Macromedia Announces Authorware 7
Posted Jun 3, 2003

Macromedia has announced Macromedia Authorware 7, a dedicated solution for creating highly interactive rich media e-learning content. Macromedia Authorware 7 enables e-learning developers to import Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, play back content on Mac OS X, use industry standard JavaScript scripting, and easily integrate content with learning management systems (LMS). Macromedia Authorware 7 is expected to ship later this month.  

Macromedia Authorware integrates graphics, sound, animation, text, and video into compelling e-learning experiences. Macromedia Authorware 7 uses the same intuitive user interface that is featured across the Macromedia MX product line while retaining the product's visual flowline authoring metaphor and drag-and-drop functionality. The product also enables developers to leverage existing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to create rich e-learning content. Macromedia Authorware 7 now supports the import of DVD video so that this popular video format can be used in Authorware interactive applications.

The product imports and exports XML to create data-driven applications, supports JavaScript to enable additional programming depth, and enables all product properties to be scripted, allowing developers to create commands, Knowledge Objects, and extensible content.

Macromedia Authorware 7 is available as both a standalone product or as part of the Macromedia eLearning Suite, which also includes Macromedia Flash(TM) MX and Macromedia Dreamweaver(R) MX.  

Macromedia Authorware 7 is expected to ship later in June for Windows 98, SE, Me, NT 4, 2000, and XP. The product is priced at $2,999 for new users, $399 to upgrade from Authorware 6.5, and $899 to upgrade from Authorware 5.x and 6.0, with educational pricing at $499. Macromedia eLearning Suite is priced at $3,499 for new users, with educational pricing at $599. Macromedia Authorware 7 and Macromedia eLearning Suite will be available in English only. Volume licensing is also available.

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