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

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.

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

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Its obvious that the authorware decison was a tough one for adobe. Because of you, the Authorware community, they are looking into putting some engineering effort into updating the runtime for IE7 and Vista support. 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 ― 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.

FRED – Responsive eLearning Made Easy

Upside Learning

Elearning has been evolving alongside web technologies and has come a long way from its earliest days of CD-ROM-based Authorware-created desktop-only solutions. As eLearning started being delivered through the Internet it became lighter (in bytes terms) and less sophisticated (richness- and interactivity-wise) to work well on low bandwidth dial-up connections. Then came Flash, which changed […].

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Michael Allen: Hitchhiker’s Guide To The eLearning Galaxy

eLearning Industry

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

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.).

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.

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.

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.

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.

People that inspire me: my 5 eLearning heroes

Challenge to Learn

Recently I was doing a presentation on eLearning trends. During that presentation I realized that there are just a handful of people driving fundamental change in eLearning. These are the people who really change our landscape and have a big influence on my working eLearning life.

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.

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. .

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

Altova XMLSpy CustomDoc Macromedia Authorware fro. 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.

A Brief Historical Look at Corporate Training

Litmos

Hypercard and Authorware both launched in 1987, making it easy to create multi-media programs. I’ve been working in this industry for almost 25 years, but like everyone, the other 25 years were also spent in the learning industry: elementary school, high school, college, etc.

The DevLearn eLearning Rockstar Stage Reveal

eLearning Brothers

About your presenters: Michael Allen, the CEO of Allen Interactions, has had a long and lauded career in eLearning, from his work with IBM on their Coursewriter system to his direction of R&D for Control Data’s PLATO system to his development of Authorware.

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

eLearning 24-7

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. Tools these days come in three flavors. Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers. Geared towards the masses.

Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

eLearning 24-7

If you are an Authorware fanatic missing the old days, you are still going to miss it – because while these capabilities are being added to tools they are still not at the level of Authorware. The magic 8 ball is a fun item to use. Sure, you have the same probability of forecasting by tossing a penny in the air, but for some folks the magic 8 ball is a soothsayer. For my forecasts, the magic 8 ball does not apply.