Authoring Tools

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People who would build contents to an online course or training often use authoring tools. These tools provide ways to build various digital learning objects. These could include slideshows, text files, images, audio files, video files, tables, charts, and other objects. This will be a listing of some common authoring tools.


Contents

Creation Tools

Text Files:

MS Word: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/default.aspx

Spreadsheets:

MS Excel: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/default.aspx

Diagramming and Visuals:

MS Visio: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/visio/default.aspx

Slideshows:

MS PowerPoint: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/default.aspx

Adobe Presenter (PowerPoint Add-in): http://www.adobe.com/products/presenter/?promoid=DNRQT

Accessible PDF:

Adobe Acrobat Professional: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/

Editing Tools

Photo Editing:

Adobe Photoshop: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/family/


Video Editing:

Sony Vegas: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro

Final Cut Pro: http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/finalcutpro/


Screen Captures (Still Images)

Gadwin PrintScreen: http://www.gadwin.com/printscreen/


Screen Recording / Screencasts and Animated Tutorials (Moving Images)

Adobe Captivate: http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate/

TechSmith Camtasia: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp

Telestream's Screenflow: http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm


Lesson Building

SoftChalk Lesson Builder: http://www.softchalk.com/

SoftChalk LessonBuilder

Scenario/Simulation Building

Adobe Captivate: http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate/

Freeware Authoring Tools

Audio Editing:

Audacity (cross-platform audio editing sound editor by SoundForge): http://audacity.sourceforge.net/


Text Files:

OpenOffice (Sun Microsystems(TM)): http://www.openoffice.org/


Screen Recording

CamStudio (PC): http://www.camstudio.org

See Also

References