What’s New in Lectora 17

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The Best Way to Create Responsive Courses

What's New in Lectora 17 Webinar

Lectora 17 is here! Find out the new features in this recorded webinar hosted by Daryl Fleary, Trivantis Product Manager extraordinaire.

Daryl Fleary will walk you through new features like the Seamless Play publish option, which eliminates the screen wipe commonly associated with HTML pages loading, and the ability to auto-play media on mobile devices. Plus, find out about Lectora Inspire’s new integration with BranchTrack—a tool for easily building scenarios to add to your Lectora courses.

Watch video: What's New in Lectora 17


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What's New in Lectora 17

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Publish for Seamless Play

When the Publish for Seamless Play option is selected, your title will smoothly flow from page to page, eliminating the screen wipe commonly associated with loading HTML pages. Additionally, media files will honor the Auto-Start selection on mobile devices, allowing simplified use of page narration and videos.

Watch video:

Publishing for Seamless Play

 

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BranchTrack Integration

Lectora Inspire users can easily create and import scenario-based exercises using the BranchTrack application. The projects you create download directly to your page. And when changes are needed, this fully integrated feature provides one-click, roundtrip editing capability. You can even track the learner's selection path during the exercise and use the score value to control other course behaviors and remediation.

Watch videos:

Lectora BranchTrack Integration

Inspiration Wednesday: Using BranchTrack with Lectora 

View additional samples: BranchTrack.com

 

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Anchor Position of Objects

The Anchor Position feature allows you to specify whether an object will maintain its location on the page within the view, even when the view is scrolled. This is perfect for use in mobile courses to anchor logos, headers/footers, navigation controls, images and videos.

Watch video:

Anchor Position

 

 

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Import and Export Question Files

Use comma-separated value (CSV) files to import and export nine question types, as stand-alone questions or contained within a test or survey. In addition to specifying the correct answer, you can assign a point value, include feedback text, and define options such as randomization of choices and case-sensitivity. These files are useful for SMEs or other parties to create questions and tests to import into Lectora. It’s also a handy way to export and store your test information in a text format for use as an answer key during development, and for review by auditors and stakeholders.

More Information: 

Working with CSV Question Files

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SVG Rendering of Shapes and Buttons

Using scalable vector graphics technology, published content will remain crisp and scalable on high-resolution displays, while also keeping your content’s file size to a minimum.

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Camtasia 9 and Snagit 13

The latest Lectora versions of these great products from TechSmith™ are integrated with Lectora Inspire. Camtasia allows you to create screen recordings as you’re working with applications on your computer. You can also record video using your computer’s video camera. Add synchronized audio, zoom/pan effects, and more. Use Snagit to capture and edit images, add highlights, shadows, and other effects. With these Inspire Tools you can insert video and images directly into your Lectora projects to deliver robust eLearning content.

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Responsive Course Design

With Responsive Course Design (RCD) you can develop titles for your primary desktop audience as well as for display on all tablets and smartphones. You can even convert existing titles to be responsive—if you’d like.

Watch video:

RCD Overview

Responsive Course Design in Lectora

View/Download: RCD Quick Start Guide

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RCD Overrides: Customizing Views

Lectora’s Responsive Course Design inheritance automatically positions and sizes objects on the page in mobile views. However you still have all of the power of Lectora to customize each view and design the WYSIWYG title you desire.

Watch video:

RCD Overrides: Customizing Views

Converting a Course to be Responsive

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Inline Variable Replacement

Using variables in your title is easier than ever! Use the Variable drop-down list to select a variable and insert it directly into your text. Display the student’s name, test scores, or any other information.

Watch video: Inline Variable Replacement

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Status Condition Relationships

Lectora includes the ability to automatically track the progress of learners throughout the title. You can use this information to control actions through the use of Status condition relationship. With Lectora you can make actions conditional based upon whether the chapter, section, or page Is Not Started, Is In Progress, or Is Completed. With Lectora 16 and Lectora Online 3 you can also check for the opposite of those: Is Started, Is Not In Progress, or Is Not Completed.

Watch video: Status as Action Condition

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Device Rotation and Current View

With Lectora’s Responsive Course Design you can control what information is provided to you learners depending on the type of device—desktop, tablet or smartphone—and orientation they are using.

Watch video: Device Rotation and Current View

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Cross-device Moving and Resizing

When working with a Responsive Course Design (RCD) title, this feature will allow you to change the position or size of an object across all devices at the same time.

Watch video: Cross Device Moving and Resizing

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Custom Progress Bar Actions

Custom progress bars may be used for many things including showing progress in a non-linear title or as a visual reference for any number of things. You can associate a variable with a custom progress bar and use the Step Progress Bar Position action to determine what direction the bar will move.

Watch video: Custom Progress Bar Actions

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Using Page Layouts

Page Layouts determine where default objects such as text blocks, images, and other media are placed on a page. Using them makes it easy to apply a consistent structure for your course development team, and a consistent experience for your learners.

Read article: Using Page Layouts in Lectora and Lectora Online

 

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Customizing Test Results

Lectora and Lectora Online allow you to determine the behavior of quizzes/tests including whether test results will be shown to the student. With the Results Designer, how results are displayed is completely customizable. You can choose what data to show, the order in which the data is presented, how the text is styled, and even embed images within the results.

Watch Video: Customizing Test Results

 

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Improved bullets and numbered lists

Lectora 16.1 supports modern browser rendering of bullets and numbered lists including right-alignment of numbers and Roman numerals.

