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.

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. For now, its only end-of-development. Because of you, the Authorware community, they are looking into putting some engineering effort into updating the runtime for IE7 and Vista support.

Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with 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. What are the latest trends in organizational learning & development, and performance support? Learnnovators: You are known for your role as the primary architect in creating Authorware ― one of the most successful authoring tools ever created. ABOUT Dr. MICHAEL W.

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. eLearning Development Framework For Responsive eLearning Development FRED Responsive eLearning Responsive eLearning Development

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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). It blurred the boundaries between the design and development of eLearning content.

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 eLearning Design and Development Corporate Learning And Development eLearning Design Tips eLearning Development Best Practicesversion 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.

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). It blurred the boundaries between the design and development of eLearning content.

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. Over the years, I have used ToolBook, Trainersoft, and even Dreamweaver with Coursebuilder.

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

eLearning 24-7

Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers. 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. The demand from developers?

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


For the past several years, this tool has been one of the most popular software packages for e-learning development. Using Captivate, developers can convert PowerPoint files into more advanced web-ready digital formats with added interactive and tracking functionality.

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

eLearning Cyclops

So you know my perspective, since my start in e-learning I have always been both a designer and developer. In my instructional design graduate program, UMBC , I took several courses that focused on development, but they really only scratched the surface. They provided just enough to make us dangerous with HTML, Flash, Photoshop and Authorware. Most of which gave me a good baseline for further developing my e-learning development skills.

Q&A: Unicorn Head of Content Development Laura Hooper

Unicorn Training

Ahead of the e-learning awards on Thursday 6 November, where the eCreator has been shortlisted for Most Innovative New Learning Product, we caught up with Unicorn's Head of Content Development Laura Hooper for a chat about the world of content development. I got to learn software like Director and Authorware, built my first project for Liverpool Victoria and never looked back! A year ago I was asked to become the Head of Content Development.

Three Secrets to Memorable eLearning Experiences

eLearning Brothers

For the last ten years, I’ve developed training in some capacity. I’ve used everything from Authorware to PowerPoint to create materials. My goal is to develop memorable training that cultivates positive learning experiences. What is eLearning, really?

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. At Digitec, we began development of Direct-to-WEB as a rapid eLearning PowerPoint add-in back in the early 2000s.

Learning Flash

Tony Karrer

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. The fact is HTML5 is not there yet and if it ever does get there it will probably be more than 5 years before it is at the level of quality and ease of development that Flash currently provides. Remember End of an Era – Authorware – another Macromedia/Adobe product.

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. That made it easier to share my ideas with our Flash developers. So why were we wasting money on expensive Flash development?

5 Simple Ways to Get Started with E-Learning Development - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Rapid eLearning

5 Simple Ways to Get Started with E-Learning Development. Almost daily I get emails asking how to get started with developing elearning. Here are five tips that will help you gain experience and develop the skills to build elearning courses that you can be proud of. Compared to building courses in Flash or Authorware, the rapid elearning tools are easy to use. This was developed by a Flash programmer. pastelpixels.com » Rapid E-Learning Development.

Michael Allen describes the future of authoring systems

Jay Cross

A t DevLearn 09 , Michael Allen gave us a peek at a new authoring system under development at Allen Interactions. (In In case you didn’t know, Michael was chief architect of Authorware, the precursor to Macromedia and granddaddy of digital authoring systems.).

Future of Learning Technology – 2015

Upside Learning

Establishment of Flash as the de-facto development platform for custom eLearning creation allowing use of streaming audio/video over the web. Evolution of authoring tools like Articulate to become better & easier to work with reducing the cost of development.

PowerPoint – The King of eLearning Tools?

eLearning Brothers

Is PowerPoint the most widely used tool for eLearning development? I “grew-up&# in eLearning world using Director/Authorware and then moving into Flash/HTML (PPT was “off-limits&# ). What has been your experience with PPT as a development tool?

People that inspire me: my 5 eLearning heroes

Challenge to Learn

He is also the one that made agile e-Learning development main stream with his book Leaving ADDIE for SAM. ADDIE is the ‘old’ approach of building eLearning through the so called waterfall model, Sam use agile principles that come out of the world of software development.

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.

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

Kapp Notes

Allen is a leader in the field of design, developing and delivering online instruction. 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.


How to select the right authoring tool

eLearning 24-7

This is not the same thing as picking some templates and scenarios and building, rather a strong sim will expect you to have instructional design and e-learning development skills. 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.

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. We developed our second generation of authoring tools, already cloud based, focused on professional developers, competing with tools like Articulate and Lectora.

Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

Raptivity Know ledgePresenter Elicitis DEVELOPED IN-HOUSE Know ledgePlanet On-De man. Altova XMLSpy CustomDoc Macromedia Authorware fro. In-House Development KnowledgePlanet Articulate Adobe Systems, Inc.

The King is Dead

eLearning 24-7

When courses were needed to be developed and built, anyone who came upon this challenge, realized that the importance of comprehension, retention and synthesis, would be based on the design, mechanisms and delivery of said content. But in just a few years, there were plenty who could develop, design, build and launched the content using various weapons to achieve it. Tagged: authoring tools , course content , course design , course development , instructional design.

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. Financial stability implies that the vendor is going to be around long enough so you can continue to maintain your data long into the future (not that it always works out that way, with Adobe discontinuing development on Authorware!).

The DevLearn eLearning Rockstar Stage Reveal

eLearning Brothers

In properly developing those human assets, companies seek long-term success through increased productivity, improved longevity, and other benefits. Audience: Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, directors, and senior leaders.

Lessons from the past

dVinci Interactive

As I leave for retirement today, I’ve seen quite a few technology changes in the field of training and development myself. Know your audience, design for their needs, develop meaningful content, teach it, and see how well it worked.

Lesson 182

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. You either needed a tech skill set (at least moderate) or authoring tool design/development experience and preferably both. Subscription by seats (course developers).

Storyline and ZebraZapps: seriously powerful, seriously simple

Clive on Learning

The Articulate Studio has been incredibly popular and some developers have achieved impressive results. You can build templates and themes and share these between projects and developers. I managed to have a quick chat with Michael Allen and he explained just what a major undertaking the development of this tool has been. Authorware was a serious tool that you could use for serious projects, but with a friendly interface.

A Brief Historical Look at Corporate Training


Hypercard and Authorware both launched in 1987, making it easy to create multi-media programs. Authoring tools developed new delivery “packages,” which allowed developers to publish their courses on the internet.

e-Learning Authoring Tools Crash Course -- Follow Up

Learning Visions

Note: you can generally tell if info was provided by a real user or by an authoring tool company ;) Bryan Chapman, Brandon Hall Research Report, Authoring Tool KnowledgeBase 2009 (A Buyer's Guide to 120+ of the Best E-learning Content Development Applications). The list does include older tools like Authorware, which are no longer being supported and definitely missing a tool or two.