A Review of 3 Authoring Tools by Angelica Lima

This course will review three authoring tools and their features: Camtasia, Rise, and easygenerator.

By the end of the course you will be able to select an authoring tool that will help your organization accomplish its current learning goals.

Camtasia

Important Features

Camtasia https://www.techsmith.com

Camtasia's focus is on screen recording. It is useful when creating an informational video, whether it’s a process, product or creative idea. 

It is best for “Just-in- time training” and bite-size microlearning format.

It contains an organized, intuitive interface.

Operating System

Windows, Mac

Publishing Options

Flash, HTML5

Publishing to LMS

Scorm

Interaction Options

Interactive hotspots can direct viewers to another section of your video, give them the option to replay, or even launch a website.

Integrations with Other Tools

powerpoint

Add media through Techsmith Relay

Assessment

Quizzing Options

  • Multiple Choice
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Short Answer
  • True/False


Strengths

Has the essentials. Not many extras that might contribute to confusion for beginners.

Camtasia is easy to share online.

Reference:

http://gkbcinc.com/5-reasons-why-you-need-to-use-camtasia/

It’s simple.

Discount for educators

Weaknesses

Doesn’t have the most useful features for editing.

Reference:

http://gkbcinc.com/5-reasons-why-you-need-to-use-camtasia/

Support/Resources

Community Support

Tutorials

Phone Support from TechSmith

Chat Support with TechSmith

Twitter

TechSmith Community

Price

Personal and Professional $199

Education Pricing (for students and educators) $169

Government Pricing (non-profit and government run institutions)$179

What features did you like the most about Camtasia?

What features are lacking?

Rise

Important Features

Rise rise.articulate.com

Articulate 360 rise.articulate.com

Is a brand new web-based authoring tool.

Rise is user friendly and organized.

Contains blocks lesson type that is easy to use.

Operating System

Windows

Google Chrome (latest version)—Best experience

Firefox (latest version)

Microsoft Edge (latest version)—Coming soon

Mac

Google Chrome (latest version)—Best experience

Safari (latest version)

Firefox (latest version)

https://articulate.com/support/article/System-Requirements-for-Rise

Publishing Options

HTML-5 only

Publishing to LMS

AICC, SCORM 1.2, and SCORM 2004 4th Edition

Interaction Options

Interactive timeline 

Processes explained using linear steps

Interactive markers on a graphic

Sorting activity

Integrations with Other Tools

Embed

  • videos
  • images
  • documents and 
  • other media, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, and Scribd

Assessment

Quiz Building

Strengths

Subscription to Articulate 360 Includes every single authoring tool articulate makes,

Storyline, Rise

Some compatible with Windows, Mac and Ipad Apps

Can embed Rise courses into Storyline 360, Presenter 360, and Quizmaker 360 projects

Responsive courses can be built fast

When subscription expires, you still have access to your course, just cannot edit or export

Weaknesses 

Does not let multiple authors collaborate at one time

150 GB of storage for Rise courses with individual subscription

Cannot be published to Articulate Online

Cannot be translated into other languages

Does not support right-to-left language support

Support/Resources

Unlimited access to content library

Brand new web-based review app where others can provide feedback on your course

Access to live online training

e-learning heroes

Subscription ensures constant product updates

Tutorials

e-learning heroes

Price

Business

Existing Customers

$599 per user, first year transitioning customers

$999 per user, annually

Education

Existing Education Customers $299 per user, first year transition

New EDU customers

$499 per user, annually

What features did you like the most about Rise?

What features are lacking?

easygenerator

Important Features

easygenerator

https://www.easygenerator.com

A “What You See Is What You Get” Interface.

Easygenerator claims to be Adobe Captivate alternative with no learning curve, no scripting or programming needed.

Operating System

Cloud-based tool

Publishing Options

Flash, HTML5

Publishing to LMS

SCORM, Tin Can

Interaction Options

Interactive quizzes and assessments 

Branching Scenarios

Integrations with Other Tools

Embed

  • youtube videos
  • Iframe
  • audio
  • video
  • images

Assessment

Interactive questions to create quizzes and exams

  • Single choice
  • Multiple choice
  • Single choice image
  • Fill in the blank
  • Drag and drop
  • Text matching
  • Statement
  • Hotspot
  • Open question
  • Scenario
  • Ranking text

Most options require subscription to Starter, Plus, or Academy Plans.

Track results with all publishing options

Strengths

  • Free trial is available for any level
  • No credit card required for trial
  • Monthly Subscription
  • Audio, images, video are stored in a library, plans offer different amounts of storage
  • Embed from the web
  • Co-authoring feature, invite others to collaborate if they have an easygenerator account
  • Anyone can review and provide feedback on course and assessment, even if they do not have an easygenerator account
  • Allows for customization. Can add your own logo, background and color scheme.
  • Easygenerator team can help with customization of design.
  • Responsive course design

Weaknesses

Limited storage space based on subscription level Limited interactions/simulations

Support/Resources

Question and Answer Sessions

  • every Monday at 11 AM EDT, 5 PM CET
  • every Thursday at at 2 PM EDT, 8 PM CET

Blog

Videos

Q&A Sessions

Help FAQ or contact Customer Support

Price

4 Levels

Free

Starter $29/month per user, trial available

Plus $49/month per user, trial available

Academy $69/month per user, trial available

What features did you like the most about easygenerator?

What features are lacking?

Questions for Discussion

What features do you find most important in an authoring tool?

  • Interactivity
  • Price
  • Publishing Options
  • Assessment Capabilities
  • Support/Resources
  • Ease of Use

Which authoring tool offers the best pricing option for the features included? Explain.

Which authoring tool is the best option for accomplishing your current goals?