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Subject: Multimedia Authoring Systems FAQ 3/3

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UNIX Authoring Systems: 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. IconAuthor <http://www.asymetrix.com/products/iconauthor/> : Asymetrix <http://www.asymetrix.com/> ; Windows, NT, 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. 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. WWW-capable Authoring Systems: 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. 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. 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. HyperCard <http://www.apple.com/hypercard> : Apple Computer <http://www.apple.com/> ; Mac, WWW (Mac-only via LiveCard!) HyperCard is a card/scripting authoring system currently in version 2.4.1. It runs natively on both 68K and PowerMacintosh machines, and is widely used because of its easy availability at $99. Its largest drawback is the lack of integrated color; current color implementation is via the ColorTools XCMD set (included) or via third-party XCMDs. 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. 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/> ; 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". 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. 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/perception/> : Question Mark Computing Ltd <http://www.questionmark.com/> ; WWW (via Perception), DOS, Mac, Windows Question Mark is optimized for Electronic Assessment production. 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. 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. SuperCard <http://www.incwell.com/SuperCard/SuperCard.html> : IncWell <http://www.incwell.com/> ; Mac, WWW (Mac and Win32 via Roadster) SuperCard 3.5 shines among the card/scripting authoring systems. With built-in support for 24-bit color, hypertext, and external media handling (QuickTime, PICS, Filmstip, PICT, AIFF), this is the best of its paradigm. This is an excellent tool for hypermedia implementation. 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> Platform-independent (Java, JavaScript) Authoring Systems: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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> 17. What print magazines deal with authoring systems? AV Video and Multimedia Producer <http://www.kipinet.com/av_mmp/> EMedia Professional <http://www.emediapro.net/> formerly CD-ROM Professional Inside Technology Training <http://www.ittrain.com/> formerly CBT Solutions Magazine Macromedia User Journal <http://www.pinpub.com/muj/> NewMedia <http://www.newmedia.com/> Screen Multimedia <http://www.screen-multimedia.de/> German-language multimedia magazine T.H.E Journal <http://www.thejournal.com/> 18. What books deal with authoring systems? Lingo Sorcery by Peter Small. Includes hybrid Macintosh/Windows CD-ROM. This is the best object-oriented Lingo book available; be sure to work your way through the problems! <http://www.wiley.com/compbooks/catalog/96302-X.htm> Multimedia--Making it Work by Tay Vaughan. Includes hybrid Macintosh/Windows CD-ROM. Now out in its 4th Edition; essential if you're just starting out -- useful if you're breaking out on your own. <http://www.timestream.com/products/books/mmwork/> Additional book pointers are collected at: Betsy Bruce's Authorware Books site <http://pobox.com/~bbruce/> Macmillan Computer Publishing lists their books on authoring in the Graphics section. <http://www.mcp.com/resources/graphics/> McGraw-Hill lists their books on authoring in the Multimedia section. <http://mcgraw-hill.inforonics.com/cgi/listit?subject=Computing--Multimedia> 19. What software titles deal with authoring systems? Interactive Multimedia - Getting Started: A CD-ROM Hands on Guide to creating interactive multimedia by Interactive Media Corporation. Macintosh CD-ROM. <http://www.imcinfo.com/MMGettingStartedDataSheet.html> The Lingo(TM) Timesaver(TM) <http://www.updatestage.com/TLT.html> : UpdateStage <http://www.updatestage.com/index.html> ; Hybrid Macintosh/Windows CD-ROM. Multimedia, Working it Out! by Tay Vaughan. Hybrid Macintosh/Windows CD-ROM. Invaluable resource for independent professional and would-be multimedia developers. <http://www.timestream.com/products/discs/mmcd/index.html> 20. What USENET newsgroups deal with authoring systems? General Authoring: bit.listserv.edtech comp.infosystems.kiosks This moderated newsgroup deals with kiosk issues, including software development for kiosk delivery. comp.multimedia This unmoderated newsgroup is the omnibus multimedia forum; issues covered range from sound cards to authoring tools to C++ libraries. comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.multimedia comp.os.os2.multimedia comp.publish.cdrom.multimedia comp.sys.amiga.multimedia Authorware alt.authorware Inundated with spam, this group is mostly oriented to newbie questions; more technical questioners tend to be pointed to the AWARE mailing list. bit.listserv.authorware This newsgroup has a uni-directional feed from the AWARE mailing list; posts to the newsgroup no longer bounce back to the list. Questions range from newbie to highly