Listing of different authoring tools -- pros and cons....

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1. Version 5 is now available. It was rebuild from the ground up to support the Mac and AS3.

2. I control design and production

3. What I don't like about it...

4. What I like about it...

5. Not ideal for heavy video and sound (but what web pages really are?)

5.1. I tend to use native Flash if I'm building modules with a lot of video and audio

5.2. Takes a long time to self-teach. JavaScript headaches for newbies. Tears, sometimes, too.

5.3. Complex scenario based learning

6. Custom buttons & navigation

7. Does have the ability for does with Action script skills to build their own interactions if needed

8. courses work on PC's, tablets, and SmartPhones

9. Rapid development of soft skills learning

9.1. Can insert system simulations into main course

10. video/audio distribution is supported without the need for other client-side video plugin

11. Authoring, Admin, Publishing, and Reviewer roles

12. Rapid animation and interactions using behaviours

13. What I don't like about it...

13.1. Can't edit

14. What I don't like about it...

14.1. You have to be a programmer

14.2. ActionScript learning curve

14.3. What I like about it...

14.3.1. Single-step capture of screen actions that publish in multiple formats including playback movies, job aids, exercises, work instructions, cue cards, etc . . . I explore, produce, iterate

14.3.2. Electronic workflow, review, and approval features with built-in e-mail notification

14.3.3. Good change control features for controlled/regulated/restricted content

14.3.4. Good support site

14.4. Drawing tools still need work

15. When I use it...

15.1. Software Demonstration

15.2. Help videos

15.3. New functionality announcements

15.4. Very fast development

16. Easy to produce stunning, challenging game-based content

17. What I like about it

17.1. I can create my own layout individual navigation can build a structure can use multiple master pages have a lot of test-options

18. Branching & Scenario based learning

19. Develop a help site and help documentation for end-users

20. What I don't like about it...

21. Rapid eLearning

22. Can be clumsy to do things a conventional package does easily

23. Rapid elearning projects

24. When I use it...

25. Time consuming (same as any animation)

26. I can incorporate content developed in other tools into it

27. Complex ISD development

28. Quick free way to get screen captures.

29. When I use it...

29.1. Any discovery-based learning

29.2. When the audience suits a 3D game approach

30. easy export to different formats (eg scorm, cd, web) with error testing as part of process - highlights what content doesn't work in that format

31. Ease of use, allows quick conversion of Word documents.

32. Project management features help with rapid authoring development

33. Range of elearning course

33.1. System training

33.2. Rapid

33.3. Bespoke

33.4. Assessments

34. Crazy expensive

35. Custom interactions

36. When I use it...

36.1. Animated characters

36.2. Mobile Disturbution

37. Output always looks like "captivate", unless you customize the buttons through the object styles feature

38. Trade show attract loop

39. What I like about it...

39.1. Flexibility

39.2. Unlimited possibilities

39.3. vector graphics reduce file size

39.4. custom fonts are bundled with .swf file

39.5. Supports Multiple Distribution

40. Good work flow system

41. New node

42. What I like about it...

42.1. Support from the company

42.2. Flexibility to do just about anything you need to do

42.3. Lots of templates for common activites

42.4. SmartBuilder

43. Much more accurate than Captivate for screen captures, recognizes names of buttons, icons, and functions while recording in SAP

44. What I like about it

44.1. Accessible

44.2. Easy to use

44.3. Saas tool, (web based and hosted)

44.4. Dont need programming skills

44.5. Give review access to people who don't have access to use the tool for building purposes

44.5.1. Page level commenting for reviewers

44.6. Collaborative

44.6.1. Share content with other users building content

44.6.2. Share project documents

44.7. Price model

44.8. Scalable

44.9. Different levels of author access

44.9.1. Author

44.9.2. text editor

44.9.3. Administrator

44.10. PENS compliant

44.11. SCORM 1.2, 2004 AICC compliant

45. What I don't like about it...

45.1. No H.264 export option

45.2. Limited choice of characters / backdrops / props

45.3. export format is only AVI

46. Lectora

46.1. What I don't like about it...

46.1.1. Buggy, some unclear documentation

46.2. Difficult to support constructivist learning

46.3. When I use it...

46.3.1. Rapid eLearning

46.3.2. New node

46.4. What I like about it...

46.4.1. Able to incorporate JavaScript

46.4.2. Book, Chapter, Page metaphor structure

46.4.3. Can get someone building content in just a few minutes - WYSIWYG

46.4.4. Parent / Child content and functionality

46.5. What I don't like about it...

46.5.1. So many fields to fill out!

46.5.2. HTML output

46.5.3. Huge learning curve - disagree with this viewpoint it's one of the easiest as the complex interactivity is done in the background - user can just add content

