The January release of Adapt Authoring Tool is now live. Sorry its a few days late, but when you see how much we have managed to get into this release hopefully you will understand.

Our new  “lite” mode offers a whole new way to use the tool if you are just getting started with adapt,  and there are great new features for those already familiar with the tool.

Lite Mode

We are proud to announce with our new Lite mode for Adapt Authoring Tool there is finally an easy to use Open Source authoring tool. Lite mode, in conduction with our Preview Editor. Creating a new course with sensible defaults is a single click operation, and all text can be edited in a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWIG) environment.

Need you course to work in a Learning Management System? Thats available with a simple toggle. Despite being incredibly simple to use our editor still support the global elearning standard SCORM. Turn this on and your course will track user progress in virtual any LMS (SCORM 1.2 is ubiquitous in the industry, launched back in 2001) including an assessment score if needed.

Not only is Lite mode for Adapt easy to use, it is also responsive – you can now build content on desktop and mobile for delivery on desktop and mobile.

And don’t forget all of this is new user interface is still powered by the open source platform – you can switch into “advanced mode” at any time to use the more sophisticated features or export your project to use in other Adapt based platforms.

Advanced Features

So what about advanced users of the tool? You are not forgotten!

We like to consider ourselves in the advanced camp – we are after all a course development studio as well as software developers – we have ideas to optimise workflow coming from internal sources as well as our customers.

More images

A big feature now available in advanced mode is the ability to insert images directly into text fields from the asset manager. The opens up huge potential to make courses more engaging.

More HTML and CSS

To make best use of the image insert we also needed to allow the author to format the image with HTML and CSS – the rich text editing fields now support a variety of useful tags and attributes allowing links, formatting, and embedded content.

Reference Fields

We have created a new extension (just add it to you project through the manage extensions page) which allows you to add a reference number to and article, block, or component. These references are visible in the authoring tool and the course and provide a great help when communicating between members of the project team both internal and external. We use them to pass references from instructional designers scripts to the developers, voice over artists and clients during reviews. When the course is ready to publish a single toggle turns them off for export – leaving them intact in the tool for when you next need to work on the project.

And finally…

And a final mention to one seemingly small fix which could make a big difference to those who use the tool every day: the authoring tool now returns you to the location you were editing when going between screens – if you know the tool you’ll get this.

There a plenty of other minor fixes and feature in this release – if you want to find out more check out the release notes here: 1.8.0 Release Notes

Don’t forget free trials come with a free orientation screen share – so if you are looking for a new authoring tool with a business continuity plan… sign up here.