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Windows Authoring Systems: Astound <http://www.astound.com/products2/astound/astound.html> : Astound <http://www.astound.com/> ; Windows95/98, NT Astound is a venerable frame paradigm authoring system, which has added extensive interactivity to it's presentation authoring origin. It is currently in version 6.0. AuraLine <http://www.auraline.com/about/about.htm> : NEC Systems Laboratory <http://www.auraline.com/> ; Java, Windows, WWW AuraLine is a cast/score/scripting authoring system, oriented to producing interactive presentations. It is one of the first generation of Java authoring tools. Authorware Attain <http://www.macromedia.com/software/authorware/> : Macromedia <http://www.macromedia.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW (via WebPlayer) Currently in version 5.0, this follows the iconic/flow control paradigm with a limit per individual file of 32,000 icons. Authorware supports jumping between files (the maintainer has worked on projects greater than 100 MB in content), jumping out to apps and even printing from them. This has unparalleled external media support, and can encapsulate all non-motion media content into apps and content libraries, or leave media files external for dynamic access. Authorware supports character-styled text and extensive navigation structures including hypertext. This tool is optimal for CBT and rapid prototyping. BigEZ <http://www.mockingbird.com/products/bigez/index.htm> : Warren-Forthought, Inc. <http://www.mockingbird.com/> BigEZ is an iconic/flow control tool for interactive multimedia presentation construction, including instructional design templates for CBT programs. CBIquick Authoring System <http://www.amtcorp.com/cbiquick.html> : AMT International, Inc. <http://www.amtcorp.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW (via Stargate) ClickWorks <http://www.pitango.com/mn-cw.html> : Pitango <http://www.pitango.com/> ; Mac, Windows player Clickworks is a card/scripting system that has a high amount of object-orientation. There are now two versions: Delight and Pro. The Pro version provides the most complete handling of text available, comparable to a desktop-publishing tool. Cocktail98 <http://www.cocktail98.com/> : Samsung <http://www.samsung.com/"> ; Windows, NT, WWW Cocktail98 is a frame paradigm authoring system with support for multiple languages, including double-byte languages such as Korean and Japanese. CourseBuilder <http://www.discoverysystems.com/Pages/CB-Soft.HTML> : Discovery Systems Int'l. <http://www.discoverysystems.com/> ; Mac, Windows Player CourseBuilder 5.0 is an iconic/flow control paradigm authoring system optimized for CBT delivery. Allows scriptless interactive courseware construction. Courseworks <http://www.iprax.com/cworks/index.htm> : Iprax Training Solutions <http://www.iprax.com/> Dazzler <http://www.dazzlersoft.com/visitors_index.htm> : Intela Media Ltd. <http://www.dazzlersoft.com/> ; Java, Windows, NT, WWW Dazzler is a Hierarchical Object paradigm authoring system. It is descended from MasterClass by ISC Media Systems, and is now in version 5.0. There is also a Deluxe version. Desktop Support Factory <http://www.usabilitysciences.com/products/dsf/dsfindex.html> : Usability Sciences Corporation <http://www.usabilitysciences.com/> Desktop Support Factory is optimized for Electronic Performance Support System (EPSS) development. Digital Chisel <http://www2.pierian.com/products/authoring_tools/digital_chisel3/dc3.htm> : Pierian Spring <http://www.pierian.com/> ; Windows95/98, NT, Solaris, WWW Digital Chisel has been rewritten in Java for delivery to most platforms. It has moved from its card roots to a frame paradigm. Director <http://www.macromedia.com/software/director/> : Macromedia <http://www.macromedia.com/> ; Mac, Windows95/98, NT, WWW (via Shockwave) Currently in version 7.0, this popular general market product follows the cast/score/scripting paradigm, which makes it the tool of choice for animation content. Its roots as a cel- and sprite-animation program are unmistakable; its inclusion of Lingo, its object-based scripting language, has made it the animation-capable program to beat. The AfterBurner compression Xtra creates Shockwave files, allowing Web playback. Docent <http://www.docent.com/solutions/products/index.htm> : Docent <http://www.docent.com/> ; Windows95, NT, WWW Docent is a HTML Enterprise Training authoring tool, now in version 3.0; the tool uses both an outliner metaphor and a tool palette; it can be considered a cross between an