Udemy for you and me
AUGUST 12, 2013
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.
Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators
JANUARY 8, 2015
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.
End of an Era - Authorware
SEPTEMBER 7, 2007
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
Adobe Summit Day 2 - Authorware and the future of e-Learning
Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development
NOVEMBER 9, 2007
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.
How to Make E-Learning So People Really Learn: Q&A With Ethan Edwards
ATD Learning Technologies
JULY 7, 2016
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.
Captivate 7 updated
NOVEMBER 20, 2013
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.
Authoring Tool Trends for 2017
MARCH 1, 2017
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.
Storyline and ZebraZapps: seriously powerful, seriously simple
Clive on Learning
NOVEMBER 2, 2011
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. Authorware was a serious tool that you could use for serious projects, but with a friendly interface. 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.
A Conversation with Michael Allen–ADDIE, SAM & the Future of ID
OCTOBER 1, 2012
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.
A Brief Historical Look at Corporate Training
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
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.
People that inspire me: my 5 eLearning heroes
Challenge to Learn
MARCH 21, 2015
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.
How to select the right authoring tool
SEPTEMBER 7, 2014
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. .
It is great to have that startup feeling again
Challenge to Learn
MARCH 3, 2016
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.
Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
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.
Nuts and Bolts: The Best Lessons Learned in Instructional Design by Jane Bozarth
Learning Solutions Magazine
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
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
Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing
MARCH 20, 2013
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.
Future of Learning Technology – 2015
MAY 7, 2010
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 King is Dead
SEPTEMBER 28, 2014
The weapons including Authorware, Macromedia Director, DazzlerMax, Toolbook were the ones that separated the knights from the common folk. 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.
Top 11 to 20 Authoring Tools for 2013
OCTOBER 20, 2013
Will it replicate those craving for an Authorware return? Most – okay nearly all – final ranking lists appear in December, but here at E-Learning 24/7, it is all about breaking the boundaries.
Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning
AUGUST 13, 2013
Q: I loved Authorware, but today I can’t find an authoring tool that can match it or even get close to it. There are a lot of e-learning developers and instructional designers who either used Authorware or want an authoring tool that meets their needs – and which does not exist in today’s market. There is nothing like interaction. Especially when it comes in the form of questions from readers of the blog and various followers on my social media channels.
Product Review – Articulate Storyline 2
OCTOBER 20, 2014
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.
E-learning Tools: A Developer’s Review of Adobe Captivate 7
MARCH 19, 2014
In this article we dig deeper into the capabilities of Adobe Captivate 7 as we help you evaluate e-learning tools for your own use by answering some questions about e-learning authorware. This research is brought to you by SweetRush’s senior software engineer, Andrew Kubay.
User Friendly or Hype?
MARCH 12, 2011
For those of us who can remember, back in early 2000, products like Authorware were essential to building courses. Authorware was a great product, but its learning curve was extremely difficult and user friendliness was debatable. We are user friendly. Very easy to use. Simple, easy to use. Our customers find our system user friendly and easy to use. We never hear complaints. We have the highest repeat customers in the industry. We are user oriented.
Survey Says… (authoring tools)
MARCH 28, 2013
I’m not saying bring back Authorware – because, please don’t, rather I am saying push the “oomph” button to make the product robust and powerful enough with feature sets these people want. Hi, this is the ghost of Richard Dawson bringing you another exciting episode of Authoring Tools Survey. We are in the final round and our contestant, Craig Weiss, will try to ascertain what the latest data from his recent survey means to the masses.
The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market
JANUARY 18, 2012
Listen, Authorware is dead, so why create a product that is trying to bring it back to life with your own product? The data is in, the results are interesting and the competition is growing. What does it all mean? 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). Early Signs for 2012.
Articulate, Captivate, Dreamweaver and Lectora Tops in eLearning Authoring Tool Satisfaction
MARCH 15, 2007
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?
Lessons from the past
MARCH 23, 2012
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.
Do You Have the Skills to Succeed?
MARCH 20, 2012
Someone did the instructional design, someone else worked on graphics, and then we had a programmer who built the courses in Authorware or some other application. In a recent post, I shared my recent webinar with the E-Learning Guild and some of the conversation we had around rapid elearning. In today’s post we’ll look at another part of the conversation where we discussed what skills are needed to succeed and how they can be nurtured. Rapid E-Learning Developers Wear Many Hats.
Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010
JANUARY 18, 2010
And the first experiences as you tried to move your Authorware, IconAuthor or Toolbook course to run using their new web delivery solution?
Shift in eLearning from Pure Courseware towards Reference Hybrids
MAY 25, 2006
Authorware , Toolbook ) to the new generation of WBT authoring tools (e.g., Just when you've made the transition from the prior generation of CBT authoring tools (e.g., Captivate , Lectora ), it looks like things are slowly shifting again. The shift I'm seeing is away from the design of pure "courseware" solutions and much more to "reference hybrid" solutions. To explain this, I need to step back and deal with the fact that terminology around eLearning Patterns is problematic.
Any tool as long as it's Adobe
Clive on Learning
JANUARY 24, 2008
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.
JUNE 23, 2010
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.
Development Tools - Should I Cut Out the Middle Guy?
FEBRUARY 7, 2010
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.).
Michael Allen describes the future of authoring systems
JANUARY 5, 2010
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