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

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

3. What I like about it...

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

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

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

5. Custom buttons & navigation

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

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

8. Rapid development of soft skills learning

8.1. Can insert system simulations into main course

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

10. Authoring, Admin, Publishing, and Reviewer roles

11. Rapid animation and interactions using behaviours

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

12.1. Can't edit

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

13.1. You have to be a programmer

13.2. ActionScript learning curve

13.3. What I like about it...

13.3.1. 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

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

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

13.3.4. Good support site

13.4. Drawing tools still need work

14. When I use it...

14.1. Software Demonstration

14.2. Help videos

14.3. New functionality announcements

14.4. Very fast development

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

16. What I like about it

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

17. Branching & Scenario based learning

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

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

20. Rapid eLearning

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

22. Rapid elearning projects

23. When I use it...

24. Time consuming (same as any animation)

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

26. Complex ISD development

27. Quick free way to get screen captures.

28. When I use it...

28.1. Any discovery-based learning

28.2. When the audience suits a 3D game approach

29. 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

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

31. Project management features help with rapid authoring development

32. Range of elearning course

32.1. System training

32.2. Rapid

32.3. Bespoke

32.4. Assessments

33. Crazy expensive

34. Custom interactions

35. When I use it...

35.1. Animated characters

35.2. Complex scenario based learning

35.3. Mobile Disturbution

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

37. Trade show attract loop

38. What I like about it...

38.1. Flexibility

38.2. Unlimited possibilities

38.3. vector graphics reduce file size

38.4. custom fonts are bundled with .swf file

38.5. Supports Multiple Distribution

39. Good work flow system

40. New node

41. What I like about it...

41.1. Support from the company

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

41.3. Lots of templates for common activites

41.4. SmartBuilder

41.4.1. I control design and production

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

43. What I like about it

43.1. Accessible

43.2. Easy to use

43.3. Saas tool, (web based and hosted)

43.4. Dont need programming skills

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

43.5.1. Page level commenting for reviewers

43.6. Collaborative

43.6.1. Share content with other users building content

43.6.2. Share project documents

43.7. Price model

43.8. Scalable

43.9. Different levels of author access

43.9.1. Author

43.9.2. text editor

43.9.3. Administrator

43.10. PENS compliant

43.11. SCORM 1.2, 2004 AICC compliant

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

44.1. No H.264 export option

44.2. Limited choice of characters / backdrops / props

44.3. export format is only AVI

45. Lectora

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

45.1.1. Buggy, some unclear documentation

45.2. Difficult to support constructivist learning

45.3. When I use it...

45.3.1. Rapid eLearning

45.3.2. New node

45.4. What I like about it...

45.4.1. Able to incorporate JavaScript

45.4.2. Book, Chapter, Page metaphor structure

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

45.4.4. Parent / Child content and functionality

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

45.5.1. So many fields to fill out!

45.5.2. HTML output

45.5.3. 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

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

45.5.5. Output looks, well, sort of 1992ish

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

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

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

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

47. Screen Jelly

47.1. When I use it

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

47.1.2. Presentations

47.1.3. Demonstrations

47.2. What I don't like about it

47.2.1. 3 min limit

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

48. What I like about it

48.1. Easy of use

48.2. Free

48.3. Download .mov or publish to Youtube

49. Rapid 3D development with Google Sketch-up

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

51. Custom feedback

52. When I use it

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

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

55. sound / video quality fine for web

56. When I use it...

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

56.2. Scenario-based learning with branching questions and feedback

56.3. For scenario video integration

56.4. For assessments or quizzes needs

56.5. When database integration is needed

57. When I use it...

57.1. Software simulations

57.2. Performance-based assessment

57.3. Rapid eLearning

57.4. Software and applications demonstrations

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

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

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

58.2. 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.