iconic/flow control tool and a Hierarchical Object system. Emblaze Creator <http://www.emblaze.com/creator.htm> : Geo International <http://www.emblaze.com/> ; JavaScript, Mac, Win95, WWW Emblaze Creator 2.5 is a cast/score/scripting tool which is designed for Web-based playback of interactive multimedia. Everest Authoring System <http://www.insystem.com/everest.htm> : Intersystem Concepts, Inc. <http://www.insystem.com/> Everest is a Hypermedia Linkage authoring system; it uses a hierarchical Book/Page/Object metaphor, with multiple palettes and windows for Attributes, Variables, Layout, etc. The A-pex scripting language has extensive online help via the A-pex3 Assistant (wizard); standard Windows API calls (such as MCI, WinHelp, VBX and ActiveX) are supported. DOS-created Summit files can be imported to leverage existing courseware. Flash <http://www.macromedia.com/software/flash/> : Macromedia <http://www.macromedia.com/> ; Mac, Windows95, NT, WWW (via Flash Player) Flash 3.0 is a cast/score/scripting tool, which primarily uses vector graphics (and can create vector graphics from imported bitmaps). It is optimized for Web delivery, and is especially common for banner adds and small interactive web deliverables. Formula Graphics Multimedia System <http://www.FormulaGraphics.com/> : Harrow Software <http://www.FormulaGraphics.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW(via FG), Java (via FGX) This is a Hypermedia Linkage authoring system, whose interface is more than vaguely reminiscent of Visual Basic; has a relatively powerful scripting language. Formula Graphics is available as shareware, with only the packaging functions disabled. Gain Momentum <http://www.gainsoft.com/gm/> : Gain Software, Inc. <http://www.gainsoft.com/> ; Windows 95, NT, Solaris, UNIX Gain Momentum 3.5 is a hypermedia linkage authoring tool. Its GEL scripting language and multiple views (including timeline and an object browser) provide a large amount of development power. GLpro <http://www.gmedia.net/gmedia/glpro/winspec.html> : G-media <http://www.gmedia.net/index.html> GLpro is a scripting paradigm authoring system. HyperMethod <http://www.eltech.ru/hyper/> : Prog. Systems AI Lab <http://www.eltech.ru/hyper/> ; Windows95, NT HyperMethod is a hypermedia linkage authoring system now in version 3.0; distinctive in its support for Russian language content. HyperStudio <http://www.hyperstudio.com/> : Roger Wagner Publishing <http://www.hyperstudio.com/> ; Mac, Windows HyperStudio is acard/scripting paradigm authoring system, optimized for and focussed on the educational market. IconAuthor <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/iconauthor/> : Asymetrix <http://www.asymetrix.com/> ; Windows, NT, Solaris, UNIX, WWW (via Windows) IconAuthor follows the iconic/flow control paradigm. It is notable for its SmartObject editor, which tags content files (still graphics, RTF text, etc.) for interactivity. It has the option to either embed content files or leave them external in specified directories. The biggest strength of this program is its included data handling, which makes it unparalleled for CBT data tracking. The latest version should also provide WWW porting of existing content. Avoid its internal "Move Object" path animation feature due to jerky response -- use a .FLC or .AVI instead. Illuminatus < http://www.digitalworkshop.co.uk/illumindes.html> : Digital Workshop <http://www.digitalworkshop.co.uk/> Illuminatus 4.1 is a frame paradigm authoring system optimized for electronic book production. The Instructor <http://www.bcdokc.com/inst1.html> : BCD Associates, Inc. <http://www.bcdokc.com/index.html> iShell <http://www.tribeworks.com/Public/Content/Technology.html> : Tribeworks <http://www.tribeworks.com/> ; PowerMac, Windows 95/98 iShell is a frame tool, derived in largest part from Apple Media Tool. It's most prominent feature is unparalleled interactive QuickTime support. IShell is freeware, with licensing available for commercial applications. Katabounga <http://www.abvent.com/intl/katabounga.html> : Abvent <http://www.abvent.com/> ; PowerMac, Mac Player, Windows95/98 Player Katabounga is a Hierarchical Object authoring system, currently in version 2.0. Magenta II<http://www.magentammt.com/magenta2/magenta2/index.html"> : Magenta MultiMedia Tools B.V. <http://www.magentammt.com/"> ; Windows 95/8, NT Manager's Edge <http://www.allencomm.com/software/manager/> : Allen Communications <http://www.allencomm.com/> ; Java, Windows95, NT In its 2.0 version Manager's Edge has expanded from its CMI roots to being a