46.5.4. Friendly interface for beginners, but once you start using advanced features, the user interface is limiting.

46.5.5. Output looks, well, sort of 1992ish

46.5.6. It has a problem with font aliasing: fonts on transparent captions look either ulgy or not aliased.

46.5.7. Only alerts to content problem (eg not scorm compliant) at publishing stage

46.5.8. Need Lectora to re-edit published content - locks into using the software

47. When I want to create HTML content with some animation and interactivity.

48. Screen Jelly

48.1. When I use it

48.1.1. When I need a quick video recording of my screen

48.1.2. Presentations

48.1.3. Demonstrations

48.2. What I don't like about it

48.2.1. 3 min limit

48.2.2. difficult to edit or add features (text, zoom)

49. What I like about it

49.1. Easy of use

49.2. Free

49.3. Download .mov or publish to Youtube

50. Rapid 3D development with Google Sketch-up

51. To build complex assets to integrate into other authoring tools that support rapid development

52. Custom feedback

53. When I use it

54. "Poor man's Flash" - easy way to create some basic animations

55. create 'how to' demo of software and site navigation

56. sound / video quality fine for web

57. When I use it...

57.1. when I need to create drag & drop activities and keep a solid style (easily) throughout several screens

57.2. Scenario-based learning with branching questions and feedback

57.3. For scenario video integration

57.4. For assessments or quizzes needs

57.5. When database integration is needed

58. When I use it...

58.1. Software simulations

58.2. Performance-based assessment

58.3. Rapid eLearning

58.4. Software and applications demonstrations

58.5. Complex learning scenarios that require multiple branching pathways and multiple ways to navigate between pages

59. What I don't like about it...

59.1. per user costs are hard on a tight budget, but there are very nice discounts for education

59.2. Not a lot of options for extending it's capabilities since it doesn't export to Flash. Also you don't get the source file and are always required to update the course within the tool.

60. Faculty can narrate existing PPTs and save to publish to .zip file which I then upload to Blackboard or Connect Pro

61. Seperates design from content

62. Easy for faculty to acclimate to it because it is familiar, a PPT plug-in.

63. Screen Capture

63.1. Screenr

63.1.1. When I use it... Simple/short screen capture with audio

63.1.2. What I like about it Simple to use focused only on one thing Can focus on all or part of the screen video has easy pause facility during capture

63.2. ScreenToaster

63.2.1. What I like about it Quick free way to get screen captures. Simple to use focused only on one thing

63.2.2. Screen capture with audio

63.3. Snagit (v9)

63.3.1. When I use it still image capture

63.3.2. What I like about it cheap easy to use

63.3.3. What I don't like about it...

63.4. ScreenFlow

63.4.1. What I like about it

63.4.2. What I don't like about it

63.5. Snapz

63.5.1. What I like about it

63.5.2. What I don't like about it

63.6. When I use it

63.7. Camtasia

63.7.1. What I don't like about it... Preset callout boxes look hokey - agree! A few minor head-scratchers in the Editor can't overlay graphics very easily hard to make click-throughs

63.8. STT Trainer

63.8.1. When I use it New system launches Major releases of existing systems

63.8.2. What I don't like about it

63.8.3. What I like about it Very accurate system captures, saving editing time Can re-use the same capture in different formats to suit different learning situations

64. branching capability allows multiple right answers

64.1. ReadyGo WCB

64.1.1. when I use it for compliance training to create rapid e-Learning to produce assessments - (lots of testing capabilities) when I want to integrate text, movies, tests into one course

64.1.2. what I like about it quick and easy to use produces real web content (small fast pages that don't bog down my network) Is not flash based I can create flash, movies, pictures, audio in other tools and bring them into the course great customer support, lots of good information on their web site I decide if the course needs audio or video, then add it in (the tool doesn't require flash, audio or other media for courses to work well) Great SCORM support - sends all the info to an LMS that the LMS can take (other tools I have worked with only send the minimum amount of info) Copy/paste to bring PPT, Word, Excel docs into the tool maintaining formating I bring SCORM objects I create with other tools into ReadyGo WCB to create a complete course Instructional design is built in - helps me build effective courses license is inexpensive ($500) no per student fees

