Authoring Tool Trends for 2017

eLearning 24-7

The authoring tool industry continues to evolve. I won’t regurgitate everything that appeared and did not for that matter in the authoring tool space as a whole in 2016, but a few have crossed over in a positive light, which is pushing trend. Similar to the one I had for an LMS, here is the Authoring Tool version for 2017. You can use any third party authoring tool that accepts whatever course standards the LMS accepts.

Top 11 to 20 Authoring Tools for 2013

eLearning 24-7

A desktop authoring tool that provides a wealth of features and additional software. Templates, themes, debug tool (nice), translation tool (nice too). Includes an assessment tool and can generate certificates. 16 Seminar Learning Systems – Seminar Author. Another super easy authoring tool to start building courses. Translation tool. Will it replicate those craving for an Authorware return?

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End of an Era - Authorware

Tony Karrer

Just saw an Adobe announcement that they plan to discontinue development of Authorware. Since it was the first multimedia authoring tool I ever used, it certainly is bringing back some memories of some pretty cool work (and headaches). Goodbye Authorware. Thanks for the memories

Survey Says… (authoring tools)

eLearning 24-7

Hi, this is the ghost of Richard Dawson bringing you another exciting episode of Authoring Tools Survey. We asked e-learning audiences around the world via the internet, what they were seeking in authoring tools. Craig – are you ready to enter the final round of Authoring tools survey? What features would you like to see in an authoring tool? 52% – Advanced simulation tools. 97% – Advanced simulation tools.

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

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. I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game.

How to select the right authoring tool

eLearning 24-7

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.

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

eLearning 24-7

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. Sure, you can use the extensive list of tools on the market, but for those who want real power and complexity ala from the days of Authorware, pickings are slim. MLOAT - Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool.

Mobile Learning Moves the Evolution of Authoring Tools

Association eLearning

With the growth of tablet devices, authoring tools are having to re-invent themselves, yet again. It’s nothing new —just another step in the continual evolution we’ve seen since the early 1990s, when authoring tools were first introduced to help eLearning professionals create and deliver learning. Over the years, these tools have had to balance ease-of-use with the ability to create a robust learning experience. The Rise of Authoring Tools.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

eLearning 24-7

As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit. While the assumption would be that all the products are alike, or that fee based tools are superior to their free counterparts, nothing could be farther than the truth. Macromedia Authorware and similar products. While some could argue that Authorware was a RCAT, I disagree. Once you did though, you could do quite a lot with the tool.

Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

He was the founder and CEO of Authorware, a revolutionary eLearning authoring tool. Authorware merged with MacroMind/Paracomp to become Macromedia, which was later acquired by Adobe. Learnnovators: You are known for your role as the primary architect in creating Authorware ― one of the most successful authoring tools ever created. Authors tend to do what tools make easy. ABOUT Dr. MICHAEL W.

e-Learning Authoring Tools Crash Course -- Follow Up

Learning Visions

Special thanks to Jean Marrapodi for inviting me to present. __ My topic: e-Learning Authoring Tools Crash Course: Deciding What Authoring Tools to Use and When In preparation for the session, I had to take a crash course in authoring tools myself. (If If you know me, you know I've never been much of a tool user, although I have been called a tool.) Here's what I turned to: Kineo Authoring Tools Reviews OK.

Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

I don't know if I've seen this reported by the eLearningGuild , but their reports showed some interesting information about satisfaction levels reported by members on course authoring and rapid eLearning tool satisfaction levels. Courseware Authoring Tool Satisfaction - Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction - I'm only showing tools with 15 or more evaluations. List of Tools and Vendors: Keynote - KnowledgePlanet On-Demand.

Adobe Summit Day 2 - Authorware and the future of e-Learning

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Adobe eLearning Solutions So, Ellen is talking about Authorware and IT's future in eLearning: 6 part plan 1)Business continuity 2)conversion 3)migration 4)enablement 5)develop the next gen leanring content authoring 6)improved communication Tom KIng will be acting as the Liaison for Adobe and the Authorware community to help this transition process. Its obvious that the authorware decison was a tough one for adobe. AICC.org/blog has great authorware usage data

MICHAEL ALLEN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

He was the founder and CEO of Authorware, a revolutionary eLearning authoring tool. Authorware merged with MacroMind/Paracomp to become Macromedia, which was later acquired by Adobe. Learnnovators: You are known for your role as the primary architect in creating Authorware ? one of the most successful authoring tools ever created. Authors tend to do what tools make easy. ABOUT Dr. MICHAEL W.

