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  1. 1. Learning TechnologyProducts 2009Authoring ToolsBy the staff of Brandon Hall Research
  2. 2. Brandon Hall ResearchTable of Contents Brandon Hall Research is Independent, unbiased, and objective .................. 10 Keep in touch ..................................................................................................... 11 About this Report ....................................................................................................... 12 Part 1: Content Authoring Tools................................................................................................... 13 Accordent Technologies ............................................................................................ 14 Product: Accordent Capture Station .................................................................. 14 AcroServices .............................................................................................................. 15 Product: AcroTrain e-Learning System .............................................................. 15 Adobe Systems Inc. ................................................................................................... 18 Product: Adobe Captivate .................................................................................. 18 Adobe Systems Inc. ................................................................................................... 20 Product: Director and Shockwave Player .......................................................... 20 Adobe Systems Inc. ................................................................................................... 21 Product: Authorware ........................................................................................... 21 Adobe Systems Inc. ................................................................................................... 23 Product: Adobe Presenter .................................................................................. 23 Adobe Systems Inc. ................................................................................................... 25 Product: Dreamweaver CS3 ............................................................................... 25 Adobe Systems Inc. ................................................................................................... 26 Product: Adobe(R) Flash(R) CS3 Professional .................................................. 26 Apixel .......................................................................................................................... 27 Product: Apixel Metamorphosis ......................................................................... 27 Articulate .................................................................................................................... 29 Product: Articulate Presenter ............................................................................. 29 Articulate .................................................................................................................... 30 Product: Articulate Quizmaker ........................................................................... 30 Articulate .................................................................................................................... 31 Product: Articulate Engage ................................................................................ 31 Assima ........................................................................................................................ 32 Product: Wizard Training Suite .......................................................................... 32 Atlantic Link Limited .................................................................................................. 34 Product: Content Point ....................................................................................... 34 Bernard D&G/TurboDemo ........................................................................................ 37 Product: TurboDemo .......................................................................................... 37 Brainshark Inc............................................................................................................ 38 Product: Brainshark Presentations Platform .................................................... 38 Brainvisa .................................................................................................................... 39 Product: RapideL Enhance ................................................................................ 39 June 2009 Do not reproduce 3
  3. 3. Brandon Hall Research Brainvisa Technologies Pvt. Ltd. ............................................................................... 41 Product: RapideL-i .............................................................................................. 41 Brindle Waye .............................................................................................................. 42 Product: Design-a-Course .................................................................................. 42 Business Performance Technology - BPTech ........................................................... 44 Product: Intiva..................................................................................................... 44 Central Question Ltd.................................................................................................. 45 Product: Question Writer .................................................................................... 45 Cisco Learning Institute............................................................................................. 47 Product: CLI Virtuoso Authoring System............................................................ 47 Clarity.ca Inc. ............................................................................................................. 48 Product: Lime...................................................................................................... 48 Composica Ltd. .......................................................................................................... 51 Product: Composica ........................................................................................... 51 CourseAvenue Inc. ..................................................................................................... 53 Product: CourseAvenue ...................................................................................... 53 datango AG ................................................................................................................ 55 Product: datango knowledge suite .................................................................... 55 DELFI Software .......................................................................................................... 57 Product: LERSUS ................................................................................................ 57 e-learningwmb.co.uk ................................................................................................. 60 Product: Open Elms Creator .............................................................................. 60 e2train Limited .......................................................................................................... 61 Product: Kallidus Compose ................................................................................ 61 Eclipsys Corporation .................................................................................................. 63 Product: EasyAuthor ........................................................................................... 63 EDU-PERFORMANCE CANADA ................................................................................... 65 Product: TACTIC! Editor ...................................................................................... 65 Edvantage group........................................................................................................ 67 Product: CourseBuilder ...................................................................................... 67 ElearningForce ........................................................................................................... 69 Product: WordForce ............................................................................................ 69 ElearningForce ........................................................................................................... 71 Product: QuizForce ............................................................................................. 71 ElearningForce ........................................................................................................... 73 Product: PowerPointForce.................................................................................. 73 Element K................................................................................................................... 76 Product: KnowledgeHub Authoring Tool ........................................................... 76 Experience Builders LLC............................................................................................ 78 Experience Builders LLC............................................................................................ 79 Product: Experience Builder Advanced ............................................................. 79June 2009Do not reproduce 4