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Additional status indicator objects

Select from 50 additional status indicator sets, such as the three-cut pie, bullseye, hourglass, and progress meters.

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Media play optimized

The playing of media has been optimized with a new HTML5 player, eliminating the Flash requirement and providing for sharper rendering on mobile devices.

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Enhanced Likert questions

Likert table questions have been reformatted into a single object, improving creation, editing, moving and sharing. Additionally you can now specify instruction text as part of the question, and customize the scale choices.

Content Development

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Rotate and Flip

New object adorners allow for the rotation and flipping of shapes, images and text buttons.

Alternatively, use the controls in the new Rotation and Mirroring group of the Position and Size ribbon to flip and rotate objects.

Watch video: Rotating and Flipping

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Image Cropping

Easily crop images directly on the page to improve the framing or to better highlight the subject matter. 

Watch video: Image Effects

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Place Objects Outside the Page

Place objects completely outside of the page boundaries of the publisher. Objects off the page can’t be viewed by your learners—use a Move action to animate the objects onto the page. 

Watch video: Enhanced Editing

Buttons, Shapes, Text and Images

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Customizable Button States

Configure the Normal, Over, Down and Disabled states of buttons. For each state, you change the shape style, or modify the text style. Use the new Set State action to set the state of a button to either enabled or disabled.

Watch video: Button Effects and States

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Create Buttons in Any Shape

Text buttons, transparent buttons (hot spots) and image buttons can be formatted in any shape. You can now create a text button shaped like an arrow or build a rollover with a polygon-shaped transparent button. Once you’ve set your style and properties, you can easily update the shape type directly from the Style ribbon. 

Watch video: Button Effects and States

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Shape & Button Text

Add text directly inside of a shape or button. You can also select and change the text formatting on the object’s Style ribbon.

Watch video: New and Updated Shapes

Watch video: Button Effects and States

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Star and Callout Shapes

Add star and callout shapes to draw attention to a part of an image or to attract attention to instructions and information.

Watch video: New and Updated Shapes

 

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Gradient, Texture and Picture Fill

Change the fill style of buttons and shapes to use gradients, textures or images. Select from a built-in gallery of textures, choose from 26 default gradient styles, customize your own gradient or select an image from the Media Library to design a distinctive button or shape.

Watch video: New and Updated Shapes

Watch video: Button Effects and States

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Shadow and Reflection Effects

You can specify the shadow and reflection settings of shapes, images, buttons and text blocks. You can customize the shadow color along with the transparency, blur, angle and distance settings to create a shadow or blur effect. This also applies to text character shadowing.

Watch video: New and Updated Shapes

Watch video: Button Effects and States

Watch video: Text Block Styles

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Number and Bulleted lists

Select from new types of bullets and numbering schemes—choose from circles, squares, checks, diamonds and more. When you indent lines of a numbered list, the scheme will automatically update to reflect the new list level.

Watch video: Numbered and Bulleted Lists

 

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Border Styles

You can add and modify the border style of shapes, images, buttons and text blocks. Determine border color, weight and line style from the object’s Style ribbon.

Watch video: New and Updated Shapes

Watch video: Button Effects and States

Watch video: Text Block Styles

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Opacity Setting

You can adjust the opacity settings of shapes, images, buttons and text blocks. Use this option when layering text over images so that your text is easy to read, or try blending images together by changing their opacity.

Watch video: New and Updated Shapes

Watch video: Button Effects and States

Watch video: Text Block Styles

Preview and Publish

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Web-based Run & Preview Mode

Run mode and Preview mode now provide web-based previews of your content. For instance, you can run JavaScript and preview Web Windows directly from Run mode. Additionally, you can test CSS and HTML extensions and preview text that renders more closely to your browser.

Watch video: Run and Preview Mode

Accessibility

Accessibility

Numbered and bulleted lists are formatted using the current HTML standards. This allows screen reader applications such as JAWS to recognize the text as lists when your title is published to the Web (HTML). Along with lists, status indicators, questions and the table of contents have all been improved for accessibility.

Watch video: Numbered and Bulleted Lists

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Publish for Offline Use

Publish titles for offline use to distribute on external media such as CD-ROMs and flash drives. Alternatively, place the directory on a shared network drive to collaborate with team members.

Watch video: Publishing for Offline Use

Easy Editing

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Hover Text Menu

Quickly format text with the Hover Text Menu. The menu will automatically appear when you select letters or words or when you right-click on text in a text block.

Watch video: Text Block Styles

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Improved Guide Handling

​Use the Add Guide and Clear Guide options on the View ribbon to quickly add and remove guides. Use the handles on the ruler to easily move a guide horizontally or vertically on the page.

Watch video: Using Guides

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Web Window Properties

Set a number of properties for Web Window objects including borders, margins, scrollbar and transparency settings.

Watch video: Web Objects

Lectora Inspire Tools

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BranchTrack 

 New Inspire Tool 
In just minutes, you can create, edit, and directly insert a BranchTrack scenario in Lectora. Scenarios are helpful for decision-based employee training and more.

Learn more about BranchTrack

Camtasia 9

With the latest version of Camtasia, you can accomplish cross-platform screen recording, integrate with Google Drive and record mobile video with TechSmith Fuse, a free mobile app. 

Learn more about Camtasia 9

Snagit 13

Snagit 12 introduced a completely redesigned editor, an enhanced capture experience and video trimming. 

Learn more about Snagit 13

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