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

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1. What I like about it...

1.1. New node

2. Drawing tools still need work

3. 2D Game Based learning

4. Mobile Disturbution

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

6. I control design and production

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

8. What I like about it...

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

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

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

9.3. Complex scenario based learning

10. Custom buttons & navigation

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

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

13. Rapid development of soft skills learning

13.1. Can insert system simulations into main course

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

15. Authoring, Admin, Publishing, and Reviewer roles

16. Rapid animation and interactions using behaviours

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

17.1. Can't edit

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

18.1. You have to be a programmer

18.2. ActionScript learning curve

18.3. What I like about it...

18.3.1. 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

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

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

18.3.4. Good support site

19. When I use it...

19.1. Software Demonstration

19.2. Help videos

19.3. New functionality announcements

19.4. Very fast development

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

21. What I like about it

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

22. Branching & Scenario based learning

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

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

25. Rapid eLearning

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

27. Rapid elearning projects

28. When I use it...

29. Time consuming (same as any animation)

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

31. Complex ISD development

32. Quick free way to get screen captures.

33. When I use it...

33.1. Any discovery-based learning

33.2. When the audience suits a 3D game approach

34. 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

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

36. Project management features help with rapid authoring development

37. Range of elearning course

37.1. System training

37.2. Rapid

37.3. Bespoke

37.4. Assessments

38. Crazy expensive

39. Custom interactions

40. When I use it...

40.1. Animated characters

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

42. Trade show attract loop

43. What I like about it...

43.1. Flexibility

43.2. Unlimited possibilities

43.3. vector graphics reduce file size

43.4. custom fonts are bundled with .swf file

43.5. Supports Multiple Distribution

44. Good work flow system

45. New node

46. What I like about it...

46.1. Support from the company

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

46.3. Lots of templates for common activites

46.4. SmartBuilder

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

48. What I like about it

48.1. Accessible

48.2. Easy to use

48.3. Saas tool, (web based and hosted)

48.4. Dont need programming skills

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

48.5.1. Page level commenting for reviewers

48.6. Collaborative

48.6.1. Share content with other users building content

48.6.2. Share project documents

48.7. Price model

48.8. Scalable

48.9. Different levels of author access

48.9.1. Author

48.9.2. text editor

48.9.3. Administrator

48.10. PENS compliant

48.11. SCORM 1.2, 2004 AICC compliant

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

49.1. No H.264 export option

49.2. Limited choice of characters / backdrops / props

49.3. export format is only AVI

50. Lectora

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

50.1.1. Buggy, some unclear documentation

50.2. Difficult to support constructivist learning

50.3. When I use it...

50.3.1. Rapid eLearning

50.3.2. New node

50.4. What I like about it...

50.4.1. Able to incorporate JavaScript

50.4.2. Book, Chapter, Page metaphor structure

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

50.4.4. Parent / Child content and functionality

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

50.5.1. So many fields to fill out!

50.5.2. HTML output

50.5.3. 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

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

50.5.5. Output looks, well, sort of 1992ish

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

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

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

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

52. Screen Jelly

52.1. When I use it

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

52.1.2. Presentations

52.1.3. Demonstrations

52.2. What I don't like about it

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

53. What I like about it

53.1. Easy of use

53.2. Free

53.3. Download .mov or publish to Youtube

54. Rapid 3D development with Google Sketch-up

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

56. Custom feedback

57. When I use it

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

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

60. sound / video quality fine for web

61. When I use it...

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

61.2. Scenario-based learning with branching questions and feedback

61.3. For scenario video integration

61.4. For assessments or quizzes needs

61.5. When database integration is needed

62. When I use it...

62.1. Software simulations

62.2. Performance-based assessment

62.3. Rapid eLearning

62.4. Software and applications demonstrations

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

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

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

63.2. 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.