  4. 4. Brandon Hall Research Experience Builders LLC............................................................................................ 81 Product: Experience Builder LE ......................................................................... 81 Flypaper Studio .......................................................................................................... 84 Product: Flypaper ............................................................................................... 84 Generation21 Learning Systems .............................................................................. 88 Product: Knowledge Assembler ......................................................................... 88 Giunti Labs ................................................................................................................. 90 Product: eXact Packager .................................................................................... 90 Grade AB .................................................................................................................... 92 Product: Composer Interactive .......................................................................... 92 Harbinger Knowledge Products ................................................................................ 94 Product: Elicitus Content Publisher ................................................................... 94 Harbinger Knowledge Products ................................................................................ 96 Product: Raptivity ............................................................................................... 96 Helius ......................................................................................................................... 98 Product: Helius Presenter Professional ............................................................ 98 HunterStone Inc. ...................................................................................................... 100 Product: THESIS................................................................................................ 100 Hurix Systems .......................................................................................................... 102 Product: Red inQ............................................................................................... 102 Imaira Digital Media ................................................................................................ 104 Product: Sculptoris Voices Studio.................................................................... 104 imc AG ...................................................................................................................... 106 Product: LECTURNITY ....................................................................................... 106 Impatica Inc. ............................................................................................................ 108 Product: Impatica for PowerPoint .................................................................... 108 Impatica Inc. ............................................................................................................ 110 Product: Impatica OnCue ................................................................................. 110 Information Transfer................................................................................................ 111 Product: Seminar Author .................................................................................. 111 Ingenious Group Inc. ............................................................................................... 113 Product: Ingenious Testcraft ............................................................................ 113 Inmarkets ................................................................................................................. 115 Product: CC2 ..................................................................................................... 115 INTEC ........................................................................................................................ 117 Product: NAuthor .............................................................................................. 117 Intuition .................................................................................................................... 118 Product: Intuition Publisher ............................................................................. 118 Kaplan IT Learning .................................................................................................. 119 Product: STT Trainer ......................................................................................... 119 KnowledgeXtensions Inc. ........................................................................................ 122June 2009Do not reproduce 5
  5. 5. Brandon Hall Research Product: Omnibus Learning Authoring Tool .................................................... 122 Kookaburra Studios................................................................................................. 123 Product: KnowledgePresenter ......................................................................... 123 LeanForward ............................................................................................................ 125 Product: LearnPoint Creator ............................................................................ 125 link-lab ...................................................................................................................... 128 Product: hylOs Author ....................................................................................... 128 MaxIT Corporation ................................................................................................... 131 Product: VCB ..................................................................................................... 131 McKinnon-Mulherin, Inc. ......................................................................................... 133 Product: Banshee ............................................................................................. 133 Mediapro Education Technology Pvt. Ltd. .............................................................. 135 Product: iAuthor ................................................................................................ 135 Mindflash Technologies Inc. ................................................................................... 138 Product: Mindflash Training System ............................................................... 138 MindOnSite - Integral Coaching SA ......................................................................... 140 Product: MOS SOLO.......................................................................................... 140 Mohive ...................................................................................................................... 142 Product: Mohive e-Learning Publishing System (Mohive eLPS) .................... 142 mySmartSimulations ............................................................................................... 143 Product: Worldwide Interactive Learning Designer (WILD) ............................ 143 Mzinga ...................................................................................................................... 