Donald Clark has very comprehensively reviewed the new Adobe eLearning Suite (eLS) on his always interesting and informative Big Dog, Little Dog blog.
As you may recall, I posted on eLS when the suite was released, and while welcoming this addition the e-learning practitioners’ content development toolkit, I tempered my enthusiasm as follows:
Where I think Adobe missed a trick is that they should have released this package at least five years ago. While we can say that in the early 2000’s, the e-learning industry wasn’t as large a market segment as it is today, it was substantial enough. Certainly enough of a market segment to be a valuable revenue-generating stream for the company. Unlike DTP, graphical design, and video post-production (which were digitized evolutions of existing industries) e-learning was a whole new industry, a real-life child of the World Wide Web.
I’ll give with one hand and take away with the other: well done Adobe, great to see you’ve finally committed to e-learning; equally, an e-learning suite of tools is such an obvious addition to your product range that you should have done this years ago.
The suite consists of the following apps:
|Adobe Captivate® 4||Create and deliver rich interactive content|
|Adobe Dreamweaver® CS4 with CourseBuilder Extension||Design, develop, and maintain standards-based websites and applications|
|Adobe Flash® CS4 Professional with Learning Interactions||Create and deliver rich interactive content|
|Adobe Photoshop® CS4 Extended||Discover new dimensions in digital imaging|
|Adobe Presenter 7||Rapidly create high-impact Adobe Flash presentations and eLearning courses from PowerPoint|
|Adobe Soundbooth® CS4||Create and edit audio with ease|
|Adobe Acrobat® 9 Pro||Protect documents and accelerate information exchange with PDF|
Very full-featured indeed: if I was starting work today as a learning and development professional and I was handed this set of applications as my courseware production platform, I would be very happy with it.
But don’t just take my word for it: here’s (a very highly abridged version of) what Donald Clark has to say:
It is a complete and tightly integrated solution for authoring rich learning content. …All-in-all the Adobe eLearning suite is a great product for designers, being that it is the first elearning suite.
His review describes the applications and functionality of the Suite in very good detail, and Donald uses his own experience of using the platform to throw further light on how the applications integrate to enable e-learning designers (“instructional designers, developers, and other learning specialists”) to create high-quality courseware.
Donald concludes his article by discussing what he’d like to see in version next of the Suite and his overall impression of the package. Click here to read the review in full.
Note: Adobe have published and are maintaining a useful blog for Captivate users. Click here for more.