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State of the Authoring Tool Industry

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When looking at the state of the authoring tool space, two words come to mind. Bewildered on what is happening, why what is needed isn’t appearing as it should, and how is it possible that something so obvious based on where e-learning is heading, mobile is pushing and future tech is inspiring is lost among so many vendors? And for the entire rapid content authoring tool space, I have to ask – Why?  The point is that an authoring tool should not just go along, but go beyond. PowerPoint is presentation software. Assessment tool.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015

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The “WOW”   They have failed to grasp the power of mobile content, beyond “responsive”; understood gamification (a few have, the rest “nope”) and see the real power and value of a video course with all the trimmings, not a video embedded in a course. Rapid Intake (now Litmos Author) had this ability more than four years ago. Go with Gomo Authoring.

How to select an e-Learning authoring tool

Challenge to Learn

There are hundreds of e-Learning authoring tools around and they come in many shapes an sizes, so how to select the one that fits your requirements? In In this post I will give a global overview of different types of e-Learning authoring tools and some questions that you can ask yourself. What is an e-Learning authoring tool? Types of authoring tools.

E-learning Authoring Tools: The Civil War

CommLab India

To address your urgency, e-learning professionals have been taking the help of rapid authoring tools to develop online learning material in a span of weeks rather than months. Among these, the three widely preferred e-learning rapid authoring tools are Articulate Storyline 2, Adobe Captivate 9, and Lectora Inspire 16. Easiest tool of the three. Adobe Captivate 9.

4 Smart Ways to Create mLearning

This high-energy session looks at four smart approaches for creating effective mobile learning. We drill down on important aspects of successful mobile learning authoring, including responsive design, device orientation, use of video, and delivering and tracking mobile learning. Learn about different examples of mobile learning and which authoring tool is right for you

Authoring Tools and Lectora Online Q&A

Everything E-Learning

Recently, Lectora® Online was listed in the “ 5 Top E-learning Content Authoring Tools for Corporate Trainers ” by Software Advice. Last year, we found a quarter of LMS users are now consuming training content on a tablet, so organizations need a great tool like Lectora Online in order to easily make courses that look and feel great on any mobile device.

4 HTML5 Authoring Tools You Need to Know About

Origin Learning

This logically deduces the need for such authoring tools that can publish content that is compatible to the user experience that such smart devices deliver. But with the coming of HTML5, browsers and developers of authoring tools have been working hard to catch up and provide the rich experience that is possible with this version. Adobe Captivate 8. Articulate Storyline.

6 Steps to Choosing the Best eLearning Authoring Tool

Everything E-Learning

The mere thought of choosing a new e-Learning authoring tool may make some eLearning professionals cringe, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful and time-consuming task. In this article, I’ll walk you through the process of choosing the best eLearning authoring tool for you. The Steps to Follow When Choosing an eLearning Authoring Tool.

Rapid Authoring Tools For Creating mLearning

Upside Learning

After a few years of hype, mobile learning has now started flourishing; the advent of new generation of mobile devices, high-speed network access, powerful mobile browsers and better native apps are all contributing to this. Earlier we’ve mentioned some tools that can assist you in mLearning applications. HotLava LMA (Learning Mobile Author). Lectora.

E-Learning Authoring Tool Comparison

E-learning Uncovered

We get lots of questions about our opinion on the major e-learning authoring tools.  A while back, I did a comparison grid to help outline the key differences.  There have been a lot of changes to the authoring tool landscape in the last 12 months, so I thought I’d update it. . Studio has a few more graphics tools, but Captivate has more animation options. 

Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools

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Mobile Learning/HTML5 output – doesn’t hurt and has to be considered. Again, not every tool below is SaaS based, but at some point, you have to move to the SaaS world, especially if you are offering or saying you do – some type of mobile learning functionality. Ease of Use – definitely plays into the decision making. I’ve seen some authoring tools that fit most of the criteria above, but whose ease of use is substandard or even really bad. Updated Content Authoring Tool Directory. ontent Authoring Tools Directory.

Ghost Edition – Top 10 Authoring Tools for 2013

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This year we will focus on the top ten authoring tools for 2013.  For each authoring ranking, a brief true ghost story, then the vendor and why it was selected. What I like about this product includes the ability to output to HTML5, works on mobile devices, is extremely easy to use, appears within PowerPoint and SCORM. Nice assessment tool. Proof that you can create an amazing authoring tool without being based in the U.S. One of the first authoring tools to enable the synching of your voice to match the actors/avatars’ lips. 

