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Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Authorware merged with MacroMind/Paracomp to become Macromedia, which was later acquired by Adobe. ABOUT Dr. MICHAEL W. ALLEN (CEO and Chairman, Allen Interactions Inc.). Michael Allen, the CEO of Allen Interactions, is known for pioneering multimedia learning technologies, interactive instructional paradigms, and rapid-prototyping processes—bringing each forward into leading corporate enterprises. He was the founder and CEO of Authorware, a revolutionary eLearning authoring tool. THE INTERVIEW: 1. How has been your journey (to save the world from boring e-learning) so far? hope so.

Adobe Captivate Prime: Adobe's Best LMS Effort to Date

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

This workflow has been around for over 10 years from Adobe (well, technically Presedia, then Macromedia, and then Adobe Systems). by Sean Mullen. This will be the first in a series of newsletter articles which cover the Learning Management System (LMS) offering from Adobe Systems--Adobe Captivate Prime. In the image below you can see the Publish options in Adobe Captivate 9.

Can Captivate 9 Save Adobe?


Our relationship goes back a long way too as I can recall the days of using Captivate when it was owned by Macromedia. Articulate wasn’t the juggernaut that it is today, and aside from learning how to program Flash, Macromedia Captivate was your next best option. If you haven’t heard yet, Adobe made some news in the elearning industry yesterday. Time will tell.

We're All New at This

ATD Learning Technologies

At the time, King was one of the leading people at Macromedia (soon to be Adobe) working on making integration with SCORM happen in products like Flash and Captivate. It was February 2005. I was sequestered in a conference room during Plugfest 9 with Philip Dodds, chief architect of the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM™) and a few people on the ADL technical team. With us was Tom King, who helped create Authorware. Click here to read full version

3 Adobe Captivate E-learning Examples

CommLab India

Not too long after that, Macromedia acquired eHelp and released the software under the name Captivate which was later acquired by Adobe Systems. Adobe Captivate was first introduced to be a screen capture tool under the name Flashcam. Its evolution as an e-learning authoring tool started after an eHelp Corporation based in San Diego acquired it and released it as Robo Demo.

My life…in elearning

Learning Visions

We had moved away from proprietary and were now using Macromedia Director. 20 years ago I was a struggling recent college graduate who had moved to Boston in the middle of a recession. 15 years ago I got a job as an instructional designer/multimedia producer at a company that created training programs delivered on CD ROMS. It sounded really glamorous to me. We are adapting as we speak.

A Conversation with Michael Allen–ADDIE, SAM & the Future of ID

Kapp Notes

He founded the computer-based course authoring tool Authorware in 1984 and later formed Macromedia through a merger which was then bought by Adobe Systems. For those of you who may not know, Michael W. Allen is a leader in the field of design, developing and delivering online instruction. Michael Allen and I sit down and discuss the Zebra program at ASTD conference way back in 2011. Design


7 reasons why the new Articulate Storyline is a Game-Changer for eLearning

mLearning Revolution

Before I share my thoughts on why I believe the new Articulate Storyline changes things for all of us in eLearning and makes a big splash in mLearning, I’d like to preface by saying that the reasons I mention below are based on my experience working intimately on Adobe Captivate for over 13 years, dating all the way back to its early days at eHelp (when we called it RoboDemo), later becoming a Macromedia product and more recently working 6 years at Adobe as the Senior Product Evangelist for Adobe Captivate and the eLearning Suite. But of course, there’s a lot more. 2. Conclusion.

5 Must Read ELearning Software Articles


Macromedia Captivate (later acquired by Adobe) was one of the first major players into the game. If you have been around the elearning world for more than just a few hours you are likely to hear about rapid elearning development software. simple search on that topic will yield results from major players Adobe Captivate, Articulate (Storyline and Studio), iSpring, among others. elearning

Why We Still Use Backbone.js

Enspire Learning

remember reading that one developer from Macromedia (the company that owned Flash before Adobe gobbled it up) said that users were regularly showing the Flash team that it could do way more than was even dreamed of by the developers themselves. It’s a very exciting time to be a front-end developer. So why are we not moving to a more modern front-end framework? So, we rolled the dice.

¿Por qué el hecho de que el iPad y el iPhone no soportan Adobe Flash es un gran incentivo para el mLearning?

mLearning Revolution

Siempre he sido y soy un gran admirador de Flash desde que trabajaba en Macromedia y más recientemente en Adobe y me sentí algo disgustado cuando Apple publicó las impresiones de Steve Jobs acerca de Flash. No hubo otra industria en el mundo que resultara más afectada por la decisión de Apple de no adoptar Adobe Flash en sus dispositivos iOS como la industria del eLearning. Por qué?

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Learn How to Build Effective E-Learning with this Free E-Book

Rapid eLearning

Articulate Presenter was around well before eHelp (one of the leading companies) was purchased by Macromedia that was purchased by Adobe. I’m not sure you noticed but we just updated the Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro. The first edition of the free e-book was released in 2007, and as you can imagine a lot has changed in our industry. May 17-20 (Orlando, FL).