64.1.3. what I don't like about it User interface is not WYSIWYG - but it lets me build courses quickly

65. Captivate

65.1. The Master Slide for interface development

65.2. What I like about it...

65.2.1. Ease of use

65.2.2. lklj

65.2.3. Integration with other Adobe tools

65.2.4. Screen recording (software demos)

65.2.5. Easy to create interactive software sims

65.2.6. easy image edit for software simulations

65.2.7. publishes fairly quickly

65.2.8. Good for non-training professionals new to eLearning development

65.2.9. Record audio as your walk through demonstration and then go back and edit audio later. Easy on-the-fly demos that can be polished and re-purposed. Speedy demos, sims, assessments

65.2.10. Allows users to upload custom buttons easily using the object styles feature

65.2.11. Publish to various size outputs

65.2.12. Roundtrip into Photoshop and Flash for advanced customization

66. Flash

66.1. 2D Game Based learning

66.2. Customized and complex assessment

67. Mohive

67.1. When I use it...

67.1.1. Rapid eLearning

67.1.2. New node

67.2. What I like about it...

67.2.1. A lot of very flexible templates are provided

67.2.2. Fully online authoring, giving access to shared resources

67.3. What I don't like about it...

68. CourseLab

68.1. When I use it...

68.2. What I like about it...

68.2.1. Free, powerful.

69. Seminar Author

69.1. When I use it...

69.1.1. Students can easy understand e-learning

69.1.2. When I don't have time (or the need) to start from scratch and specify how a module should work

69.1.3. When I know the content will need to be kept up-to-date by someone else (a non-programmer)

69.2. What I like about it...

69.2.1. Ease of use Easy to add questions and interactions Built in design templates and themes mean I don't have to be a designer to produce professional-looking modules

69.2.2. Exports to web just like it's authored (WYSIWYG)

69.2.3. I can easily add Articulate Engage and Adobe Captivate content Integrates with online review which speeds our review cycles (MySeminar Review) New node

69.2.4. Speeds review process

69.2.5. Exports to SCORM 1.2, CD, web, script, etc

69.3. What I don't like about it...

70. mZinga Firefly

70.1. When I use it...

70.1.1. New node

70.2. What I like about it...

70.2.1. New node

70.3. What I don't like about it...

70.3.1. EXPENSIVE license

70.3.2. Sims are image based; meaning sim maintenance can be a pain when systems change.

70.3.3. Difficult/Impossible to pass interaction data out of sim to LMS for analytics.

70.3.4. New node

71. Thinking Worlds

71.1. What I like about it...

71.1.1. I explore, produce, iterate

71.2. What I don't like about it...

71.2.1. A bit version 1'ish (even though it's v3)

71.3. Can only publish one way, so only download .mov or post to Youtube, not both

72. Sana EasyGenerator

72.1. When I use it...

72.1.1. Rapid e-learning

72.1.2. Product training

72.1.3. Create assessments, exams, surveys

72.1.4. When developing content with team

72.1.5. When content needs to be maintained by customers

72.2. What I like about it...

72.2.1. Easy integration of (Flash) plugins

72.2.2. Various methods of publications (SCORM, HTML, CD-ROM) directly available

72.2.3. Content is stored on server

72.2.4. Client application is fast

72.2.5. Easy integration of voice overs, video files, screencasts

72.2.6. True WYSIWYG editor even previews questions and interactions

72.3. What I don't like about it...

72.3.1. Only Windows client available

72.3.2. Requires (internet) connection to the server

73. ToolBook

74. RWD uPerform

74.1. When I use it...

74.1.1. When a training team needs to develop work instructions or interactive software simulations for ERP training

74.1.2. When I need to create end-user training exercises and job aids for SAP users

74.1.3. For managing a team of content developers or have SMEs review training materials

74.1.4. Developing assessments and converting PowerPoint to linear e-learning

74.1.5. When content management and change control is needed for hundreds of training documents

74.2. To get away from dire, conventional e-learning

74.3. What I don't like about it...

74.3.1. Expensive unless used to support a large number of end-users

74.3.2. Audio files must be imported, can't record audio directly into content

75. Authorware

76. Jing

76.1. When I use it

76.1.1. Create short screencast

76.2. What I like about it

76.2.1. It's free

76.2.2. It's simple

76.2.3. It does what it says on the tin.

76.2.4. Edit, delete, duplicate advanced actions and apply them to slides or interactive objects

76.3. What I don't like about it

76.3.1. Limited output format (esp video)

76.3.2. Sound quality not brilliant

77. Udutu

77.1. When I use it

77.1.1. Quick prototyping of flow

77.1.2. New node

77.2. What I like about it

77.2.1. Quick and Easy

77.2.2. Free

77.3. eXe

77.3.1. When I use it... When I want to create a navigateable set of HTML pages that can include quiz questions and some other basic interactivity.

