Item description for The Ultimate Authorware Tutorial: An Interactive Book and Cd-Package (Book & CD Pack) by Richard S. Schifman...
Authorware Attain is a key tool for the development of media-rich interactive learning applications. This book with companion CD-ROM takes you beyond the usual handbook and explains how to make use of the ultimate potential of Authorware Attain to create interactive multimedia and computer-based training projects for delivery on the Web, LANs and CD-ROMs. This book is divided into a compendium and a workshop to facilitate its use as a learning tool and reference manual: both for those just starting to explore the advanced usage of Authorware Attain and for skilled users, who now seek to get the most from Authorware Attain. The main issues taken up by this tutorial include the application of Active X Controls, techniques of database binding, the use of libraries and templates (Knowledge Objects), variables and functions and a look at Pathware Attain. The companion Windows-only CD-ROM provides both tutorials and useful tools for building new applications.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Ultimate Authorware Tutorial: An Interactive Book and Cd-Package (Book & CD Pack)?
If I could give it fewer stars, I would Aug 24, 2001
I bought this (quite expensive and surprisingly small) book thinking I would learn how to use Authorware. The book is definitely not for beginners. It assumes you already are a skilled Authorware user, and discusses mostly advanced topics. Since I have no Authorware skills, I cannot comment on how well it handles these advanced topics, but I have read other reviews by advanced readers and they were none too impressed also. It is hard to say what exactly is the target audience for the book.
The Ultimate Authorware Tutorial : A Complete Waste Mar 11, 2001
As an experienced Authorware user, I am continually seeking advanced material for the my trade as an educational resource developer. This book is perhaps the worst written and ill logically conceived book since Guttenberg. My advice, save your money. Mr. Schifman and Mr. Gancy should be ashamed of them selves.
Not for the novice Jan 22, 2001
Although I know something of authorware. This book left me in the dark at times. The book contains a number of words spelled incorrectly, which you would think, for the price, would have been edited more thoroughly. At times you have to read and re-read passages to try to figure out what is going on. The tutorials given are not thorough enough. It would be nice to know what one is doing and get into more detail. Most of the book is not really a tutorial, it is more informational.
Not up to date Dec 30, 2000
There have been so many changes in authorware that this book, while handy for it's time, is not a valid resource anymore. IT really lacks because of this, missing on some of the finer points of the newer authorware systems and abilities. Most of the high points of this book are moot now, expecially with the advent of Flash integration, the expanded Calculator Icon, and the higher movie integration.
The Ultimate Disappointing Authorware Tutorial Dec 1, 2000
I think the title says it all but anyway here's an objective review in more detail. To begin with the book is very thin for the price...318 small sized pages.
The first 26 pages are just general considerations regarding computer based training...information that anyone requesting this book will know already...rip out these pages.
pages 28-64 contain information on scripting but it is incredibly basic to anyone with a background in IT and could be condensed into half the number of pages...still these pages are OK.
The next chapter on knowledge objects - pages 65-87 contain some useful info but only really gives you a smattering of what you were expecting. Also its very hard work following what they are saying...not enough diagrams...far too wordy...and many grammatical mistakes which are annoying...in fact the grammatical errors and typos apply right throughout the book.
Pages 89-231 contain peripheral information on things like activeX, CMI, packaging for the web etc. - by peripheral I mean none of it is about building the applications themselves...some of this info is useful (especially packaging for the web). However I bought this book hoping to become an authorware guru who could build complex authorware applications...so to that end these pages are not 100% relevant.
pages 233-318 are individual lessons on different aspects of authorware...these are useful but some of them are long-winded for what they are actually saying. Also some of them are sloppily written and require a lot of effort to follow what the guys are saying.
After reading the book from cover to cover I still feel a long way short of being an authorware guru.
I am now going to play around with authorware myself and try to work out how all the features work etc. I guess I'll have to snoop around a lot on newsgroups etc.
All in all very disappointing especially considering that some of the authors claim to be professional authorware instructors.
I would not advise anyone to buy this book. Keep your money or give it to charity but dont spend it on this book.