nonlinear presentation software

Subject: nonlinear presentation software
From: "Barnett, Eva" <Eva -dot- Barnett -at- aketontechnologies -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 13:47:32 -0700

Hi All,

I checked the recent archives and did Google and MSN searches for info on this, but I couldn't find specific-enough information. I'm hoping some of you folks may be able to give me some leads.

I've been asked to find a software tool that will create "nonlinear" presentations. The idea is that the slides won't have a set order; instead there will be multiple paths the presenter can follow, depending on how people are responding. I can imagine doing this with DreamWeaver, by basically creating a web site with appropriately-sized web pages for slides, with hotspot-hyperlinks for navigation. It also occurred to me that I could just use ordinary hyperlinks in Powerpoint. The concern I have about using these tools is that it might be very time-consuming to do. I'm hoping to find a tool designed specifically for this kind of nonlinear presentation that would make them it easier and faster to write (since I'll probably be the one writing them!).

Ideally, I'd like to find something that works well with those projectors that you hook up to a laptop. The guy that actually gives the presentations has told me that he really likes how well-integrated PowerPoint and these projectors are. Also, of course, I'd like something that's easy to use and flexible. :) Sound and animation are not very important, but if the features were there, we might occasionally use them.

Have any of you ever created a presentation with multiple viewing paths? If so, how did you go about it? I'd really appreciate any ideas you have to offer. Also, please cc me on any replies, as I'm on digest.

Thanks so much!

eva -dot- barnett -at- aketontechnologies -dot- com

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