Development Tools - Should I Cut Out the Middle Guy?

eLearning Cyclops

Back when I first started developing e-learning courses, I used Macromedia's Authorware. For more interactive elements, I used Flash and imported the SWFs into Authorware. It has gotten to a point where some of my courses are all developed in Flash and the e-learning authoring tools (DHTML) have been used more as a "shell" that decompiles it as a SCORM package. So, do I really need to continue using these authoring tools? Tools flash e-Learning

Articulate, Captivate, Dreamweaver and Lectora Tops in eLearning Authoring Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

I was somewhat surprised that my post: Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction didn't generate more interest. This data shows that the Articulate tools, Adobe Captivate and Dreamweaver and Lectora are near the top for elearning course authoring. While tools such as Toolbook and Authorware are down a bit. You can see the detailed view of the sat numbers here.

PowerPoint – The King of eLearning Tools?

eLearning Brothers

Is PowerPoint the most widely used tool for eLearning development? Most of the new authoring tools either use PPT as their backbone or offer the ability to import slides. I “grew-up&# in eLearning world using Director/Authorware and then moving into Flash/HTML (PPT was “off-limits&# ). Using these new tools meant that I had to start using PPT. Then on the flip-side, I’ve seen some very creative content built with free tools.

Any tool as long as it's Adobe

Clive on Learning

I had thought that, with my extravagant purchases, I was maintaining the Adobe share price all on my own, but the eLearning Guild's latest research report on authoring and development tools proves otherwise. Simulation tools: #1 Captivate (79%); #2 Flash (45%). As the authors of the report point out, these figures are a little misleading, because although a high proportion of survey respondents may use Captivate, it isn't necessarily the tool they use most frequently.

E-learning Tools: A Developer’s Review of Adobe Captivate 7

SweetRush

This research is brought to you by SweetRush’s senior software engineer, Andrew Kubay. For the past several years, this tool has been one of the most popular software packages for e-learning development. Most developers traditionally consider Captivate to be the default tool for creating software demonstrations and simulations within e-learning, but not an end-all, be-all for all types of learning. Audio tools within Captivate 7 are great convenience tools.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). With the growing popularity of Flash for elearning, many elearning vendors developed their Rapid authoring tools which were aimed to publish Flash based elearning content without requiring major programming. Should you be using rapid authoring tools?

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). With the growing popularity of Flash for elearning, many elearning vendors developed their Rapid authoring tools which were aimed to publish Flash based elearning content without requiring major programming.

MyUdutu: One of those best kept secrets in e-learning authoring tools

Janet Clarey

I’ve used a bunch of desktop authoring tools – Lectora, Dreamweaver, Authorware, Captivate, and Articulate to name a few. I haven’t really used a lot of web-based authoring tools though. I had used the tool once a couple of years ago for a class and watched a demo of their Facebook integration over a year ago. I wish it had been around when I was pulling my hair out learning Authorware.

ThinkingWorlds - Authoring tool for MUVE

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Thinking Worldsâ„¢ educational game is an easy to use authoring engine that enables gamers and learners to create, edit, play and share their own 3D learning based games, that teach and entertain. Ever since I started developing Interactive 3D simulations, some 10+ years ago, I've wondered how long it would be before someone created the MUVE (multi user virtual environment) equivalent of Authorware or Director. Another gem from Donald Clark.

The big question: choosing tools

Clive on Learning

The Learning Circuits Blog Big Question for July is 'how should e-learning developers choose their authoring tools given the proliferation of tools on the market?' Well, I posted on this subject just last week (see Confused of Brighton ) and even listed my own top ten tools , authoring or otherwise, in a subsequent post. Online tools tend to be less sophisticated but really do facilitate collaborative development.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). With the growing popularity of Flash for elearning, many elearning vendors developed their Rapid authoring tools which were aimed to publish Flash based elearning content without requiring major programming. Should you be using rapid authoring tools?

User Friendly or Hype?

eLearning 24-7

Authoring tools whose interface either looks like to was written in 1997 (thus outdated) or is so confusing, that the premise of rapid, just is not possible. Web Conferencing tools, requiring you to download plug-ins or other files before you can start – one of the biggest pet peeves among end users, and the number one reason why people fail to get in, ending up calling your administrator, or you. Authoring Tools (Rapid E-Learning). We are user friendly.

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

Accepts any courses built in any content authoring tools that are SCORM & AICC compliant – so you can upload and sell your courses that you built in Articulate, Captivate, even open source authoring tools (but they must be standards compliant). Especially, when they are building the course in a rapid content authoring tool. Something like my 3rd party content authoring tool. Did I mention any 3rd party authoring tool.

