Simulation, Demonstration, Screencasting Tools
This page provides links to simulation and demonstration tools - aka Screencasting tools - for creating e-learning solutions.
Articles in alphabetical order.
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"The software suite is based around a very innovative technology, which can generate effortlessly very realistic simulations, with full interactivity, multiple paths, training layer, trainee evaluation, multi-language support, easy maintenance, and more! This solution does not imply any development or parametrisation, and does not rely on image capture, which are always very hard to maintain, and poorly interactive. The Wizard Training Suite is compatible with Internet / Intranet technology, and can also be used in a 'Help on the Job' context."
Added: 23 June 2004
Download demonstrations of tutorials created with the product.
"Biographix ISLE (Interactive Simulated Learning Environments) is a design methodology and software toolkit that links real-time simulation to instructional content. The result is a training experience that far exceeds traditional computer based training -- students "learn by doing" in a virtual environment."
Added: 24 May 2003
"ISLE-based e-Learning applications can be delivered as stand-alone training packages, or can be integrated into an existing LMS along with other training materials in an organization."
"Camtasia Studio 2 is a complete solution for recording, editing and publishing your screen videos. Easily create software tutorials and demonstrations in Flash and streaming video formats for your global audience." From Real Networks
Updated: 23 January 2005
Camtasia Producer supports Real as an output file format.
"Macromedia Captivate (formerly RoboDemo) automatically records all onscreen actions and instantly creates an interactive Flash simulation. Point and click to add text captions, narration, and e-learning interactions without any programming knowledge."
Updated: 11 November 2004
Free trial download available
"Capture v2 is the premier tool with which to create Desktop Screen Captures, Tutorials, Presentations, Corporate Training and eLearning Material. Capture v2 will record all on-screen activity and compile as a Macromedia Flash® Movie (SWF), complete with mouse movements and clicks."
Added: 4 July 2006
You can view example captures created with CaptureT v2.
"ConstructT Roleplaying Engine is a powerful, easy to use tool, designed to allow you to rapidly layout and publish scenario-based role-plays, making it indispensable for authors and trainers who wish to teach or test decision making skills, based either in the workplace, or anywhere else. With the ConstructT Roleplaying Engine, the only limit is your imagination."
Added: 4 March 2005
ConstructT Roleplaying Engine publishes the final role-plays using the revolutionary and widely available Macromedia® Flash® Player, making them 100% web-friendly, as well as usable straight from the desktop.
"The platform for interactive e-learning and simulation development; completely CODE-FREE. For novices and experts alike. Create anything from marketing content and presentations, to interactive e-learning and sophisticated training simulations; simulate software applications and business processes, provide training in softskills and technical areas. Create content as sophisticated as the best bespoke development houses, at a fraction of the time and cost."
Added: 27 April 2004
Demonstration content available from May 2004
"Demo Builder is a tool to create interactive Flash movies that allow you to show how applications and systems work with the help of interactive tutorials. It works by taking a series of editable screen captures of a specified application or window, and automatically combines them into an annotated Flash movie clip with moving cursors and popup hints."
Added: 26 January 2006
"DemoCreator creates flash-based online soft-skill trainings and learning presentations by capture series of editable screenshots. It is so easy to use that even beginners can create their own demos without a learning curve. Users can easily deploy their demos through AICC/SCORM (both version 1.2 and 2004) conformable LMS."
Added: 24 May 2007
"ECTI is software to create demonstrations, simulations, help, support, learning... Taking screenshots, capturing mouse movements, images, animations, 3D contents to create movies that can be played from a CDRom/DVDRom and from the Internet."
Added: 28 July 2004
Download a free trial.
"eDNA is a digital tool for simulation of genetic engineering exercises, mainly directed towards learning situations at college level. eDNA is designed to mimic real-life research with an intuitive interface that makes it easy to get started."
Added: 12 November 2003
You can also download a demo version and try it out yourself.
"Focusing on specific skills we have built a number of authoring product to enable clients to build simulation learning around Communication Skills (Contour), Project Management Skills (Fuse) and Cultural/Etiquette Skills (Latitude)"
Added: 26 March 2005
"Elevator Learning's drive is to take the 'yawn' effect out of elearning, we do this by mirroring real working day issues/problems/tasks, this allows the learner to learn by the decisions they make."
"Enlights' Adaptive Learning Suite (ALS) software has been adopted by many companies to host and deliver end-user training and provide just-in-time performance support for users of ERP, CRM and custom IT applications. The solution is designed to be quick to learn, easy to use and edit, and straightforward to implement."
Added: 6 November 2005
ALS Version 7contains significant enhancements for both content creators and subject matter experts, and for end users and learners.
"Quickly create your own award-winning Web-delivered software training and assessments using a realistic software simulation."
