May 2011 Archives

AuthorPoint description: "It is an easy to use presentation creation tool that works as a toolbar inside Microsoft PowerPoint and helps you create rich multimedia SCORM compliant
content for sharing across platforms. AuthorPOINT is now compatible with Windows Vista & Microsoft Office 2007."

• Does it allow for Audio Narration?
"Retain Embedded/Linked audio, narrations and audio on animations in PowerPoint files"

• Does it allow for auto-advance?
The website doesn't say.

• Does it allow for animations?
"Retain animation effects in PowerPoint files"

• Does it allow for video? Talking-heads? Web-video?
"Retain linked videos in PowerPoint files"
"Sync Live audio/video with PowerPoint Files"
"Sync pre-recorded audio/video files with PowerPoint files"

• Is the final presentation accessible?
See "Known Issues" at

• What are the available formats for the final presentation?
"Save as SCORM Compliant Flash presentation"
"Get an unbranded version of output player"
"Compile CD/DVD of your Presentations"

• How can the presentation be distributed?
"Share through authorSTREAM"

• Does it allow for quizzes? If so, are they SCORM compliant?
"With WizIQ, students can practice online tests."

• Is the UI similar to/integrated with PowerPoint, or is it different in significant ways?
"You will find the authorPOINT menu and tool bar in your PowerPoint window. Simply install authorPOINT. Then open your PowerPoint presentation and you are ready to begin capturing your synchronized authorPOINT presentation by clicking the capture button."

• Licensing: business/education or individual?
Educational pricing is available.

• Cost?
"Special AuthorPOINT educational price of $99 only"
"WizIQ offers 25 teacher accounts for $199.95/month."
Full details at

Here's a quick URL to 8 Adobe Presenter alternatives:

Of the 8 listed:

  • Articulate Presenter '09 seems to be a pretty close match. If the quizzing and online tools are needed, there are other options in the product family that can be integrated

  • Brainshark looks pretty cool and has a mobile presentation option that looks pretty interesting

  • iSpring looks very similar to Articulate Presenter, but seems to have some strengths around video integration at first glance

  • AuthorPoint is sort of a mix between Adobe Presenter and Camtasia Studio. You get to record what's right on the screen and audio/video of the presenter. Can be exported as Flash or WMV

  • Raptivity is all about quickly creating online interactions. Pretty cool with over 200+ built-in interactions that can be modified. However, not a great match for Presenter

  • UDUTU seems to be pretty geared towards corporate clients and is not a good match in my opinion

  • Rapid Intake looks to be more of a fully online course system. It seems to have the same functionality as Adobe Presentation, but many other things as well

  • Lectora appears to be a pretty all encompassing rapid multimedia development tool. It too can do what Adobe Presenter does, but quite a bit more.

In 2005, looks like NC State University did an evaluation of Presenter and popular peers .

Looks like they thought Presenter was the best option, but lots of info on the competitors.

I use Presenter to develop our online orientations, so this is a topic close to my heart.

Here's what I've looked at so far, and how they've faired:

Presentation Engine

Not impressed. The resulting presentations look more like poor flash-based websites than narrated presentations.


  • Web-based, so multiplatform

  • Umm....


  • Ugly

  • no narration and auto-advance

  • probably couldn't host our own

  • Would have to integrate with central auth

  • Questionable Accessibility


Produces some visually compelling presentations. This would be my #1 recommendation if it wasn't lacking key features.


  • Visually Striking

  • Works well with audio, images, and online video

  • Has strong connections in the higher academic space

  • Web-based, so multiplatform


  • Very different interface and metaphors than PowerPoint's

  • No narration and auto-advance

  • No animations beyond zooming/panning

  • Couldn't host our own

  • Would have to integrate with central auth

  • Open question on accessibility


Of the tools I've looked at, SlideRocket has the most going for it. Several of the key features we'd need in a Presenter replacement are only available for pay, but they are there.


  • Web-based, so multiplatform

  • Most like PowerPoint

  • Animations

  • Works with audio, images, and online video


  • Couldn't host our own

  • Would have to integrate with central auth

  • Open question on accessibility

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