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

65. Seperates design from content

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

67. Screen Capture

67.1. Screenr

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

67.1.2. 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

67.2. ScreenToaster

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

67.2.2. Screen capture with audio

67.3. Snagit (v9)

67.3.1. When I use it still image capture

67.3.2. What I like about it cheap easy to use

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

67.4. ScreenFlow

67.4.1. What I like about it

67.4.2. What I don't like about it

67.5. Snapz

67.5.1. What I like about it

67.5.2. What I don't like about it

67.6. When I use it

67.7. Camtasia

67.7.1. 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

67.8. STT Trainer

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

67.8.2. What I don't like about it

67.8.3. 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

68. branching capability allows multiple right answers

68.1. ReadyGo WCB

68.1.1. 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

68.1.2. 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

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

69. Captivate

69.1. The Master Slide for interface development

69.2. What I like about it...

69.2.1. Ease of use

69.2.2. lklj

69.2.3. Integration with other Adobe tools

69.2.4. Screen recording (software demos)

69.2.5. Easy to create interactive software sims

69.2.6. easy image edit for software simulations

69.2.7. publishes fairly quickly

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

69.2.9. 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

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

69.2.11. Publish to various size outputs

69.2.12. Roundtrip into Photoshop and Flash for advanced customization

70. Flash

70.1. Customized and complex assessment

71. Mohive

71.1. When I use it...

71.1.1. Rapid eLearning

71.1.2. New node

71.2. What I like about it...

71.2.1. A lot of very flexible templates are provided

71.2.2. Fully online authoring, giving access to shared resources

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

72. CourseLab

72.1. When I use it...

72.2. What I like about it...

72.2.1. Free, powerful.

73. Seminar Author

73.1. When I use it...

73.1.1. Students can easy understand e-learning

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

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

73.2. What I like about it...

73.2.1. 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

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

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

73.2.4. Speeds review process

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

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

74. mZinga Firefly

74.1. When I use it...

74.1.1. New node

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

74.2.1. EXPENSIVE license

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

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

74.2.4. New node

75. Thinking Worlds

75.1. What I like about it...

75.1.1. I explore, produce, iterate

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

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

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

76. Sana EasyGenerator

76.1. When I use it...

76.1.1. Rapid e-learning

76.1.2. Product training

76.1.3. Create assessments, exams, surveys

76.1.4. When developing content with team

76.1.5. When content needs to be maintained by customers

76.2. What I like about it...

76.2.1. Easy integration of (Flash) plugins

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

76.2.3. Content is stored on server

76.2.4. Client application is fast

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

76.2.6. True WYSIWYG editor even previews questions and interactions

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

76.3.1. Only Windows client available

76.3.2. Requires (internet) connection to the server

77. ToolBook

78. RWD uPerform

78.1. When I use it...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

79. Authorware

80. Jing

80.1. When I use it

80.1.1. Create short screencast

80.2. What I like about it

80.2.1. It's free

80.2.2. It's simple

80.2.3. It does what it says on the tin.

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

80.3. What I don't like about it

80.3.1. Limited output format (esp video)

80.3.2. Sound quality not brilliant

81. Udutu

81.1. When I use it

81.1.1. Quick prototyping of flow

81.1.2. New node

81.2. What I like about it

81.2.1. Quick and Easy

81.2.2. Free

81.3. eXe

81.3.1. 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.

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

81.3.3. 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

81.4. Don't like

81.4.1. Sometimes restrictive

81.4.2. SCORM/Flash only

82. Assima

83. Director

83.1. When I use it...

83.1.1. Complex e-learning

83.1.2. Custom interactions

83.1.3. Simulations Rapidly develop SCORM compliant courseware

83.1.4. 3D models required in training/learning

83.1.5. Online collaboration within virtual world

83.1.6. Game Based Learning Learning and motivational animations

83.2. What I like like about it...

83.2.1. Rapid prototyping

83.2.2. 3 min limit

83.2.3. Debugging tools

83.2.4. Multi Distribution formats

83.2.5. Multi Scripting language support (lingo or javascript)

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

83.3.1. Programming Skills require for complex/custom interactions

83.3.2. High learning curve

83.3.3. plugin (shockwave) required to view through browser

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

84. hnerynretntr

84.1. When I use it...

84.1.1. To engage learners with 3d animation

84.1.2. storyboarding (eg a film)

84.2. What I like about it ...

84.2.1. Free

84.2.2. Fairly intuitive to use

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

85. NexLearn's SimWriter

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

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

86. EasyProf

86.1. When I use it

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

86.1.2. New node

86.1.3. When I need a lot of interactivity

86.2. What I don`t like about it

87. Demo-Builder

87.1. What I like about it...

87.1.1. Low ramp up

87.1.2. Easy to use

87.1.3. Multiple layers of automatic annotation

88. ILT Systems

88.1. Dreamweaver

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

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

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

88.2. What I like about it...

88.2.1. Easily changeable branching tree

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

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

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

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

89. Jackdaw CMS

89.1. When I use it

89.1.1. For producing professional e-learning

89.1.2. Flash based/ iphone version out soon

89.2. What I like about it

89.2.1. 3D

89.2.2. SCORM output

89.2.3. Video Presenters

89.3. What I don't like about it

89.3.1. Requires Flash to design own new templates

90. CourseBuilder

90.1. What I use it for

90.1.1. to produce quick, effective courses


91.1. Atlantic Link

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

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

91.1.3. When I use it... Demonstrate ideas

91.1.4. 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

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

92. ToonDoo