Updated: 14 December 2005
Free webinar schedule to find out more about Expert Author
"Long known as the leader in application simulation tools, Firefly has won industry acclaim for enabling developers to rapidly create the most realistic, practice-based simulations with exceptional ease of use. Firefly simulations are high fidelity, interactive practice environments with progressive feedback that mirror the application experience with unrivaled precision."
Added: 8 August 2006
With versatile output options, simulations can be saved in multiple media types and deployed via the Web or CD.
"Create a simulation on the web in as little as fifteen minutes"
Added: 2 March 2002
And view other simulations too - all for free
"Jelsim Builder is a tool for the rapid production of interactive simulations. These can be rapidly produced and easily deployed to the web, intranet or online learning course through a standard browser as a Java applet. The unique JeLSIM software separates the behavioural model from the visualisation so that the model can be re-used and adapted according to purpose."
Added: 6 January 2004
The partnership (JeLSIM) has continued to develop the software originally written by MultiVerse
"Knowledge Solutions tools enable non-technical users to quickly create stunning knowledge transfer content for business system simulations and eLearning. Keep your audience engaged using rich media such as animation, sound, video and Flash. Create three discrete simulations modes from one source, comprising 'show me' and 'test me' features and movies."
Added: 10 May 2007
"Create and publish software demonstrations and simulations in minutes"
Updated: 23 January 2005
Download a trial edition
"RecipeXperience's RXP software enables developers to produce rich user interfaces for applications delivered via a browser, without the need for any software to be downloaded to the users PC."
Added: 22 October 2004
"The increasing deployment of web based applications has created a requirement for a User Interface that has the look and feel of a desktop application while being delivered within a browser."
"The latest version of award winning screen capture tools suite, lauded by experts worldwide, ScreenHunter 4 provides the edge you need to succeed either professionally or personally."
Added: 9 July 2005
A number of versions: Screenhunter 4.0 Free as well as Screenhunter 4.0 Plus and Screenhunter 4.1 Pro
"SnagIt Screen Capture and Sharing- Using SnagIt, you can select and capture anything on your screen, then easily add text, arrows, or effects, and save the capture to a file or share it immediately by e-mail or IM."
Updated: 2 February 2006
30 day free trial download
Create engaging simulations that increase learner proficiency quickly and easily. OutStart SoftSim streamlines development by making it possible to create highly interactive simulations for Web and Windows-based applications, online processes and forms without any programming. Designed to optimize the reuse of simulations, you can deliver simulations in different modes. Learners can watch, try and test their way to proficiency with a simulation delivered as show me, try me, quiz me, test me and procedure worksheets, as well as documentation.
Updated: 14 July 2006
Reviewer's Note:7-day trial download available
"Voted "Most Innovative" at the Simulation Shootout hosted by Brandon Hall and Training Magazine, STT Trainer offers multi-modal publishing of simulations for application training & support as demos, tutorials, assessments, as well as documentation in HTML / Word - all from ONE capture file. Other features include Project & Content Management, Advanced Analytics."
Updated: 10 March 2006
Try a simulation online - visit our Website!
The Cube Puzzle is a teamwork training simulation created and working in Second Life.
The simulation records all actions of the individuals in a group while they are working on a task.
Data are saved in a database for futher review and processing.
Updated: 14 November 2007
"Easy creation of multi-faceted simulations. ToolBook's smart software application simulation recorder and easy-to-use simulation editor help you quickly develop effective, interactive simulations that automatically assess and record user performance through SCORM and AICC standards. Author once and then deploy simulations in any combination of demonstration, practice or assessment modes."
Updated: 23 January 2005
Download a 30-day trial.
"TurboDemo records Your Desktop and Creates Demos and Tutorials in FLASH, JAVA, EXE, Windows Media Player, just to name a few. Extremely easy-to-use, SCORM compatible and now with version 6.5 TurboDemo offers simultaneous audio and video recording. In just minutes you'll be able to record all screen activities and actions create amazing online demos and interactive tutorials. Add text call outs, balloons, narration and interactions without any programming knowledge."
Updated: 16 August 2005
Other advantages offered by TurboDemo are: NO plug-Ins is required! Extremely small file size: Only 100 KB per minute for playback Play demos with just 1 click
"Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots of your software, use images that you already have, type-in explanations for each step, create a navigation sequence complete with buttons, delays, titles etc and create a highly effective tutorial for your users."
Added: 12 June 2004
Distributed as freeware for business or personal use
"Virtual ProfessorT is a mature and well-tested software application that allows for quick and simple creation of interactive training simulations and sessions."
Added: 27 April 2002
"it is easy to simulate many types of software applications, ranging from basic word processing packages to large ERP implementations"
"RapidBuilderT is a powerful, one-of-a-kind simulation-authoring tool that builds interactive, multimedia tutorials, demonstrations and simulations for any Windows-based application. RapidBuilderT is the only 100% programming-free simulation authoring tool." XStream Software
Added: 12 October 2001
3rd place in the Brandon-Hall hosted Software Simulation Shootout at Online Learning Conference 2001