End of an Era - Authorware

Tony Karrer

Just saw an Adobe announcement that they plan to discontinue development of Authorware. Goodbye 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). Thanks for the memories

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. As we know, Authorware became a groundbreaking authoring tool combining power and ease of use, and ultimately the industry standard.

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Udemy for you and me

E-Learning Provocateur

I jumped straight into it without referring to the instructions, and while I’m familiar with authorware, I expect it’s intuitive enough for Average Joe to work it out too. It seems like every time you blink, another free tool becomes available to help you create online learning resources. One of them is Udemy – a web-based platform that enables anyone to create and deliver online courses for free.

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. Flex is great to some of what Authorware did for you too.

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 ? As we know, Authorware became a groundbreaking authoring tool combining power and ease of use, and ultimately the industry standard. ABOUT Dr. MICHAEL W.

Michael Allen: Hitchhiker’s Guide To The eLearning Galaxy

Dan Keckan

Someone who grew up on Authorware and pretty much tore apart the first edition of Michael Allen's Guide to eLearning, the 2.0 version flashbacks of the author’s life bring back lots of memories… And by lots, of course, I mean 42. This post was first published on eLearning Industry. eLearning Design and Development Corporate Learning And Development eLearning Design Tips eLearning Development Best Practices

Nuts and Bolts: The Best Lessons Learned in Instructional Design by Jane Bozarth

Learning Solutions Magazine

Over the last 15 years, eLearning has evolved, from Authorware to PowerPoint to the proprietary tools and interactive, experiential, and social formats that we have today. The good news is that, while tools have come and gone and possibilities have expanded beyond imagining, some things haven’t changed. Jane summarizes the best of the lessons we’ve learned since the early 2000s. Design Strategies Instructional Design Training Strategies

Three Secrets to Memorable eLearning Experiences

eLearning Brothers

I’ve used everything from Authorware to PowerPoint to create materials. What is eLearning, really? For the last ten years, I’ve developed training in some capacity. I remember a couple years ago a co-worker asked me what software program converted content to eLearning. I laughed to myself–as if it’s just a matter of clicking a button and an eLearning course magically appears. In casual conversations I find that people don’t understand the true purpose of eLearning.

We're All New at This

ATD Learning Technologies

With us was Tom King, who helped create Authorware. 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. 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. Click here to read full version

Captivate 7 updated

ICS Learning

Side Note: Many of the newer features are reminiscent of Authorware. Someone on that CP team should get together with a couple Authorware experts and review the overall functionality of that program. The first patch for Captivate 7 has been released! To download and install the update, open Captivate 7 and choose Help > Updates… CP7.0.1 Release notes.

Craft and commercial?

Clark Quinn

And, specifically for learning, Authorware became a powerful tool. Occasionally I try to look at the broader swings we see (in a variety of things). In learning technology, there’s been a gross pendulum swing, and maybe smaller ones. I think we’ve swung between craft and commercial approaches to design, and I’m hoping we’re on a return swing. When we first started playing with learning technology, every approach was pretty much hand-crafted.

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

Tony Karrer

While tools such as Toolbook and Authorware are down a bit. I was somewhat surprised that my post: Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction didn't generate more interest. You can see the detailed view of the sat numbers here. This data shows that the Articulate tools, Adobe Captivate and Dreamweaver and Lectora are near the top for elearning course authoring. What surprised me is that there wasn't more discussion around this. Is this just common knowledge these days?

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). Elearning development tools: only Adobe? The reason was simple– it was an easier way to achieve the multimedia integration needed to deliver engaging content over variety of media (standalone CD based and then transitioning to web based).

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). Elearning development tools: only Adobe? The reason was simple– it was an easier way to achieve the multimedia integration needed to deliver engaging content over variety of media (standalone CD based and then transitioning to web based).

Learning Flash

Tony Karrer

Remember End of an Era – Authorware – another Macromedia/Adobe product. How valuable are your Authorware scripting skills at this point? Learning Flash today is like learning Authorware in 1997. My posts around the Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash and my post from a CTO perspective that I Cannot Bet on Flash for new development stirred up quite a bit of response. A lot of it said quite correctly that HTML5 is not there yet.

Learning System TrailBlazers – Who’s Next?

eLearning 24-7

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).

Michael Allen describes the future of authoring systems

Jay Cross

In case you didn’t know, Michael was chief architect of Authorware, the precursor to Macromedia and granddaddy of digital authoring systems.). A t DevLearn 09 , Michael Allen gave us a peek at a new authoring system under development at Allen Interactions. (In His latest project, code-named Zebra, is a powerful, drag-and-drop authoring environment. I’m impressed. I expect Zebra to own the market when it becomes available.

The ongoing work of learning standards

Litmos

You could use any of the many authoring tools, such as Authorware, but you needed an appropriate player. At the dawn of the video recording age, a battle raged about the best standard to use: VHS or Betamax. In it, Sony came out with a better standard, but kept it to themselves. Meanwhile, JVC’s VHS standard wasn’t quite as good, but they openly licensed it. The outcome: VHS won.

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. Over the years, I have used ToolBook, Trainersoft, and even Dreamweaver with Coursebuilder. Almost every course involved using Flash for interactive elements (animations, games, quizzes, simulations, video, etc.).

Do You Storyboard Your E-Learning Courses?

Rapid eLearning

A lot of this changed when we shifted from custom development in Flash and Authorware to Articulate Studio and PowerPoint. A couple of weeks ago, David posted a challenge where community members were asked to share their storyboard templates. As you can see, there were quite a few different storyboard templates shared for downloads. There are also additional free storyboards in the community downloads section. What I found interesting was some of the conversation about storyboards.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). Elearning development tools: only Adobe? The reason was simple– it was an easier way to achieve the multimedia integration needed to deliver engaging content over variety of media (standalone CD based and then transitioning to web based).

