Authoring software v.s. Presentation software

You should have had a chance to look at some interactive websites created with authoring software (if not, look now here). The things to remember are as follows:

  • Presentation software is easy to learn to use
    • First years do a unit on Powerpoint because the learning curve is not particularly steep
  • Presentation software is limited in what it can create
    • Even if you know what you are doing with Powerpoint it is impossible to make something like this engine interactive diagram
  • Authoring software takes time to learn
    • Courses to learn Macromedia Director cost hundreds of pounds
  • Authoring software can create complex multimedia applications

Have a look at the Powerpoint slides below for more details.

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