Authoring Tools Comparison
A. Adobe Dreamweaver is the industry-leading web authoring tool that cuts the time required to
check and preview code in half and provides the most complete set of tools available for
building, editing, and maintaining accessible web sites and web applications.
1. Features include:
Enhanced user interface
Enhanced code editing
Expanded document type support
Enhanced server model extensibility
Improved database connection handling
Enhanced external application integration
Improved Extension Manager
Learning how to extend Dreamweaver MX
a. Books, tutorials to build web sites with different products such as Flash, Fireworks and
(1) Books and tutorials to guide the student through the working with Dreamweaver,
templates are an easy way to create exciting web pages
(a) Not only having tons of fonts to use but also a screen reader that reads starting
at the upper left hand corner
i) To prevent flickering, Dreamweaver uses double buffering
(1) Animate objects with a single click. Add motion tweens in Adobe
Flash® CS4 Professional without hand-creating keyframes or writing a
line of code. This efficient new animation model means there's never
been a better time to try your hand at Flash.
AudioAcrobat is easiest way to stream audio. Automatically produce
Flash audio players. Use Dreamweaver and easily place audio on any
Web page. This is available for $19.95
i) Enhance websites by adding multimedia elements, such as video in
Adobe® Dreamweaver® CS4. Use Dreamweaver's integration with
Adobe Flash® to create FLV files. No scripting required.
(1) By default, the BCC feature checks against the following browsers:
Firefox 1.5; Internet Explorer (Windows) 6.0 and 7.0; Internet Explorer
(Macintosh) 5.2; Netscape Navigator 8.0; Opera 8.0 and 9.0; Safari 2.0.
(a) Support is provided through Adobe.com. Tutorials are available to
learn, search and support contact link
i) Dreamweaver alone is $399.00 but if purchased as the Creative Suite4 it
can run as high as $1,699.00
The Suite also contains Flash Professional, Photoshop CS4 Extended,
Illustrator CS4, Fireworks CS4, Acrobat 9 Pro, Soundbooth CS4,
Contribute CS4, Adobe Bridge CS4, Adobe Device Central CS4, and
Version Cue CS4.
(1) As with all software there is an end user agreement that must be agreed
to. There are also volume license pricing available for multiple licenses.
A. With Adobe® Captivate® 4 software, you can rapidly author professional eLearning content
with advanced interactivity, software and scenario simulations, quizzes, and other engaging
experiences — no programming or multimedia skills required.
Top features include:
* SWF commenting
* Professional project templates
* Customizable widgets
* Roundtrip PowerPoint workflow
* Table of Contents and Aggregator
* Text-to-speech functionality
* Variables and Advanced Actions
* Expanded output options
* Adobe Photoshop® layer support
* Streamlined workflows and enhanced usability
1. Virtual classroom
a. Virtual classroom, LMS Integration, Technical communication. Random quizzing,
Scoring, Scenario branching, Instructional feedback, Interactive elements
(1) Virtual classrooms, eSeminars
(a) Text to Speech
i) Rollover sidelet, Zoom object, Rollover images and captions, Highlights and
(1) Animated slide transitions, rich media and image support.
Automatically record all of your actions while using an application,
including mouse movements and keyboard activity. Full-motion
recording automatically switches on and off for drag-and-drop actions.
(a) Record audio narration and capture screen motion simultaneously.
Synchronize audio easily with slides and timed objects.
Edit audio to correct mistakes and pauses, or add an external audio
track to a presentation with the easy-to-use audio editor. Attach sound
effects or narration to individual objects.
i) Quickly access and reuse media objects that are already part of the
project. Leverage existing content and import libraries from other
projects. Update objects with a mouse click if the original inserted files
have changed. Drag and drop objects from the library onto slides.
(1) Multiple output formats, skins and menus, Handouts, accessible
content. Import Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) projects or only selected
slides. Adobe Captivate converts PowerPoint slides into SWF files while
retaining the animation effects.
(a) Adobe Community Help, which integrates product Help, support
articles and videos, blogs, and examples from Adobe and community
experts around the world. Adobe specialists update web Help regularly,
and comments from users and expert moderators provide additional
tips and solutions.
i) Cost for Adobe Captivate 4 is $799.00
(1) End user agreement that also has volume licensing available
I. Authoring Features
A. Teaching Features
1. Student Features
a. Text Features