Apple missing the small picture

Clark Quinn

I’ve previously discussed the fight between Apple and Adobe about Flash (e.g. Which Apple is blocking, for interactivity. Apple allows cross-platform media players, whether hyperdocs (c.f. video and audio formats are playable). Now, I understand that Apple’s rabidly focused on the customer experience ( I like the usability), and limiting development to content is a way to essentially guarantee a vibrant experience.

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Help! What software tool should I use to record audio?

360 Training

Audio can add a great deal to the quality of your course. While generally beneficial, voice-over audio is particularly important for auditory learners (those who remember best when they hear the information), those learners who may struggle with reading, those for whom English (or the course’s target language) is not their native language, and those who may enjoy listening to your course while multitasking (commuting, exercising, etc.). I need to record simple voice-only audio.


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Is HTML5 Ready for eLearning Development?

Upside Learning

Last week, while justifying Apple’s refusal to allow Flash player on iPhone/iPad, Steve Jobs wrote– “ New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too) ”. A few days before the launch of iPad Apple had released a list of ‘iPad ready’ websites having support for HTML5. Clearly Apple is backing HTML 5, CSS 3 and JavaScript for developing future web applications.

How Avaya Built Its Own Version of Khan Academy

TechSmith Camtasia

My proposal was to put together an Avaya version of Khan Academy. Camtasia gave us great features like the ability to use templates, splice video and audio in, as well as special editing features to highlight or zoom to certain parts of the screen. Now, this is not an apples-to-apples comparison given that we used some of the company’s most knowledgeable resources and posted our content publicly.

An Overview of HTML5

Integrated Learnings

Apple's recent refusal to support Flash is the latest of many headaches web developers have had to endure as the web has matured but standards have been slow to respond. Apple is stopping support for Flash on the premise that HTML5 can solve all the development challenges that previously could only be solved through Flash. Previous versions of HTML, while searchable by machines, were often difficult for automated programs to interpret. by Jonathan Shoaf.

What’s New in Adobe eLearning Suite2?

Upside Learning

One of the most significant improvements in this version is the availability of Captivate 5 for both Windows and Mac OS platforms previously it was only available for Windows users. Thankfully, Adobe Apple fight is not affecting everything). Captivate 5 is tightly integrated with the other eLearning Suite tools like Flash CS5, Photoshop CS5, and Soundbooth CS5 for editing animations, images, and audio respectively.

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Podcasting for E-Learning: Editing and Producing Podcasts

The E-Learning Curve

So far in this series of posts about Podcasting for E-Learning from the E-Learning Curve Blog , I've covered a lot of material, including: A Brief History of Audio in Education The Four 'P's' of narration Introduction to Audio Production Digital Audio Basics Now, it's time to look in some depth at editing and producing podcast content. You don’t have to edit audio in a beginning-middle-end sequence. You can use Audacity to: Record live audio.

8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning

mLearning Revolution

In 2012 Apple announced the iPhone 5, two new iPads and the new iPad mini; Google unveiled their first tablet, the nexus 7 and later the 10″ version; Amazon gave us three Kindle Fire HD tablets. Here’s another statistic that bodes well for mobile, Apple sold more iPads in Q4 2011 than any individual PC manufacturer sold PCs. 2012 has been an amazing year for mobile!

HTML 5 and eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Those of you have heard of HTML 5 will know it’s a new version of HTML and XHTML being promoted by Google and Apple in a bid to move the web away from proprietary technologies like Flash, Silverlight and JavaFX. It makes HTML more powerful by adding new elements like video and audio. Video & Audio – You can play video or audio in HTML 5 WITHOUT any plug-in required (like Flash or Silverlight], simply by using the new audio and video markup tags.

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How to Easily Create Powerful Customer Education

Spark Your Interest

As well as for Apple educating its customers on the latest features of its iPhone. In many cases, you may have several versions available for the different knowledge levels of your customers. Podcasts – a growing trend is an audio channel.

Responsive Web Design: Creating Content for Better User Experience


In addition to PCs, tablets and mobile phones, developers had to create different versions of the content for Windows, Android and the Apple systems! There is no longer the need to maintain multiple versions of content. One version caters to all devices, browsers, resolutions and layouts, including PCs, Macintosh computers, tablets, e-book readers, and mobile devices.

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Snap! by Lectora Review

Integrated Learnings

There is also a similar audio recording option plus the ability to import and make basic edits to existing audio and video files. With the recent rise in mLearning training content for mobile devices and tablets and Apple's refusal to support Flash, publishing to Flash has its drawbacks. At times Snap can feel like it’s still in beta development, but hopefully that will begin to change as newer versions are released and minor kinks are worked out. By Joseph Suarez.

iPhone Enterprise and SDK is here!!! Let the learning apps begin!!!