146 Product: Firefly Simulation Developer ............................................................. 146 Mzinga ...................................................................................................................... 148 Product: Mzinga Publisher ............................................................................... 148 NetPlay Software ..................................................................................................... 149 Product: Instant Demo ..................................................................................... 149 OnPoint Digital Inc. .................................................................................................. 151 Product: OnPoint Course Manager .................................................................. 151 OPTX International ................................................................................................... 154 Product: ScreenWatch Producer software ...................................................... 154 Oracle ....................................................................................................................... 155 Product: Oracle User Productivity Kit Professional ......................................... 155 OutStart Inc. ............................................................................................................. 157 Product: OutStart Trainer ................................................................................. 157 Pedagogue Solutions............................................................................................... 160 Product: Pedagogue Assessment Management System ............................... 160 Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corp. ............................................................. 162 Product: Training Studio ................................................................................... 162 Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation .................................................. 164 Product: Exam Engine ...................................................................................... 164June 2009Do not reproduce 6
  6. 6. Brandon Hall Research podia Ltd. ................................................................................................................. 165 Product: podia .................................................................................................. 165 Princeton Center for Education Services Inc. ........................................................ 166 Product: ExpressTrain-TS ................................................................................. 166 Qarbon.com Inc. ...................................................................................................... 167 Product: ViewletBuilder .................................................................................... 167 Qarbon.com Inc. ...................................................................................................... 168 Product: ViewletCam ........................................................................................ 168 Qarbon.com Inc. ...................................................................................................... 169 Product: ViewletAce .......................................................................................... 169 Qube Learning ......................................................................................................... 170 Product: The Qube Learning System ............................................................... 170 Questionmark .......................................................................................................... 172 Product: Questionmark Perception ................................................................. 172 Rapid Intake............................................................................................................. 178 Product: Unison Web-based Collaborative e-Learning Development ............ 178 ReadyGo Inc. ............................................................................................................ 181 Product: ReadyGo Web Course Builder ........................................................... 181 Resource Engineering ............................................................................................. 183 Product: Power Book Builder ........................................................................... 183 Respondus Inc. ........................................................................................................ 184 Product: Respondus ......................................................................................... 184 Respondus Inc. ........................................................................................................ 186 Product: StudyMate Author .............................................................................. 186 Reusable Objects ..................................................................................................... 188 Product: CONSTRUCT Author ........................................................................... 188 Reusable Objects ..................................................................................................... 189 Product: CONSTRUCT Roleplaying Engine ...................................................... 189 Right Seat Software Inc. .......................................................................................... 191 Product: Vox Proxy ............................................................................................ 191 Sana Software (part of ISM eCompany) ................................................................. 193 Product: Sana EasyGenerator.......................................................................... 193 Silkroad Technologies Inc. ...................................................................................... 194 Product: imagen ............................................................................................... 194 SkillSoft .................................................................................................................... 197 Product: SkillSoft Course Customization Toolkit ............................................ 197 SoftChalk .................................................................................................................. 199 Product: SoftChalk LessonBuilder ................................................................... 199 Strategic Management Group Inc........................................................................... 201 Product: SimShop Developer Tool ................................................................... 201 Suddenly Smart ....................................................................................................... 203June 2009Do not reproduce 7
  7. 7. Brandon Hall Research Product: SmartBuilder ...................................................................................... 203 SumTotal Systems ................................................................................................... 205 Product: ToolBook Assistant ............................................................................ 205 SumTotal Systems ................................................................................................... 207 Product: ToolBook Instructor ........................................................................... 207 TechSmith Corporation ........................................................................................... 209 Product: Camtasia Studio ................................................................................ 209 TEDS Inc. .................................................................................................................. 211 Product: Learning Composer ........................................................................... 211 TEDS Inc. .................................................................................................................. 213 Product: SimCorder .......................................................................................... 213 Terra Dotta ............................................................................................................... 215 Product: Edufolio .............................................................................................. 