full authoring suite, while remaining CBT-optimized and compliant with AICC standards. It includes HTML/Java export capabilities for browser-delivered courses. mBed Interactor <http://www.mbed.com/html/mbdframe1.html> : mBed <http://www.mbed.com/> ; Java, Mac, Windows95, WWW mBed Interactor is a cast/score/scripting authoring system optimized for WWW delivery; it comes in Lite, Standard and Professional Editions. MediaForge <http://www.clearsand.com/webpages/prod/mf/index.htm> : Clearsand Corporation <http://www.clearsand.com/> ; Windows95, NT, WWW (via Mirage) MediaForge is a frame paradign authoring system, with a scripting language (MediaBasic) similar to Visual Basic. The current version features multiframe sprites and enchanced transparency (including .AVI files), plus it allows the creation of templates for runtime editing -- read "engine creation". MetaCard <http://www.metacard.com/pi.html> : MetaCard <http://www.metacard.com/> ; Mac, Windows95/98, NT, Solaris, UNIX MetaCard is a card/scripting authoring system, currently in version 2.2. This is one of the more powerful tools of its paradigm; the scripting language is especially robust. Microcosm <http://www.multicosm.com/microcosm/index.html> : Multicosm, Ltd. <http://www.webcosm.com/> ; DOS, Windows Microcosm is a Hypermedia Linkage authoring system. MMD <http://www.capella-mm.com/home/body_mmd.htm> : Capella Computers Ltd. <http://www.capella-mm.com/> ; Windows, NT Capella/MMD is a Hypermedia Linkage authoring system, where all content is derived from its proprietary multimedia database; optimized for kiosk/POS applications. MocKingbird(R)CBT <http://www.mockingbird.com/products/cbt/index.htm> : Warren-Forthought, Inc. <http://www.mockingbird.com/> ; Mac, Windows, NT MocKingbird is a Performance Support System following the scripting paradigm. Motivate <http://www.motion-factory.com/products/frameset_products.html> : Motion Factory <http://www.motion-factory.com/> ; Windows, NT Billed as an "Intelligent Character" authoring tool, this is a fantastic 3-D Hierarchical Object authoring system, optimized for character generation. Multimedia Fusion <http://www.imsisoft.com/mmfusion/> : IMSI <http://www.imsisoft.com/> ; Windows95, NT, WWW (via Vitalize!) Formerly Corel's Click-and-Create, this frame paradigm authoring tool is one of the easiest to learn. Neobook Professional <http://www.neosoftware.com/nbw.html> : Neosoft <http://www.neosoftware.com/> ; DOS, Windows95/98, NT Neobook is a frame paradigm authoring tool currently in version 3.2. Presenter! <http://www.eloquent.com/products/presenter.html> : Eloquent <http://www.eloquent.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW Presenter! is a frame paradigm authoring tool. QuarkImmedia <http://www.quark.com/quarkimmedia/> : Quark <http://www.quark.com/> ; Mac, Windows Player QuarkImmedia is a frame paradigm authoring system, designed for re-purposing print (QuarkXPress) documents. Quest <http://www.allencomm.com/p&s/software/quest/> : Allen Communications <http://www.allencomm.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW (via QuestNet) Quest 6 for Windows is a frame paradigm authoring system. Its most notable feature is its scripting language, which is ANSI C. Question Mark <http://www.questionmark.com/qmwindows/index.htm> : Question Mark Computing Ltd <http://www.questionmark.com/> ; WWW (via Perception), DOS, Mac, Windows Question Mark is optimized for Electronic Assessment production. Rapid Simulation <http://www.emultek.com/prodrst.htm> : Emultek <http://www.emultek.com/> ; Windows95, NT Realimation STE <http://www.realimation.com/overview/ste.htm> : Realimation <http://www.realimation.com> ; Windows95, NT, WWW The Realimation Space-Time-Editor is a 3-D Virtual Reality authoring tool. Scala MM200 <http://www.scala.com/mm/index.html> : Scala <http://www.scala.com/> ; Windows95, NT MM200 is a frame paradigm authoring tool with an emphasis on interactive presentation authoring. It includes support for most Windows-based multimedia content formats and has a large bank of available transitions. Slim Show <http://www.pcww.com/web_mat/slimshow.html> : PC Wholeware <http://www.pcww.com/> ; Windows, NT Slim Show follows the iconic/flow control paradigm. It is notable for its compact runtime engine; the overhead can be as low as 60K. Slim Show also includes a built-in text-to-speech engine. StorySpace <http://www.eastgate.com/Storyspace.html> : Eastgate Systems <http://www.eastgate.com/> ; Mac, Windows, WWW (via HTML) Hypertext authoring system, uses "Writing Space" links, corresponds