Authoring Tools Scorecard

By eweek  |  Posted 2001-05-14 Print this article Print

Manageability Interoperability Usability Capability Authoring Tools Scorecard
Pros Cons Summary
Composition Suite

Centra Software
Lexington, Mass.
A A B B Assets accessible in database; familiar working environment gives users a choice of graphics tools; ample wizards. Requires two servers usually handled by the vendor. A well-conceived, comprehensive system leveraging familiar Microsoft Office interfaces and capabilities.
Hypercosm Studio
Madison, Wis.
B A B A Engaging, instructive, very interactive, low-bandwidth 3-D models can be based on scientific formulae. Creator needs programming expertise or Hypercosms service; limited administration tools; requires plug-in. The best visual teaching object of the group; can be inserted into any HTML environment.
Web Learning Studio
San Francisco
B A B A Large installed base of users; powerful visual interaction; familiar interface; affordable training. Powerful visual tools require structured training for new users. Powerful, all-encompassing suite for interactive visual objects; sets the multimedia standard.
iAuthor beta
New York
B B B B Good collaboration and administration during object creation; assiduous metadata tagging. Very high cost; heavily structured; streaming media not accepted; no Macintosh client. Promising comprehensive program with good administrative tools; needs to mature.


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