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  1. Hi from Australia Craig
    I am an avid reader of your posts – Keep them coming.
    I am disappointed to have missed you in Melbourne.
    What Conference did you speak at?
    Are you coming back to Oz any time soon?

    Marco Piazza Senior Lecturer

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  2. I can’t see them moving Captivate to the cloud in the near future unless they packaged it with Adobe Edge. Edge represents the only cloud service that currently would help Captivate, so it would be better, I think, to keep Captivate out of the SaaS model for now to promote use of the Cloud. It is somewhat sad that just as CS6 is approaching almost a single interface that can do almost anything, elements start disappearing into the cloud…

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    1. It would be fantastic if Captivate went into the cloud, but I would be skeptical until I tested it thoroughly. I’m a fan of Lectora, for example, but I really dislike their online version (slow, clunky etc).

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  3. Hi Craig,
    Saw you speak at LearnX – It was very informative. Now I’m checking your blog and came across your article about top 10 Authoring tools. Have you done an update in 2012? The tools are changing so fast it’s hard to keep up. I would be interested in an update particularly whether your top 3 have changed.

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  4. Craig, thank you for great posts. Do you know if there is any changes in market share of authoring tools? Adobe Captivate is still the leader? Storyline has helped to Articulate to take a significant market share from Adobe?

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    1. Excluding Articulate, Captivate, yes there is changes in market share. Rapid Intake is growing – positively and doing damage against Lectora. Other tools are across the board. I’ve seen upswing with Claro too

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  5. As a fan of Lectora, I’d like to respond to your comments about it, but I’m having difficulty doing that because you didn’t really specify what you thought was “lackluster” about it. I see Articulate, Captivate, and Lectora as each having different uses in one’s e-learning authoring “toolkit.” Captivate is best used for software training and Articulate and the other PowerPoint-based tools are fine for short, simple e-presentations. But if you want to create engaging e-learning on more complex conceptual topics, then you need a tool like Lectora that will allow you to use custom variables and actions to go beyond the out-of-the-box functionality.

    I think your reviews of Articulate and Captivate were useful — you provided some pros and cons for each and a decent general analysis, but it’s a shame that you didn’t do something similar for Lectora, instead just making vague statements that do nothing but leave your readers with a vaguely negative gut feeling about Lectora.

    I should mention that, when I first started using Lectora 7 years (or so) ago, I wasn’t a fan either — it seemed kind of anemic compared to the tool I had been using, Toolbook. But, over the years, Trivantis has really listened to its customers and made many significant improvements. There’s a reason why its customer base has been steadily growing and why it’s outlasted many of its previously more popular rivals. Perhaps you should consider giving it another look — spend some real time with it to begin to appreciate everything it can do (including allowing users to extend what it can do by adding external JavaScript and other kinds of standard coding).

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  6. Rapid Intake is, I believe, a rapid development tool, more akin to Articulate or Adobe Presenter or the Snap! tools than to Lectora. These tools definitely have their place (I sometimes use Adobe Presenter, myself), but generally are not robust enough to develop lengthy, complex e-courses. At this point, I’m also leary of getting too invested in any new tool that’s Flash-based, since the future of flash is uncertain. (Fortunately, although you can certainly embed Flash stuff into a Lectora course if you want to, Lectora ‘s output is HTML-based.)

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    1. Actually it is not. And their m-learning tool can output to HTML5 as well. What is nice about their eLearning unison product is it can work for both the masses and as well as developers. I found their m-learning tool geared towards the masses, but the fact you can output to HTML5 is a big plus. If you are seeking another tool that can output to HTML5, I’d recommend Claro by dominKnow, which offers a lot of features.

      The sad reality is that the vast majority of tools are targeting the masses. A product you may want to take a look at is Courselab or MOS Solo, both are free.

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    1. Depends on what you are looking for, but

      Courselab – offers free and paid version, free is robust enough for most folks and it is ADL SCORM 2004 certified, there are ALOT of commercial vendors who are not

      Scate Ignite – I love the Professional edition, Standard is okay – range is $199 to $499

      iSpring Pro Suite – rate i think is $249 or so, they offer other tools for less
      Qarbon Viewlet – solid product, not uber awesome but works with Mac OS and Linux OS besides Windows OS

      Lecturnity $189

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