pretty closely to the frame paradigm. The newest version supports export of a complete story space to HTML. SuperLink <http://www.alchemediainc.com/slfeatr.html> : Alchemedia <http://www.alchemediainc.com/> ; Windows, NT SuperLink is the successor software to Linkway, and follows the card/scripting paradigm, while holding the content externally to the script file. Tactic! <http://www.bgw.ca/english/survol-e.html> : BGW Multimedia <http://www.bgw.ca/> ; Windows95, NT<BR> Tactic! is a complete authoring suite; it includes instructional design advice (like a pre-authoring tool), media tracking, project management, outline views, and script views; and is compatible with all AICC-compliant CMI products. If you're looking for the ultimate soup-to-nuts CBT-optimized tool, this is it! There are 3 components available on their own: Tactic! Editor for subject matter experts or course designers; Tactic! Viewer for delivery; and Tactic! ScoreKeeper for CMI functions. TenCORE <http://www.tencore.com/authtool.htm> : Computer Teaching Corporation <http://www.tencore.com/> ; DOS, Windows TenCORE is actually two products: TenCORE Producer, which is a frame paradigm authoring system, and TenCORE Language Authoring System, which is a scripting paradigm authoring system. TenCORE LAS has discernable Plato roots. The Learning Manager : Campus America <http://www.campuscan.com/> ThingMaker <http://www.thingworld.com/> : Parable <http://www.parablecorp.com/> ; Windows95/98, NT, WWW (via ThingPlayer) ThingMaker is a cast/score/scripting tool, optimized for WWW multimedia production. This has one of the fastest-to-learn interfaces for multimedia-via-the-Web delivery. Toolbook II <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/toolbook2/> : Asymetrix <http://www.asymetrix.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW (via Neuron), Java Toolbook is a card/scripting authoring system now broken into components: Instructor, the standard tool; Assistant, the pre-built templates; CBT Systems, optimized for CBT production; and CMS Plus, a course-management system. Toolbook includes database linkage, MCI compliance and many examples (called "Widgets") of interactivity. This newest version exports HTML and Java for Web delivery. <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/toolbook2/instructor/> <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/toolbook2/assistant/> <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/toolbook2/cbtsystems/> <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/toolbook2/cmsplus.html> Xpower <http://www.pmace.com/xpower.htm> : Paul Mace Software <http://www.pmace.com/> Xpower is a scripting paradigm authoring system in a full-fledged IDE; you can also view your program as a flowchart or on a visual stage. Windows NT Authoring Systems: Astound <http://www.astound.com/products2/astound/astound.html> : Astound <http://www.astound.com/> ; Windows95/98, NT Astound is a venerable frame paradigm authoring system, which has added extensive interactivity to it's presentation authoring origin. It is currently in version 6.0. Authorware Attain <http://www.macromedia.com/software/authorware/> : Macromedia <http://www.macromedia.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW (via WebPlayer) Currently in version 5.0, this follows the iconic/flow control paradigm with a limit per individual file of 32,000 icons. Authorware supports jumping between files (the maintainer has worked on projects greater than 100 MB in content), jumping out to apps and even printing from them. This has unparalleled external media support, and can encapsulate all non-motion media content into apps and content libraries, or leave media files external for dynamic access. Authorware supports character-styled text and extensive navigation structures including hypertext. This tool is optimal for CBT and rapid prototyping. CBIquick Authoring System <http://www.amtcorp.com/cbiquick.html> : AMT International, Inc. <http://www.amtcorp.