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Authorware Vs. Toolbook II

By tford ·
I have recently heard that Toolbook II (click2learn) has surpassed Authorware (Macromedia) as the number one seller of authoring tools. Can anyone explain the difference and why one is better than the other?

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by Larry H. In reply to Authorware Vs. Toolbook I ...

Authorware is easier to learn how to use and gives a pretty good selection of customizations. Toolbook has a steeper learning curve, but ultimately gives you more flexibility in doing what you want to do. There is much more code-writing involved when you want to do some basic manipulations in Toolbook.

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by pdewalt In reply to Authorware Vs. Toolbook I ...

If you're looking for an authoring tool, you may want to look at products other than Authorware or Toolbook. We purchased an earlier version of Toolbook, attended the training, and simply found it far to difficult for non-programmers to use. We then purchased Quest (www.allencomm.com) and have had much better success with it. However, if you want great Web functionality, ease of use may not be the most important criteria. Macromedia has led the way in Web functionality in the past.

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by aswitzky In reply to Authorware Vs. Toolbook I ...

Toolbook is a much broader tool than Authorware. Authorware can do a few things very well, but its difficult to customize. You have to do things the Authorware way using the set Authorware user interface. With Toolbook, you can customize everything including the tool interface. If you want to complete a project fast, and you're flexible with what bells and whistles it contains, I'd choose Authorware. If you have a very specific idea of what you need an authoring tool to do, and what your project needs to do, and you are a capable programmer, I'd choose Authorware.

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by fred.wilson In reply to Authorware Vs. Toolbook I ...

I have been using Toolbook II for about a year. Being somewhat of a programmer in a past life, I found that the scripts I write are easy (well,,,, not very hard). If you want to have variables that can be passed around the lesson (ie. passwords, answers, etc.) then Toolbook is the answer for you. If you want to branch your lesson depending on answers to questions, go with Toolbook. If you want to provide the maximum capabilities that a CBT or WBT can offer with a professional look, I would suggest Toolbook. Am I a Toolbook salesmen, you ask? Nope, just a fan.

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by pferrone In reply to Authorware Vs. Toolbook I ...

I believe you will find both of these authoring products very capable. Both Macromedia and Click2Learn (Asymetrix)strive to keep there products up to date and there?s a large user-support base out here. I have used both products starting from AuthorwareStar and Toolbook version 3. The
decision I made to stay with Toolbook was based on its authoring metaphor. While Authorware uses an icon-based logical flowcharting type metaphor, Toolbook uses a book and page metaphor. I find I just work better with Toolbook?s metaphor. When developing computer based training or web based training (CBT/WBT) the addition of Toolbook Instructor?s object catalogs helps to streamline development. The extended functionality of the scripting language is a plus.

There are several authoring packages out there. I also like MediaForge! Check www.clearsand.com for info.

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