RE: Authorware: Does Anyone Use this?

Subject: RE: Authorware: Does Anyone Use this?
From: "Charles, Dan" <dan -dot- charles -at- tyson -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 10:42:42 -0500

We use it here to build CBT/WBT. I would not recommend it as a web authoring
tool, there are better products. But IMO there are no other training
authoring tools as flexible and powerful as Authorware.

The big selling points for our customers:
* Limit or eliminate travel to training
* Keep control of training content
* Track just about any student behavior and store it in a database

Reasons for a technical communicator to learn the tool:
* You are programming, expect more money
* Gives you a foot in the training door (Assuming you haven't already
crossed that threshold.)

Biggest downsides
* It is not an easy product to learn (FrameMaker and PhotoShop basics
were moderate to easy to learn; Authorware 5.0 would be moderate to
* The structural thinking for a project file is very different than
other applications, and as a result the interface is not immediately
* The application runs about $2,700. (Companies may be hesitant to
spend that much money on training support software without a very solid ROI

Dan Charles
IS Technical Writer
Tyson Foods, Inc.
dan -dot- charles -at- tyson -dot- com
(501) 290-3798


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