technical. Director alt.multimedia.director Fairly well spammed, this group is mostly oriented to newbie questions; more technical questioners are usually pointed to DIRECT-L. HyperCard comp.sys.mac.hypercard ToolBook II bit.listserv.toolb-l Windows Help and Multimedia Viewer comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.winhelp 21. What Independent WebSites deal with authoring systems? General Resources: Gamasutra Sponsored by the same crowd that runs the Computer Game Developer's Conference; in the Production and Programming sections there are threads on authoring. <http://www.gamasutra.com/> In-Depth Reviews Roger Moncrief has written a number of excellent reviews ofvarious multimedia tools. <http://www.indrev.com/> The Kinte Space This is Bryan Wilhite's demo space; check it out -- especially the Kinte FAQs! <http://www.kintespace.com/> Maricopa Authoring Web Excellent authoring site; regular updates and new pointers. <http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/authoring/> MediaBuilder <http://www.mediabuilder.com/> Multimedia Resources Page. This is the comprehensive multimedia site, although it is becoming a little cobwebby. <http://viswiz.gmd.de/MultimediaInfo/> News from the Field, by TRIA M EUROPE BV, a webmagazine aimed at authoring specialists. <http://www.tme.nl/> Picking a Multimedia Authoring Tool, article by Andy Oeftering, Data-Tech Institute <http://www.datatech.com/hot/s96_3.htm> XTalk Access Collection. This is a resource page for users of X-Talk tools (most notably HyperCard, MetaCard and SuperCard). <http://www.flexibleLearning.com/xtalk/index.html> 3DML A new tagging protocol for delivering 3-D and other multimedia content via browser. <http://www.flatland.com> CBT Resources: CBT Autorensysteme German (Deutsch) article about CBT Authoring Systems by Markus Beisser. <http://www.ifs.univie.ac.at/~c9303344/cbe1.htm> Apple Media Tool Resources: Apple Media Tool (AMT) Apple sold AMT to Encore Developpement, which has halted development and active support of AMT. <http://www.sky4studios.be/amt/> The Unoffical Apple Media Tool Site <http://ccsmacinfo.ccs.queensu.ca/Mark/AMT2/> Authorware Resources: The Authorware Professional (AWARE list) Page. If you are doing any level of Authorware development, check out the AWARE mailing list and its USENET mirror at bit.listserv.authorware. <http://www.e-media.nl/aware/> The Authorware Ring A linked group of sites belonging to professional Authorware developers. <http://www.ix-software.nl/authorware/authoring.html> The Authorware Resource Center Don Knaak's collection of Authorware resources, including a list of contractors and "how-to" examples. <http://www.stingray-interactive.com/awunder/index.htm> Betsy Bruce's Multimedia page Includes the current list of Authorware books. <http://pobox.com/~betsy/> DirectXtras Producers of externals for Authorware and Director. <http://www.directxtras.com> The Media Shoppe Wade Wells' site, 3rd party Authorware UCDs and Xtras. <http://www.mediashoppe.com/> Stefan van As, Multimedia developer at Davilex, has the best collection of ActiveX stuff for Authorware. <http://home.wirehub.nl/~dav-stefan/> Whirlwind Multimedia Tim Miller's site, 3rd party Authorware XCMDs, UCDs and Xtras. <http://www.whirlwind-media.com/> Director Resources: Behaviors.Com; Lingo and Behaviors website <http://www.behaviors.com/> Director FAQ-in-progress. <http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/director/faq/index.html> Director Online User Group <http://www.director-online.com/> Director Web at Maricopa; Here is the Director resources site. Excellent! <http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/director/> Great Bay Interactive; a New England Director shop <http://www.greatbayint.com/> UpdateStage; a fantastic Director site; marketer of a number of wonderful Xtras <http://www.updatestage.com/index.html> HyperCard Resources: The HyperCard Resource Page, maintained by GlassCat Communications <http://www.glasscat.com/hypercard/> mTropolis Resources: mTropolis Survivor's Page John Dunning's resources page. <http://web.globalserve.net/~spud/mTrop/index.html> mTroposite iXmedia inc. hosts the mTropo-List mTropolis mailing list and website listing third-party mTropolis scripts and modifiers. The mailing list archives are searchable. <http://mtrop.ixmedia.com/> Shockwave Resources: ShockeR Shockwave Sites Mailing List and Search Engine <http://www.shocker.com/> SuperCard Resources: Australian SuperCard User's Group <http://www.curtin.edu.au/other/supercard/> DevHQ The MacOS developers site has a SuperCard section. <http://www.devhq.com/supercard/> Fourth World Richard Gaskin's site; 3rd-party SuperCard tools developer/distributor <http://www.fourthworld.com/> SuperCard News <http://members.xoom.com/machottest5/supercardnews/> Toolbook Resources: Australian Toolbook User Group <http://www.atug.com/> Marcio's ToolBook & Multimedia Hotlist maintained by Marcio d'Avila, and includes a Portugese version! <http://www.inet.com.br/~mhavila/toolbook/> The Toolbook List <http://www.biocom.arizona.edu/tbook/> The Toolbook User's Web <http://www.ets.bris.ac.uk/tosolini/tbkwww/> End part 3 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 -->>