very well but hesitate to write in German, would make a lot of mistakes. But have some German consultancy/training clients.

I contacted the team pleading to help you. But India also has sort of lockdown at this moment.  The responsible person already requested someone to help you. They are very nice!

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I get the same message (but in English). PLEASE HELP. 

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I am in exactly the same position. I have creative cloud working on the subscription model, but need a serial number when none was provided. Most frustrating. 

Thanks for any help. I have 30 days 😉

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Can you both have a look at your private messages? 

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Community Beginner ,
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Hi, an hour ago I recieved a mail from a support member and we try to solve the problem tomorrow afternoon.

I will tell you, if it works.

Thanks a lot for your help!

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OK, thought they would use a private message. Crossing my fingers!

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@Lilybiri do you have a way to resolve this? I'm losing it and Captivate is "experiencing long wait times" 

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I cannot help you (and had to read the same message 4 times, because you repeated it that much). Being just a user, I have contacted the Adobe staff, and they planned a meeting with the OP. No reporting back yet. 

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This is awful. I have the same problem. I bought the subscription for Captivate and am unable to launch the softtware. It keeps asking for a serial number. But there is none on my order screen or email. Who can I reach???

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Brenda,

If you purchased the subscription for Captivate, and that subscription license is attached to your Adobe ID, then all you really should need to do is make sure you are logged into the Adobe website with your Adobe ID and you should find that Captivate picks up your licensing details and works, not asking for a serial number.

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No, it wasn't the serial number issue. There are older Captivate version files on my laptop that were messing with the launch. I finally had to locate the Chat function to get Adobe specialists to work on my laptop remotely.

 

If anyone has this problem, you have to do that. Navigate to a page where you can find the Chat service. It's on adobe.com/getsupport at the bottom right. Then type into the Virtual Asst your problem. There are levels of help. From the Virtual Asst (AI), I got moved up to talk to Level 1 support (human voice), and then got moved up to a specialist who had to work on my MacBook Pro remotely. 

 

Several files had to be deleted before Captivate could be activated. So to those who need this help, I hope this helps. 

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I'm having exactly the same issue.

Leive and Rod, you know I've been using this software for years and years, so I'm extremely familiar with the foibles.
After trying the obvious clean prefs / eLearning Assets route, I completely uninstalled all Captivate versions.

Downloaded a completely fresh version of 2019

Utils:Clean Preferences

Logged into my Adobe account.

Found my (currently paid-up) subscription and serial no.

Launched Captivate
Asked me for my serial number, which I supplied.

'Invalid Serial No'

So I tried to install a trial. 

That didn't work either.

Then I tried to buy a copy, and Adobe said I couldn't, because I already owned one.

But somehow after paying $50 a month for years, I can't use it any more.

Have to say, I'm really pissed, Adobe.
Trying to find a support person is like finding a needle in the haystack.
Please help!

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You know that I am just a user. For a subscription license you do not need a serial number. Logging in to the CC application with the same ID as you used for buying CP's license should be sufficient.

I will try to find a staff member to help you out directly.  Normally they are acting very quickly... crossing my fingers.

 

A staff member has been indicated to contact you, please be bit patient...

 

Lieve

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I would suggest you ring or chat to Adobe support. Really Captivate should just be inside the Creative Cloud interface which works well, but instead sits outside. As Captivate seems old and clunky and it feels like Adobe aren't that bothered and I wonder about its future - it feels like Pagemaker and Framemaker for Mac at the end. I am unlikely to renew this part of Adobe's offering.

 

I had this same problem and it was eventually sorted out by trial and error, but it was a pain and cost me the best part of a day. Months later the same thing is happening to other people without a FYI or similar as it does not seem uncommon. 

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Lieve, thanks for your help and the referral. (and apologies for spelling your name wrong!!)
As always, your calm competency and unerring support and knowledge is much appreciated.
Cheers
JR

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Hi JR

I feel very sad about this situation, but cannot help anyone with license issues. You are correct, this shouldn't happen. It is only recently that I see an increase of this type of problems, have no idea about the origin. It would indeed be good to have at least some idea about the cause(s).

 

Lieve

 

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If you chat them, they'll hop into your computer and fix the issue. No clue what the problem was, the first couple people didn't know how to fix it, but once someone who knew this issue was on the call, he fixed it quickly. I'd reference the fact that there are several posts in Adobe Support that reference this issue and they'll be able to figure it out

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The idea that someone has to 'hop onto my computer' remotely to fix something like this is uncomfortable.
I'd prefer if they posted a fix or documented it.

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If you follow my instructions, you will be able to access the help. In fact, an Adobe Support person actually contacted me after I posted. But my problem had already been resolved. I also went on Twitter to ask for help, before I found the Chat sesrvice, and they also responded pretty fast. 

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Hi John,

 

I can see you have an active subscription. I have emailed you to, please reply and we can connect to troubleshoot the issue.

 

In the meantime, can you also try to sign out from creatove cloud app, launch captivate , sign in to using your Adobe ID and see if the activation is successful.

 

Regards,

Mayank

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Hi Maynak, thanks, I got your email.
This has been a very frustrating and unproductive time for me.
After realising that despite owning the correct license, logging into my Adobe account and being able to copy my serial number, launching Captivate always left me with a dialog to insert my serial number, which always was rejected.
I reinstalled Captivate 3 times and ensured I was logged into my Adobe account, to no avail. Rebooted dozens of times, switched my internet one and off, used a completely different machine, used different browsers to log on/off, cleared Captivate preferences with the Utils .bat.
 
Then I reinstalled my operating system. Upgraded the OS.
And finally gave up. 
 
I then downloaded Articulate and was able to complete my eLearning project, just before deadline.
 
In over 20 Years using Adobe products, working in various beta programmes, teaching Adobe, using it every day, I have never felt so frustrated.
As a long-time Adobe evangelist, I never thought that I’d turn to a product like Articulate to solve my problem.
 
Nonetheless, after the deadline had passed and I had some time to reassess the Captivate issue (considering I have hundreds of projects in Captivate and many clients I have sold hard into Captivate), I reformatted my hard drive, installed a fresh operating system, logged into Adobe, and then installed the latest version of Captivate.
As you’d expect, it worked.
 
Then the tedious process of re-installing all my other applications, settings, mail etc etc.
In all it’s cost me nearly four days’ work and caused me a huge amount of stress, and I have to say I’m more than annoyed that on one day, everything is working fine, and the next day when I start up the app, I have this to deal with.
 
And what’s crazy is that I still have no idea what the problem is, but if I’m faced with something like this again, I will drop Captivate like a roasting-hot brick and move to something I can rely on.
 
Reading around the web, I see that this is happening quite frequently. My suspicions are towards the Catalina-ready preparations, but thats me.
 
Adobe is not well known for its documentation or support, but I’d suggest that someone deals with this issue before your customers start flooding out the door.
 
If at some time you can publish a reason/solution it would be great

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Once again, Captivate has decided to run in trial mode, with only a few days left in the trial.
This is simply ridiculous. I have no intention of going through the hassle I did last time.
If I can't rely on the software to perform consistently, then I'll use something that does. 
I am so p*&^ed of - I've been an Adobe Captivate user and champion since day 1 and am so annoyed that it's so flaky.

Still no response from Adobe as to the reason or a known methodology to fix that doesn't involve someone logging into your computer.

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