The King is Dead

eLearning 24-7

The weapons including Authorware, Macromedia Director, DazzlerMax, Toolbook were the ones that separated the knights from the common folk. Eventually the land saw Macromedia Breeze and Dreamweaver enter the lands, with these items called templates. Gazing upon the Tower of London it occurred to me that upon this tower where many folks lost their lives, another one recently had fallen. Chopped by the ax as they would say. Brought down by the tool or tools, another retorted back. Nay, said another person standing near me. nodded. For to me, it was all true. The King of Content.

Summer Course Authoring Tool Rankings – Top Ten

eLearning 24-7

Because it is Adobe – the same folks who came up with Photoshop a long time ago, who brought us Premiere – a long time ago and who bought Macromedia – again, a long time ago. The summer is nearly upon us (or in LA it is already here) which means you can expect the following in your hometown. Road Rage – Everyone’s favorite past time. Why you may ask? Actors.

An Honest Assessment of Adobe Captivate 6 [First Impressions]

mLearning Revolution

Sadly I’m very disappointed with what I’ve seen out of the new Captivate version, and I say sadly because for years this product was my baby, from my early days working at eHelp, later Macromedia and more recently Adobe as a Senior Product Evangelist for Captivate and the eLearning Suite. First off, congratulations to my old team at Adobe for launching Adobe Captivate 6.

The New Adobe Captivate 7 Marches Backwards into the Future [Review]

mLearning Revolution

Here’s how I concluded my review of Adobe Captivate 6 back then: Sadly I’m very disappointed with what I’ve seen out of the new Captivate version, and I say sadly because for years this product was my baby, from my early days working at eHelp, later Macromedia and more recently Adobe as a Senior Product Evangelist for Captivate and the eLearning Suite. Fast Forward One Year Later.

Storyline and ZebraZapps: seriously powerful, seriously simple

Clive on Learning

Michael was, of course, the creator of Authorware, a highly powerful tool from the CD-ROM era, which Adobe eventually gave up on after they inherited it from Macromedia. Here at DevLearn 2011 in Las Vegas I've got authoring tools on my mind. Because I have been able to take a look at two new tools today, which I'm sure are going to have a major impact. The have one thing in common and lots of differences. First up is Storyline from Articulate. What I saw was still in beta and with no definite launch date, but it looked in good shape to me and so it's probably only a few months away.

Here’s how Adobe Captivate 6 could have been a Game-Changer for mLearning

mLearning Revolution

In my years working for Adobe and Macromedia, one thing I learned was the importance of leveraging technologies from various products across the rest of the company.  . In writing my honest assessment of Adobe Captivate 6 post  I knew going in I was putting myself out there and would invariably take some heat for sharing what I really thought about the new release. That’s it.

7 razones por las que Articulate Storyline cambiará radicalmente el aprendizaje electrónico y móvil

mLearning Revolution

En primer lugar, permítanme felicitar a quienes trabajaron en el desarrollo y lanzamiento de Articulate Storyline. Embarcarse en el proyecto tan ambicioso de desarrollar una aplicación como Storyline, desde cero, no es una tarea sencilla. Sin embargo, si existe una compañía que puede lograr eso, definitivamente es Articulate. Pero, por supuesto, aún hay más. 2.  Interfaz y experiencia del usuario. Si

My daughter, poster child for 21st Century learning

Allison Rossett

He has been a speaker at Macromedia/Adobe User Conventions, NASA and the East Coast Games Conference; and was the 2011 recipient of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Immersive Learning Award. Tweet. Welcome two guest bloggers, Ken and Darby Hubbell, father and daughter. . And just how does my prodigy achieve this array of abilities? Is she a savant?

Gestando la Revolución del Aprendizaje Móvil [en Español]

mLearning Revolution

” 3) Finalmente, estoy lanzando un nuevo Blog titulado [link] que me servirá para compartir mi experiencia en Adobe como Evangelista Técnico, conforme escribo un libro basado en mis años como Evangelista en Adobe y también en Macromedia. Bienvenidos a una nueva sección de mi Blog donde encontrarán información en Español. Conforme publico información en este Blog, uno de los temas que más me apasiona es esta revolución increíble de la que todos somos testigos: la “ tecnología móvil. Esta revolución, sin lugar a dudas, está todavía en su infancia. Bueno, eso es todo por ahora.

The End of the Road for me at Adobe. 2012 and Beyond.

mLearning Revolution

It’s hard to image a time when Social Media did not exist, but I was thinking about when Macromedia acquired eHelp Corporation in 2003, then makers of RoboHelp and Captivate, and how almost immediately the company let us all go, and in that single day, I was completely incommunicado with business contacts I had made. First and foremost, Happy New Year! Was I surprised by the news?

