Re: [CBT Tool Pref?] Toolbook/Authorware

Subject: Re: [CBT Tool Pref?] Toolbook/Authorware
From: TLewis123 -at- AOL -dot- COM
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 1997 14:02:53 -0500

Paul,

It is funny that you should ask. It just so happens that I am taking a
multimedia course at our community college using ToolBook II. I have also
dabbled with Director 4.0. If you want a functional dungarees package, TB is
okay. Personally, I do not like it. It is severely limited in its abilities
and look. IMHO, it looks too *amaturish.* Don't get me wrong, It does the job
for those low budget jobs. But, sometimes low budget looks can have a
negative effect on the image of the company. If the CBT is to be used by
customers, a low budget program reflects on the company. There is a lot of
competition out there and users have seen a lot of good looking CBTs.

Sometimes the more expensive product is cheaper in the long run.

Tim Lewis
Writer/Producer
Siebe Environmental Controls
Rockford, IL
TLewis123 -at- aol -dot- com
tim_lewis -at- siebe-ec -dot- com

In a message dated 3/3/97 12:19:42 PM, you wrote:

>I'm about to make some recommendations to a client for a Computer Based
>Training development tool for in-house deployment to Windows NT 4.0
>workstations.
>
>Should I be considering other tools--e.g, IconAuthor?
>
>What about using Macromedia's Director instead of Authorware--will I be able
>to use it to create something that looks like CBT?
>
>My first impressions are that Authorware may integrate more easily with the
>Intranet, and that it will offer more opportunities for fancy pants
>animation, sound, and other spiffy Macro(multi)media stuff. However, fancy
>pants, are not required, and functional dungarees will do just fine.
>Toolbook appears to be designed more specifically with the development of
>CBT in mind (offering automated testing gizmos and such). Of course,
>there's the bottom line--Authorware is about twice the price where I've been
>shopping.

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