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Watch out blackberry ;-) iPhone SDK - iPhone Core OS, and iPhone Core Services (exposed API), Media layer (Core Audio, OpenAL, and more) Embedded version of OpenGL.bla, bla, bla.Xcode is the development environment.bla, bla, bla.INTERFACE builder, SWEET! Today Steve Jobs presented the iPhone roadmap. I'm "delayed" blogging, instead of live blogging. That means I'm blogging while I watch the video. iPhone moves into the Enterprise. SWEET!!!

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Online multimedia content in e-learning: Flash vs. HTML5


Images, graphics, audio files, videos, interactive presentations, are net superior to just blocks of text — no matter how important the text is. It's like a virtual war between apples and oranges. You can live a perfect life by eating just apples and you can live a perfect life by eating just oranges. Apples, aka Flash. Flash is a mature technology that runs well on all browsers, including older versions of Internet Explorer, which some businesses still use.

M-Learning’s dirty little secrets

E-Learning Provocateur

At my workplace a little while ago, I created a smartphone-friendly version of our online induction course. So conventional wisdom dictated that a mobile version of the course would be a smash hit. There are so many makes and models and operating systems and screen sizes and versions, it’s futile trying to accommodate them all. Apple’s incompatibility with Flash is widely known, but then there are the audio and video formats to consider.

5 Video Editing Softwares To Use to Nail Your Onboarding Videos


The icing on the cake is the option to include your audio input and add voiceover to really showcase how to use an app or product. Enter: Apple’s iMovie. finds the right visuals and audio to accompany the text you’ve input.

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Social Media & Learning, HTML 5, Brain Training, & Wikis

Big Dog, Little Dog

Those of you have heard of HTML 5 will know it's a new version of HTML and XHTML being promoted by Google and Apple in a bid to move the web away from proprietary technologies like Flash, Silverlight and JavaFX. It makes HTML more powerful by adding new elements like video and audio. HTML is used for simple 'page-turner' type of courses while Flash is used for interactive courses that contain animations and/or audio.

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iPhone Impacts Mobile eLearning

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

I tried getting a post up about the iPhone on the day of the keynote but since I have switched to the NEW version of blogger all of my typical posting apps have been messed up. I was hoping the new version of blogger would convince me to NOT switch to Wordpress, but its not looking good for blogger. Not in some crippled version of a browser, or mail app, but the same beautiful full featured apps that Mac users are familiar with on their desktops and laptops.

5 Reasons Why Publishers should opt for eBook Distribution Services


These eBooks quickly evolved from a digitized version of printed books with static pages to more interactive formats that include visual representation, audio files, links and more.

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How to Identify the Best eBook Conversion Services


The advantage of being able to convert to multiple file formats is that your learners can read it on smartphones, tablets and any popular e-reader including the Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, Barnes & Noble Nook. Updatable Versions: Check if the software can be updated with newer versions. Companies that develop software tools usually release new versions every few months. Every new version has new upgrades, along with enhanced features.

We’ve Been Listening! – Improvements and Enhancements to Camtasia Studio, Camtasia for Mac, and Snagit on Mac

TechSmith Camtasia

Improved audio editing for timeline selections. Check out what improvements and enhancements we made to the latest version of Camtasia for Mac: Improved quality of table of contents thumbnail images. If you have any questions about these latest versions, please feel free to ask away at If you’re a current Camtasia Studio v8, Camtasia for Mac v2, or Snagit on Mac v2 user, we’ve got some great updates for you! Camtasia Studio 8.0.3.

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8 eBook Conversion Tools Compatible with Multiple Formats


This platform allows the creation of interactive content enriched with the read-aloud feature, external hyperlinks, videos, and audio files. This online eBook converter also has audio, video and image converter, document converter and more.

HTML5 in E-learning – Signaling the End of the Flash Player

CommLab India

However, all that changed with the statement of one person – Steve Jobs, who declared in 2010 that iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system would not support the Flash Player. Apple’s products, the iPhone and the iPad, had (and continue to have) a large share of the mobile device market. Things only got complicated when Adobe announced that it was withdrawing support to the mobile version of Flash Player.

How to Make Educational Videos


This is probably the most time-consuming part since you’ll need to record your screencast and audio several times before you get the desirable result. a Synchronise video and audio. When audio and image is synchronized you are creating a more powerful effect that allows learners to convey your message as you want them to receive it. If you want, you also have the option to buy the Pro version for just $15/year. If content is king, then video is the king of the kings.

iLust? Changing the game

Clark Quinn

Yesterday, in case you’ve been living under a rock, Apple released their take on the tablet computer, the iPad. Apple is coming out with iPad versions of Numbers, Pages, and Keynote (spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software, respectively). I don’t know if that will be remedied in the iPad specific version (with a multi-touch interface), but what would really be nice is an OmniGraffle (or Visio, for you Windows folks) for the iPad.