Storyline and ZebraZapps: seriously powerful, seriously simple

Clive on Learning

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. Storyline is a desktop authoring tool which Articulate would probably position alongside their current Studio suite of Presenter, QuizMaker and Engage, but for me this is definitely a replacement. You can import from PowerPoint or Articulate Studio tools if you need to.

Product Review – Articulate Storyline 2

eLearning 24-7

Personally, I like this because everyone who uses software, often jumps right in and starts going, rather than take the time to read how to do things (inc. New Slide – Create a new page, chapter, lesson, whatever, generally speaking Slide screams PPT and no offense to the person who has been doing ID for x number of years, if you said “slide” to someone working on Authorware back in the day, you would have gotten a head slap.

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Q: We use WebEx as our web conferencing tool. The problem with the web conferencing tools that currently exist (as a whole) is that none of them are 100% perfect. Q: I loved Authorware, but today I can’t find an authoring tool that can match it or even get close to it. But the fact is the reason, rapid content authoring tools have taken off – is that their focus is for “anyone” regardless of tech skill set or ID experience to use them.

The King is Dead

eLearning 24-7

Brought down by the tool or tools, another retorted back. The weapons including Authorware, Macromedia Director, DazzlerMax, Toolbook were the ones that separated the knights from the common folk. Rise of the Rapid Content Authoring Dragon. Magical powers contained within via its special PowerPoint armor, along with other tools at its beckon call. Tagged: authoring tools , course content , course design , course development , instructional design.

Craft and commercial?

Clark Quinn

We didn’t have specific tools for learning outcomes, and we had to apply generic tools like computer systems and the like. There did emerge authoring systems (e.g. And, specifically for learning, Authorware became a powerful tool. With it came tools that made it easy to take content, add a quiz, and pop it up on a screen. Occasionally I try to look at the broader swings we see (in a variety of things).

The ongoing work of learning standards

Litmos

Consider the internet; developments on top of the TCP/IP protocol like SMTP and HTML allowed a variety of tools to work together to bring us email and the world wide web. Initially, when you developed eLearning, you were pretty much dependent on the tool you developed it in. You could use any of the many authoring tools, such as Authorware, but you needed an appropriate player.

Future of Learning Technology – 2015

Upside Learning

Evolution of authoring tools like Articulate to become better & easier to work with reducing the cost of development. This suggests that LMS systems are evolving to accommodate newer tools and techniques, as they should. Birth of new Authoring Tools. We will also see new authoring tools which allow designers to make application scenarios easily and quickly.

The 5 Myths of Rapid E-Learning Revisited

Rapid eLearning

I came into rapid e-learning from the world of Authorware and Flash where building courses took a lot of time and cost a lot more money. Today, most authoring solutions fall into the rapid e-learning bucket. So I’d say the authoring tools that were maligned ten years ago are now the tools of choice. The argument used to be that the tools were too simple and because of that, they produced simple courses. And if not, choose the right tool for the job.

Confused of Brighton

Clive on Learning

Two situations recently have got me thinking about e-learning authoring tools. Secondly, I've been doing some work for a client of mine that has an LMS with some authoring capabilities, trying to compare what they have to offer with what's available elsewhere. Everybody's got an authoring tool. Of course, all authoring tools have always described themselves as quick and easy to use, with absolutely no programming required, but of course we know otherwise.

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

Kapp Notes

He is the author of seven book including a best-seller on creating effective e-learning and in has received ASTD’s Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award in 2011. 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. Rapid development tools and their promoters are, in my opinion, much at fault here.

ADDIE 202

Learning System TrailBlazers – Who’s Next?

eLearning 24-7

The latter included an authoring tool, too. Adobe Captivate – They were not the first authoring tool in the industry; Authorware was the first commercial success, heavily used with CBT, and then even into WBT (web-based).

People that inspire me: my 5 eLearning heroes

Challenge to Learn

Michael Allen is also someone who is around for a long time, but as with Jay he doesn’t stick to his old ideas, he is an innovator and a driver for change from the very first start of his carreer (he was the man behind the very first authoring toolAuthorware’ ) Michael is also one of the leading instructional designers in the world. Recently I was doing a presentation on eLearning trends.

Do You Storyboard Your E-Learning Courses?

Rapid eLearning

Instead they just build everything from inside their authoring tool. A lot of this changed when we shifted from custom development in Flash and Authorware to Articulate Studio and PowerPoint. It’s just in the authoring tool and not a separate document. Which makes sense, because the tools are so much easier to use. A couple of weeks ago, David posted a challenge where community members were asked to share their storyboard templates.