215 The Quality Group .................................................................................................... 216 Product: OpusWorks ......................................................................................... 216 time4you GmbH ....................................................................................................... 219 Product: IBT Web Authoring ............................................................................. 219 time4you GmbH ....................................................................................................... 220 Product: IBT Content Conversion ..................................................................... 220 TrainVision Ltd. ........................................................................................................ 221 Product: AuthoLearn ........................................................................................ 221 Trivantis Corporation ............................................................................................... 223 Product: Lectora ............................................................................................... 223 Tuval Software Industries Ltd. ................................................................................ 226 Product: Speech-Over....................................................................................... 226 Udutu Online Learning Systems Inc. ...................................................................... 228 Product: myUdutu ............................................................................................. 228 Vcom3D Inc.............................................................................................................. 231 Product: Vcommunicator Studio ...................................................................... 231 WebEx....................................................................................................................... 232 Product: Presentation Studio ........................................................................... 232 WebSoft Ltd. ............................................................................................................ 233 Product: CourseLab .......................................................................................... 233 Westcliff ................................................................................................................... 235 Product: SCObuilder ......................................................................................... 235 Westcliff ................................................................................................................... 237 Product: SCORMxt ............................................................................................ 237 Wimba ...................................................................................................................... 240 Product: Wimba Create .................................................................................... 240 XStream Software Inc. ............................................................................................. 242 Product: RapidBuilder ...................................................................................... 242June 2009Do not reproduce 8
  8. 8. Brandon Hall Research XStream Software Inc. ............................................................................................. 245 Product: RapidGuide ........................................................................................ 245 XStream Software Inc. ............................................................................................. 248 Product: Performance Analyzer ....................................................................... 248June 2009Do not reproduce 9
  9. 9. Brandon Hall ResearchOur Statement of Independence Brandon Hall Research is Independent, unbiased, and objective We believe that it is important for a research firm to be transparent about how it makes money. That way, customers can judge our integrity for themselves. How We Make Money Brandon Hall Research makes money by selling research publications (in various forms such as reports and KnowledgeBases) and consulting services; by operating conferences, workshops, and an awards program; and by selling advertising in some of our publications and sponsorships of some of our events. • Our consulting clients include both user organizations and vendor organizations. • User clients typically engage us to advise them on technology purchases and implementation strategies. • Vendor clients typically engage us to advise them on marketplace trends or to speak about industry trends at vendor functions. What We Don’t Do • We do not charge vendors (or any organizations) to be included in any of our publications. • We do not charge different prices to vendors and users. • We do not charge vendors (or any organizations) to quote from our publications in press releases. • We do not charge award winners to use their award in marketing. • We do not allow vendors (or any organizations) included in our publications to make evaluative statements about themselves. Participating organizations provide factual information only. • We do not permit any company to sponsor research or a publication in which it is also participating as a subject. • We do not benefit in any way from the sales of any products included in our publications or services. • We do not provide leads to vendors or assist them in selling. • We do not serve on the boards of any learning-related companies or benefit financially from the success of any learning-related company. We believe that the way we make money allows us to be independent, unbiased, and objective. We invite you to judge for yourself. We also invite you to contact us with any question about our business relationships or sources of revenue. June 2009 Do not reproduce 10
  10. 10. Brandon Hall ResearchAbout Brandon Hall Research Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Brandon Hall Research, www.brandon-hall.com, is an independent research firm that provides advice and insight on employee training, talent management, and learning technologies through reports, KnowledgeBases, Webinars and consulting services. Brandon Hall Research also presents the annual Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards, spotlighting the best learning programs, technologies and innovations. Keep in touch Address and telephone: Brandon Hall Research 690 W. Fremont Ave. Suite 15 Sunnyvale, CA 94087 Phone: (408) 736-2335 http://www.brandon-hall.com Twitter: BHallResearch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5854362723 Blogs: • Workplace Learning Today: http://www.brandon-hall.com/workplacelearningtoday/ • Janet Clarey: http://www.brandon-hall.com/janetclarey/ • Richard Nantel: http://www.brandon-hall.com/richardnantel/ • Tom Werner: http://www.brandon-hall.com/tomwerner/ • Gary Woodill: http://www.brandon-hall.com/garywoodill/ June 2009 Do not reproduce 11
  11. 11. Brandon Hall Research About this Report This free report contains a small subset of the information contained in the Brandon Hall Research Authoring Tools Knowledgebase 2009: This KnowledgeBase is a database-driven Web site that contains in-depth profiles of authoring tool products, and services. This KnowledgeBase also contains online tools to quickly filter products to find the ones that best meet your needs, as well as tools to compare products side- by-side. A significant new edition of these this KnowledgeBase will be released in 2009. To find out more about this resource, please visit: • Authoring Tool KnowledgeBase: http://www.brandon-hall.com/publications/atkb/atkb.shtmlJune 2009Do not reproduce 12
  12. 12. Brandon Hall Research Part 1: Content Authoring ToolsJune 2009Do not reproduce 13
  13. 13. Brandon Hall Research Accordent Technologies Product: Accordent Capture Station Version #: 3.0 Company information Number of employees: 45 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: 1,000 Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1999 The Accordent Capture Station is a software and hardware solution that combines the portability of a capture appliance with the scalability, searchability, and flexibility of Webcast presentations. Users connect their video cameras and PCs (or other VGA inputs) and can capture presentations for live broadcast or on-demand viewing. Contact Information Accordent Technologies 1221 Hermosa Avenue Second Floor Hermosa Beach, CA United States 90254 Toll-free: Does not apply Phone: (310) 374-7491 Fax: (310) 374-7391 E-mail: info@accordent.com Web site: http://www.accordent.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 14
