Four Packages Shine in Different Subjects - Page 2

Manageability

Interoperability

Usability

Capability

Authoring Tools Scorecard

Pros

Cons

Summary

MindLever
Composition Suite
Centra Software
Lexington, Mass.
(781)861-7000
www.mindlever.com

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
Hypercosm
Madison, Wis.
(608)821-0500
www.hypercosm.com

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
Macromedia
San Francisco
(415)252-2000
www.macromedia.com

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
NYUonline
New York
(212)226-2788
www.nyuonline.com

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.