15 Authoring Tools For mEnabling Your eLearning For iPads

Upside Learning

– pointers on some of the tools out there, that you can use to help you take that ‘leap of faith’ into mLearning. So here’s the list of the tools that can do the job and which you might want a closer look at. One of the best tools, if you are already using Articulate, to convert your existing (Articulate based) courses to run on iPads, other tablets and mobile devices.

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5 Rapid Authoring Tools To Publish Courses For Your iPads

Upside Learning

Given this trend, it is but obvious that the demand for rapid authoring tools which can publish content in HTML5 will also increase. In this post, we examine 5 rapid authoring tools which show tremendous promise. 1) Adobe Captivate 5.5 Once these files are converted to HTML5, you can edit them with an HTML editing tool, such as Adobe Dreamweaver. Upcoming Tools.

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New Authoring tool rankings #11 to #20

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Initially I wasn’t going to post authoring tool rankings beyond the top ten, until July.  Easy to use interface and supports SCORM and AICC. #18 Mzinga Publisher - Holy macaroni! (No reason, I just love saying that) Mzinga shows up with a true social learning authoring tool. A few vendors say “social learning” but it is often far from it. Collaboration.

Authoring Tool/Framework Selection for Responsive eLearning Development: Adapt

Upside Learning

The evolution of devices from desktop computers to tablets to mobile phones has changed the way people access and interact with content. To keep up with these changes, eLearning authoring tools/frameworks have also had to evolve and revamp their features to add multi-device support and responsive output. Meanwhile, new tools/frameworks designed specifically for responsive course […]. eLearning Adapt Adapt Authoring Too Adapt Framework Authoring Tool

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

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Tools these days come in three flavors. Authoring Tools for developers. The biggest problem facing the industry in the past few years are the lack of course authoring tools for e-learning developers and instructional designers. Professional Presenter X – comes with  sim tool, assessment, capture tool, documents to flash tool, etc.

Top 10 HTML5 eLearning Authoring Tools

DigitalChalk eLearning

HTML5 is one of the main tools used by eLearning professionals, mainly because of its versatility and flexibility. There are several HTML5 eLearning authoring tools available for developers. In the continuation, you will find a list of the top 10 tools you can start using with ease. This online tool enables you to create basic, but effective courses and lessons.

Updated E-Leaning Authoring Tools Comparison

E-learning Uncovered

With the release of Adobe Captivate 8 a few weeks back, I thought I would update our popular—and often controversial—comparison grid on the major authoring tools. At the end of the day, the decisions about which tool(s) you choose to use should be based on the features that are most important to you and your organization. Updated Authoring Tools Comparison Webinar.

2014 Authoring Tools – State of Affairs

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Built-in audio narration tools including some editing. Screen capture and recording tool – I’m a big fan of this being included, but would like to see new capabilities beyond just the basics, then again, there are plenty of freebies out there that will do just fine. Timelines -  I’m not talking tracks here, I’m talking timelines (seen in quite a few education focused tools). More authoring tools -  Just as it is being seen in the LMS market. Most have an app, but the tool itself is not self-contained. Right now, not amazed.

Fears of the Course Authoring Tool Market

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Its nearly Halloween and with that comes the shocking and fearful excitement or lack thereof of the scariest things on the plane appearing at the movie theaters, in costumes, television and for us, the course authoring tool market. Just in the past two years the per license cost of authoring tools has skyrocketed. Fear of the Mobile Bogeyman aka HTML5. Lectora X.6

Authoring Tool Trends

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Here now are the latest authoring tool trends (excluding the ones I posted in last week’s blog). 1. Enables the course author to skin/brand their course with their own logo, colors,  etc. . Many authoring tools give you limited color options and may/may not enable you to add your own logo. Allows courses that are being built in the authoring tool  to be in another language beyond what used to be the standard norm of just English. Some authoring tools offer as few as two, with English being one of them. Remember Count Chocula

Finding the Right Authoring Tool for You

ATD Learning Technologies

I’m often asked the same question: What is the best authoring tool? Finding the right car—and the right authoring tool—is all about knowing what’s right for YOU. That’s why the first step in selecting an authoring tool is determining which criteria are most important to you. All of these are good tools with good feature sets.

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

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The RCAT (rapid content authoring tool) market continues to be healthy with nothing to slow it down – uh, except maybe one thing (more on that later). Yeah, I know we have just jumped into January, but in a review of the past several months, authoring tools continue to follow a similar path amongst themselves with certain feature sets. Jump on the Bandwagon. I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game. Perhaps their audience is unaware of LMSs who offer assessment tools. What does it all mean?