  14. 14. Brandon Hall Research AcroServices Product: AcroTrain e-Learning System Version #: 4.7 Company information Number of employees: 3 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: 25 Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1995 AcroTrain was developed as a computer-based training program that would present and fully document training completion, making it easy for developers to create and update courses. The decision was made by the developer to keep the content presentations in native PowerPoint files, with the idea that no conversions means no loss of functionality. All PowerPoint transition effects, animations, builds, and macros work with AcroTrain. The AcroTrain course model features courses with modules that have topics and optional objectives. Topics have formative and exam questions and optional objectives. The overall philosophy is to permit the "lone trainer" to create, publish, and manage courses with little or no additional support. IT support is not needed when publishing to CD-ROM or on stand-alone computers. Setting up on a company intranet usually requires some IT support. Web-based delivery options require the most support. Once the system is established, the "lone trainer," developers, and administrators can manage learners and add/modify courses with no additional support. Although many developers use the default settings, AcroTrain provides controls to allow the developer to control the learning environment without programming or outside support. The AcroEdit module permits developers to define the e-learning system environment, build courses, and edit questions in various formats. In addition to the video, sound, animation, and links provided by PowerPoint, AcroEdit also can associate HTML files with each course topic. This functions to provide glossaries, background information, or detailed manuals organized as an electronic performance support system. The EPSS (electronic performance support system) can be made available for learners when they complete the training and return to the job.June 2009Do not reproduce 15
  15. 15. Brandon Hall Research Question types supported by AcroTrain include true/false, yes/no, multiple-choice, drag-and- drop, matching, and fill-in assessment questions. All question types can use the supplemental information feature to present in-depth analyses and graphic questions. "Hint" and "More" features enable developers to supplement their questions with definitions of terms or acronyms and other background information that some learners may need to properly understand a question. Questions have slightly different features and appearances based on their use as formative, exam, or survey questions. The formative questions can include a review function to return learners to a particular slide in the PowerPoint presentation or a custom remediation by launching a PowerPoint, HTML, or .exe file. The AcroEdit publish function permits developers to create CD-ROM disk view files and to export their courses to network locations. The CD-ROM export can be designed to run directly from the disk view and return records to the administrator through e-mail or other file transfer methods. AcroAdmin is the tool used to develop assessments and manage learners. Assessment types include standard fixed question exams, paper exams, randomly generated exams, surveys, critiques, practical exercises, and several options to present pre-tests that automatically give partial or full course credit. Pre-testing can use question keywords to base credit on objectives or other attributes. Developers define the examination flow and control the results shown to learners. They can provide immediate feedback on the correct answer as learners complete each question, and they can present an exam review upon assessment completion. Options to create Excel summary report files and to automatically update external records systems on exam completion are included. Access codes can be provided to a proctor or directly to learners. Developers may require that exams be completed in one session. AcroEdit permits exams to be launched in the audit mode to enable developers to fully experience the exam as a learner would without making a permanent record. Assessment completion report options include assessment specific instructions based on the assessment results. AcroAdmin learner management features control learner registration and report training results. Administrators can pre-register learners into the AcroTrain system individually or import them from existing records systems. They can also register them for courses and update their records for external courses such as instructor-led courses, on-the-job training, or other qualification requirements. Standard reports are available with various filtering options using dates and learner attributes. Administrators can remove learners and specific records. AcroAdmin also allows developers to view, print, and export detailed course settings andJune 2009Do not reproduce 16
  16. 16. Brandon Hall Research questions. The AcroTrain run-time engine features three operating modes: standard, audit, and instructor- led. The standard mode is used for normal course presentations. Developers can present an introductory screen and closing screen. They can also include objectives in the course presentation flow. Learners control their flow through the courses; they can go directly to formative questions or can view presentations before seeing the questions. Developers can limit access to topics and modules by assigning prerequisites. In the audit mode, a learner experiences the course as if he/she were taking it for credit, but a permanent record is not retained. Administrators may permit auditors to access courses without using the standard log- in process. In the instructor-led mode, AcroTrain does not record responses, prerequisites are removed, and keyboard combinations allow instructors to skip or correctly answer questions. AcroTrain generates an optional review module based on which formative questions learners answered correctly on the first attempt. AcroTrain content management capabilities permit developers to share content with multiple courses. This is used frequently for subjects that have multiple qualification levels. Contact Information AcroServices 860 Sandalwood Road West Perrysburg, OH United States 43551-3225 Toll-free: (877) 872-5588 Phone: (419) 872-9999 Fax: The company did not provide this information. E-mail: l.g@acroservices.com Web site: http://www.acroservices.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 17
  17. 17. Brandon Hall Research Adobe Systems Inc. Product: Adobe Captivate Version #: 3 Company information Number of employees: 6,400 Company status: Public ADBE Product description Number of organizations using this product: 50,000+ Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1982 With Adobe Captivate, anyone can easily develop robust e-learning content. The software enables authors to get up and running quickly with its intuitive point-and-click user interface, a start page with access to handy tutorials, and many time-saving features such as automated text captions, a find and replace feature, and automatic rerecording of Web applications in Internet Explorer. In a single recording session, authors can create multiple learner modes such as demonstrations with mouse movements and text descriptions of each recorded task, practice simulations with instructional feedback, and assessments with scored user interactions. In addition to software training, authors can quickly develop soft-skills simulations and work with the visual branching view to map out learner paths. Even Adobe Flash(R) developers can save time by quickly capturing screen tasks in Adobe Captivate and then exporting their content to Adobe Flash software for further authoring or advanced editing. The finished simulations are published to the .SWF format and can be used with other e- learning authoring tools and Adobe Acrobat(R) Connect(TM) Professional, Adobe Presenter, and the Questionmark Perception assessment tool. Authors can develop highly engaging e-learning experiences without programming or multimedia skills. Its easy to increase the effectiveness of simulations by adding interactivity -- including quizzing, text entry fields with multiple correct answer options, click boxes, keyboard shortcuts, and buttons -- anywhere in a project, complete with scoring and branching. Learners stay engaged with seamlessly integrated audio and video, effects such as the rich- media rollover slidelet, animated slide transitions, and support for many Microsoft PowerPointJune 2009Do not reproduce 18
