While the latest version of the Lectora authoring tool, Lectora 2006, is available from 15th December, Trainer1 – one of three major resellers of Trivantis’ suite of products including Lectora – is offering customers a demonstration version of the tool now. The authoring tool, which is growing in popularity and is the authoring tool built in to the Saba human capital management system, has been thoroughly revised following user feedback at the product’s user conference, held in the USA in June, where Neil Lasher, managing director of e-learning specialists and Lectora resellers Trainer1, was the keynote speaker.
According to Lasher, “Trivantis have included some 95 per cent of users’ ‘wish list’ in this new version of Lectora, the wish list was built by a community of over 100 users during a 2 hour session at the conference. The only UK input was from Trainer1 and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
“Lectora 2006 has over 50 new features,” said Lasher, who is a member of the product’s beta-test committee.
Among these new features are:
• Users can now export whole projects as XML and as a zip file, making the transfer of courses and course data simpler and easier.
• Users can export all the text in a course into a file for translation purposes and, once the translation has taken place, this translation can be re-imported into the relevant parts of the course at the touch of a button.
• Courses developed in Lectora 2006 can be translated into Japanese and Chinese.
• New pasting functions allow users to paste formatted text into applications.
• Users can preview each screen of a course in their browsers while developing the course.
• Lectora 2006 includes an autosave function and a recovery tool, to ensure that work is never lost inadvertently again.
“These new features put Lectora at the very top of the authoring tool tree,” Lasher commented. “No self-respecting e-learning developer should miss out on reviewing this product.”
To help users get even greater value from Lectora 2006, Trainer1 is also offering a new integrator allowing PowerPoint slides to be included in Lectora-developed courseware. In addition, Trainer1 has revised its Lectora-orientated training programmes to take account of the changes to the new version of the Lectora authoring tool.
Notes for Editors:
Trainer1 is one of the UK’s leading independent e-learning specialists, creating sophisticated courseware for learning. It has lengthy experience in computer delivered learning. In particular, Trainer1 develops, supplies and supports:
• Authoring tools - for the creation of content, meeting SCORM, AICC, LRN, XML, and QTI standards.
• Learning and Knowledge Management tools - for the management and distribution of content, including accreditation and reporting of data within existing databases.
• Delivery systems for workflow learning - CSL™.
• Tools and libraries to create multimedia content, including image editors, easy to use Flash production tools, libraries of sound, graphics and animation.
• Specialised training events to assist trainers become self sufficient in e-learning design and production.
• Development services in the creation and maintenance of learning content.
Trainer1’s client list includes international major corporations such as ABN AMRO, Kraft Foods, Deutsche Post (DHL) and Mitsubishi Corporation, along with clients including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the UK, the Department for International Development, and the UK’s Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, along with many municipal authorities.
Trainer1 is privately owned and remains a small, friendly company providing high quality product combined with personal service to Blue Chip Companies, as well as small and medium sized enterprises. Trainer1 is a member of many e-learning organisations, and Neil Lasher, Trainer1’s managing director is a committee member of the ELN and President elect 2006 of the Global Network of ASTD UK and works with standards bodies to ensure technology is meeting the needs of users worldwide, as well as the guidelines determined by the governing groups in the e-learning industry.