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10 Great Moments in eLearning History

SHIFT eLearning

In 2005, Adobe bought Macromedia and transformed it into Adobe Flash. eLearning didn''t happen overnight. It''s a product of years of human ingenuity and innovation. There are moments in history that contribute to the inevitable birth of eLearning. So in an effort to weave a story of how eLearning came to be, here are some bits of history worth recalling. 1. Early 2000s: The Dot Com Boom.

The writings of Lee Kraus

Learning and Technology

Home My Story Portfolio iPad Bookshelf Social Media March 2, 2004 tags: technology I was looking at a presentation on Flex , a new Macromedia product that supports a titghter integration of database systems and Flash. The writings of Lee Kraus Welcome! I try to focus on creativity, innovation, collaboration, technology, and elearning. The idea is that the programmers and graphic artistis can build easier-to-use interfaces on their systems. wonder if this would give our new LCMS a competitive advantage? How much would it cost? Very interesting. Lee Kraus, 2010. Template by Tina Chen.

Why eLearning/mLearning Professionals Should Still Learn Flash

Developer on Duty

Before that I was using Macromedia Director then Flash to create animated models and characters. I have read dozens of articles about the death of Flash, and the advantages of HTML5. However, there's a fundamental role in which Flash can play for non-FlashPlayer environments. It's a flexible full featured animation tool.  The issues with Flash and mobile devices revolve around FlashPlayer.

My daughter, poster child for 21st Century learning

Allison Rossett

He has been a speaker at Macromedia/Adobe User Conventions, NASA and the East Coast Games Conference; and was the 2011 recipient of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Immersive Learning Award. Welcome two guest bloggers, Ken and Darby Hubbell, father and daughter. . First, from Ken– It is my humble opinion (and rather biased, I will admit) that my 8th grade daughter, Darby, is a prime example of what it means to be a 21st Century student. And just how does my prodigy achieve this array of abilities? Is she a savant? Is she genetically enhanced?

LinkedIn buys for $1.5 Billion, What Does it Mean for L&D and HR?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash was the standard technology, which has been almost obsoleted by HTML 5 when Apple Inc. Last week LinkedIn announced the acquisition of , a pioneering online learning company known for high-quality, expert-led video instruction. Lynda's content focuses on creative skills, technology, and over time moving into business skills.

How to select the right authoring tool

eLearning 24-7

While I have seen a few that give off the “rapid build” appearance, unless you have experience with solutions in the past like Authorware, MacroMedia Director, or similar brethren, you will face some serious challenges.  Over the weekend, I did one of the most stressing things there is to do in live. Yep, house hunting.  There is nearly nothing out there that make you get excited and depressed in just a few hours, than look for a new house. Where do you live? What amenities do you want or need? Beach? Center of town?  Close by or away from humans? Yep, it is exhausting. 

Captivate 6 vs. Articulate Storyline

In the Middle of the Curve

Have been since Macromedia existed (Captivate 2?) I am a Captivate shop. I've used Captivate through UI changes, a couple squirelly updates and the long wait for right-click functionality. So I go at this tool evaluation more than a little biased. Because dangit - change is hard and scary. Especially changing long-standing habits. But I have more folks I need to support now. They deserve tools that work for THEM, not just for me. I was heartened to see Adobe address the HTML5 concerns I had. And I have never had end-users seem so excited about a development tool. Exact same steps.

RoboHelp 9 Question: Will It Upgrade My Legacy X5 Project?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Question: I've been using Macromedia RoboHelp HTML X5. I am considering upgrading to Adobe RoboHelp 9. Before I do so, do you know if RoboHelp 9 will open my project? know that X5 is very old at this point but if RoboHelp 9 rejects my X5 project, I'm stuck using X5. Answer: Yes, your X5 project, while old, will upgrade. have tested this on RoboHelp X5, RoboHelp 6, RoboHelp 7 and RoboHelp 8 projects. The upgrade to RoboHelp 9 process took just a few moments for each of the four projects tested. If your X5 project is large, it might take time so be patient. RoboHelp

Informal Learning Blog » Google Desktop as learning platform

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

eLearning Event Calendar

Tony Karrer

Tom King, formerly with Macromedia, has created a Google Calendar for Elearning Events which he says he will keep up to date by emailing him at: You can see the calendar for October Elearning Events. And Tom was nice enough to post my event in September

New ways to distribute content: part 2


It was acquired by Macromedia in 1996 and by Adobe in 2005. Learning content can be distributed online in a number of formats. Let’s compare them …. Native document : By this we mean the output format of a proprietary application, most commonly Word, Excel or PowerPoint. These applications have sophisticated editing and formatting capabilities, but were never really designed as a means for distributing finished content. The consumer has to have their own copy of the application that was used to prepare the original document and often in a particular version. Native documents.


eLearning Weekly » Using Adobe Captivate for eLearning: A Love/Hate Relationship

eLearning Weekly