Is anyone familiar with LECTORA or SMARTBUILDER with comparison (in few words) with Authorware?
How active/large is the Authorware user fraternity these days - I have been an Authorware developer (with quality skill and development of media) in the past for some, then, very innovative projects.
Is there a mad rush to the exit from Authorware?
Are there any Authorware developer web sites left besides those on the Aware ring?
Sources of Xtras - pricing?
Anyone familiar with CLIX LMS?
Is it able to operate on Win7, or through Citrix? (given that curr. Citrix won't drive video or audio).
thanks for any responses!!
Realistically, Authorware is dead.
It has not been updated since 2003 (well ,2004 if you count the web player
There are people like me who still maintain legacy code, but the mass
exodus was basically over 5 or 6 years ago ... if not earlier.
Authorware content works fine on Windows 7 and Windows 8 (with some
caveats). If you plan to deliver via the web, then forget Mac, and specify
Internet Explorer for Windows.
There is still no eLearning tool that matches the power and versatility
of Authorware. Sure you can build much more advanced content with Flash,
Flex, C++ or any of a zillion other tools if you have the technical skill,
and the time ...
In short, if you are planning a new project, Authorware could work for you
but I wouldn't recommend you invet any time or money in Authorware
development. You'd do better to stick to something else that at least has a
semblence of longevity remaining.
Thank you very much indeed, Steve.
I am looking closely at Lectora, SmartBuilder, Jackdaw or Captivate with various Adobe tools on the side (Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium + Acrobat X Pro)
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Hi Steve -
You had mentioned "Authorware content works fine on Windows 7 and Windows 8 (with some
We have not downloaded a test copy of Windows 8 yet so I'm curious to know about the caveats you mention.
We don't use any browser to run our content - we just create the standalone executable files.
We are still using Authorware and love it, but we are anxious to know if the Authorware executable files the we create will run on Windows 8. (We can keep a computer with Windows 7 for development if the Authorware development software wont' run on Windows 8.)
We are getting lots of requests to run our systems on tablets....and I know the Authorware executable needs to be on a Windows-based tablet. So we are hoping that our systems will run fine on Windows 8 to allow us to use our system on the variety of Windows-based tablets that are expected on the market after the release of Windows 8.
If you mean ARM-based tablets, then it is unlikely that any legacy Windows
executables will run. Windows will have to be specially recompiled for ARM
tablets, as will any exe files. Plan for Authorware exes to NEVER work on
But they will work on 'PC' tablets, same as ever.
Just don't make the mistake of confusing the new ARM-based tablets with
PC-based tablets. For the purposes of all Windows software you should
assume current software cannot and will not run on those. Software
manufacturers may release ARM-friendly versions, but I have not seen any
listing of companies/software that plan to re-compile any of their tools
The caveats I mentioned are things like video support in the Movie icon and
some other more obscure stuff that I have not had to deal with in a while,
plus tweaks to get the web player working. Actually I need to test again to
see if the Release Preview will run AW Web Player.
Thanks for the fast reply Steve!
ARM is a new term to me... thanks for the advice. I knew that we needed to at least avoid Android, Honeycomb, etc. tablets. I will hope that there will be a good number of 'PC' tablets available.
Any thoughts on ToolBook as a tool for the future?
I had used it back in the 90s when it was owned by Asymetrix.
ARM is the processor -actually the same processor as is used by Android
I have no real opinion on ToolBook - I've never used it.
Just be careful of selling yourself into an HTML 5 only solution, if your
clients are corporate and use IE 8 or earlier, they will have issues with
HTML 5 issues.
Obligatory ARM link:
As Steve mentions, these are currently the favored CPUs in most mobile (non-Apple) devices due to their lower power consumption. Intel and AMD are furiously trying to change that. A popular ARM implementation is Nvidia's 'Tegra' line, but there are many others. They are a different 'architecture' than 'x86' Intel/AMD CPUs and, thus, require a different sort of code-base for software that works on them.
It seems likely that Windows 8 will be compiled for ARM, considering its current grip on mobile devices, but then whether other applications will work on Windows/ARM remains to be seen. I wouldn't expect published Authorware .exe's to work on Windows/ARM, but maybe....
I used Toolbook waaaay back. Was a neat program (not as cool/functional as Authorware though, IMO!) and if it still has decent support, it may be an option to look at. It's not a simple learning curve...
Also agreed with Steve's point about a full HTML5 migration at this point. If you're going pure mobile, it may be a worthwhile approach...but if you've still got standard desktop config's to deliver too...it's an even riskier move at this time. You'd have to be sure all target machines were very current (latest OS and browsers, and even then HTML5 support is spotty).