  18. 18. Brandon Hall Research animations. Authors can also create complex scenarios and display different learner paths in a branching view. Authors can insert multiple interactions and objects into a single slide, enabling multiple choices or complex realistic simulations, and can choose from a many quiz question types, including sequencing, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, matching, and image hotspots. When recording software training, Adobe Captivate automatically adds scored interactions and instructional feedback. The software automatically generates an Adobe Flash Player compatible SWF file from slide-based content, complete with pre-loader and play-back controls -- no Flash software knowledge or programming skills are required. Due to the .SWF output, authors can deliver rich e-learning content to virtually anyone, anytime, anywhere. Using this format, its easy to create high-quality content while maintaining a small file size. The flexible output formats include e-mailing projects; posting them on a Web site, a blog, or an intranet; or publishing them to an online help system. Rich, interactive projects can be delivered through Flash Player, which is already installed on over 97 percent of Internet-connected desktops, to stream interactive projects to virtually anyone, anywhere, anytime -- no cumbersome software downloads required. It is also easy to leverage existing resources by integrating simulations with other e-learning tools. Adobe Captivate supports SCORM 2004, SCORM 1.2, AICC, and PENS to deploy simulations through any learning management system (LMS). Contact Information Adobe Systems Inc. 345 Park Avenue San Jose, CA United States 95110 Toll-free: (800)-833-6687 Phone: (408)-536-6000 Fax: (408)-537-6000 E-mail: The company did not provide this information. Web site: http://www.adobe.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 19
  19. 19. Brandon Hall Research Adobe Systems Inc. Product: Director and Shockwave Player Version #: 10 Company information Number of employees: 6400 Company status: Public ADBE Product description Number of organizations using this product: 5,000 Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1991 Director gives designers and developers the ability to create rich, high-performance, interactive content that can be deployed on CD/DVD, to corporate intranets, or to the Web with Shockwave Player. Director is a multimedia authoring application that is differentiated both by the breadth of multimedia file types that can be integrated and controlled and by the ease with which the resulting content and applications can be deployed for optimal play-back across platforms. Director can incorporate photo quality images, full-screen or long-form digital video, sounds, animation, 3-D models, text, hypertext, bitmaps, and Macromedia Flash content. Contact Information Adobe Systems Inc. 345 Park Avenue San Jose, CA United States 95110 Toll-free: (800)-833-6687 Phone: (408)-536-6000 Fax: (408)-537-6000 E-mail: The company did not provide this information. Web site: http://www.macromedia.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 20
  20. 20. Brandon Hall Research Adobe Systems Inc. Product: Authorware Version #: 7.02 Company information Number of employees: 6400 Company status: Public MACR Product description Number of organizations using this product: Thousands Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1991 Macromedia Authorware is an authoring system that has adapted over the years for the Web and online learning. It enables training developers, instructional designers, and subject matter experts to create interactive, media-rich content for delivery on the Web, corporate networks, and CD-ROMs. Developers drag icons from a palette to a flow line to create the logical outline of an application. At each step in the process, Authorware prompts the developer for the content and information it needs with menus and wizards. Authorware also includes a property inspector for quicker and easier editing of icon properties. Authorware’s in-context editing allows authors to pause an application at any point, edit media, add interactivity, change screen layout, and then restart the application. Authorware’s drag-and-drop authoring allows the author to modify the application’s structure, which is useful for rapid prototyping. Authorware’s structure emphasizes interactivity. It incorporates the media types such as Flash MX, QuickTime, MP3, and Windows Media Player support. Standard instructional capabilities like assessments, hyperlinking information, and tracking student information are all available without coding. The Authorware scripting language or standard JavaScript is available for further customization. Authorware enables designers to create a broad range of training applications, including simulations and scenario-based courseware. Authorware’s Knowledge Track feature and LMS Knowledge Objects automates the transmission of standard tracking information to any AICC/SCORM-compliant LMS. One-button publishing integrates and automates the steps of the publishing process, making it possible to deliver applications for the Web, CD-ROM, or corporate network. Compression, streaming, andJune 2009Do not reproduce 21
  21. 21. Brandon Hall Research support for low-bandwidth formats like Flash, Shockwave audio, and Voxware audio increases the levels of interactivity. In addition to supporting the Web, LANs, and CD-ROM, Authorware delivers instructional applications cross-platform. The Authorware Macintosh Player runs Authorware applications on the Macintosh Classic and OSX operating systems. Authorware includes versions of the player for both local and Web delivery. Contact Information Adobe Systems Inc. 345 Park Avenue San Jose, CA United States 94103 Toll-free: (800)-833-6687 Phone: (408)-536-6000 Fax: (408)-537-6000 E-mail: The company did not provide this information. Web site: http://www.macromedia.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 22
  22. 22. Brandon Hall Research Adobe Systems Inc. Product: Adobe Presenter Version #: 7.0 Company information Number of employees: 6400 Company status: Public ADBE Product description Number of organizations using this product: 5,500+ Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1983 With Adobe Presenter software, anyone can rapidly create professional, on-demand presentations and e-learning courses from within Microsoft PowerPoint. With just a few clicks, a user can transform drab presentations into interactive multimedia experiences with narration, animations, quizzes, video, and simulations. Presenter is ideal for training professionals who want to have engaging Flash training created quickly, educationists wanting to provide on-demand courseware, marketing professionals trying to create high-impact multimedia pitches for their offerings, or subject matter experts trying to create rapid trainings. Adobe Presenter creates SCORM- and AICC-compliant content for easy tracking on learning management systems (LMSs). Presenter can be used to create content in Flash, Flashlite 3, or PDF formats. Adobe Presenter integrated with Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro to address a wide range of training needs by providing delivery options for both self-paced courses, as well as virtual classrooms. Contact Information Adobe Systems Inc. 345 Park Avenue San Jose, CA United States 95110 Toll-free: (800)-833-6687 Phone: (408)-536-6000June 2009Do not reproduce 23
  23. 23. Brandon Hall Research Fax: (408)-537-6000 E-mail: Must use a form on the Web site. Web site: http://www.adobe.com/products/presenterJune 2009Do not reproduce 24
