The new Camtasia 18

Camtasia is one of my favourite tools for eLearning content development. Camtasia 2018 has just been released and I am really pleased with the new updates to functionality.

These have moved Camptasia our of the realm of video editing and solidly into the realm of rapid e-learning development.

Here is a quick video we created showcasing the new features.

Interested in a copy to trial?

Download here and give it a workout!

PowerPoint Diagramming Tool – A real Time Saver

PowerPoint Diagramming Tool – A real Time Saver

As mentioned in some of my previous posts I like to use Microsoft PowerPoint as a rapid elearning development tool and iSpring Suite for e-authoring as the combination of the two software platforms provides  flexibility for quick complex content results.

With Powerpoint development when creating diagrams  I use a free online tool that is a REAL TIMESAVER.

It’s called Diagrammer , an online visualisation tool providing 4096 diagrams for free download and use in Microsoft Powerpoint. 

HERE IS A QUICK DEMO TO GET YOU STARTED.

HERE IS A LINK TO THE DIAGRAMMER WEBSITE

Let me know if you would like us to develop something more specific for your Docebo use. API development options are available as well.

 

Happy eLearning Designing ! !

We always looking for ways to keep cost down for our clients and we take a practical approach to design.

Patrick

Elearning tool with a twist – fully online- fully responsive – DominKnow

Elearning tool with a twist – fully online- fully responsive – DominKnow

As you know elearning development can be a costly, laborious activity prone to delays and scope creep.

You start with a template and halfway through the project the boss says , nah , don’t like the template or layout anymore – change it …….

Ever try to do this in Storyline ? 

Now just imagine if you can simply login online and start developing 

This week we have a paid on-line authoring and publishing solution to place in the spotlight. 

Its called DominKnow and the platform provides a web-based All-in-one authoring and publishing for small teams and large organizations.

“The dominKnow eLearning authoring platform includes all the features you need to create engaging, media rich learning experiences. Customizable testing, flexible interaction and animation creation, advanced variables, image editing, audio/video recording, and system and author created templates are just a few examples of the powerful tools at your fingertips.”

The DominKnow website provides the following information about how the application can be used.

Use Cases

  • Sales Training

  • Compliance

  • Soft Skills

  • Healthcare

  • Software Simulations

Product Specs

With mobile devices being used more and more as the only “computer in my pocket” device Dominknow provide  responsive scalability that allows users to access content on any device

All authoring modes allow team members to work together in real-time, share content across any project, and quickly bring in subject matter experts for content review.

The three modes are described in the graphic below

 More importantly DominKnow provides standards-based publishing.  Everything you make is HTML5-based, and can be published as SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, AICC or even xAPI (TinCan API) packages.

 14 DAY TRIAL

 REGISTER FOR ACCESS DOMINKNOW HERE 

DOMINKNOW USER GUIDE

Let me know if you would like us to develop something more specific for your Docebo use.

Happy DominKnow trialing ! !

Patrick

We are always looking for ways to keep cost down for our clients and we take a practical approach to design.

Free ultra-flexible communication tool with endless use cases -LOOM

Free ultra-flexible communication tool with endless use cases -LOOM

This week we have an online video communications tool to place in the spotlight. 

Its called LOOM and the platform provides a video recorder, screen and web capture  tool to  narrate and instantly share videos to communicate with your staff , clients or team.

Great thing is it is  100% free!

The LOOM website provides the following information about how the application can be used.

Use Cases

Loom is incredibly flexible in use cases with Full Desktop Recording, Front Facing Camera, or Tab Only:

  • Executives use it for company updates and building culture.

  • Designers for giving feedback and design walkthroughs.

  • Product Managers use it for new initiative pitches and team stand up.

  • Marketers use it for creating new feature assets and collecting testimonials.

  • Sales uses it for lead generation and email communication.

  • Teachers use it for lesson recaps and student presentations.

  • Engineers use it for bug documentation and code comments.

  • Customer Care uses it for FAQ videos and real time support.

Product Specs

  • High-Quality Video

  • Unlimited Storage: No need to worry about re-recording videos, quotas, or running out of space on your computer.

  • Embed Anywhere: We instantly generate Embed HTML so you can put it anywhere on the internet you’d like!

  • MP4 Format: The video is available for download as an MP4. We handle converting the video for you on our servers so you can simply download and use anywhere.

  • Unlimited Recording: With no limitations you can record for hours at a time if you’d like. Pause/Start functionality

 HERE IS A QUICK VIDEO TUTORIAL/GUIDE TO GET YOU STARTED.

Happy recording!

Patrick

We are always looking for ways to keep cost down for our clients and we take a practical approach to design.

Free Online Design Tool -Piktochart

Free Online Design Tool -Piktochart

The cost of developing elearning can be expensive if your agency, company of corporate business does not have in-house designers.

We are always looking for ways to keep cost down for our clients and we take a practical approach to design.    Why use  a complex design tool when a simpler online application does the job just as well?

As mentioned in one of my earlier blog posts Canva is my rapid-graphic-editing personal go-to choice.

I recently signed up to Piktochart, an online platform that  gives non-designers the ability to create basic infographics without the complexity and learning curve of Adobe design software.

The platform comes with a library of icons, graphics and templates to use in expressing your creativity.

As a tool to create a quick and compelling infographic  Piktochart is an easy-to-use but robust design platform for quick design.

There is a free version with a two tier commercial option. They are also looking at releasing a collaborative option for design teams in July 2017.

I have added this handy as a paid option  to our elearning toolbox.

Piktochart Features 

  1. Drag-and-drop, point-and-click
  2. Over 600 professionally-designed templates from a selection of infographic, banner, report, and presentation formats.
  3. Over 4000 beautifully designed icons
  4. Import data from a Microsoft Excel file, a Google spreadsheet, or Survey Monkey . (I like this feature !)
  5. High-res Downloads (JPEG, PNG or PDF formats).

 Click here to access Piktochart

Let’s see how it works

Have a look at this video.

Happy Designing !

Patrick

Free Online Video Creation Tool -WEVIDEO

Free Online Video Creation Tool -WEVIDEO

Video production can be a costly business  with quick project creep and a blown production budget.

 This week we showcase  WeVideo, an affordable video production online studio that is great in its simplicity and  even greater in its cost ! 

I have added this handy tool to our elearning toolbox or must-have tools.

That’s how easy it is!

WEVIDEO is a Cloud-based platform that provides all of the tools required for putting the power of  video creation horsepower directly onto your business  computers and mobile devices

There is a free version with a two tier commercial option. Starting at $US 7.99 dollars per month you can give up on one  coffee and muffin!

WeVideo Features

  1. Storyboard Editing
  2. Advanced text editing
  3. Cloud storage
  4. Multi-track editing
  5. Voiceover recorder
  6. Cross platform
  7. Licensed music
  8. Video recorder
  9. Customizable environment
  10. Built-in graphics
  11. Media management
  12. Tutorial videos

 Click here to sign up to a FREE Account 

Let’s see how it works

Happy Designing !

Patrick

We are always looking for ways to keep cost down for our clients and we take a practical approach to design.