Mobile Learning Moves the Evolution of Authoring Tools

Association eLearning

In response to the demand for more accessible authoring tools, Authorware was born. Using Authorware , learning professionals could create learning programs with hyper-simplistic designs, primarily through dragging and dropping icons. To avoid this complexity, Authorware courses often followed a more simplistic “Click Next to Continue” style of eLearning design. With the growth of tablet devices, authoring tools are having to re-invent themselves, yet again.

Future of Learning Technology – 2015

Upside Learning

Dr. Michael Allen (creator of Authorware) is working on a new tool called Zebra (which he talks about here ) that would make engaging eLearning creation easy with drag and drop objects. The Learning Circuits Big Question this month asks – “ What will the workplace learning technology look like in 2015 ”. The question is inspired from a post by Derek Morrsion – Technology to Enhance Learning in 2015 , quite an interesting post, a must read.

PowerPoint – The King of eLearning Tools?

eLearning Brothers

I “grew-up&# in eLearning world using Director/Authorware and then moving into Flash/HTML (PPT was “off-limits&# ). Is PowerPoint the most widely used tool for eLearning development? Should it be? It seems that everywhere I go in the eLearning world I run into PowerPoint. Most of the new authoring tools either use PPT as their backbone or offer the ability to import slides.

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. – Asthetics within the tool are underwhelming, but can output amazing – Best known of these tools was Authorware; This is a tool geared for e-learning developers and those who have a strong ID background. .

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 tool ‘Authorware’ ) Michael is also one of the leading instructional designers in the world. Recently I was doing a presentation on eLearning trends.

Three Takeaways Today

eLearning 24-7

Hodgepodge. It’s a nice word, and one that truly reflects this post. I could have gone one route, or selected another or even a third way, but after deep consideration, okay, five minutes, I decided on this way – three takeaways in one article.

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Lessons from the past

dVinci Interactive

Other technological improvements followed rapidly – Windows 95 was a game-changer, as was the introduction of the PC authoring system Toolbook along with cross-platform tools like Director and Authorware. My great aunt, who was a teacher in a one-room school, used to tell me about the evolution of technology she’d witnessed in her life. By the time she retired she had watched society move from horse-drawn carriages to automobiles to the Wright brothers to astronauts landing on the moon.

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The Content Conversion Cause - Abhijit Kadle

Aptara

legacy tools/platforms (Authorware, Director, etc.) The Content Conversion Cause - Abhijit Kadle. The longer your company has been in business, the more you’ve been creating training material, which has resulted in large libraries of content in various forms. Since the advent of e-learning, Macromedia products were popular, and enormous quantities of content were generated using platforms like Director and Flash.

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. 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.

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How to Make E-Learning So People Really Learn: Q&A With Ethan Edwards

ATD Learning Technologies

Ethan has been designing online instruction for almost 25 years, beginning with work at the PLATO laboratory at the University of Illinois, continuing through positions at Authorware, Macromedia, Microsoft, and as a consultant with a host of top companies in the United States and abroad. In this Q&A podcast , I speak with Ethan Edwards, who facilitates ATD’s E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate and Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate.

Development Tools I Would Learn If I Were You - June's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

They provided just enough to make us dangerous with HTML, Flash, Photoshop and Authorware. No, I do not use Authorware now, but it is hard to predict what will be an essential tool 10 years down the road. June's Big Question over at the Learning Circuits blog is regarding tools one should ".learn learn today in order to be a valuable eLearning professional in 2015." So you know my perspective, since my start in e-learning I have always been both a designer and developer.

Any tool as long as it's Adobe

Clive on Learning

Just look at these results, showing the market share of tools in various categories: Rapid development tools: #1 Captivate (65% of Guild members); #4 Presenter (26%) Courseware authoring, i.e. more serious tools: #1 Captivate (60%); #2 Flash (47%); #3 Dreamweaver (43%); #5 Authorware (16%). As I write this, my Adobe Updater program is busy installing the latest updates to my Adobe Creative Suite 3.

It is great to have that startup feeling again

Challenge to Learn

The first edition of Easygenerator was a CD-ROM tool based on Authorware. This week Easygenerator moved into a new office and that gave me the “startup feeling” all over again. We moved our entire Dutch office with one small trailer and one hour later we were working again from our new office. I realized what we have achieved in a bit over two years. In this post I will explain why that is so special and why that is so important to us and to our customers.

Megan Torrance shares her career journey

CLO Magazine

After getting a bachelor’s in communication and an MBA, I joined Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), learned Authorware (an early e-learning authoring tool) and how to write training guides … then was never staffed on a project where that was my role. How did you start your career in learning? I snuck up on it! In college, I had the amazing fortune to work in an HR department during the early days of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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. But I saw the light in the early 2000s when I started using Articulate Presenter. Initially, I only used it to storyboard my course content and interactions in PowerPoint. That made it easier to share my ideas with our Flash developers. However, I quickly realized I could build most of what we needed in PowerPoint.

Authoring Tool Trends for 2017

eLearning 24-7

The world of authoring tools started at the advanced level, Authorware, Toolbook and to an extent DazzlerMax. The problem though was that folks who had the authorware and so forth experience AND/OR folks who were ID and e-learning developers were stuck. The authoring tool industry continues to evolve. Adapt? Yes in some cases, no in other cases.