Examples of authoring tools
Examples include: web page authoring tools (e.g., WYSIWYG HTML editors) software for directly editing source code or markup. software for converting to web content technologies (e.g., “Save as HTML” features in office suites)
Arguably the two most popular authoring tools for writing textbooks are Google Docs and MS Word. Google Docs is free and online. … You can also upload existing files to Google Docs, and export to both PDF and EPUB. Microsoft Word is a tool available for purchase and installation on a personal computer.
Standalone authoring tools
Just as Photoshop was created as a graphics editor, a standalone authoring tool is a solution specially designed for eLearning development.
A web authoring package is specifically designed to allow you to create web pages and web sites. Examples include Dreamweaver and Microsoft Front Page.
FLASH – A LEGACY AUTHORING TOOL
Historically most e-learning content has been developed using Adobe Flash. It’s an established and widely used technology, but unfortunately, it’s not compatible with many mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Some other type of authoring tools 1. Card or Page based tools 2. Icon based, event driven tools 3. Time based and presentation Tools.
Multimedia Authoring Metaphors.
- Scripting Language Metaphor.
- Slide Show Metaphor.
- Hierarchical Metaphor.
- Iconic/Flow-control Metaphor.
- Frames Metaphor.
- Card/Scripting Metaphor.
- Cast/Score/Scripting Metaphor.
Basic Features Your Next Multimedia Authoring Tool Must Have
- Audio Capabilities:
- Assessment Capabilities:
- Branching and Navigation:
- Graphics and Animation:
- Features that Support Video:
- Format Templates, Themes, Skins, and Text Features:
- Support and User Community Features:
- Integration with Social Media:
Microsoft offers a free elearning software tool called Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS). This tool gives the Microsoft training and certification community the ability to create online courses and Microsoft Silverlight Learning Snacks.