77.3.2. What I like about it... Free, simple to use, Open source can export to a range of formats (SCORM, HTML)

77.3.3. What I don't like about it... Doesn't add flash based content, no way (that I know of) to import content from elsewhere. problematic to inlcude larger screenshots

77.4. Don't like

77.4.1. Sometimes restrictive

77.4.2. SCORM/Flash only

78. Assima

79. Director

79.1. When I use it...

79.1.1. Complex e-learning

79.1.2. Custom interactions

79.1.3. Simulations Rapidly develop SCORM compliant courseware

79.1.4. 3D models required in training/learning

79.1.5. Online collaboration within virtual world

79.1.6. Game Based Learning Learning and motivational animations

79.2. What I like like about it...

79.2.1. Rapid prototyping

79.2.2. Debugging tools

79.2.3. Multi Distribution formats

79.2.4. Multi Scripting language support (lingo or javascript)

79.3. What I don't like about it...

79.3.1. Programming Skills require for complex/custom interactions

79.3.2. High learning curve

79.3.3. plugin (shockwave) required to view through browser

79.3.4. file sizes can be large compared to the swf format

80. hnerynretntr

80.1. When I use it...

80.1.1. To engage learners with 3d animation

80.1.2. storyboarding (eg a film)

80.2. What I like about it ...

80.2.1. Free

80.2.2. Fairly intuitive to use

80.2.3. easy to customise characters (like wii me but more options)

81. NexLearn's SimWriter

81.1. What I don't like about it...

81.1.1. Sophisticated tool - Training is required to become a proficient user of the tool

82. EasyProf

82.1. When I use it

82.1.1. create courses for Web, CD and LMS (SCORM)

82.1.2. New node

82.1.3. When I need a lot of interactivity

82.2. What I don`t like about it

83. Demo-Builder

83.1. What I like about it...

83.1.1. Low ramp up

83.1.2. Easy to use

83.1.3. Multiple layers of automatic annotation

84. ILT Systems

84.1. Dreamweaver

84.1.1. When I use it Need to deliver final product in HTML For iPad

84.1.2. What I like about it Complete flexability Stable SCORM output

84.1.3. What I don't like about it Requires Programming

84.2. What I like about it...

84.2.1. Easily changeable branching tree

84.2.2. Ability to storyboard, write content, design, play and test all in one tool

84.2.3. Export Review feature to export all text content into a Track Changes enabled Word document.

84.2.4. Ability to easily import the changes in Export Review word document into the tool.

84.2.5. Easy integration with any LMS (SCORM 2004, SCORM 1.2 & AICC So easy to manage changes to a simulation

85. Jackdaw CMS

85.1. When I use it

85.1.1. For producing professional e-learning

85.1.2. Flash based/ iphone version out soon

85.2. What I like about it

85.2.1. 3D

85.2.2. SCORM output

85.2.3. Video Presenters

85.3. What I don't like about it

85.3.1. Requires Flash to design own new templates

86. CourseBuilder

86.1. What I use it for

86.1.1. to produce quick, effective courses


87.1. Atlantic Link

87.1.1. What I like about it... A good choice of features, to add variety to courses

87.1.2. What I don't like about it... Only works on PCs for authoring.

87.1.3. When I use it... Demonstrate ideas

87.1.4. Wimba Create When I use it... When I need to convert an existing Word document into a set of HTML pages and add some interactivity like quizzes etc. To create cross-platform course content What I like about it... Exports to HTML IMS CP without clunky flash or custom UIs! Doesn't add flash based content. Accessibility checking for 508 compliance What I don't like about it... Feels outdated and unsupported by Wimba

87.2. Difficult to learn, has scripting language, documentation is in Russian, and really is a dog of a thing to learn for a newbie.

88. ToonDoo