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW (via Stargate) Cocktail98 <http://www.cocktail98.com/> : Samsung <http://www.samsung.com/"> ; Windows, NT, WWW Cocktail98 is a frame paradigm authoring system with support for multiple languages, including double-byte languages such as Korean and Japanese. Dazzler <http://www.dazzlersoft.com/visitors_index.htm> : Intela Media Ltd. <http://www.dazzlersoft.com/> ; Java, Windows, NT, WWW Dazzler is a Hierarchical Object paradigm authoring system. It is descended from MasterClass by ISC Media Systems, and is now in version 5.0. There is also a Deluxe version. Digital Chisel <http://www2.pierian.com/products/authoring_tools/digital_chisel3/dc3.htm> : Pierian Spring <http://www.pierian.com/> ; Windows95/98, NT, Solaris, WWW Digital Chisel has been rewritten in Java for delivery to most platforms. It has moved from its card roots to a frame paradigm. Director <http://www.macromedia.com/software/director/> : Macromedia <http://www.macromedia.com/> ; Mac, Windows95/98, NT, WWW (via Shockwave) Currently in version 7.0, this popular general market product follows the cast/score/scripting paradigm, which makes it the tool of choice for animation content. Its roots as a cel- and sprite-animation program are unmistakable; its inclusion of Lingo, its object-based scripting language, has made it the animation-capable program to beat. The AfterBurner compression Xtra creates Shockwave files, allowing Web playback. Docent <http://www.docent.com/solutions/products/index.htm> : Docent <http://www.docent.com/> ; Windows95, NT, WWW Docent is a HTML Enterprise Training authoring tool, now in version 3.0; the tool uses both an outliner metaphor and a tool palette; it can be considered a cross between an iconic/flow control tool and a Hierarchical Object system. Flash <http://www.macromedia.com/software/flash/> : Macromedia <http://www.macromedia.com/> ; Mac, Windows95, NT, WWW (via Flash Player) Flash 3.0 is a cast/score/scripting tool, which primarily uses vector graphics (and can create vector graphics from imported bitmaps). It is optimized for Web delivery, and is especially common for banner adds and small interactive web deliverables. Formula Graphics Multimedia System <http://www.FormulaGraphics.com/> : Harrow Software <http://www.FormulaGraphics.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW(via FG), Java (via FGX) This is a Hypermedia Linkage authoring system, whose interface is more than vaguely reminiscent of Visual Basic; has a relatively powerful scripting language. Formula Graphics is available as shareware, with only the packaging functions disabled. Gain Momentum <http://www.gainsoft.com/gm/> : Gain Software, Inc. <http://www.gainsoft.com/> ; Windows 95, NT, Solaris, UNIX Gain Momentum 3.5 is a hypermedia linkage authoring tool. Its GEL scripting language and multiple views (including timeline and an object browser) provide a large amount of development power. HyperMethod <http://www.eltech.ru/hyper/> : Prog. Systems AI Lab <http://www.eltech.ru/hyper/> ; Windows95, NT HyperMethod is a hypermedia linkage authoring system now in version 3.0; distinctive in its support for Russian language content. IconAuthor <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/iconauthor/> : Asymetrix <http://www.asymetrix.com/> ; Windows, NT, Solaris, UNIX, WWW (via Windows) IconAuthor follows the iconic/flow control paradigm. It is notable for its SmartObject editor, which tags content files (still graphics, RTF text, etc.) for interactivity. It has the option to either embed content files or leave them external in specified directories. The biggest strength of this program is its included data handling, which makes it unparalleled for CBT data tracking. The latest version should also provide WWW porting of existing content. Avoid its internal "Move Object" path animation feature due to jerky response -- use a .FLC or .AVI instead. Magenta II<http://www.magentammt.com/magenta2/magenta2/index.html"> : Magenta MultiMedia Tools B.V. <http://www.magentammt.com/"> ; Windows 95/8, NT Manager's Edge <http://www.allencomm.com/software/manager/> : Allen Communications <http://www.allencomm.com/> ; Java, Windows 95, NT In its 2.0 version Manager's Edge has expanded from its CMI roots to being a full authoring suite, while remaining CBT-optimized and compliant with AICC standards. It includes HTML/Java export capabilities for browser-delivered courses. MediaForge <http://www.clearsand.com/webpages/prod/mf/index.htm> : Clearsand Corporation <http://www.clearsand.com/> ; Windows 95, NT, WWW (via Mirage) MediaForge is a frame paradign authoring system, with a scripting language (MediaBasic) similar to Visual Basic. The current version features multiframe sprites and enchanced transparency (including .AVI files), plus it allows the creation of templates for runtime editing -- read "engine creation". MetaCard <http://www.metacard.com/pi.html> : MetaCard <http://www.metacard.com/> ; Mac, Windows95/98, NT, Solaris, UNIX MetaCard is a card/scripting authoring system, currently in version 2.2. This is one of the more powerful tools of its paradigm; the scripting