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Designing and Producing Media-Based Training by G Cartwright, Steve Cartwright

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Choosing an Authoring System

Are you an expert computer programmer? Do you feel competent enough in C++ or in Visual Basic to program a series of menu screens and to provide the links to audio and video files? Can you program the computer to display a complex animation? Do you have the skills to produce a computer program that will handle a diverse set of questions and trainee responses?

If you can answer with a confident “Yes!” to those questions—Congratulations! You belong to a select group of people who may not need to use an authoring system. However, the chances are that you are an ordinary mortal who does not possess this sophisticated set of skills. Or you may have the skills but want to avoid hundreds of hours of tedious computer programming. ...

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