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

60. Seperates design from content

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

62. Screen Capture

62.1. Screenr

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

62.1.2. 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

62.2. ScreenToaster

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

62.2.2. Screen capture with audio

62.3. Snagit (v9)

62.3.1. When I use it still image capture

62.3.2. What I like about it cheap easy to use

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

62.4. ScreenFlow

62.4.1. What I like about it

62.4.2. What I don't like about it

62.5. Snapz

62.5.1. What I like about it

62.5.2. What I don't like about it

62.6. When I use it

62.7. Camtasia

62.7.1. 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

62.8. STT Trainer

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

62.8.2. What I don't like about it

62.8.3. 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

63. branching capability allows multiple right answers

63.1. ReadyGo WCB

63.1.1. 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

63.1.2. 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

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

64. Captivate

64.1. The Master Slide for interface development

64.2. What I like about it...

64.2.1. Ease of use

64.2.2. lklj

64.2.3. Integration with other Adobe tools

64.2.4. Screen recording (software demos)

64.2.5. Easy to create interactive software sims

64.2.6. easy image edit for software simulations

64.2.7. publishes fairly quickly

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

64.2.9. 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

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

64.2.11. Publish to various size outputs

64.2.12. Roundtrip into Photoshop and Flash for advanced customization

65. Flash

65.1. 2D Game Based learning

65.2. Customized and complex assessment

66. Mohive

66.1. When I use it...

66.1.1. Rapid eLearning

66.1.2. New node

66.2. What I like about it...

66.2.1. A lot of very flexible templates are provided

66.2.2. Fully online authoring, giving access to shared resources

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

67. CourseLab

67.1. When I use it...

67.2. What I like about it...

67.2.1. Free, powerful.

68. Seminar Author

68.1. When I use it...

68.1.1. Students can easy understand e-learning

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

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

68.2. What I like about it...

68.2.1. 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

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

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

68.2.4. Speeds review process

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

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

69. mZinga Firefly

69.1. When I use it...

69.1.1. New node

69.2. What I like about it...

69.2.1. New node

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

69.3.1. EXPENSIVE license

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

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

69.3.4. New node

70. Thinking Worlds

70.1. What I like about it...

70.1.1. I explore, produce, iterate

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

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

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

71. Sana EasyGenerator

71.1. When I use it...

71.1.1. Rapid e-learning

71.1.2. Product training

71.1.3. Create assessments, exams, surveys

71.1.4. When developing content with team

71.1.5. When content needs to be maintained by customers

71.2. What I like about it...

71.2.1. Easy integration of (Flash) plugins

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

71.2.3. Content is stored on server

71.2.4. Client application is fast

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

71.2.6. True WYSIWYG editor even previews questions and interactions

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

71.3.1. Only Windows client available

71.3.2. Requires (internet) connection to the server

72. ToolBook

73. RWD uPerform

73.1. When I use it...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

74. Authorware

75. Jing

75.1. When I use it

75.1.1. Create short screencast

75.2. What I like about it

75.2.1. It's free

75.2.2. It's simple

75.2.3. It does what it says on the tin.

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

75.3. What I don't like about it

75.3.1. Limited output format (esp video)

75.3.2. Sound quality not brilliant

76. Udutu

76.1. When I use it

76.1.1. Quick prototyping of flow

76.1.2. New node

76.2. What I like about it

76.2.1. Quick and Easy

76.2.2. Free

76.3. eXe

76.3.1. 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.

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

76.3.3. 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

76.4. Don't like

76.4.1. Sometimes restrictive

76.4.2. SCORM/Flash only

77. Assima

78. Director

78.1. When I use it...

78.1.1. Complex e-learning

78.1.2. Custom interactions

78.1.3. Simulations Rapidly develop SCORM compliant courseware

78.1.4. 3D models required in training/learning

78.1.5. Online collaboration within virtual world

78.1.6. Game Based Learning Learning and motivational animations

78.2. What I like like about it...

78.2.1. Rapid prototyping

78.2.2. Debugging tools

78.2.3. Multi Distribution formats

78.2.4. Multi Scripting language support (lingo or javascript)

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

78.3.1. Programming Skills require for complex/custom interactions

78.3.2. High learning curve

78.3.3. plugin (shockwave) required to view through browser

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

79. hnerynretntr

79.1. When I use it...

79.1.1. To engage learners with 3d animation

79.1.2. storyboarding (eg a film)

79.2. What I like about it ...

79.2.1. Free

79.2.2. Fairly intuitive to use

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

80. NexLearn's SimWriter

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

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

81. EasyProf

81.1. When I use it

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

81.1.2. New node

81.1.3. When I need a lot of interactivity

81.2. What I don`t like about it

82. Demo-Builder

82.1. What I like about it...

82.1.1. Low ramp up

82.1.2. Easy to use

82.1.3. Multiple layers of automatic annotation

83. ILT Systems

83.1. Dreamweaver

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

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

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

83.2. What I like about it...

83.2.1. Easily changeable branching tree

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

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

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

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

84. Jackdaw CMS

84.1. When I use it

84.1.1. For producing professional e-learning

84.1.2. Flash based/ iphone version out soon

84.2. What I like about it

84.2.1. 3D

84.2.2. SCORM output

84.2.3. Video Presenters

84.3. What I don't like about it

84.3.1. Requires Flash to design own new templates

85. CourseBuilder

85.1. What I use it for

85.1.1. to produce quick, effective courses


86.1. Atlantic Link

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

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

86.1.3. When I use it... Demonstrate ideas

86.1.4. 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

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

87. ToonDoo