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Want to go mobile for learning and support?

Allison Rossett

There are two main ways of achieving this: 1) the website detects the width of the browser window to automatically alter the display for mobile dimensions, or 2) on loading the page, the code detects the browser to check if it is a mobile device – if it is, the user is sent to a mobile version of the website. Thus they become native apps that work for Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and more. John Park is my guest blogger.

10 Great Moments in eLearning History

SHIFT eLearning

The early prototypes were, of course, crude versions of our current personal computers. A major breakthrough took place in 1984 when Apple''s Macintosh computer was introduced. The Multimedia PC (MPC) came with a CD-ROM drive, meaning that the device can display video synced with audio. Using a multimedia computer, they were able to utilize video, audio, graphics and animation programs so that they can better interact with the computer''s interface.

Basic tools for e-learning students


We suggest that they use one of the so-called “evergreen” browsers (like Chrome and Firefox), the industry name for the browsers that are constantly auto-updated to the newer version as opposed to those whose releases are tied to OS update cycles (like IE and Safari). And they should also take care and update it regularly to the latest version, since old, buggy, versions of browser plugins are the most common entry points for PC malware and viruses.

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Google’s Android Training Initiative – Will it boost mLearning?

Upside Learning

On the 15th of December 2011, the Android Developer Relations team at Google launched the beta version of Android Training — a collection of classes to help developers build better Android apps using best practices in a variety of framework topics. This is a move in the right direction by Google, especially since many Smartphone users perceive Android apps to be inferior to Apple’s iOS. Managing audio playback.

When are System Simulations Appropriate?

Integrated Learnings

Or, you can use audio using a recorded narration or text-to-speech technology. It is as if the learner is actually clicking in the system, but it includes text and/or audio to tell the learner what to do. This is by far the best way to use a simulation in an eLearning course to teach the user navigation, because it includes click-by-click instructions either by text or audio. Remember, for mLearning, Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad do not run Flash.

Top 10 Quiz Makers for Teachers and Educators

DigitalChalk eLearning

Some HTML5 quiz makers are built in order to develop online content and may even grade the questions for you, whilst others generate a printable version. Formatting quite bland on the free version. Paid versions come as either ‘Plus’ or ‘Premium’. Plus offers: Automatically generates alternative versions to reduce cheating. The paid version is by far the quiz maker with the greatest variety and freedom in all aspects. The free trial version is 30 days only.

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Opening Keynote with David Pogue #DevLearn

Learning Visions

Inside the iPhone -- audio, video, cameras, speakers, sensors, proximity sensors, 15 different wireless antennas. And so now every company out there is creating their own version of Internet of Things with apps galore. Google laptops, apple laptops, phones etc. These are my live blogged notes from the opening session at this year's DevLearn, hosted by the eLearning Guild and happening in Las Vegas. Forgive any typos and incoherencies.

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The Top 10 Most Used Online Employee Training Tools: Part 1


3) An audio editor. Whether it’s to edit an interview, to extract the relevant parts from the recording of a lecture, or to trim a piece of music you’re using as a soundtrack to your eLearning videos to the right size, you’ll need an audio editor. Similar to an image editor, an audio editor is a piece of software that lets you manipulate digital sound content, like mp3 or wav files.

The Role of Technology in Digital Publishing


Apple dominates smartphone usage in the United States and Amazon leads the eReader’s race. Above that what versions of operating systems to support? As a publisher uses more and more additional elements, such as interactivities, HTML elements, audios, videos and more, they need to know the performance of these multimedia assets. The feedback is then used to create better versions of the eBooks.

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Making Sense Of The iPad For Online Learning

The eLearning Coach

The noise about the release of Apple’s iPad has been a bit overwhelming. As Apple says, the iPad is slightly smaller than a magazine. In terms of input, the iPad has a virtual keyboard and Apple offers an auxiliary physical keyboard that connects to and charges the iPad. It does have a built-in microphone and stereo speakers so it is audio ready. The iPad then, can be used for audio-based synchronous learning, collaboration, meetings and just-in-time support.

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Some Tools for Social Learning and How they Help Learning

Kapp Notes

Older versions are archived. Posting and sharing of slides created for presentations, so contain audio to accompany the slides but often the slides are independent and can be downloaded and modified. A podcast is audio-based and is a collection of digital media files distributed over the Internet or intranet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers. Apple University.

Tablet Computers for Learning in India

Upside Learning

iProf brings study material in multiple electronic formats such as audio-video lectures, animations, structured tests to a touch-screen based device similar to a tablet. I also like to contrast it to Apple’s iPad, while they aren’t on the same plan, it makes for an interesting comparison. My mind is swimming with the possibilities such a hacked/rooted version of the tablet device could offer.

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