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. Research on human learning can be quite informative, but research on instruction is difficult because of the many circumstantial variables that have impact. As we know, Authorware became a groundbreaking authoring tool combining power and ease of use, and ultimately the industry standard.

Three Secrets to Memorable eLearning Experiences

eLearning Brothers

I’ve used everything from Authorware to PowerPoint to create materials. In the grand scheme of things, it’s training information delivered electronically. What is eLearning, really? For the last ten years, I’ve developed training in some capacity.

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.

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. Understand Performance vs Information Courses. If it’s a quick, information-based module, something like Rise is perfect.

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.


Future of Learning Technology – 2015

Upside Learning

Emergence of social media (and reviewed focus on social and informal learning). Learners would be able to access content nuggets (videos, documents, or mini courses) from corporate information systems just when they need them.

A Brief Historical Look at Corporate Training


Hypercard and Authorware both launched in 1987, making it easy to create multi-media programs. And so, the idea of training departments supporting Informal Learning was born. The increase in mobile technology drove mLearning, just as social media drove informal learning.

The ongoing work of learning standards


You could use any of the many authoring tools, such as Authorware, but you needed an appropriate player. The recognition of the importance of informal learning triggered a desire to look for more. The goal is to track a richer suite of information about behaviors.

The DevLearn eLearning Rockstar Stage Reveal

eLearning Brothers

Bill has been in the EdTech and information systems industries for 30 years, amassing accolades and awards. Bill has been in the EdTech and information systems industries for 30 years, amassing accolades and awards. We have our very own Learning Stage at DevLearn this year!

Confused of Brighton

Clive on Learning

The next generation of authoring tools included a handful of really serious players, notably Authorware (now with Adobe) and Toolbook (now with SumTotal), both still going although not so strongly. Now, to arrive at a manageable number of alternatives, you have to sub-divide the market into categories: Rapid tools ( Articulate , Captivate , Atlantic Link ) as opposed to whatever the others are called ( Authorware , Lectora , etc.).

Survey Says… (authoring tools)

eLearning 24-7

Survey Information. 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.

Survey 107

ScreencastCamper Profiles 2013: Dave Buell

Visual Lounge

Dave Buell is an IT professional with more than 15 years of experience and has a master’s degree in Information Technology. I also use them personally to send helpful information to family and friends and even use them to create fun, family projects.

User Friendly or Hype?

eLearning 24-7

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. If not, they have a user guide – which is sometimes so lengthy or missing key information, that the person is left guessing. FAQs or Knowledge Bases often lack information or confusing. We are user friendly. Very easy to use.

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


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.

Q&A: Unicorn Head of Content Development Laura Hooper

Unicorn Training

I got to learn software like Director and Authorware, built my first project for Liverpool Victoria and never looked back! Anyone can select a template type for a new page and add content/imagery to create informational based courses.

Product Review – Articulate Storyline 2

eLearning 24-7

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.

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

Listen, Authorware is dead, so why create a product that is trying to bring it back to life with your own product? Data shows that people tend to “read others posts” and information and not post themselves. 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).

Here’s What the Critics Don’t Want You to Know About PowerPoint 2007

Rapid eLearning

Or better yet for information dispensing only. And that’s the case whether they built them in Authorware or PowerPoint. First, there’s a difference between using PowerPoint for presentations and using PowerPointYou can choose to build simple information-based courses if that’s all you need. I don’t know about you but I am starting to get tired of the PowerPoint haters. I go to a lot of conferences and there’s always someone trashing PowerPoint.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

And the first experiences as you tried to move your Authorware, IconAuthor or Toolbook course to run using their new web delivery solution? Information Overload This is probably the biggest and most interesting topic out there.

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.

The E-Learning Foundations Intensive: Day 1


I wanted to get to know them and feel the pulse of what their challenges and struggles are as they muddle through this week and wealth of information.

Do You Have the Skills to Succeed?

Rapid eLearning

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. We’ll explore a few ways here, both formal and informal. Informal education. You’ll definitely need to augment your formal education with informal activities. E-Learning by Design & Michael Allen’s other stuff : classic information from one of the pioneers of elearning.

Notes from DevLearn and the Adobe Learning Summit

Steve Howard

If you have the time to read, or just skim through these notes you should find a lot of useful information – there’s also lots of web links to additional information. Posts made about the lesson are always available – so users can see the history of the comments made, including questions/answers/resolutions/links to more information etc. Main outcomes/information:-. Michael Allen, the man who created/invented Authorware, has started developing a new tool.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Memoirs of an "Instructional Designer"

Learning Visions

So lets get the tools and information out there to support folks like me. I learned Toolbook and Authorware on my own while in the program. Would it not be better for us to consider what the customer is asking for and then working with that information come up with a viable approach that in the end meets the needs of the learners? Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

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

Rapid eLearning

The main goal is to communicate information that will help someone do something better. Compared to building courses in Flash or Authorware, the rapid elearning tools are easy to use. The learner moves the mouse over the label to get information about a specific brake part. It’s a good balance to the text heavy, academic information from some of the other sites that are focused on instructional design theory. Thank you Tom for this useful information.

Adobe shows off Captivate 4 and the Adobe eLearning Suite

Steve Howard

On the other hand if the developer does not agree that a change is required, or if he has a question about the feedback, he can type a note to that effect and send that information back to the tester. These are very similar to Flash components and Authorware Knowledge Objects, in that developers are able to create pre-configured logic and visual components which accept parameters when inserted into Captivate.

Webinar: Introducing the eLearning Ecosystem – A Walkthrough with Bill West

eLearning Brothers

Dr. Michael Allen introduced Authorware in the 1980s and helped us leverage the personal computer and graphical user interface. You can find more information on the ecosystem using the links below and be sure to check out the webinar!