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Best Authoring Tools For Rapid eLearning Development – Comparison

Best authoring tools

Way of learning needs lead to create various authoring tools to meet the learner requirements and the training models. Though there are various authoring tools and each tool has its own identity to stand in the race of technology by integrating the components that are required for the learners so as to enhance the learning experience and retention.

Let’s see some of the tools that are tailored to meet the learner needs.

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Case Study – Conversion of Flash Courses to HTML5 using Articulate Storyline

Conversion of Flash Courses to HTML5 using Articulate Storyline

In the recent times, the learning needs are changed and the technology has increased at its pace. This has transformed the traditional classroom training into e-learning. The courses that were developed in Adobe Flash or tools whose output is in SWF are now not compatible with the modern devices. Thus there is a need of migrating the legacy content into HTML5 to meet the current trends in eLearning industry.

Let’s see a case study on converting the legacy content into HTML5.

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Mobile Learning – Switch Your Flash Based E-learning Courses to HTML5

Convert your legacy online courses to HTML5: The need of an hour

In the earlier era, there is a thought-provoking in everyone’s mind that the computer is used only in multi-national companies and some industries where software employees use it for their business expansion. Over the years, the technology has revolutionized and it has created amazing tools and given access to common people.

In the rupture, there had been invention of smartphones. This phenomenal change in the technology made human lives easier to get access to the internet via smartphones. From there, the users of smartphones are increasing day-by-day.

A recent survey shows that there are about four billion mobile phone users in the world and around two billion of them use smartphone. Therefore, most of the people prefer a mobile rather than a desktop for their learning needs.

Now-a-days mlearning or mobile learning is an essential part in e-learning industry.

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Custom HTML5 timeline for Articulate Storyline 360

Custom HTML5 timeline for Articulate Storyline 360

Articulate Storyline, is one of the popular e-Learning authoring tools. Storyline is known for its ease in the workflow for developing an E-learning course. It is suitable for both beginners as well as experts due to its familiar interface. The look is very similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. Articulate Storyline uses a component called “Player” inside which our eLearning courses will be played. This player contains some global controls for our course like, Menu, resources, slide navigation controls, volume control, slide timeline etc.

Though storyline adds all these controls to our course player by default, many eLearning developers prefer to build their custom player controls that are client specific. And storyline allows us to fully customize the default player using the “Player Settings” option. But, there is one specific control that storyline doesn’t allow us to customize much. That is course timeline or seekbar.

We can only change the colors of the seekbar but it cannot be moved from its default position. Due to this many developers end up removing the seekbar functionality all together to achieve a fully customized look.

While working for one our client from Canada, they were unhappy with this decision to take off seekbar completely and insisted us to include a customized seekbar for the course which behaves like a default seekbar.

In order to achieve this functionality we have built a seekbar widget just for Storyline 360 which can be placed anywhere on the screen and it works like a default storyline timeline slider / seekbar.

In this blog, we will see how to use our seekbar widget in any Articulate Storyline 360 project.

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Custom Volume Control – Articulate Storyline 3 or Articulate Storyline 360

Custom Volume Control – Articulate Storyline 3 or Articulate Storyline 360

The latest release of Articulate Storyline 360 or Storyline 3 has number of exciting new features allowing eLearning developers to explore many more creative ways in developing new interactions.

Yet, we still have a few things that cannot be achieved using the native options of Articulate Storyline 360. One such, most requested functionality is, the ability to control volume of the course without the default storyline player. Our previous blog on how to achieve this functionality in Articulate Storyline 2 has helped many to include a volume controller in custom players. But, since there have been many changes done under the hood in Storyline 360. We need a new approach for this functionality to work. In this blog we will see how to add a custom volume controller in Articulate Storyline 3 or SL 360.

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How to use Fluid Boxes for Web Responsive Design in Captivate 2017

Responsive Design in Captivate

Captivate 2017 is the recent launch by Adobe and is turning out to be A piece of cake for eLearning developers to create responsive ELearning modules. If I have to pick an eye catching feature from the tool I would surely pick “Fluid Boxes” which is one of the new features added to Captivate 2017. With Fluid Boxes, developers relish unique authoring experiences and develop responsive HTML5-based eLearning content faster, without programming knowledge. Read more

Articulate Storyline: Custom Audio Controller Using Toggle Button

Custom Audio Controller_Storyline

Articulate Storyline, an easy to use rapid eLearning authoring tool that comes with many in-built interactivities and is highly customizable. By default in Storyline the audio control button has a fixed position with no options available in the settings to change it. Due to this limitation, it was challenging for us to customize volume controls. To overcome this challenge, we created a “mute/unmute” custom toggle button as a part of requirement from one of our clients. Read more

Adobe Captivate 2017 Review: What is Improved?

Adobe Captivate 2017 Features and Enhancements

Adobe’s new update for its most popular eLearning authoring tool, Captivate 2017 is released now! It is loaded with tons of new exciting features and enhancements! Be it custom eLearning content development, rapid elearning, mobile learning, simulation-based eLearning or microlearning, Adobe Captivate has been the choice of eLearning developers and eLearning providers. This update brings the best of the features which help you reimagine the way you develop HTML5-based interactive eLearning. This means more flexibility in creating fully responsive multi-device eLearning and mLearning content. Read more

Responsive eLearning – Articulate Storyline 360 Vs Articulate Rise with Sample eLearning Course

Articulate Rise Vs Articulate Storyline 360 with Sample eLearning Course - Responsive eLearning

Responsive eLearning design” is the need of the hour for multi-device eLearning. It is the best approach to deliver the eLearning content that adapts and responds to all devices providing optimal mobile learning experience with its HTML5 output. Authoring tools such as Elucidat, Adobe Captivate 9, Articulate Storyline 360 and Articulate Rise can make the eLearning development job even easier without any coding knowledge.

With the wide range of available options in responsive authoring tools, it is very important for an eLearning developer to pick the right tool that fits the requirements appropriately in a more cost-effective manner. In this blog, we will help you decide the best tool that fits your responsive eLearning requirement while comparing Articulate Storyline 360 Vs Articulate Rise with the help of a sample course.

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New Features in Lectora 17 to Enhance Custom Rapid Elearning Development

Lectora 17 New Features

Lectora Inspire – one of the powerful rapid eLearning authoring tools is now out with more exciting features. Trivantis has recently released Lectora 17, an upgraded version of Lectora. Lectora 17 – is now at its best to deliver better HTML5 support to create responsive mobile learning that an eLearning developer can ever dream of. The new features of Lectora 17 are here to support all the realms of eLearning, be it custom eLearning, rapid eLearning, mobile learning, gamification, microlearning, Flash to HTML5 conversion and so on.

Let’s quickly dig deep into the new features to see what makes Lectora 17 one of the best authoring tools. Read more