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James Brown

I  saw the same commercial and we definitely live in interesting times. Has anyone else noticed that Apple seems to have been actually driving the tech innovations for over the past 25 years. If you really look at it they were the first ones to come up with the idea of a widows operating system with a mouse. They were the ones who came out with the first presentation software Key Note which has been in part cloned into Power Point. They created the Iphone which has spawned the creation of the Android system. They came up with the Ipad and now you have new tablets trying to steal some of the thunder. If anything ever happens to Apple I fear we are doomed.. LOL...

Kevin Thorn

Sweet! I've been planning on crossing over to the dark side for the better of two years. My goal was to save my duckies so when I walked into the Apple store, there wasn't anything off limits. Chose the 2.93 Ghz quad core, 8 gig ram, w/ 1Tb drive. Should do nicely for awhile

@James - I thought Harvard Graphics was the first 'presentation' software? Could be wrong.

Joan Kuenzi

Perhaps I need to revisit VM Fusion... I tried it and found it to be really slow and uncomfortable as a user. I like the idea of being able to see "both sides" at once - that's why I bought the PC. I love the fact that every time I look at this site, I learn so much! Maybe I don't have enough "umph" to drive the interface the way it should be?

About Apple's innovation and the past... being a Human Factors person- I have to mention Xerox PARC - pre apple, they had a mouse driven interface up and running right? Oh, and thanks for the Harvard Graphics blast from the past! Brings back memories of Wordstar or Grammatik. Brings me back to a consulting gig doing Detailed Control Room Design Reviews for nuclear power plants in Illinois.

Kevin Thorn

Yes Joan, you may need more "umph" to run VMWare Fusion. At the Apple store the other day and explained my uses and that I still needed PC software, they suggested Fusion - but - ramp up to Quad core and add more memory. I got 8 gig for now, but the iMac is upgradeable to 16. My PC is running with 4 and still runs as good if not better than any off-the-shelf boxes today. I was just at a point where I need to invest in upgrading the OS (XP to Win7) and upgrading software. I don't have everything up and running yet, but others here say it works fine.

Bruce Graham

YEY!

Wordstar, Visicalc, and Harvard Graphics running on ICL C-DOS, which in our minds was going to win over that upstart operating system from Microthingy in the US....

In 1985 we all stood round the COLOUR plotter, driven by wires and went OOH! and AHHH! as it grabbed little biros from a carousel.

In 1986 we all stood round as the Team Leader showed us a printer THAT HAD NO RIBBON - IT WORKS USING LASERS, yes, you heard me correctly, lasers.  OOOOH, AHHHH.

Yours historically.

Bruce

Rob Nachum

...to back up, or round out, my original comment relating to the race to HTML5, here is an objective article from Jan Ozer. Granted while the focus is on video implementation, the timeline to acceptability of HTML5 as a fully-fledged platform is ways off.

http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/Commentary-The-Five-Key-Myths-About-HTML5-69781.aspx

I was going to add a further political comment re Apple, Google et al, but heck, let's stick to the tech rather than tack!

In the same stream (pun intended) here is an article by same author illustrating the catch up on video processing in the latest Flash player 10.2 vs WebM - the HTML5 video playing partner.

http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/Flash-Player-10.2-More-Efficient-than-WebM-73782.aspx

Oh wait, here's the politics...

Can we have AS3 compilation please...

Rob Nachum

Bruce Graham said:

YEY!

Wordstar, Visicalc, and Harvard Graphics running on ICL C-DOS, which in our minds was going to win over that upstart operating system from Microthingy in the US....

In 1985 we all stood round the COLOUR plotter, driven by wires and went OOH! and AHHH! as it grabbed little biros from a carousel.

..now you're going ot make me go back to my uni archive. My last advanced marketing systems project was an evaluation and comparison of graphical software available at the time. I remember the "Crayola" printers from HP. Clickety-clack, clickety-clack, whizz, whizz, whizz!

That was 198-...deep fuzz sets in...1986.

If I can find it, I'll drop some more memory bombs on you.

Amazing though how we come full circle in a career that we never new we were setting out towards!

Gabe Anderson

My oldest computer cred: The Commodore 64 I had as a kid - hooked up to a tiny TV in my bedroom! That green text on black screen ruled.

Next came the family Macintosh SE.... speaking of which, I just recently saw the documentary, Welcome to Macintosh, which was pretty good.

Amazing how far technology's come in the past 25+ years! Now we all have powerful computers that we carry in our pockets.

Stephanie Harnett

I think a partial solution is creating interactive youtube videos.

Steps:

1. createa a series of powerpoint slides and export these as wmv files (in whatever logical segments)

2. Upload the wmv files to youtube

3. add hotspots to link one video to the next.

You can download the files to MP4 using this process as well, wrap in HTML and host as a webpage.

You can simulate quizzing. Just search for "interactive elearning" on youtube for examples. http://www.chadmattandrob.com/ have some funny examples of this and teach you how in their first video, followed by some great short, interactive stories.

My conclusion thus far though is getting the elearning I build to run on all tablets isn't going to work unless I switch to Rapitivity or fire up Dreamweaver and start working with CSS and html 5. It's irritating that one company (Apple) has the ability to make an entire industry (elearning) switch development platforms, strategies, etc. - it's a big cost in time, software, learning, etc. and coincidentally happening at the same moment that elearning is picking up the most (positive) momentum it's ever had.

Time is of essence as we, the developers, are faced with more and more requests by clients to ensure uniformity across all systems - just like flash once did.

Stephanie

Kevin Thorn

Stephanie Harnett said:

I think a partial solution is creating interactive youtube videos.

Steps:

1. createa a series of powerpoint slides and export these as wmv files (in whatever logical segments)

2. Upload the wmv files to youtube

3. add hotspots to link one video to the next.

You can download the files to MP4 using this process as well, wrap in HTML and host as a webpage.

You can simulate quizzing. Just search for "interactive elearning" on youtube for examples. http://www.chadmattandrob.com/ have some funny examples of this and teach you how in their first video, followed by some great short, interactive stories.

My conclusion thus far though is getting the elearning I build to run on all tablets isn't going to work unless I switch to Rapitivity or fire up Dreamweaver and start working with CSS and html 5. It's irritating that one company (Apple) has the ability to make an entire industry (elearning) switch development platforms, strategies, etc. - it's a big cost in time, software, learning, etc. and coincidentally happening at the same moment that elearning is picking up the most (positive) momentum it's ever had.

Time is of essence as we, the developers, are faced with more and more requests by clients to ensure uniformity across all systems - just like flash once did.

Stephanie

Well said!
Gabe Anderson

Brian Allen said:

Kevin Thorn said:


They didn't tell you about your Super Hero cloaking powers?

Hey, awesome man!  I wonder if I can fly (staring out window of his second floor office...)?? 

Just for the record, Articulate can assume no responsibility for the damage incurred to self or others by E-Learning Super Heroes who attempt to fly.