language is especially robust. MMD <http://www.capella-mm.com/home/body_mmd.htm> : Capella Computers Ltd. <http://www.capella-mm.com/> ; Windows, NT Capella/MMD is a Hypermedia Linkage authoring system, where all content is derived from its proprietary multimedia database; optimized for kiosk/POS applications. MocKingbird(R)CBT <http://www.mockingbird.com/products/cbt/index.htm> : Warren-Forthought, Inc. <http://www.mockingbird.com/> ; Mac, Windows, NT MocKingbird is a Performance Support System following the scripting paradigm. Motivate <http://www.motion-factory.com/products/frameset_products.html> : Motion Factory <http://www.motion-factory.com/> ; Windows, NT Billed as an "Intelligent Character" authoring tool, this is a fantastic 3-D Hierarchical Object authoring system, optimized for character generation. Multimedia Fusion <http://www.imsisoft.com/mmfusion/> : IMSI <http://www.imsisoft.com/> ; Windows 95, NT, WWW (via Vitalize!) Formerly Corel's Click-and-Create, this frame paradigm authoring tool is one of the easiest to learn. Neobook Professional <http://www.neosoftware.com/nbw.html> : Neosoft <http://www.neosoftware.com/> ; DOS, Windows 95/98, NT Neobook is a frame paradigm authoring tool currently in version 3.2. Presenter! <http://www.eloquent.com/products/presenter.html> : Eloquent <http://www.eloquent.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW Presenter! is a frame paradigm authoring tool. Quest <http://www.allencomm.com/p&s/software/quest/> : Allen Communications <http://www.allencomm.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW (via QuestNet) Quest 6 for Windows is a frame paradigm authoring system. Its most notable feature is its scripting language, which is ANSI C. Rapid Simulation <http://www.emultek.com/prodrst.htm> : Emultek <http://www.emultek.com/> ; Windows95, NT Realimation STE <http://www.realimation.com/overview/ste.htm> : Realimation <http://www.realimation.com/> ; Windows95, NT, WWW The Realimation Space-Time-Editor is a 3-D Virtual Reality authoring tool. Scala MM200 <http://www.scala.com/mm/index.html> : Scala <http://www.scala.com/> ; Win95, NT MM200 is a frame paradigm authoring tool with an emphasis on interactive presentation authoring. It includes support for most Windows-based multimedia content formats and has a large bank of available transitions. SuperLink <http://www.alchemediainc.com/slfeatr.html> : Alchemedia <http://www.alchemediainc.com/> ; Windows, NT SuperLink is the successor software to Linkway, and follows the card/scripting paradigm, while holding the content externally to the script file. Tactic! <http://www.bgw.ca/english/survol-e.html> : BGW Multimedia <http://www.bgw.ca/> ; Windows95, NT<BR> Tactic! is a complete authoring suite; it includes instructional design advice (like a pre-authoring tool), media tracking, project management, outline views, and script views; and is compatible with all AICC-compliant CMI products. If you're looking for the ultimate soup-to-nuts CBT-optimized tool, this is it! There are 3 components available on their own: Tactic! Editor for subject matter experts or course designers; Tactic! Viewer for delivery; and Tactic! ScoreKeeper for CMI functions. ThingMaker <http://www.thingworld.com/> : Parable <http://www.parablecorp.com/> ; Windows95/98, NT, WWW (via ThingPlayer) ThingMaker is a cast/score/scripting tool, optimized for WWW multimedia production. This has one of the fastest-to-learn interfaces for multimedia-via-the-Web delivery. Toolbook II <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/toolbook2/> : Asymetrix <http://www.asymetrix.com/> ; Windows, NT, WWW (via Neuron), Java Toolbook is a card/scripting authoring system now broken into components: Instructor, the standard tool; Assistant, the pre-built templates; CBT Systems, optimized for CBT production; and CMS Plus, a course-management system. Toolbook includes database linkage, MCI compliance and many examples (called "Widgets") of interactivity. This newest version exports HTML and Java for Web delivery. <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/toolbook2/instructor/> <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/toolbook2/assistant/> <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/toolbook2/cbtsystems/> <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/toolbook2/cmsplus.html> End part 2 of 3 <<-- Multimedia Consulting and Authoring - ->> <<-- http://www.tiac.net/users/jasiglar/ -->> <<-- Multimedia Authoring Systems FAQ maintained at: -->> <<-- http://www.tiac.net/users/jasiglar/MMASFAQ.HTML -->>