Best Free Elearning Authoring Tool For Beginners

Looking for a free elearning authoring tool to start creating your first courses? Try ActivePresenter 7 – best free elearning authoring tool and screencast software for beginners on Windows and Mac.

ActivePresenter 7 is a completely free elearning authoring tool which you can use for Windows and Mac. It offers you with a full high definition screen recorder & video editor as well as all necessary features for creating elearning courses rapidly.

Features Description

Screen Recording


Smart Capture

Capture screen when mouse clicked or key pressed. Each action is captured as a slide which explains in detail what the viewer should follow to master the lesson.


Full Motion Recording

Record screen as a full-motion video and embed it in a slide for further editing with annotations, voice-over, zoom-n-pan, closed captions, and animation effects.

Webcam Recording [New]

Record screen and webcam at the same time or record webcam videos separately, all depending on your need.


Microphone & Speakers Recording

Record system audio and audio from microphone simultaneously while recording screen. Recording voice-overs and narration separately is also available.


Smart Annotation

Automatically generate the description from the action and target application and insert into slide properly. Make contents almost ready to publish for a quick tutorial.


Lossless Quality

Record with the lossless video codec to ensure the highest quality (100%) in the overall editing process. H.264 lossy codec is also available.

Advanced Editing for Audio/Video & Rich Annotations


Audio & Video Editing

Edit audio and video without quality loss. Supported operations include cut, delete, crop, split, join, blur, change playback speed, change volume, and insert freeze-frame.


Shapes & Freeform [Enhanced]

Choose from dozens of shapes. Draw custom vector shapes and paths using the freeform Shape and Scribble tools.


Style (Color & Effect)

Make polished and high-quality screencast videos and training simulations with various line/fill/text styles and shadow effects.



Draw viewer attention to a specific region with Spotlight. It is possible to apply shape and style to a Spotlight.

ap-feature-image-editing-1Image Editing

Built-in image editor with transparency support allows modifying any image quickly and easily.


Transitions & Animations [Enhanced]

Attract viewers/learners by applying effects to slides and objects. A wide variety of stunning transition and animation effects are available.


Guide the viewer to different parts of the screen by using Zoom-n-Pan. This makes a smoother transition when changing focused area.


Cursor Path

Emulate the cursor movement with flexible cursor path. Add more visual to cursor path with highlight and click sound.


Closed Caption

Add closed captions to provide more information, make audio transcriptions, and support the deaf or hard-of-hearing audience.


Multiple Media Layers

Insert multiple videos, audios into a slide.



Hide sensitive information in videos or images by blurring moving and static (non-moving) objects.


Text To Speech

Convert text in any shape/object or closed caption to speech using system Text To Speech engines. Add more voices to make attractive tutorials.

Object Templates [New]

Create object templates from objects and object groups to reuse them within a project or across different projects.

Slide Templates [New]

Save existing projects as slide templates to reuse them later as the basis for other projects.

Object Grouping [New]

Group objects on a slide into one single object to move, resize, rotate or change their other properties simultaneously.


Advanced Audio Effects: Noise Reduction, Fade In, Fade Out [New]

Use advanced audio effects to remove unwanted background noise and fade audio in and out.

Green Screen Effect for Video [New]

Integrate live-action footage to enhance video presentations by layering two images/videos together based on chroma range.

Responsive Design [New]

Design fully-responsive, mobile-ready eLearning contents. Easily convert regular projects to responsive ones.


Conditional Actions & Advanced Interactions [New]

Create complex event-based interactions from one or multiple conditions. Add greater interactivity for your advanced interactions or eLearning games.

Multiple States for Objects [New]

Convert any object into a multi-state object. Develop interactive contents easily without using multiple objects or “hide and show” technique.

ap-feature-spell-checker-1Spell Checker

Ensure the quality of content by using spell checking feature. It is very necessary when working with text.

Variables [New]

Add extra functionality with variables. Use variables to label and store information to be referenced and used throughout the project.



Create virtually any kind of assessments or surveys with nine different types of questions.

Web Fonts for HTML5 [New]

Use any font to create elegant contents which are consistent on any device.




The flexible event-action mechanism with rich event and action types allows defining different learning scenarios based on viewers’ responses at each step.

Multiple Timelines [New]

Create multiple timelines for a single slide to contain different animations of the same object. Use actions to play additional timelines to design rich interactions.


Slide Pool & Randomization

Design professional random quizzes with slide pools & random slides to prevent viewers from remembering and predicting answers.

Themes & Templates [New]

Use well-designed themes and templates to quickly create a new project.


Protect the project in the shared environment with a secure password.

Table of Contents for HTML5 [New]

Give your audience an overview of the project and quick navigation by including a table of contents.

HTML5 Preview [New]

Preview interactive contents in browser with a single click.



Prevent data loss when a power failure or a system crash occurs with backup capabilities.


Configurable Hotkeys

Some target applications have already registered the common hotkeys. In that case, configurable hotkeys are vital to make a complete recording session.

Multiple Output Formats



Export contents to popular video formats including MP4, AVI, WMV, WebM, and MKV. Balance between output size and video quality with frame rate, keyframe, and quality options.



Export contents to HTML5 which can run on any modern web browsers and devices (PC, macOS, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, etc.).



Support SCORM and xAPI, two most popular eLearning specifications which are widely supported by many Learning Management Systems (LMS).


HTML5 Player Settings

Support many customization options for HTML5 player and save your changes to reuse them later.


Report & Tracking

Even without using LMS, the learner result can be tracked by using HTTP method. The report data is in the well-known formats such as XML, JSON.


Office Documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Export to most popular document formats. Further editing with Microsoft Office. Custom layout with Microsoft Word.

Learn more ActivePresenter 7 here

Editor’s notice: Please be mentioned that ActivePresenter 7 is free to download and install on your computer. It can be used for free too. However, if you want to export your project into HTML5 content, the output will be watermarked.


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