10 Rapid Authoring Tools that Support HTML5 [Infographic]

CommLab India

With mobile devices ceasing to support Flash-based training materials, the demand for Flash to HTML5 conversion tools has gone up. Today’s market is filled with several rapid authoring tools offering tons of customization options, in-built images , in-built interactivities, assessments, PowerPoint plug-ins, standalone software, cloud based applications, etc.

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7 Tips to Choose the Best Authoring Tool for HTML5 Conversions [Infographic]

CommLab India

With Google announcing it would stop supporting Flash content on Chrome, organizations are looking to convert their legacy courses to HTML5 to make them compatible with all browsers and mobile devices. But before you select an authoring tool for this purpose, there are a few things you should consider that will help you choose the right authoring based on your needs.

3 Rapid E-learning Development Tools

CommLab India

For years, Adobe Flash was the uncrowned king of e-learning development software. You could create any animation or visual using this powerful tool. However, with the advent of the mobile age, companies need to develop courses compatible with Smartphones and tablet PCs. As of 2014, over 48% of the companies use rapid authoring tools. Adobe Captivate.

Top 10 Authoring Tools for Developing Simulation Based E-learning – Part 1

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Authoring tools are widely used for the rapid development of e-learning courses. These tools help present the course content through text, scenarios, avatars, interactivities, animations, video, audio, etc. By using these rapid authoring tools, we can develop simulation based e-learning courses too quickly, at low cost. Expert author. Adobe Captivate 8.

How to Choose the Right Course-Authoring Tool


Have you a selected an authoring tool? software that will convert your notes into the actual course? tool that will enable you to integrate multimedia at the right places. With the market rife with these tools, selection can be a daunting process. In this article we uncover the tips to help you choose the perfect course authoring tool. Well done!

Authoring Tools- The DevLearn Experience

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suspected that the expo would feature a large quantity of rapid content authoring tools.  I wasn’t disappointed. Not so much, from what I saw – some of the tools were underwhelming (granted some were quite impressive), but rather how the vendors themselves perceived where the market is going and what customers want in their authoring tools. Back in 2000, the knock on rapid content authoring tools were they “pre-template” driven solutions. Who in their right mind, would use these tools? Anyone for Avatars? 2011).

Using Rapid Authoring Tools to Design eLearning Courses for Multiple Devices

Bottom-Line Performance

Let’s face it: the primary delivery tool for eLearning is still usually a desktop or laptop computer. The 2012 eLearning Guild research report on mobile surveyed 819 respondents about their mobile learning usage across four categories: Content Delivery, Content Capture and Uploading, Custom Applications and Social Networking and Communication. Storyline does! Email.

Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

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Right now I am doing a survey on authoring tools (more on this at the end of the post) and so far 100% of all respondents state that HTML5 output is required in an authoring tool.  I do believe that HTML5 output will continue to grow as an authoring tool feature.  It is time to realize that Flash output just isn’t enough anymore for folks. If you are an e-learning developer or instructional designer this has always been a favorite feature of authoring tools. The magic 8 ball is a fun item to use. Fortune Forecast Cookies. How basic?

Times are changing – trends in the content authoring tool market

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As the rapid content authoring market continues to grow, new features and capabilities are equally growing.  There are 124 authoring tools in my latest directory, of which 30 are SaaS or a combination of desktop and SaaS – which really what is the point of that? Even though more tools are adding the features of collaborative and peer review (more on that in a sec) they are still heavy geared towards a desktop solution. Desktop: Software is installed on your hard drive of your computer and you work on your computer. Mobile Learning. Trend 1. Apple.

How to select the right authoring tool

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Actually, it can be just as exhausting and face nearly same challenges when you are looking for an authoring tool to build your courses. Authoring tools list AKA Where do you want to live. That same occurs when you are deciding on an authoring tool.  With over 180 authoring tools in the market and with the majority not as well known, picking just the right one can be as challenging as selecting an area to live. I’m interested in what type of  house err tool.  In the housing world that would be whether you want a townhouse, apt.,

Increase Course Performance with the Right Authoring Tool – Here’s How to Sort Out Your Options


These 10 valuable tips will help you determine what authoring tool could be the best fit for your needs. Selecting an elearning authoring tool can be confusing. Before you go shopping, stand back and consider what you need from the authoring tool. Weigh up the tool license fees, and consider how much time it takes to produce elearning content. Speed?

25 eLearning tools you need to have


It’s not much of a stretch to argue that an eLearning professional is only as good as their best tools. So we asked members of our development, customer support and design teams to recommend the top eLearning tools they can’t work without. Best productivity tools for eLearning. Tool:  Trello. Tool:  Google Drive. Tool:  IFTTT. Tool:  Momentum.