  24. 24. Brandon Hall Research Adobe Systems Inc. Product: Dreamweaver CS3 Version #: CS3 Company information Number of employees: 6,400 Company status: Public ADBE Product description Number of organizations using this product: Thousands. Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1996 Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 is a Web authoring tool that development teams can use to build robust Web sites and applications. Designers, developers, and programmers can work within one environment to create and manage a Web site, whether it is built using HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, Web services, ColdFusion, ASP.NET, ASP, JSP, or PHP. Dreamweaver CS3 combines visual layout tools, rapid Web application features, and extensive code editing support. Contact Information Adobe Systems Inc. 345 Park Avenue San Jose, CA United States 95110 Toll-free: (800)-833-6687 Phone: (408)-536-6000 Fax: (408)-537-6000 E-mail: The company did not provide this information. Web site: http://www.adobe.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 25
  25. 25. Brandon Hall Research Adobe Systems Inc. Product: Adobe(R) Flash(R) CS3 Professional Version #: Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Company information Number of employees: 6,400 Company status: Public ADBE Product description Number of organizations using this product: 1,000,000+ Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1991 Adobe Flash CS3 Professional is used for creating rich interactive content to distribute across browsers, desktops, and mobile and consumer electronic devices. Designers and developers use Adobe Flash CS3 Professional to create e-learning experiences incorporating animated motion, graphics, images, sound, video, and text. Content is then viewed through Flash run times, including Adobe Flash Player, Flash Lite, and AIR. Contact Information Adobe Systems Inc. 345 Park Avenue San Jose, CA United States 95110 Toll-free: (800) 833-6687 Phone: (408) 536-6000 Fax: (408) 537-6000 E-mail: The company did not provide this information. Web site: http://macromedia.com or http://www.adobe.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 26
  26. 26. Brandon Hall Research Apixel Product: Apixel Metamorphosis Version #: 1.021 Company information Number of employees: 18 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: 500 Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 2000 APIXEL Metamorphosis is an automated e-learning authoring system. Users provide the system with their e-learning content in the form of a Microsoft Word document, and the system chunks the content onto screens, inserts matching images from its own high-quality library, generates learning activities, and outputs the resulting course in the desired Web-based format. Metamorphosis now also provides the ability to import Microsoft PowerPoint slide shows. Metamorphosis’ developers have analyzed the process according to which instructional designers create e-learning courseware, and have removed the repetitive, taxing tasks and fully automated them in the Metamorphosis system. Metamorphosis allows users to transform their content into colorful interactive training in minutes. Most people who want to train their staff beginning with a content document. The instructional designer then chunks that information across screens and prescribes or searches for appropriate graphics to illustrate the content on each screen. Metamorphosis automates that laborious process. The user simply provides the content document in Word or PowerPoint format and Metamorphosis does the rest. Metamorphosis draws on tens of thousands of high- quality photographic and clip art images. The system automatically generates learning activities, and multiple choice questions are integrated into the system. A simple four-step interface guides the user through the lesson creation process. Once Metamorphosis finishes the document conversion process, users can edit any of the resulting screens. The system has all the usual options of adding various media and different question types to further enhance the learning environment. Metamorphosis is automated. Other systems require the user to build screens manually one-June 2009Do not reproduce 27
  27. 27. Brandon Hall Research by-one (though Metamorphosis also allows for the one-by-one screen creation, if desired), choosing accompanying images or activities for each, but Metamorphosis does not require the manual build. Metamorphosis was particularly designed with the novice personal computer user in mind. Essentially, if a user can use Word or PowerPoint, they can immediately use Metamorphosis to convert Word documents or PowerPoint into colorful interactive e-learning tutorials. Metamorphosis involves a four-step procedure: 1. Settings 2. Import 3. Edit 4. Publish The system defaults deliver a polished complete product every time. In other words, simply by importing their Word documents or PowerPoint, users are able to generate a completed e- learning course with the click of a button. Contact Information Apixel 14 Myola Road Newport Beach, New South Wales Australia 2106 Toll-free: Not applicable Phone: +(612) 9940-2988 Fax: +(612) 9940-0577 E-mail: info@apixel.com Web site: www.apixel.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 28
  28. 28. Brandon Hall Research Articulate Product: Articulate Presenter Version #: 09 Company information Number of employees: 30 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: 12,000+ Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 2000 Articulate Presenter is a desktop rapid authoring tool that lets non-technical users create Flash-based e-learning courses and presentations by integrating narration and interactivity with a standard PowerPoint file. The subject matter expert can author the presentation in PowerPoint, and Articulate Presenter will automatically transform it into a Flash experience. Contact Information Articulate 244 5th Avenue, Suite 2960 New York, NY United States 10001 Toll-free: (800) 861-4880 Phone: (646) 706-7596 Fax: (212) 202-6096 E-mail: biz@articulate.com Web site: http://www.articulate.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 29
  29. 29. Brandon Hall Research Articulate Product: Articulate Quizmaker Version #: 09 Company information Number of employees: 30 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: 12,000+ Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 2000 Articulate Quizmaker 09 provides a set of tools for creating highly customized Flash-based quizzes, assessments, and surveys without the need for programming. Contact Information Articulate 244 5th Avenue Suite 2960 New York, NY United States 10001 Toll-free: (800) 861-4880 Phone: N/A Fax: (212) 202-6096 E-mail: biz@articulate.com Web site: http://www.articulate.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 30
  30. 30. Brandon Hall Research Articulate Product: Articulate Engage Version #: September 09 Company information Number of employees: 30 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: 12,000+ Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 2000 Energize e-learning courses with Engage - a quick and easy tool that lets users create lean- forward experiences for learners. The ability to produce dazzling interactions that turn passive viewers into active learners makes Engage the companion to Articulate Presenter for producing quality e-learning courses. Easy-to-use templates let users create rich-media interactivity in minutes. Choose from a wide range of interaction types, including process, time-line, pyramid diagram, labeled graphic, interactive FAQ, and more. Community interactions can be created with the free software development kit (SDK), giving developers the ability to create infinite types of interactions. The familiar Flash format allows interactions to integrate seamlessly into virtually any e-learning course or even stand-alone on any Web site. Contact Information Articulate 244 5th Avenue Suite 2960 New York, NY United States 10001 Toll-free: (800) 861-4880 Phone: The company did not provide this information. Fax: (800) 858-9916 E-mail: biz@articulate.com Web site: http://www.articulate.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 31
  31. 31. Brandon Hall Research Assima Product: Wizard Training Suite Version #: 5.0 Company information Number of employees: 110 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: 50 Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 2002 Wizard Training Suite (WTS) was developed to enable companies to simulate their software environments without needing to program or use screen shots. Using a pure object method of capturing the WTS enables subject matter experts (SME) and training authors to create realistic and interactive simulations that capture the learning curve of their end users. The product enables the developer to create simulations of real software and then use these simulations to create customizable tutorials. Features of the product include the following: • The ability to generate interactive application simulations (not based on screen captures) • The ability to automatically generate documentation (HTML, DOC, PPT, and PDF) • The ability to automatically test the tutorials • The ability to extract all text, data, or GUI information into a dictionary for translation purposes or to make live data anonymous • The ability to track and evaluate results to monitor employee progress • The ability to maintain materials anytime via automatic regeneration (e.g., when software is updated)June 2009Do not reproduce 32
  32. 32. Brandon Hall Research Contact Information Assima Suite 400 1821 Walden Office Square Schaumburg, IL United States 60173 Toll-free: (800) 608-5373 Phone: (847) 397-6037 Fax: (847) 397-6036 E-mail: info@assima.net Web site: http://www.assima.netJune 2009Do not reproduce 33
  33. 33. Brandon Hall Research Atlantic Link Limited Product: Content Point Version #: Version 1.31 Company information Number of employees: 40 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: 140 Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 2002 Content Point allows collaborative rapid authoring (and content management) of dynamic, Web-based, Flash e-learning. It is a server-based e-learning environment, featuring a client (Content Point) that connects to an e-learning server via Web services and the Microsoft .NET framework, allowing users to create, edit, and publish online e-learning. Content Point provides online access and full functionality at remote sites. All courses are published in Flash automatically with no Flash skills required. No programming skills are required. A drag-and-drop user interface is provided to create course content. Courses are Section 508-compliant automatically. The integrated PowerPoint converter converts PowerPoint presentations into Web-based courses. Presentations are compressed by a ratio of approximately 10:1, and all elements are converted, including timed events in PowerPoint. Web-based review and issue management capabilities are provided to streamline the review cycle. Variable driven Flash movies can be read directly into Content Point, be evaluated, and then be content managed. This allows non-programmers to use complex Flash elements within Content Point, without needing Flash skills. This can include dynamic menus, buttons, quizzes, animations, games, drag-and-drop scenarios, etc. A learning management system (LMS) and a Web-based content management system are also provided. These items allow users to edit, update, and publish Content Point courses through a Web browser, without needing any software. Content Point also comes with a screen capture tool (Capture Point) for creating IT simulations,June 2009Do not reproduce 34
  34. 34. Brandon Hall Research Capture Point captures, all user interactions, mouse clicks, and typed input and for converting them into IT simulations. Contact Information Atlantic Link Limited G6, Ashtree Court, Mellors Way Nottingham, Notts. United Kingdom NG8 6PY Toll-free: Phone: +44-115-875-5420 Fax: +44-115-875-5427 E-mail: sales@atlantic-link.co.uk Web site: http://www.atlantic-link.co.ukJune 2009Do not reproduce 35
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  36. 36. Brandon Hall Research Bernard D&G/TurboDemo Product: TurboDemo Version #: 7.0 Company information Number of employees: 12 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: 19,000 Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1998 TurboDemo records and captures on-screen activities and automatically creates online demos and software simulations in Flash, EXE, AVI, ASF, Java, PDF, Word, or GIF. No programming knowledge is required. Contact Information Bernard D&G/TurboDemo Birnenweg 15 Reutlingen, BWB Germany 72766 Toll-free: (866) 671-5441 Phone: (866) 671-5441 Fax: (212) 937-5201 E-mail: info@turbodemo.com Web site: http://www.turbodemo.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 37
  37. 37. Brandon Hall Research Brainshark Inc. Product: Brainshark Presentations Platform Version #: 16.1 Company information Number of employees: 100 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: 600+ Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1999 The Brainshark Communications Platform is a Web-based software application that enables companies to create, manage, deliver, and track on-demand content that combines voice, visuals, Web pages, and business documents. Brainshark enables the average business person or subject matter expert (SME) to deliver content using familiar tools, and leveraging the types of business communications they already use such as presentations, documents, and Web pages. Enterprise-class considerations, such as content and user management, and security, standards-based APIs, and business solution modules, such as Brainshark Rapid Learning, can help deliver effective learning and communications. Contact Information Brainshark Inc. 51 Sawyer Road Two University Office Park Waltham, MA United States 02453 Toll-free: (866) 276-7427 Phone: (781) 370-8000 Fax: (781) 370-8202 E-mail: info@brainshark.com Web site: http://www.brainshark.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 38
  38. 38. Brandon Hall Research Brainvisa Product: RapideL Enhance Version #: 3.1r Company information Number of employees: 400 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: Not provided Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 2000 RapideL Enhance is a learning solution designed to create Flash-based courses with interactive and visual appeal from the easy-to-use authoring environment of Microsoft Word. Some of its features include: • Rapid development from Word to Flash • Library of rich templates to support creation of e-learning without the need for programming • Powerful review mode to review and report course issues in real time • Robust reporting framework to create reports for graphics and audio scripts from the storyboard interface • SCORM-compliant output; fully SCORM compliant courses are ready to be launched on any learning management system (LMS) that conforms to this standard. RapideL Enhance 3.1 supports SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 versions. • Support for localization to create multilingual versions of the same course. Contact Information Brainvisa Amar Arma Genesis, Baner Road, Baner Pune, MaharashtraJune 2009Do not reproduce 39
  39. 39. Brandon Hall Research India 411045 Toll-free: The company did not provide this information. Phone: +91 20-40709549 Fax: +91 20-40709100 E-mail: info@brainvisa.com Web site: http://www.brainvisa.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 40
  40. 40. Brandon Hall Research Brainvisa Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Product: RapideL-i Version #: 1.1 Company information Number of employees: 400 Company status: Private Product description Number of organizations using this product: The company did not provide this information. Year this product (version 1.0) was originally released: 1999 RapideL-i is an Internet-based, rapid e-learning content authoring platform that allows a server- based collaborative development at anytime, from anywhere. Multiple users can now log-on together and work simultaneously to create engaging e-learning rapidly. Users can now focus only on content, while RapideL-i takes care of the speed of development, instructional value of the content, deployment options of the course. No more clogging personal computers with gigabytes of courseware because users can author courses online on a secure application. Contact Information Brainvisa Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Amar Arma Genesis, Sr. No. 2/1 & 2/2, Baner Road Pune, Maharashtra India 411 045 Toll-free: Not applicable Phone: +91 20-40709549 Fax: +91 20-40709100 E-mail: info@brainvisa.com Web site: http://www.brainvisa.comJune 2009Do not reproduce 41

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